COVID-19 Vaccination Offers Protection from Hospitalization due to Omicron Variant, According to Report

A report by international regulators reviews the effectiveness of current COVID-19 vaccines against the omicron variant. →Read more

Mylan Recalls Semglee Prefilled Pens

The company is voluntarily recalling one batch of Semglee prefilled pens because of a potential missing label. →Read more

Flu activity drops; more pediatric deaths reported — 7 CDC notes

Seasonal flu activity in the U.S. declined slightly again this week but remains elevated and is expected to continue for several weeks, according to the CDC’s FluView report published Jan. 21. →Read more

Available but ineffective antibody treatment still in use in some states

The monoclonal antibody therapies made by Regeneron and Eli Lilly, which the omicron coronavirus variant has essentially rendered useless, are still in high use in 12 states, Kaiser Health News reported Jan. 21.  →Read more

El plan de Biden para entregar pruebas gratis para covid no llega fácilmente a los más vulnerables

La administración Biden acaba de lanzar dos programas que tienen como objetivo poner pruebas rápidas de covid en manos de todos los estadounidenses. Pero el diseño de ambos esfuerzos pone en desventaja a las personas que ya enfrentan las mayores barreras para obtenerlas. Desde el límite establecido en los pedidos de prueba hasta los idiomas […] →Read more

Telehealth heavy hitters join new advocacy group

The American Telemedicine Association has partnered with telehealth organizations to form an advocacy group.  →Read more

Florida hospital’s quick thinking thwarts ransomware attack

Marianna, Fla.-based Jackson Hospital’s IT department quickly stopped a ransomware attack on its charting software by shutting down the hospital’s computer systems, CNN reported Jan. 16. →Read more

GS Labs hits BCBS of Kansas City with counterclaims, alleges antitrust, defamation violations

GS Labs is responding to a July 2021 lawsuit from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City with a counterclaim that alleges the payer violated federal antitrust laws and conspired with other affiliated companies to withhold payments.  →Read more

Novavax Covid vaccine: what is it and will it make a difference?

Australia’s government is hoping the protein-based vaccine – approved by the TGA – will sway the hesitant to get the jab Australia’s medicines regulator has approved the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine for use in adults. Nuvaxovid received provisional approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration on Thursday, making it the fourth vaccine to be included in Australia’s […] →Read more

Does virtual care save money? Cigna study says yes, up to $141 per visit

Virtual care isn’t just seeing an increase in patient volume amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but also an increase in patient savings, according to a Cigna analysis shared with Becker’s.  →Read more

Booster shots needed against omicron, CDC studies show

Three studies released Friday offered more evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the omicron variant, at least among people who received booster shots. →Read more

CBO reaffirms our innovation ecosystem leads to improved lives, long-term savings

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released a new report looking at trends in spending, prices and use of prescription drugs. While some politicians are trying to use the report to justify a flawed policy that would let the federal government set the price of medicines, a closer, less partisan look at CBO’s findings reaffirms […] →Read more

17 recent hospital and health system executive moves

The following hospital and health system executive moves have been reported since Jan. 14: →Read more

Saint Vincent Hospital to reopen outpatient services closed during nurses strike

Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., will soon reopen cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation, which closed in August because of staffing challenges amid a nurses strike. →Read more

CHI Health taps new leader for midwest hospitals

E.J. Kuiper was appointed CEO of Omaha, Neb.-based CHI Health and president of CommonSpirit Health’s Midwest division. →Read more

Health Alliance Plan offers buyouts to its older workers

Henry Ford Health System‘s integrated insurer Health Alliance Plan is offering buyouts to employees 55 years and older. →Read more

Boosters kept older Americans out of the hospital in December: 3 CDC stats

Unvaccinated Americans 50 years and up are significantly more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than Americans of the same age group who are fully vaccinated and boosted, according to CDC data published Jan. 20. →Read more

Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery

On Demand Webcast Nanoparticles have unique properties that are manipulated to create novel solutions, such as innovative drug delivery systems seen in today’s Covid-19 mRNA vaccines. This webinar explores the analytical techniques used for nanoparticle characterization and its growing significance in drug delivery systems. →Read more

Federal judge in Texas blocks Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal workers

A federal judge in Texas on Friday blocked President Biden’s mandate for federal workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the latest blow to the White House’s vaccination efforts.Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was appointed by former President Trump,… →Read more

COVID-19, not vaccine, may affect male fertility, NIH study finds

A National Institutes of Health-funded study involving more than 2,000 couples found COVID-19 vaccination doesn’t affect the chances of conception.  →Read more

Kura Oncology leukemia clinical trial to resume after FDA lifts partial hold

The FDA placed the partial hold on the study last November following a patient death suspected to be linked to a known complication of leukemia therapies. Kura Oncology said it has reached agreement with the FDA on a mitigation strategy for that complication. →Read more

ONC wants feedback on electronic prior authorization standards

Providers are encouraged to use electronic prior authorization, but uptake still lags. →Read more

13 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From hospitals facing antitrust claims to health systems settling false claims lawsuits, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.  →Read more

UnitedHealth Group poised to develop in-home plans, care

UnitedHealth Group may be slated to give more attention to home-based care, company executives said during a Jan. 19 earnings call.  →Read more

How vaccination, natural immunity stacked up against delta: 3 CDC findings

Both vaccination and a previous infection offered strong protection against COVID-19 during the delta wave last year, according to a CDC study published Jan. 19.  →Read more

Russia hits COVID-19 daily record for infections, points at omicron

Russia hit a new daily record for COVID-19 cases, with officials point to omicron as being responsible for the surge.The state coronavirus task force said 49,513 new cases were recorded on Friday, triple the number of infections reported on Jan… →Read more

White House Seeks Examples of How Digital Health Tech Is Improving Community Health

Digital health technology can play a major role in achieving health equity, as proven by several telehealth use cases during the pandemic, made possible by telehealth waivers. To further explore how technology innovation can lower barriers to quality healthcare for all Americans, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has published a […] →Read more

Burnout up 5 percentage points for physicians

Forty-seven percent of physicians reported feeling burned out last year, up from 42 percent in 2020, according to Medscape’s 2021 Physician Burnout & Depression Report published Jan. 21. →Read more

How 13 payers are handling at-home COVID-19 test reimbursement

Six of the nation’s 13 largest payers currently offer direct coverage for at-home COVID-19 tests, according to a Jan. 20 Kaiser Family Foundation study.  →Read more

New CDC studies show boosters provide strong protection from omicron variant

New studies released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday showed that a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine provides robust protection against hospitalization and severe disease.The studies from scientists at the Centers for… →Read more

Market power of physicians, hospitals seen in high insurance costs: CBO

The prices commercial insurers pay to providers continues to grow higher than the price set by Medicare’s fee for service program, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office.  →Read more

Omicron surge is undermining care for other health problems

The omicron surge this winter has not only swamped U.S. hospitals with record numbers of patients with COVID-19, it has also caused frightening moments and major headaches for people trying to get treatment for other ailments. →Read more

Insurers already exploiting the surprise billing law

Congress passed the No Surprises Act last year to protect patients from surprise medical bills. Unfortunately, insurance companies are already exploiting the way the Biden administration is implementing the law. →Read more

Boise zoo giving some animals COVID-19 vaccines

A zoo located in Boise, Idaho, is vaccinating its animals against the coronavirus.Zoo Boise has already vaccinated nearly half of its animals in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Association of Zoos… →Read more

5 women making moves in healthcare leadership

The following executive moves made by women have been reported since Jan. 19: →Read more

How does health spending in the U.S. compare to other countries?

