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Med Schools Are Now Denying Biological Sex

Common Sense with Bari Weiss

Rising COVID-19 cases force AdventHealth in Florida to delay some surgeries

Healthcare Dive

Why is Delta such a big deal? And other burning questions about the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic

STAT

In Shift, GOP Ramps up Vaccine Push as Resistance Hardens

AP

Report: Only 5% of hospitals fully compliant with price transparency rule

Fierce Healthcare

A brief history of PBMs

The Incidental Economist

As telehealth waivers expire, now what?

Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale

‘Surprising amount of death’ will soon occur in these US regions from increased Covid-19 cases, expert says

CNN

Biogen, FDA walk back controversial Aduhelm label after weeks of fierce criticism

Fierce Healthcare

Nearly half of physician practices owned by hospitals, corporate entities, report finds

Healthcare Dive

Surfside condo demolished ahead of storm

Reuters

The Covid delta variant has ‘exploded’ in the UK — and it could be a blueprint for the U.S.

CNBC

Biden administration ‘absolutely supportive’ of efforts to expand virtual care, HHS official says

The Washington Post via Fierce Healthcare

Pfizer Pauses Distribution of Stop-Smoking Pill Chantix

Reuters via CNBC

Examining the short sleep gene

CNN

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Standards for Healthcare Workers

Vitale Health Law

23andMe Rises in Stock Market Debut

Fierce Healthcare

Study: Exercise now, save big later

FOXBusiness

The FDA’s hasty approval of an unproven Alzheimer’s drug is bad news for everyone

LA Times

3 experts quit FDA committee over the approval of new Alzheimer’s drug

NPR

What is a positive that has come from the pandemic?

KevinMD

AstraZeneca’s Lynparza reduces relapse, death in breast cancer patients

Reuters

UnitedHealthcare to crack down on ER visits, potentially exposing patients to bigger bills

Healthcare Dive

Despite vaccines, nursing homes struggle with outbreaks

AP

Millions hit the road for Memorial Day weekend

Face the Nation

Explosive study claims to prove Chinese scientists created COVID

New York Post

Laser Spine Institute founder sues former attorneys, says they caused $400M in losses

Becker’s ASC Review

FBI warns on Conti ransomware

Fierce Healthcare

Half of US states have fully vaccinated at least 50% of adults

CNN

HHS asks Supreme Court to keep site-neutral payments in place

Healthcare Dive

The Legend of the “Oatmeal Law”

KevinMD

Is this the end?

The Atlantic

Billions of dollars remain in the provider relief fund. Hospital execs are left in the lurch waiting for relief.

Healthcare Dive

CMS: Mental Health Services Plummet During Pandemic

Fierce Healthcare

AI and nanotechnology could make cancer cell therapy affordable for all

World Economic Forum

ACA special enrollment period sign-ups surge

Healthcare Dive

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine effective against coronavirus variants, study finds

Fox News

Prospect of COVID-19 vaccine for kids excites some U.S. parents

AP via Fox News

A medical ethicist asks questions about CPAP

KevinMD

Moody’s Predicts Ramp up in Healthcare M&A Activity

Fierce Healthcare

MIT researchers say you’re no safer from Covid indoors at 6 feet or 60 feet in new study challenging social distancing policies

CNBC

Steve Kornacki Breaks Down U.S. Vaccination Rate Compared to Rest of World

MSNBC

Addiction Treatment Center Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Data Breach

The Health Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale

Covid-19 vaccine demand is slowing in parts of the US. Now an uphill battle starts to get more shots into arms

CNN

Did the CDC, FDA pour more doubt into vaccines after Johnson & Johnson pause?

The Hill

Microsoft to Buy Nuance

Fierce Healthcare

Orthopaedic Surgeons See Slow Volume Recovery

Healthcare Dive

States Ranked by Percentage of Population Vaccinated as of April 12

Becker’s Hospital Review

Vaccination, testing and prevention keys to returning employees to the workplace

Willis Towers Watson

Digital Health’s Red-Hot Quarter

Fierce Healthcare

DeSantis outlaws vaccine passports

NBC News

CDC Director is Wrong; COVID Doom Is Not Nigh

The Hill

Diagnostic tests and medical necessity

The Health Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale

Former CDC chief believes coronavirus ‘escaped’ from a Chinese lab

Politico

From COVID-19 Vaccine to Cancer Cure

ABC News

Hospitals Hide Pricing Data from Search Results

Becker’s Health IT

When will it be over? 3 numbers the experts are watching

NBC News

Here are the payment models CMS has either pulled for review or delayed

Fierce Healthcare

Insider alleges Eli Lilly blocked her efforts to sound alarms about U.S. drug factory

