Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. FDA grants emergency use authorization for heart pumps to treat COVID-19 patients

    The FDA has issued an emergency use authorization for left-sided Impella heart pumps to support to COVID-19 patients suffering from heart and lung issues.
  2. 55 COVID-19 employee, patient infections linked to outbreak at Massachusetts hospital

    The number of patients and employees at a Massachusetts hospital who have tested positive for COVID-19 has climbed to 55, reports MassLive.com.
  3. Rush, R1 RCM launch innovation lab: 3 things to know 

    Chicago-based Rush University Health System teamed up with revenue cycle services provider R1 to launch an innovation lab this week to improve value-based care and advanced analytics.
  1. New York to recognize third gender in COVID-19, health data reporting 

    The New York Department of Health has updated its vital records gender policy to recognize the nonbinary gender X in health records, including COVID-19 records, according to an Aug. 3 WXXI News report. 
  2. White House walks back comments that virus is 'extraordinarily widespread': 3 COVID-19 updates

    The White House walked back comments made by Deborah Birx, MD, that COVID-19 is "extraordinarily widespread" during an Aug. 3 media briefing. 
  3. 'What the heck is this?': Pennsylvania lawmaker questions data when COVID-19 hospitalizations drop 30% after switching to HHS system

    State lawmakers in Pennsylvania are questioning COVID-19 reporting data after the state health department reported a 30 percent decline in the number of individuals hospitalized with the virus in a matter of hours, according to a report from The Morning Call, a Lehigh Valley-based newspaper affiliated with Tribune Publishing Co.
  4. Google Cloud AI, Harvard release COVID-19 forecasting model: 6 details

    Google Cloud AI partnered with the Harvard Global Health Institute to develop the COVID-19 Public Forecasts, a dashboard that provides 13-day projections for hospitalizations and death rates across all 50 states.

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  1. San Antonio removes 619 COVID-19 cases from dashboard, many due to duplication: 4 details

    The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District removed hundreds of COVID-19 cases from its data dashboard after finding duplications and out-of-county cases among the official count, according to a report from the local ABC affiliate KSAT.
  2. New Jersey hospital's error left patient with $1,980 bill

    A woman received an $1,980 bill after a New Jersey hospital omitted a COVID-19 test from her bill, according to The New York Times. 
  3. CMS pitches physician payment rule for 2021: 6 things to know

    CMS released its annual proposed changes to the Physician Fee Schedule for 2021, which would update the payment rates for physician services and expand the list of telehealth services covered by Medicare. 
  4. Henry Ford researchers defend hydroxychloroquine study, slam politics surrounding drug

    The persisting political climate has made any objective discussion about hydroxychloroquine "impossible," two Henry Ford Health System executives wrote in an open letter dated Aug. 3.

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  1. Even with PPE, healthcare workers at higher risk for COVID-19, study finds

    A study of front-line healthcare workers in the United Kingdom and U.S. found they were at higher risk of infection than the general public — even with adequate personal protective equipment, according to a study published in The Lancet Public Health.  
  2. Amazon's PillPack partners with New Jersey insurer, Prime Therapeutics

    Amazon's PillPack, the online pharmacy service it acquired in 2018, has partnered with Prime Therapeutics and New Jersey health insurer Horizon Healthcare Services, the companies said Aug. 3. 
  3. HHS extends application deadline for some provider relief funding

    HHS has extended the deadline to Aug. 28 for Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children's Health Insurance Program and dental providers to apply for a slice of $15 billion in provider relief funding. 
  4. States ranked by percentage of Americans delaying care

    Nationwide, 40 percent of Americans are still delaying care, according to a survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. 
  5. CMS urged to delay APP loan repayments, waive interest

    The Medical Group Management Association is calling on CMS to delay the deadline that providers need to begin repaying loans under the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program. 
  6. Trump signs executive order to cement rural telehealth services: 3 things to know

    On Aug. 3, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to expand access to telehealth services in rural communities and make certain services permanent once the COVID-19 public emergency ends. 
  7. 5 hospitals, health systems seeking IT execs

    Here are five hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking information technology executives.
  8. Tenet's net income more than triples in Q2

    Tenet Healthcare's revenues declined year over year in the second quarter of 2020, but federal grants made available to help offset lost revenues and expenses tied to the COVID-19 pandemic helped push the Dallas-based company's net income higher. 
  9. Epic gears up for nearly $4M upgrade & 7 other key health IT notes

    Here's the latest roundup of stories about health IT companies, including Cerner, Epic and Microsoft.

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