This chart collection compares health care spending in the U.S. and other industrialized countries, including data on health spending per person and the growth rate in recent years and over time. →Read more

6 recent donations to healthcare organizations

Six donations have been made to healthcare organizations in the last month to improve care, establish chairs, create institutes and spur innovations, Becker’s reported. →Read more

Georgia physicians make public plea for help slowing COVID-19 surge

Physicians from health systems in the Atlanta metropolitan area are urging the public to help reduce COVID-19 spread, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. →Read more

Children’s Hospital Colorado names first mental health-in-chief

Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora has named K. Ron-Li Liaw, MD, its first mental health-in-chief. →Read more

4 key trends for payers and providers in 2022

The sectors face continued pressure as they head into a third year of the pandemic pressuring operations.  →Read more

Fierce JPM Week: Bristol Myers’ next-gen autoimmune med not just another JAK drug, exec says

Fierce JPM Week: Bristol Myers’ next-gen autoimmune med not just another JAK drug, exec says esagonowsky Fri, 01/21/2022 – 11:04 →Read more

Red Cross cyberattack exposes more than 515,000 people’s personal data

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Jan. 19 it discovered a cyberattack on its computer servers.  →Read more

Virtua Health launches hospital-at-home program: 5 things to know

Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua Health rolled out a hospital-at-home program, according to a Jan. 19 report in New Jersey Business Magazine. →Read more

50% of internet-connected hospital devices vulnerable to cyberattacks

Over 50 percent of the most commonly used internet-connected hospital devices may become victims of cyberattacks, presenting new problems for healthcare organizations who need to keep their information safe, ScreenRant reported Jan. 20. →Read more

Most ‘Havana Syndrome’ cases not caused by US foes, CIA suggests

A CIA-led investigation has found that most cases of “Havana Syndrome,” a mysterious illness first identified in 2016, were likely not caused by a sustained global campaign from a foreign adversary, according to Politico. →Read more

US nearing omicron peak, Mayo Clinic model shows

COVID-19 modeling from Mayo Clinic suggests the omicron surge will peak nationally by the end of the month, in line with projections shared earlier this month.   →Read more

Hospitals ask Congress to add $25B to relief fund

The American Hospital Association is urging Congress to include several priorities in legislation to fund the government beyond Feb. 18, including adding billions of dollars to the Provider Relief Fund.  →Read more

Dr. Rod Hochman: 10 healthcare trends to watch in the year ahead

As the world enters year three of the pandemic, Rod Hochman, MD, president and CEO of Providence, today released his annual list of health care predictions. →Read more

IBM sells Watson Health

IBM has reached a deal with investment firm Francisco Partners to sell its data and assets from Watson Health.  →Read more

The Covid Vaccine’s PR Crisis: Health Innovation vs the Take-Down Power of Disinformation

By JESSICA DaMASSA Misinformation and disinformation (intentionally wrong information) have plagued the storyline of the Covid19 vaccine since the early days of its development, creating a healthcare communications crisis that has not only stalled U.S. vaccination rates, but has also raised questions about how medical and scientific experts will ever again win trust across audiences […] →Read more

Private equity pushes into healthcare: 6 recent deals

Private equity firms recently invested in several healthcare companies, including those providing payment software and medical equipment maintenance.  →Read more

The Intersection of Medicaid, Special Education Service Delivery, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented health and education challenges for children with disabilities, many of whom receive special education services. Many children receiving special education services have substantial health care needs, and services available through a child’s health insurance plan, such as Medicaid, can complement special education services. This brief explains how Medicaid and special […] →Read more

Americans out sick because of COVID-19 reaches nearly 9 million

Amid the latest COVID-19 surge fueled by the omicron variant, significant numbers of employees across healthcare and other industries have had to miss work because of illness and other reasons related to the virus. Those numbers recently hit a record high, according to new data from the Census Bureau. →Read more

State officials want more time, money to resume Medicaid renewals

Two state health officials said advance notice of the public health emergency’s end could help ease coverage renewals. →Read more

White House launches call line for free COVID-19 test orders

The White House on Friday launched a new phone line that Americans can use to order free at-home coronavirus tests, in an effort to reach those who cannot easily access the internet.Starting Friday, Americans who cannot put in an order for the COVID… →Read more

IBM selling Watson Health data and analytics business to Francisco Partners

IBM announced Friday that Francisco Partners will acquire its healthcare data and analytics assets, currently part of Watson Health. →Read more

Viewpoint: Many unvaccinated, critical COVID-19 patients still distrust those caring for them

Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, some unvaccinated patients, even those who become critically ill, still deny the virus is behind their deterioration and vehemently distrust the physicians caring for them, a critical care physician said in an op-ed published Jan. 20 in The Los Angeles Times.  →Read more

Home Care Conference: A Discussion with AlayaCare

This article is brought to you by AlayaCare. The article is based on an interview that took place during a live panel discussion with Adrian Schauer, Founder and CEO of AlayaCare; Vicki Hoak, Executive Director of Home Care Association of America; Todd Austin, Chief Operating Officer for Home Care Pulse; and Shiwan Chung, leader of […] →Read more

Achieving Effective Data Analytics

The notion that “every company is a data company” is so widely accepted that it’s almost a cliché. Still, many organizations continue to struggle even to inventory and organize their data, much less leverage it in a way that helps them to arrive at transformative insights. Data analytics can help organizations improve customer service, increase […] →Read more

Vermont, Utah among several states breaking COVID-19 hospitalization records this week

As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to increase nationally, at least five states reported new records this week.  →Read more

Maryland hospital patient information exposed in email breach

Annapolis, Md.-based Anne Arundel Medical Center’s owner, Luminis Health, informed patients Jan. 20 that their information may have been compromised, as an unauthorized party accessed its email system. →Read more

AstraZeneca’s Tagrisso Accepted for Use in Scotland to Treat EGFR Mutated Advanced Lung Cancer