Reuters

Fauci Weighs in on Biden Prediction of ‘Normalcy by the 4th of July’

Fox News

Hospitals Lift Curtain

Healthcare Dive

What happens to leftover doses at mass vaccinations sites

ABC News

Telemedicine in OIG’s Crosshairs as Fraud Mounts

The Health Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale

COVID Vaccine: Why give two if one will do?

KevinMD

Support for telehealth Medicare reimbursement gains steam in Congress

Healthcare Dive

RAND: Bundled payment models that waived cost sharing led to major savings

Fierce Healthcare

J&J’s vaccine gets the nod

CNN

Nursing homes at risk of closure

FOXBusiness

Why we can’t make vaccine doses any faster

Pro Publica

Pfizer vaccine highly effective after first dose

Becker’s Hospital Review

Cuomo-gate: Nixonian scandal envelopes NY

The Guardian

I’m the best anesthesiologist there is

KevinMD

What’s been driving down COVID cases?

CNN

Pandemic habits could cause U.S. health spending to decelerate

Healthcare Dive

EHR Companies Increasingly the Focus of DOJ Fraud Investigators

Vitale Health Law

Super Bowl Super Spreaders?

ABC News

FAQs: COVID vaccine and employers

Willis Towers Watson

Hormones Are Key in Brain Health Differences Between Men and Women

Medical Xpress

The Power Sexuality Has Over Our Happiness

KevinMD

J&J’s COVID Vaccine: How it works

CNN

Moderna works on booster shot to protect against variant

MSNBC

British PM Says New Variant May Carry Higher Risk of Death

Reuters

How Biden might shore up the ACA

Healthcare Dive

This Is Not Healthcare

A Country Doctor Writes

CMS finalizes rule aimed at cutting lag time of Medicare coverage for breakthrough devices

Fierce Healthcare

Elizabeth Holmes’ $4.5B fortune, luxury lifestyle ‘created powerful motive’ for fraud, prosecutors say

Fox Business

3 healthcare policy predictions now that Democrats have won control of the Senate

Vox

Healthcare Cyber Attacks Spike

Healthcare Dive

Court Ruling in Favor of Hospital Price Transparency

Real Clear Politics

Newly Recorded COVID Cases and Deaths Are Declining

Reason

Inflated COVID-19 death counts could cause vaccine trepidation

The Hill

The Mysterious Link Between COVID-19 and Sleep

The Atlantic

Reaching Compliance: CMS Price Transparency Rule

BDO

Bipartisan agreement on provider-friendly surprise billing deal ups chance of passage

Healthcare Dive

Are Americans insufficiently alarmed by COVID?

Reason

How this surgeon beat a medical staff disciplinary action

KevinMD

Operation Warp Speed pushing to vaccinate 100M against COVID-19 by end of February

Fierce Healthcare

Discovery shines light on how cancer cells could protect themselves

Medical Xpress

Hospitals adopt new round of elective surgery restrictions, brace for post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 surge

Healthcare Dive

The Carb Wars Continue

WSJ

Operation Warp Speed projects 70% herd immunity, potential return to normalcy May 2021

Fox News

The art of listening

A Country Doctor Writes

Is there actually an underinsurance crisis?

Medical Economics

Kavanaugh, Roberts signal support for ACA without mandate in pivotal case

Healthcare Dive

Biden Wins Presidency, Ending Four Tumultuous Years Under Trump

NY Times

Balance of Power in Senate Remains Undetermined

NY Post

Biden faces a divided Congress, stifling chance for more progressive health policies

Healthcare Dive

Londoners Enjoy Final Night Out Before New Lockdown

Reuters via YouTube

Is there a role for vitamin D in the treatment of COVID?

KevinMD

CMS requires government, most private plans to cover COVID-19 vaccines

Fierce Healthcare

As Telehealth Use Skyrockets CMS Expands Payment List

Vitale Health Law

OxyContin maker to plead guilty to federal criminal charges, pay $8 billion, and will close the company

CNN

The Great Barrington Declaration is an ethical nightmare

Vox

Is there life after medicine?

