Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Employee benefits tech firm Accolade buys telemedicine startup for $460M

    Accolade, a healthcare technology and benefits firm, will acquire telemedicine startup 2nd.MD to increase its ability to give users virtual access to second opinions, CNBC reports.
  2. Wisconsin nursing home COVID-19 deaths up 'ninefold' in 2 months, per AARP

    COVID-19 deaths in Wisconsin nursing homes have increased significantly over the last two months, according to AARP data cited by WAOW.
  3. Memorial Hermann names new rehab hospital CEO

    Rhonda Abbott was chosen by Memorial Hermann Health System as senior vice president and CEO of TIRR Memorial Hermann, according to a Jan. 12 news release.

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  1. Nearly 40% of Americans still hesitant to visit physician's office due to COVID-19

    Nearly 40 percent of Americans said they still feel unsafe visiting a physician's office during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research published Jan. 13 from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.
  2. Trump's former physician dies

    President Donald Trump's former personal physician, Harold Bornstein, MD, has died, according to CNN and The New York Times.
  3. New computer system slows data reporting, shortchanges some North Carolina counties on COVID-19 vaccines

    Some North Carolina county health departments are having issues with reporting COVID-19 vaccine inoculations in the state's new data system, leaving them to receive fewer doses as more vaccines are allocated, Raleigh, N.C.-based WNCN News reports. 
  4. Trump administration working on rule to place term limits on top scientists

    The Trump administration is working on a regulation that would enact term limits for top federal health scientists, including FDA and CDC directors, Politico reported.

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  1. CMS issues final rule on Medicare drug coverage: 5 things to know

    CMS released a final rule Jan. 15 that aims to lower cost-sharing for pricey prescription drugs for Medicare Advantage and Part D enrollees.
  2. Cerner shakes up C-suite as 2 execs depart 

    Cerner's Executive Vice President and Chief Client and Services Officer John Peterzalek and Chief Legal Officer Randy Sims are leaving the Kansas City, Mo.-based EHR company, according to a Jan. 15 announcement from CEO Brent Shafer shared with Becker's. 
  3. Colorado county data breach exposed COVID-19 case info for 2 months last year 

    Colorado-based Pitkin County officials began notifying individuals Jan. 14 that some of their private information related to COVID-19 cases was exposed on the internet between October and December of last year. 
  4. Former US attorney general to lead probe into Seattle Children's race, equity policies

    Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder of law firm Covington & Burling will lead an examination of Seattle Children's race, equity, inclusion and diversity policies and practices, according to a Jan. 14 news release.

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  1. The No. 1 lesson from the 2021 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference: Healthcare is 'too vital to fail'

    The annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference is one of the best ways to diagnose the financial condition of the healthcare industry. Every January, every key stakeholder — providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies, tech companies, medical device and supply companies as well as bankers, venture capital and private equity firms — comes together in one exam room, even when it is virtual, for their annual check-up. But as we all know, this January is unlike any other as this past year has been unlike any other year.
  2. 'We don't know when the volumes will return': Nemours Children's targets $100M in cost-cutting

    Jacksonville, Fla.-based Nemours Children's Health System will implement a $100 million cost-cutting plan and reduce its workforce by 3 percent to 4 percent, according to the Orlando Sentinel. 
  3. Biden shares relief package, appoints Warp Speed head; hospitalizations level off — 4 COVID-19 updates

    As data stabilizes after the holidays, the U.S. is still recording more than 200,000 new COVID-19 cases and 3,000 deaths each day, the highest levels of the pandemic, reports The COVID Tracking Project. 
  4. Biden adds 8 members to COVID-19 response team

    President-elect Joe Biden announced Jan. 15 that he has appointed eight new members to the COVID-19 response team tasked with implementing his pandemic response strategy.
  5. California hospital CEO to retire

    Larry Coomes is leaving his position as CEO of Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Calif., the North Bay Business Journal reported.
  6. Intermountain earns patent for clinical analytics methodology to standardize outcomes

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare and Empiric Health received a patent for clinical analytics methodology.
  7. The top 2 areas of focus for Mount Sinai South Nassau's CIO: Mobility and interoperability

    Matt Runyan, CIO and vice president of IT at Oceanside, N.Y.-based Mount Sinai South Nassau, is splitting his time to make sure the COVID-19 vaccination process runs smoothly at the hospital while maintaining testing sites.
  8. CHS expects revenue of up to $12.5B this year

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems had estimated net operating revenue of $11.78 billion to $11.8 billion in 2020, according to the company's preliminary earnings released Jan. 14. 
  9. Biden lays out national COVID-19 vaccination plan

    President-elect Joe Biden detailed his national COVID-19 vaccination plan, including administering 100 million shots during his first 100 days as president, during a Jan. 15 speech, The New York Times reported.

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