AstraZeneca’s Tagrisso) has been accepted for use as a monotherapy for the first-line treatment of adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic NSCLC with activating EGFR mutations in Scotland. →Read more

Digital Health Technologies for Remote Data Acquisition in Clinical Investigations

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Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and Envirotainer Collaborate on Sustainability

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and Envirotainer are collaborating on more sustainable air transport of pharmaceuticals →Read more

PharmaLex Expands Integrated Market Access Expertise through Merger with MAP Group

PharmaLex Group has merged with MAP Group, broadening its market access expertise and extending its reach into the Italian marketplace. →Read more

Cyxone Engages European CDMO for Scale-Up and Production of T20K

Cyxone has appointed a European CDMO to scale-up and produce the active ingredient of its T20K drug candidate. →Read more

The complexity behind travel nurses’ exponential rates

Hospitals and health systems relying on travel workers to fill workforce gaps is nothing new, but the pandemic has spotlighted travel pay by spurring an environment in which these organizations must compete for nurses with agencies that offer lucrative temporary contracts.  →Read more

Colorcon Ventures Invests in Provider of Intelligent MES

Colorcon Ventures is investing in a provider of intelligent manufacturing execution systems (MES), →Read more

Australia records deadliest COVID-19 day

Australia recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic so far on Friday, citing 80 deaths related to COVID-19 as the spread of omicron continues in the country.Australia previously saw a record number of coronavirus fatalities on Tuesday, as the… →Read more

CDC: Unvaccinated seniors 50 times more likely to be hospitalized than those with boosters

Unvaccinated adults ages 65 and older are nearly 50 times more likely to be hospitalized than seniors who have received a full COVID-19 vaccine and a booster shot, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).&… →Read more

The Chief of CVS Health Wants to Be Part of People’s ‘Everyday Life’

Karen S. Lynch, who took over during the pandemic, is dealing with insurance, opioids, vaccines, politics and more. →Read more

FDA warns about dental problems with buprenorphine medicines dissolved in the mouth to treat opioid use disorder and pain

FDA is warning that dental problems have been reported with medicines containing buprenorphine that are dissolved in the mouth. Despite these risks, buprenorphine is an important treatment option for opioid use disorder (OUD) and pain, and the benefits of these medicines clearly outweigh the risks. →Read more

Scandi pharma: Swede deal for Psyros Diagnostics

Psyros Diagnostics has signed an agreement to be acquired by the Swedish company, Prolight Diagnostics AB. Psyros’s ground-breaking Point-of-Care (POC) technology enables the measurement of disease-indicating molecules in extremely low concentrations–in ten minutes or less. →Read more

Pharmacist vacancies highlight need for funding booster

New figures from Health Education England (HEE) show that the pharmacist vacancy rate in community pharmacies across England has doubled to 8% between 2017 and 2021. →Read more

Covid vaccine booster raises antibody levels in fight against Omicron

A third dose of vaccine has been shown to effectively neutralise the Omicron variant of covid-19, according to researchers. Research led by UCLH, UCL and the Francis Crick Institute found that the booster dose successfully stimulates antibody levels that neutralise Omicron. Details of the study were published in The Lancet this week. UCLH researchers stated that antibodies […] →Read more

You say Trintellix, I say Brintellix: Why a drug name in the US won’t always translate across the pond

You say Trintellix, I say Brintellix: Why a drug name in the US won’t always translate across the pond badams Fri, 01/21/2022 – 07:07 →Read more

Will Omicron Protect Us From Future Waves?

Even before Omicron hit the United States in full force, most of our bodies had already wised up to SARS-CoV-2’s insidious spike—through infection, injection, or both. By the end of October 2021, some 86.2 percent of American immune systems may have glimpsed the virus’s most infamous protein, according to one estimate; now, as Omicron adds […] →Read more

Biliary tract cancer drug granted orphan drug designation in US

The US regulator has granted biliary tract cancer therapy Silmitasertib orphan drug designation. There are currently no treatments for this rare cancer, and the US food and Drug Administration (FDA) hopes that pharmaceutical firm Senhwa’s drug will meet the significant need for new biliary tract cancer options. First-line standard of care is currently a chemotherapy […] →Read more

Japan approves Pfizer COVID vaccine for children aged 5 to 11

Japan’s health ministry has authorised the use of Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children aged between five and 11. The vaccine, Comirnaty, is claimed to be the first in Japan to be approved for use in this age group. Once the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare grants special approval, Japan will join the […] →Read more

Fierce Pharma Asia—Lilly-Abbisko cardiometabolic pact; Daiichi Sankyo asset sale; Eisai’s next Alzheimer’s prospect

Fierce Pharma Asia—Lilly-Abbisko cardiometabolic pact; Daiichi Sankyo asset sale; Eisai’s next Alzheimer’s prospect aliu Fri, 01/21/2022 – 06:45 →Read more

Family member’s undiagnosed illness gives physician new patient perspective

The post Family member’s undiagnosed illness gives physician new patient perspective appeared first on Healthy Debate. →Read more

Oslo Medicines Initiative asks how to balance innovation incentivisation with security of access

Access to medicines is “one of the most challenging policy areas in every country in the European region” – it’s time to develop a solution that works for everyone. Balancing the incentivisation of innovation against affordable access to revolutionary new medicines is an age-old conundrum in the biopharmaceutical industry. And as with many healthcare challenges, […] →Read more

State Laws Aim to Regulate ‘Troubled Teen Industry,’ but Loopholes Remain

Five days after Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed a law meant to provide stronger oversight of the more than 100 residential youth treatment programs operating in the state, a 12-year-old boy arrived at one of them, Provo Canyon School. Before long, he was forced into seclusion, denied communication with his family and given antipsychotic medication […] →Read more

Patient, Beware: Some States Still Pushing Ineffective Covid Antibody Treatments

As the omicron variant completes its sweep across the U.S., states with scarce supplies of monoclonal antibody therapies continue to use two treatments that federal health officials warn no longer work against the highly contagious version of the virus that causes covid-19. The antibody treatment now most recommended is sotrovimab from GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology, […] →Read more

Fast-Tracked Ruling on Abortion Won’t Wait for ‘Hearts and Minds’ to Change

When he was running for president in 1999, George W. Bush, then governor of Texas, famously fended off the strong anti-abortion wing of his party by suggesting the country ought not consider banning abortion until public opinion shifted further in that direction. “Laws are changed as minds are persuaded,” he said. Bush was no moderate […] →Read more

Torrent Pharmaceuticals-Openings for Production/ Engineering- Apply Now

Torrent Pharmaceuticals-Openings for Production/ Engineering- Apply Now Job Description Openings for Apprenticeship @ Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited Department: Production/ EngineeringPosition: Apprenticeship Experience: FreshersQualification: ITI Fitter/ B.Tech Chemical Engineering Interested Candidates can Share their CVs On [email protected] Torrent Pharmaceuticals-Openings for Production/ Engineering- Apply Now →Read more