KevinMD

COVID-19 frequently causes neurological injuries

ScienceDaily

Our Loss: The Greatest Generation Is Dying Out

KevinMD

Lyft Integrates with Epic

Healthcare Dive

2020 Breaks Record in Digital Health Investment with $9.4B in Funding

Fierce Healthcare

President and First Lady Test Positive for COVID

Fox News

Deadly Spread of Some Cancers May Be Driven by a Common Mouth Microbe

Scientific American

A Certainty of Medicine Is that Caregivers Will Forever Wrestle with Uncertainty

Real Clear Health

Medicare to save $73.4B with surgery in ASCs through 2028: 5 things to know

Becker’s ASC Review

What Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death means for the Supreme Court’s Obamacare case

Vox

Caring for other physicians as patients

KevinMD

Tiny Antibody Component Highly Effective Against COVID-19

UPMC.com

Capitalizing on Telehealth’s Potential

BDO

How Price Transparency Can Improve the American Healthcare System

Inside Sources

Here’s How Non-Profit Hospitals Weathered the First Half of 2020

Healthcare Dive

Hospital Could Be Facing Lower Volumes for Awhile

Fierce Healthcare

Doctors Find Possible Case of COVID-19 Reinfection in U.S.

CNN

Physician Compensation Models in a Post COVID-19 Landscape

BDO

OIG Offers Advisory Opinions on COVID-19-Related Arrangements, But …

Vitale Health Law

Trump Announces Plasma Treatment Authorized for COVID-19

ABC News

Task Force Eyes Quick Action on Nursing Home Visits

News Service of Florida via Health News Florida

Employers must take bold action to address the current mental health crisis

WillisTowersWatson.com

FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization to Yale School of Public Health for SalivaDirect

FDA.gov

Fauci Says Voting In-Person Is as Safe as Going to the Grocery Store

Business Insider

Upcoding: How Common Is It?

The Incidental Economist

Rare Heart Condition Threatens College Football Season

ESPN

Moderna’s clinical trial numbers show there’s ‘no way’ Trump can have a vaccine by Election Day

CNN

Common cold viruses can spark response against the coronavirus, San Diego scientists report

San Diego Union Tribune

Teladoc-Livongo: Is the first digital health megadeal ‘outrageous’ or a starter gun for virtual care M&A?

Healthcare Dive

Eli Lilly starts late-stage study of coronavirus drug in nursing homes

Reuters via U.S. News & World Report

What Seniors Can Expect as Their New Normal in a Post-Vaccine World

KHN

Weeks where decades happen: Telehealth 6 months into COVID-19

Healthcare Dive

CMS: Audits to Return in August

Vitale Health Law

The first Phase 3 coronavirus vaccine trial in the US is expected to begin next week. Here’s how the vaccine works

CNN

Italy’s Giglio Island sees zero residents with coronavirus: ‘Nobody is sick’

Fox Business

Six Months in: What Will the New Normal Look Like in Hospitals?

Healthcare Dive

Florida Healthcare Workers Feeling Strain of Coronavirus Surge

Health News Florida

Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine appears safe and induces immune response, early results suggest, but more research is needed

CNN

Coronavirus death rate: what it is, what it isn’t and why US can expect it to rise

The Guardian

Moderna Fires Up Covid Vaccine Race with Promising Early Results

Bloomberg

Pharma giant Novartis settles FCA claims

Vitale Health Law

Judge Vacates CMS Rule Forcing ACA Insurers to Bill Separately for Abortions

Fierce Healthcare

The Great Reopening Derailed

CNN

Scientists Hoped Summer Temperatures Would Tamp Down COVID Cased. What Happened?

WSJ via Fox News

Walgreens all in on primary care

CNBC

Miami-Dade to shut down restaurants again as Florida’s Covid-19 hospitalizations surge

CNN

Regeneron COVID-19 treatment enters final stage trials

Yahoo! News

Healthcare sector added 358K jobs, hospitals had first gains in 2 months

Healthcare Dive

Among Those Disrupted By COVID-19: The Nation’s Newest Doctors

KHN

At least 21 states pause reopening or take new steps to limit the spread of COVID-19

USA Today

Gilead Sets Price for COVID Drug

Healthcare Dive

Florida, Texas and Arizona Are New COVID Epicenters

Washington Post