Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. NYU Langone creates Center for Psychedelic Medicine

    NYU Langone Health aims to increase research and physician training on psychedelic medicine through a new center, the New York City-based health system said Feb. 24.
  2. J&J's COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, FDA review shows

    Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine had an overall efficacy rate of 72 percent in U.S. trials, meaning it provides strong protection against severe illness and death from the virus, according to an FDA analysis posted Feb. 24, The New York Times reported. 
  3. West Virginia hospital to pay $320K settlement in improper billing case

    Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg, W.Va., has agreed to pay a $320,175 settlement for submitting false medical claims to insurers, the U.S. Justice Department said Feb. 24. 

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  1. Some Californians going around rules, taking vaccine appointments meant for people of color

    A program created to ensure equitable COVID-19 vaccine access for people of color in California is being misused by some residents, reports the Los Angeles Times.
  2. Oak Street Health will expand to 14th state

    Oak Street Health, a Chicago-based network of primary care centers for Medicare beneficiaries, plans to expand into Georgia this summer. 
  3. Kansas allows pharmacy students, certain medical professionals to administer COVID-19 vaccines

    Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued an executive order Feb. 24 temporarily authorizing additional professionals to administer COVID-19 vaccines.
  4. Maine hospital may be acquired out of bankruptcy

    Machias, Maine-based Down East Community Hospital plans to acquire Calais (Maine) Regional Hospital, the only other hospital in Maine's Washington County, out of bankruptcy, according to the Bangor Daily News.

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  1. Operationalizing a fleet of multiple da Vinci surgical systems is possible; here's how

    The stigma that surgical robots are overrated or too expensive should be reconsidered because of the many benefits they can offer a health system.
  2. CVS expands COVID-19 vaccinations to 17 states

    CVS Health on Feb. 24 added six new states to the list of states where it offers COVID-19 vaccinations, bringing the total to 17.
  3. NIH to study 'Long COVID'

    The National Institutes of Health will lead a major research program focused on identifying what causes prolonged COVID-19 symptoms after the infection has cleared, now widely known as 'Long COVID,' and on the development of methods to treat or prevent the problems, the agency announced Feb. 23. 
  4. Cleveland Clinic leader named chief nursing executive of U of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

    Kimberly Hunter, DNP, RN, was chosen as chief nursing executive at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, hospital leaders said. 

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  1. Patients' value of vaccine efficacy outweighs side effect concerns, Stanford study shows

    The rate at which a vaccine protects against COVID-19 appears to be the strongest factor in deciding whether to get vaccinated, according to research published in the March issue of PNAS.
  2. 800 nurses at Tenet Massachusetts hospital to strike March 8

    The 800 registered nurses at Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare's St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., plan to strike March 8 over staffing and patient care, according to hospital and union statements.
  3. Severely sick newborn with new COVID-19 variant had 51,418x higher viral load

    Genome sequencing revealed a new coronavirus variant identified in a severely sick newborn treated at Washington, D.C.-based Children's National Hospital, reports The Washington Post. 
  4. Microsoft to add Teams, Epic integration, remote-monitoring tools to healthcare cloud

    In April, Microsoft will release the first update for its Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare that will include new features for remote patient-monitoring and the Microsoft Teams and Epic EHR integration, according to a Feb. 24 company blog post. 
  5. Beth Israel Deaconess researchers build tool to estimate false negative COVID-19 test rates 

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Researchers developed a mathematical model to assess the false negative rate of COVID-19 tests, according to a Feb. 22 news release. 
  6. Appeals court upholds $114M verdict against former lab CEO, marketers

    An appeals court upheld a verdict against the former chief executive of a blood testing laboratory and two of its marketers that found them liable for violating the False Claims Act.
  7. J&J's vaccine is safe, FDA says; California variant more contagious, early research shows — 7 COVID-19 updates

    Nationwide, COVID-19 hospitalizations are still falling since hitting their mid-January peak, though the rate of decline has slowed over the last few days, reports The COVID Tracking Project.  
  8. Former Indiana hospital CEO dies

    James Alender, former president and CEO of Community Howard Regional Health in Kokomo, Ind., has died at age 70, Kokomo Perspective reported Feb. 23.
  9. Pennsylvania Hospital physician stabbed in head, face; patient in custody: 5 details

    A female physician at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia is recovering from multiple stab wounds after a patient she was treating Feb. 23 allegedly attacked her, according to CBS Philly.

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