Laurus Labs inks pact with MPP to produce molnupiravir

​​ “We are happy to sign an agreement to manufacture the oral COVID-19 antirviral medication, which is an urgent need of the hour, this is one of the most critical step towards fighting the pandemic and we are happy to contribute to the mission,” Laurus Labs Founder and CEO Satyanarayana Chava said in a regulatory […] →Read more


How should you report the methodology, results and limitations of your economic model? One of the most commonly used approaches is the Consolidated Health Economic Evaluation Reporting Standards (CHEERS) checklist. CHEERS was developed in 2013 (Husereau et al. 2013) and a new version has been developed this year (Husereau et al. 2022). Below are the […] →Read more

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories– Walk-In Drive for Freshers On 22nd Jan’ 2022

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories– Walk-In Drive for Freshers On 22nd Jan’ 2022 Job Description We are looking for young talent to be a part of our self Managed Teams at our Manufacturing facilities in Telangana. This is “Learn while you Earn” Opportunity Eligibility: 18-20 years of Age Intermediate (Only M.P.C./ Bi.P.C) Pass 2020 batch only with […] →Read more

Crystallization of challenging pharmaceutical targets to aid drug discovery

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Flexibility and capability in pre-filled syringes

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Orphan Drug Development – A pragmatic approach to developing a rare disease drug

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Pharmacy Interoperability Challenges and Needs Under the 21st Century Cures Act

Jason Ausili, Pharm.D., Chief Clinical Officer, FDS Amplicare, now part of EnlivenHealth™ As interoperability provisions from the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) enter their enforcement phase, pharmacy leaders within the Pharmacy HIT Collaborative (PHIT), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and […] →Read more

Hetero Labs Limited -Walk-In Interviews for Fershers On 23rd Jan’ 2022

Hetero Labs Limited -Walk-In Interviews for Fershers On 23rd Jan’ 2022 Job Description Greetings from Hetero !!! Walk-In Interviews for Fershers in Production/ QA/ QC/ Engineering/ Maintenance Departments @ Hetero Labs Limited Departments: Production/ QA/ QC/ Engineering/MaintenanceRole : Jr. Chemist/ TraineeQualification: M.Sc (Organic / Analytical Chemistry) / B.Sc Chemistry & ITI Fitter/ Diploma Mechanical @ Fresher’sJob Location : Hyderabad/ […] →Read more

Sun Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd-Urgent Openings QC/ ETP Dept. -Apply Now

Sun Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd-Urgent Openings QC/ ETP Dept. -Apply Now Job Description Urgent Openings QC/ ETP Department @ Sun Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd We require young and energetic professional for our Madhuranthagam (API) Plant, Near Chennai, Tamilnadu. Department: ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant)Designation: OperatorQualification: Diploma/ B.ScExperience: 01-03 years Department: QCDesignation: Lab AnalystQualification: M.ScExperience: 03-04 years Interested Candidates may send their CV to [email protected] Sun Pharmaceuticals […] →Read more

France to loosen COVID-19 restrictions in February

France announced on Thursday that it would be implementing new COVID-19 restrictions in the country while loosening other restrictions beginning in February.French officials said that entry into public places such as museums, bars and restaurants… →Read more

Canadian restaurant forced to partially close after accepting dog photos as vaccination proof

A Canadian restaurant was ordered to close its indoor operations briefly after it was discovered to be accepting dog photos as proof of COVID-19 vaccination.Alberta, where The Granary Kitchen is located, requires restaurants… →Read more

Lupin Limited-Walk-Virtual Interview for freshers & experienced On 24th to 29th Jan’ 2022

Lupin Limited-Walk-Virtual Interview for freshers & experienced On 24th to 29th Jan’ 2022 Job Description Lupin Limited is one of India’s largest manufacturers of bulk actives and Formulations. The principal bulk actives manufacturing by it include Rifampicin, Pyrazinamide, Ethambutol (anti-TB), Cephalosporins (anti-infectives) and cardiovasculars. Virtual Interview for Medical Representative in West Bengal, North East Positions, […] →Read more

Ogilvy Health’s new creative chief Hessel reflects on pharma’s pandemic opportunities

Ogilvy Health’s new creative chief Hessel reflects on pharma’s pandemic opportunities nmissakian Thu, 01/20/2022 – 22:25 →Read more

Wheel raises $150M in quest to move beyond “telehealth 101” to virtual-first care

The new infusion brings Wheel’s total funding to $216 million at a time when more companies understand the need to have an on-demand consumer/patient-facing telemedicine service that Wheel possesses but may not necessarily want to build it from the ground up. →Read more

GOP lawmakers seek answers from FDA on prenatal testing accuracy following New York Times report

Republican lawmakers sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking answers about noninvasive prenatal tests after The New York Times reported that many such tests are inaccurate.At the beginning of the year… →Read more

Psychedelic biotech Eleusis enters SPAC deal to take depression drug to the clinic

Eleusis is developing a formulation of the psychedelic compound psilocybin that overcomes limitations of pill versions of the drug. Depression is Eleusis’s lead disease target but the biotech notes that its research has shown the potential to bring psychedelic drugs beyond psychiatry. →Read more

27 drugmakers to provide generic COVID drug to low-income countries

Twenty-seven drug makers have signed onto a deal to manufacture a generic version of molnupiravir, Merck’s oral antiviral for the treatment of COVID-19. The deal will allow affordable access to the drug in 105 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) around the world. In October, the Geneva-based Medicines Patent Pool, a United Nations-backed public health group […] →Read more

Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH)

[Federal Register Volume 87, (Friday, January 21, 2022 )] [Notice] [Pages 3359-3360] Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) →Read more

MET Laboratories, Inc.: Applications for Expansion of Recognition

[Federal Register Volume 87, (Friday, January 21, 2022 )] [Notice] [Pages 3358-3359] MET Laboratories, Inc.: Applications for Expansion of Recognition →Read more

Simply the best – New Eurobodalla Hospital

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How to turn virtual care into a broader digital health strategy — 4 takeaways

Virtual care has become a permanent fixture in care delivery. Now, hospitals and health systems must transition from implementing short-term solutions to figuring out how to make telemedicine part of their long-term plan. →Read more

7 Texas physicians, hospital CEO to settle kickback allegations for over $1.1M

Seven Texas physicians and a hospital CEO have agreed to pay more than $1.1 million to resolve allegations that they violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law by accepting illegal monetary benefits in exchange for ordering laboratory tests, the Justice Department announced Jan. 20. →Read more

