Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 4 execs on how their health systems are preparing to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine

    With both Moderna and Pfizer reporting that their vaccine candidates are close to 95 percent effective, and Pfizer planning to submit an application for emergency authorization for its vaccine in the next few days, health systems across the country are finalizing plans to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. 10 hospitals seeking supply chain talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  3. Pennsylvania behavioral health provider to join St. Luke's University Health Network

    Penn Foundation, a behavioral health provider serving 20,000 patients a year, said it's making plans to join the St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa.

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  1. Novant, UNC Health plan med school campus in Charlotte

    Novant Health and UNC Health are planning a UNC School of Medicine branch campus in Charlotte, N.C., the health systems said Nov. 19.
  2. 3 major challenges for health IT in 2021 from Harvard Medical Faculty CEO Dr. Alexa Kimball

    Alexa Kimball, MD, CEO of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, oversaw the rapid deployment of telehealth and data analytics during the pandemic. Now her team is focused on refining the digital patient experience and predictive analytics.
  3. 18 companies Optum Ventures invested in this year

    Optum Ventures, Optum's venture capital arm, has grown significantly over the past four years, from investing $7.5 million in 2016 to $654 million so far in 2020.
  4. CDC warns against Thanksgiving travel

    Postponing Thanksgiving travel and celebrating virtually or only with those from the same household is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC said Nov. 19 as cases continue to soar. 

Influenza vaccination is more important than ever: Immunization Action Coalition launches new mass vaccination resources website

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  1. Heart attack care regionalization may not help minorities, study finds

    Although recent protocols have aimed to improve the care standard for severe heart attack patients, people living in minority communities aren't benefiting much as much as those in  non-minority communities, according to a recent study published in JAMA Network Open.
  2. Baptist Health seeks 250 call center workers

    Baptist Health is recruiting 250 patient access coordinators to work in its call centers, the Louisville, Ky.-based health system said Nov. 18. 
  3. 99% of long-term care facilities have signed up for free COVID-19 vaccines from CVS, Walgreens

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar said Nov. 18 that the department is seeing "tremendous uptake" of a program between HHS, CVS and Walgreens to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to long-term care facilities, with 99% of facilities signed up for the program, CNBC reported. 
  4. In 2 years, insurers must disclose what they pay for prescription drugs

    Health insurers will have to disclose customers' estimated out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs as well as the negotiated prices they pay for drugs under a new rule passed by the Trump administration, Kaiser Health News reported. 

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  1. Medicare overpaid Michigan hospital $550K, OIG says

    Incorrect billing at Edward W. Sparrow Hospital led to Medicare overpaying the Lansing, Mich.-based hospital $550,917, according to an audit from HHS' Office of Inspector General. 
  2. 6 health system CIO retirements in 2020

    Six health system CIOs have retired this year.
  3. 9 latest lawsuits involving hospitals

    The following hospital lawsuits and settlements were reported in the past month, beginning with the most recent.
  4. Clearlake Capital to acquire healthcare revenue cycle company

    Private equity firm Clearlake Capital has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the technology division of nThrive, a healthcare revenue cycle management company, according to a Nov. 19 news release. 
  5. 6 recent payer-provider contract agreements, conflicts

    Here are six recent contract agreements and conflicts between payers and providers: 
  6. NBA's rapid COVID-19 test getting a tryout in 5 states

    HHS has launched a pilot program in five states to test the portable COVID-19 molecular test used by the NBA to control the virus in its "bubble" this season. 
  7. Gundersen Health System launches pharmacy app

    Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., has launched a mobile app. 
  8. First patient treated with Flash radiation therapy in clinical trial

    Flash radiation therapy was used to treat the first patient in the world earlier this week during the start of a clinical trial at the Proton Therapy Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, according to a Nov. 19 news release.
  9. Duke University's COVID-19 surveillance testing kept cases at bay, CDC finds

    Out of 10,265 students at Duke University in Durham, N.C., just 84 tested positive for COVID-19 between Aug. 2 and Oct. 11, the result of a comprehensive surveillance testing program, according to the CDC's Nov. 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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