Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 2 US nurses among Time magazine's most influential people of 2020

    Two nurses were named to Time's Most Influential People of 2020 list, including a New York City nurse who treated her hospital's first COVID-19 patient, contracted the disease herself and recovered to return to work.
  2. BestBuy Health, Amazon Alexa team up on new telehealth-enabled flip phone for seniors

    BestBuy Health on Sept. 24 launched a new flip phone equipped with Amazon Alexa voice assistance and telehealth capabilities that help connect older adults to healthcare services.
  3. Uncertainty over Medicare loans leaves hospitals in limbo

    CMS accelerated payments to hospitals and other healthcare providers at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to help temporarily relieve financial strain. Hospitals that received the loans are unsure of when they'll need to begin repayment, according to NPR. 

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  1. Healthcare billing fraud: 9 latest lawsuits, settlements

    From an urgent care network paying $12.5 million to resolve overbilling allegations to a Florida physician pleading guilty to submitting $20 million in fraudulent claims, here are the nine healthcare billing fraud cases that made headlines in the past month.
  2. 6 reasons N95 masks remain in shortage across the US

    Healthcare workers are still seeing critical shortages of N95 masks, and organizations representing millions of providers are asking the federal government for more help, The Washington Post reported. 
  3. FDA proposes change to rule on off-label drug use

    The FDA has issued a proposed rule that clarifies when drugmakers are required to update their drug labels to reflect off-label use, STAT reported. 
  4. Google Maps to show COVID-19 outbreaks

    Google Maps unveiled a new feature on Sept. 23 that displays COVID-19 cases in a user's area.
  1. Health innovation insider: 13 rapid-fire Qs with Boston Children's chief innovation officer Dr. John Brownstein

    As chief innovation officer of Boston Children's Hospital, John Brownstein, PhD, became involved in health IT after following his interests in big data and its crossover with population health.
  2. Viewpoint: 5 issues telehealth must address before permanent expansion 

    If telehealth is going to provide value to the healthcare system, it must address issues such as health equity and disparities in healthcare while delivering safe and high-quality care, according to Shantanu Agrawal, MD, and Tejal Gandhi, MD.
  3. Geisinger's food service strategy amid the pandemic: Insights from senior director Steve Cerullo

    As the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., hospitals and health systems began rethinking their food service operations to address safety concerns and shifting patient volumes. 
  4. HFMA publishes strategies for resolving medical bills

    The Healthcare Financial Management Association voluntarily published best strategies to fairly resolve patient medical bills Sept. 17.
  1. UMass Memorial's acquisition of Harrington HealthCare advances

    UMass Memorial Health Care's acquisition of Harrington HealthCare has moved forward after being pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to MassLive. 
  2. Patient experience in the age of COVID-19: Northwell Health's CXO on lessons learned & what lies ahead

    After facing an onslaught of coronavirus cases in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals in New York are now focused on what comes next. With flu season right around the corner and the pandemic raging on, hospitals in the state are trying to take what they learned from the first spike to prepare.
  3. A third of Americans wouldn't pay for COVID-19 vaccine, survey finds

    Most Americans don't expect to pay anything out of pocket for a COVID-19 vaccine, according to results from an Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index survey published Sept. 22.
  4. Texas hospital seeks critical access status as break with Baylor Scott & White looms

    Llano (Texas) County Memorial Hospital is applying for a critical access designation that would allow the rural hospital to reduce its financial vulnerability through increased Medicare reimbursement, according to DailyTrib.com.
  5. Radiation oncology association pushes back on CMS payment model, calls for delay

    The new payment model for radiation oncology practices finalized by CMS does not address many of the community's key concerns, and its implementation should be delayed, according to the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
  6. Women less aware than decade ago that heart disease is their No. 1 cause of death

    In the last decade, there has been a marked decrease in awareness among women that heart disease is their leading cause of death, according to a new report.
  7. Novartis sells $2.1B in bonds to increase access to its drugs in disadvantaged countries

    Swiss pharma giant Novartis recently garnered about $2.1 billion from investors by selling bonds linked to its promises to make its treatments more accessible in lower-income countries, according to STAT.
  8. 6 hospitals that had flooding, fire, wind damage this year

    Several hospitals were damaged by flooding, fire or wind this year. Below are six, as reported by Becker's Hospital Review. 
  9. Pennsylvania launches privacy-focused app alerting people when they've encountered someone with COVID-19

    Pennsylvania released an app Sept. 22 that uses Bluetooth technology to let users know if they've been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

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