Overnight Health Care — Another Texas abortion setback

Welcome to Thursday’s Overnight Health Care, where we’re following the latest moves on policy and news affecting your health. Subscribe here: Another change brought on by the pandemic era: NBC says its Olympics… →Read more

 Viewpoint: Hospitals should not discriminate against the unvaccinated

As hospitals are again overwhelmed with by COVID-19 patients, opinion pieces in The Washington Post have argued  that health systems should prioritize the vaccinated or even consider refusing to treat the unvaccinated. However, that would set a dangerous precedent for ethics and public health, Atlantic science writer Ed Yong wrote Jan. 20.  →Read more

Top 10 digital health companies that raised funds in 2021

Amid record-breaking fundraising by digital health startups in 2021, 10 companies stood out, according to a CB Insights report published Jan. 20. →Read more

Texas healthcare workers must be fully vaccinated by March 21, per CMS mandate

Medicare and Medicaid providers in Texas covered by the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate must ensure staff have received at least one dose by Feb. 22 and are fully vaccinated by March 21, CMS said in updated guidance issued Jan. 20. →Read more

12 drugmakers restricting 340B discounts

Since July 2020, 12 drugmakers have said they will restrict or stop providing 340B discounts to safety net hospitals for drugs dispensed at community-based pharmacies.  →Read more

19 top-rated hospitals for patient experience: Colorado

Becker’s has compiled a list of the best hospitals for patient experience in Colorado using the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores from CMS. →Read more

Houston Methodist’s Dr. Roberta Schwartz on innovating out of the staffing crisis

Roberta Schwartz, PhD, executive vice president and chief innovation officer for Houston Methodist, has been taking meetings with nursing executives, a group she said she hadn’t spent very much time with before the staffing crisis. →Read more

Inside Texas’ maternity deserts: 5 things to know

With only 40 percent of rural hospitals in Texas offering labor and delivery services, “maternity deserts” across the state are growing as staff shortages shutter rural labor and delivery units, according to a Jan. 20 report from The Texas Tribune. →Read more

Patients can now access prescription savings through their TV

LG televisions now offer a prescription savings card in their telehealth hubs. →Read more

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine’s founding dean dies

Bonita Stanton, MD, founding dean of Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and president of Academic Enterprise at Hackensack Meridian Health, died Jan. 19. →Read more

How providers can identify and prevent bias in EHRs

Clinicians should work to better articulate patient medical barriers rather than relying on common negative descriptors in patient EHRs, a report concluded, leading providers to wonder how to combat it. →Read more

HHS provides $103M for programs to reduce healthcare workforce burnout

HHS will disburse $103 million through the Health Resources and Services Administration to address staffing needs, burnout and mental health among healthcare workers. →Read more

Completion timeline for $969M US military hospital in Germany delayed 5 years

A $969 million contract for most of the work on a U.S. Defense Department hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, has been signed, but completion plans are being pushed back to 2027 after originally being planned for 2022, Stars and Stripes reported Jan. 20. →Read more

Nearly 1 million child COVID-19 infections reported in past week

Nearly 1 million children were infected with COVID-19 in the last week according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, four times the rate of the peak of last winters’ surge.For the week ending Jan. 13, more than 981,000 child COVID-19 cases… →Read more

Alphabet’s Verily + L’Oréal Partner to Advance Precision Skin Health

What You Should Know: – Today, Alphabet’s Verily, a world leader in personalized medicine, and L’Oréal, the world leader in beauty, joined forces to lead a new era of precision skin health. – The first-of-its-kind partnership in the beauty industry aims to break down barriers to dermatology care and bring new insights to dermatologists that […] →Read more

COVID-positive employees returning to work: 2 CEOs share their protocols

Hospital CEOs are relying on employees more than ever as the COVID-19 omicron variant continues to spread across the U.S. and staffing shortages persist. During the pandemic, they have worked to establish return-to-work protocols for employees who test positive for COVID-19 while ensuring that their workforce needs are addressed and workers are safe.  →Read more

DarioHealth Acquires Physimax, AI-Powered Musculoskeletal Self-Assessment and Optimization Platform

What You Should Know: – Global digital therapeutics (DTx) company DarioHealth Corp. (Nasdaq: DRIO), a leader in the market (the Company), announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase all of the right, title and interest in certain assets of Physimax Technologies Ltd. (“Physimax”), a leading provider of computer vision (CV) technology for Musculoskeletal […] →Read more

Theranica Publishes Largest Ever Real-World Study of a Migraine Device

What You Should Know: – Theranica, a prescribed digital therapeutics company developing advanced electroceuticals for migraine and other pain conditions, announced today the publication of a new peer-reviewed study analyzing the efficacy, safety and sustainability of remote electrical neuromodulation (REN) as a standalone, and medication adjunct, treatment of migraine. – The real-world evidence study published […] →Read more

Syapse, Pfizer Extends Collaboration to Generate Real-World Evidence in Breast Cancer

What You Should Know: – Syapse, a real-world evidence company that informs cancer care, announced that it will extend its collaboration with Pfizer to generate real-world evidence in breast cancer. – This is the third phase of the collaboration, which was first announced in 2019 and renewed in 2021. Generate Real-World Evidence in Breast Cancer […] →Read more

Blue Shield of California Adds Ginger to Expand Mental Health Support

What You Should Know: – Blue Shield of California today announced that its health plan members who are enrolled in the Wellvolution program now have access to Headspace Health’s Ginger on-demand, personalized mental health support that can be accessed on their smartphone. – Ginger is an on-demand mental health platform that can help individuals manage […] →Read more

Platform Launches to Help Eliminate Biases in Decentralized Trials

What You Should Know: – Obviohealth, a decentralized clinical trial platform, has launched a new AI-assisted clinical raters platform to eliminate biases from trials. The platform Augmented ePRO (electronic patient-reported outcomes), has been designed to assist clinical raters to better score patient outcomes, without biases. Why It Matters As more trials take place virtually or […] →Read more

Florida orthopedic surgeons sue HCA over surgical center deals

The doctors claim HCA Healthcare is monopolizing the market by forming partnerships with and purchasing competing surgical centers. →Read more

Supreme Court rebuffs abortion providers again over Texas 6-week ban

The Supreme Court on Thursday rebuffed abortion providers’ latest legal maneuver in their challenge to Texas’ 6-week ban, which has sharply reduced abortion access in the state since taking effect nearly five months ago. The order, issued… →Read more

DrChrono and Solv Integrates to Enhance the Patient Experience

What You Should Know: – DrChrono Inc., an EverHealth® solution that is developing an essential platform and services for modern medical practices, today announced an integration partnership with Solv, an app that delivers everyday healthcare on-demand, equipping providers with the technology they need to improve patient access to quality healthcare, virtually or in person. – The integration […] →Read more

Advocate Aurora staff take their vaccine pleas to YouTube

Video shorts from workers let healthcare providers describe watching two years of suffering and death, much of which, they say, was preventable. →Read more

Florida providers, insurers won’t use federal surprise billing resolution process

Florida is among roughly a dozen states that CMS determined can use their own billing resolution rules in lieu of those under the federal No Surprises Act. →Read more

Biden Administration’s Rapid-Test Rollout Doesn’t Easily Reach Those Who Need It Most

In the past week, the Biden administration launched two programs that aim to get rapid covid tests into the hands of every American. But the design of both efforts disadvantages people who already face the greatest barriers to testing. From the limit placed on test orders to the languages available on websites, the programs stand […] →Read more

HHS awards grants to tackle health worker burnout, well-being

More than 40 organizations will split $103 million, and a new technical assistance center will share best practices. →Read more

Telehealth increased Black patients’ follow-up visits, study shows

The adoption of telehealth in the beginning of the pandemic led to an increase in Black patients’ completion rates for follow-up visits after hospitalization, a study published Jan. 11 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found. →Read more

15% of US hospitals critically understaffed, 24% anticipate shortages: Numbers by state

Almost 15 percent — or 886 of 6,033 — of hospitals reporting staffing levels in the U.S. are experiencing critical staffing shortages, according to HHS data posted Jan. 20. →Read more

Alma LeVant Hayden’s Contributions to Regulatory Science

Virtual exhibit about former Director of the Spectrophotometry Branch, Alma Hayden →Read more

Digitalization in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Equipment

Although there are challenges to be addressed, the digital transformation of equipment has begun. →Read more

Humana grows private equity-backed primary care

The company’s clinic expansion is funded in part through a three-year, $600 million private equity deal. →Read more

Families Are Going Rogue With Rapid Tests

“It started as a joke, actually,” Elena Korngold told me. But late last month, the 40-something radiologist from Portland and her family decided that their unsanctioned scheme couldn’t hurt. Elena began the proceedings by unwrapping the sterile swab from a BinaxNOW rapid test for SARS-CoV-2, part of the family’s dwindling supply. She swirled the swab […] →Read more

Aiming to make CDC nimble, agency director has rankled many

Some experts say, the CDC has repeatedly stumbled — moving too quickly, before the science was clear, and then failing to communicate clearly with local health officials and the public. →Read more

UnityPoint, Senior Solutions Defining What ‘Valuable Services’ Look Like in the Home

As a result of the COVID-19 emergency, there has been an increase in new home-based care models such as SNF at home and, most notably, hospital at home. The latter saw an uptick when the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced its “Acute Hospital Care At Home” waiver program in 2020. “Hospital […] →Read more

122 organizations stand against California single-payer coverage proposal

More than 120 organizations — including payers, businesses and advocacy groups — have signed on to a coalition that opposes proposals that would enact and fund a single-payer healthcare system in California.  →Read more

Omicron cases may be slowing in some places, but deaths aren’t: 3 things to know

As the omicron COVID-19 surge appears to be peaking in some areas of the nation, U.S. COVID-19 deaths have started to climb, according to data from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University and The New York Times. →Read more

7 ways to immediately reduce nurse strain

Hospitals and health systems are increasingly partnering with nursing schools or offering academic financial assistance to bolster the nursing pipeline. While an influx of nursing students will eventually help address workforce issues, there will be at least a two-year lag before these investments pay off, and with a growing nursing shortage, hospitals can’t afford to […] →Read more

Yale New Haven Health to use Rx.Health’s digital front door system-wide

The New York City-based digital medicine company has been working with the health system for several years, starting in its gastroenterology department. It’s providing a unified messaging platform aimed at improving care coordination and patient engagement. →Read more

Tufts to close children’s hospital, convert it to adult ICU

Boston-based Tufts Children’s Hospital will close its 41-bed hospital because of a smaller demand in child care and a larger demand in adult care, The Boston Globe reported Jan. 20. →Read more

COVID Parenting Has Passed the Point of Absurdity

Last Thursday, a group of 20 mothers in Boston met up outside a local high school. Their goal wasn’t to socialize, drink wine, or even share COVID-related tips. They were there for one reason and one reason only: to stand in a circle—socially distanced, of course—and scream. “I knew that we all needed to come […] →Read more

Physical Security Technology Keeps Hospital Staff and Patients Safe

In an industry understandably laser-focused on all things cybersecurity, it can seem as if physical security gets short shrift. But talk to healthcare professionals across the country, or to the leaders of most hospital IT teams, and it quickly becomes clear that’s not the case. “Hundreds of studies over the past 10 years all say […] →Read more

How Are Private Insurers Covering At-Home Rapid COVID Tests?

This policy watch provides an early look at how top private insurers are implementing a new requirement to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests. Initially about half offer a direct coverage option and half require an enrollee to pay upfront and then seek reimbursement. →Read more

Evaluating Home Care’s Progress in Medicare Advantage

Many of the in-home supplemental benefits offered by Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are new. But whether they are through the primarily health-related pathway, which began in 2019, or through Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI), which came a year later, these benefits are still being experimented with. Generally, the plans offering these new […] →Read more

Health information exchange advancing the industry toward interoperability

The two-year war against COVID-19 and its variants has highlighted the critical importance of health data and the role of health information exchanges. Unfortunately, some of the health data gaps throughout the pandemic also revealed where systemwide holes need to be filled. →Read more

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Roe v. Wade’s (Possibly Last) Anniversary

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Jan. 22 is the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark abortion ruling, Roe v. Wade, and could well be its last. The conservative supermajority on the […] →Read more

Medicaid and At-Home COVID-19 Tests

As COVID cases have surged across the United States due to the new Omicron variant, the Biden Administration has stepped up efforts to expand testing capacity including by making at-home COVID tests more available. →Read more

You can feel this acid when you work out. Now it may increase knowledge of cancer medicine

New research shows that specific enzymes can remove lactic acid marks. This finding may increase our understanding of cancer medicine and how physical exercise, among other things, can affect human epigenetics. →Read more

Mapping dementia-linked protein interactions yields potential new treatment targets

By mapping all the protein interactions of a dementia-linked protein in the brain called Tau, a team of investigators has created a road map for identifying potential new treatment targets for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. →Read more

UNC Hospitals names new CFO

Latonya Brown has been promoted to the role of CFO for UNC Hospitals, effective Jan. 24.  →Read more

Key Questions About Nursing Home Cases, Deaths, and Vaccinations as Omicron Spreads in the United States

This data note analyzes federal nursing home data as of January 2nd, 2022 to determine the impact of the pandemic on COVID-19 cases and deaths among staff and residents, amid the recent surge of national cases due to the Omicron variant. →Read more

New data show continued decline in death rates for cancer patients related to treatment advances

According to a new report from American Cancer Society (ACS), death rates for cancer patients in the United States continue to decrease. Each year, ACS details a range of incidence, mortality and survival statistics along with information on risk factors, early detection and treatment for cancer patients. Over the past 30 years we’ve seen significant […] →Read more

CDC approval delays are tying up N95 supplies, mask-makers say

The CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health faces a backlog of applications from manufacturers seeking regulatory approval for N95s and other air-filtering masks, Roll Call reported Jan. 19. →Read more

Kaiser to offer repeat COVID vaccinations to nearly 4,000 people who may have received low dose

About 3,900 people who received Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations at the Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek (Calif.) Medical Center in late 2021 may have received a slightly less than recommended dose, according to a statement shared with Becker’s.  →Read more

ImmPACT Bio reels in $111M to prevent tumor escape with novel cell therapies

Despite the targeted approach of some cancer treatments, tumors can find ways to escape, leading patients to relapse. ImmPACT Bio will apply its Series B financing toward the development of cell therapies designed to prevent tumor escape. →Read more

The Long, Slow Process of Carcinogenesis

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it’s a natural response for them to wonder what they did wrong, and how they could have avoided it. And while there are some behaviors and environmental effects that have been definitively tied to increased risk, for the huge majority of cancers there is no way to point at […] →Read more

Busted: The top healthcare fraud schemes of Q4 2021

The second full year of the COVID-19 pandemic unfortunately closed out with a spike in allegations of healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA). These alleged schemes came in the form of kickbacks, falsified claims, overbilling, and more. With help from the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA), we gathered some of the most prominent cases […] →Read more

25% of US adults inactive, CDC map shows

About 25 percent of adults in the U.S. are not active enough to protect their health, according to the CDC’s physical inactivity maps updated Jan. 20.  →Read more

Could robots be the future of elder care? 

The World Health Organization estimates that by 2030, there will be 1.4 billion people older than 60 on the planet. Caring for this population will require intensive care from health professionals, but robots might help ease the burden, Nature reported Jan. 19. →Read more

Digital health funding reaches record $57.2B: 5 things to know

The digital health industry raised a record amount of funding, with growth to the sector increasing 79 percent since 2020, according to a 2021 report released by CB Insights on Jan. 20. →Read more

Drug mimics beneficial effects of fasting in mice

An investigational cancer drug that starves tumors of their energy supply also shows evidence of improving whole body metabolism, leading to improved weight control, according to a new study in mice. →Read more

Research in mice identifies neurons that control locomotion

For more than a century, scientists have known that while the commands that initiate movement come from the brain, the neurons that control locomotion once movement is underway reside within the spinal cord. Researchers now report that, in mice, they have identified one particular type of neuron that is both necessary and sufficient for regulating […] →Read more

Old neurons can block neurogenesis in mice

Destroying senescent cells in the aging stem cell niche enhances hippocampal neurogenesis and cognitive function in mice, researchers report. →Read more

2 Michigan hospitals collaborate on Epic EMR system

Helen Newberry (Mich.) Joy Hospital and Healthcare Center and Midland-based MyMichigan Health joined forces to implement a new Epic EMR system for patients at Helen Newberry. →Read more

Anthem CEO, President Gail Boudreaux awarded highest NCAA honor

Gail Boudreaux, Anthem CEO and president, was awarded the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s highest individual honor: the Theodore Roosevelt Award.  →Read more

Biophore India receives licences from MPP to market molnupiravir

The licences are applicable for both active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and finished product in capsules form. It enables the company to launch the product within India as well as export to 104 other countries around the world, Biophore India Pharmaceuticals said in a statement. →Read more

Scanners Boost Efficiency as Healthcare Undergoes Digital Transformation

Even as the healthcare industry continues to digitalize, the use of paper forms, contact sheets, medical records and a range of other document types requires the use of scanners. More robust and compact than ever before, scanners in use by healthcare organizations are also contributing to data security by reducing the volume of paper forms […] →Read more

AAMC, AAHC to merge

The Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of Academic Health Centers have approved a merger agreement. →Read more

Why voice recognition is the new competitive battleground in healthcare’s digital transformation

As ambient technologies improve, additional use cases to leverage voice will emerge – that leaves us with the question of how patients and physicians are responding to voice-enabled tools in their healthcare encounters. →Read more

OSF HealthCare, U of Illinois to help fund 20 health tech research teams

The Jump ARCHES program, a partnership between Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, will fund a program to develop technologies and devices to enhance healthcare delivery and medical training. →Read more

Headspace Health Merger Update: First Look at How Ginger-Headspace Combo is Really Going to Market

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Headspace Health CEO Russell Glass says the merger-of-equals between on-demand mental health care provider, Ginger, and consumer meditation app, Headspace, is starting its upward trajectory on the “merger J-curve” and this monster 30-minute chat gets into the how-and-why. We start out talking about the company’s recent acquisition of chatbot-based self-care […] →Read more

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories– Virtual Recruitment Drive On 22nd Jan’ 2022

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories– Virtual Recruitment Drive On 22nd Jan’ 2022 Job Description We are Conducting a Virtual recruitment Drive On 22nd January for Process Development Scientist Role Company Name: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Department: Process Development- Scientist roleQualification: M. Pharma with 04 to 08 years of relevant experience Experience & Education:  04 to 07 years of relevant experience Formulation Development, […] →Read more

Antimicrobial resistance accounts for more global deaths than HIV, malaria, study finds

An estimated 1.27 million people around the world died directly from antimicrobial-resistant bacterial infections in 2019, according to a study published Jan. 19 in The Lancet. Antimicrobial resistance was also a factor in nearly 5 million deaths globally, the estimates show.  →Read more

Patients could wait days for a hospital bed in Southern California

Amid the latest COVID-19 surge fueled by the omicron variant, some Southern California hospitals are facing a bottleneck in their ability to move patients treated in the emergency room to a hospital bed, the Los Angeles Times reported Jan. 20. →Read more

Update on COVID-19 Vaccination of 5-11 Year Olds in the U.S.

This piece provides an analysis of COVID-19 vaccination rates among 5-11 year-old children across the states. Overall, we find wide variation in share of children who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine across the states. →Read more

Walgreens, VillageMD to open 8 more primary care clinics in Arizona

Walgreens and VillageMD said Jan. 20 they will open eight Village Medical at Walgreens locations this year in the metro area of Tucson, Ariz. →Read more

MSN Laboratories Pvt. Ltd-(50 Openings) Walk-In Drive for Freshers & Experienced On 24th January 2022

MSN Laboratories Pvt. Ltd-(50 Openings) Walk-In Drive for Freshers & Experienced On 24th January 2022 Job Description Walk-In Drive for M.Sc Analytical Chemistry Fresher’s & Experience in Analytical Research & Development, R&D Center On 24th January 2022 Departments: Analytical Research & Development- API (AR&D- LC MS/ GC MS/ NRM-Analytical Method Validation)Post Name: Executive Trainee/ Executive/ Senior ExecutiveQualification: B.Sc/ […] →Read more

Joint Commission, American Heart Association launch heart attack certification program

The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association launched the Comprehensive Heart Attack Center Certification program on Jan. 19 to advance care for the most complex and severely ill cardiac patients.  →Read more

Blood collection tubes are in short supply: FDA

All blood specimen collection tubes were added to the FDA’s device shortage list on Jan. 19 amid an increase in demand and recent supply issues. →Read more

10 systems seeking supply chain talent

Ten health systems have posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week: →Read more

3 states where health officials say omicron is likely peaking

The omicron surge has yet to peak nationwide, but some states are reporting a recent drop in COVID-19 cases or hospitalizations. →Read more

Novo Nordisk launches anti-diabetes pill semaglutide in India

Novo Nordisk, the Danish drug maker on Thursday announced the launch of oral semaglutide in India for treatment of type 2 diabetes. →Read more

UnitedHealth Group Hints at Big Home-Based Care Plans

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) was the first health care titan to report its 2021 year-end results, doing so Wednesday morning. The Minnetonka, Minnesota-based company showed few signs of a pandemic-driven slowdown and hinted at big home-based care moves on the horizon. “Our broad home-based clinical care initiatives at Optum and UnitedHealthcare are central to improving […] →Read more

The rise of telehealth puts spotlight on data privacy

Health data has transformed healthcare and with the rise of telehealth, patient data is being acquired quickly, but healthcare facilities must balance healthcare data collection with patient privacy, Raconteur reported Jan. 19. →Read more

Mayo Clinic wins domain name dispute with porn site

The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, part of Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, has won a case alleging its name was being used to divert people to a pornographic website.  →Read more

Unilever won’t raise offer for GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer joint venture

After three rejected bids, London-based Unilever is throwing in the towel, stating that it will not raise its $68 billion offer to purchase GSK Consumer Healthcare, the joint venture between GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 19. →Read more

WOS Conference 2022 calls for abstracts

21/01/2022 WOS Conference 2022 calls for abstracts Image is an international network of decision-makers, researchers, and occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals responsible for the prevention of accidents and trauma at work. Every year, invites OSH researchers to submit abstracts of their technical papers for the annual WOS Conference. For 2022 the main theme […] →Read more

Surprise Medical Bills are Ending, But Controversy Continues

In this column for the JAMA Health Forum, Larry Levitt examines how the No Surprises Act that prohibits unexpected out-of-network charges for patients could lead to lower payment rates and revenues for some doctors and other care providers. →Read more

HCA hit with antitrust lawsuit in Florida

HCA Healthcare, a for-profit hospital operator based in Nashville, Tenn., is facing a federal antitrust case in Florida concerning the orthopedic surgery market.  →Read more

Feb. 3 Web Event: Understanding and Addressing Racial Disparities in Cancer Outcomes, Care, and Treatment

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised awareness and sharpened the discussion of systemic racial disparities in the U.S. health care system. These inequities existed long before the pandemic and have been recognized for decades, yet they continue and, in some cases, have worsened. Cancer consistently ranks as one of the leading causes of death in the…More →Read more

Join the Free Plant-Based Living Series

Our Plant-Based Living Series is a free ten-week email program full of simplified takeaways and actionable tips on healthy eating in the new year. Whether you’re new to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle or would benefit from reminders on some of the key aspects of healthy evidence-based nutrition, this series is for you. Each week, […] →Read more

8 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

The following hospital and health system CEO moves have been reported since Jan. 14: →Read more

Who is hospitalized with COVID-19 right now? 6 trends

New daily COVID-19 hospitalization rates in the U.S. have risen 42 percent over the last two weeks, with a daily average of 158,638 virus patients hospitalized, according to HHS data cited by The New York Times. →Read more

California health system to outsource RCM jobs to Optum

Greenbrae, Calif.-based MarinHealth has selected Optum to provide supply chain and revenue cycle management services. →Read more

Diagnostics makers ride omicron surge in COVID-19 test demand. But for how long in 2022?

The highly transmissible variant caused the Biden administration to announce plans to buy 1 billion rapid tests to provide free to Americans. However, when testing will ramp back down remains an open question. →Read more

Montefiore fined $17K for workplace violence violations

The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration has fined New York City-based Montefiore Medical Center after the agency said it found that employees, including nurses, assistants, technicians and security personnel, were exposed to workplace violence. →Read more

CHS to offer $1.5B in senior secured notes

Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems plans to offer $1.54 billion worth of senior secured notes to repay outstanding bonds.  →Read more

3 notable stroke, heart disease findings in 2021: AHA

The American Heart Association highlighted groundbreaking research and development in care for heart disease and stroke patients in 2021.   →Read more

#HealthTechDeals Episode 4: Wheel, Topography Health, Lyra, and Big Health

Who is going to get to the end of the alphabet first? Covid-19 or Lyra Health? Jess and I talk about a Series F, some big healthtech deals, and more: Wheel gets $150 million; Topography Health gets $21.6 million; Lyra gets $235 million; Big Health gets $75 million. -Matthew Holt →Read more

Humana’s CenterWell Senior Primary Care to expand to 12 state markets

Humana subsidiary CenterWell Senior Primary Care, the largest senior-oriented primary care provider in the nation, is expanding its reach to 12 states.  →Read more

7 health systems opening hospitals

The following health systems have opened hospitals, advanced proposals to build them or announced plans for them in the last month: →Read more

Geisenger, Renown and more share patient communication strategies for 2022

In 2022, hospitals’ patient communication strategies will focus on carefully considered COVID-19 guidance and digital engagement efforts, according to four health system marketing executives who shared their strategies with Becker’s. →Read more

Estados exigen prueba negativa de covid para visitas a hogares de adultos mayores. Familias se quejan

A medida que los casos de covid-19 vuelven a aumentar en los hogares de adultos mayores, algunos estados han empezado a exigir a los visitantes pruebas negativas antes de entrar en las instalaciones, lo que ha reavivado la frustración y la inquietud entre los familiares. Autoridades de California, Nueva York y Rhode Island afirman que […] →Read more

Former Boston Children’s employees sue hospital over retirement plan fees

Four former employees of Boston Children’s Hospital are suing the organization over allegations including that it did not fully disclose the expenses associated with its $1.1 billion retirement plan, according to court documents obtained by Becker’s. →Read more

Virginia Hospital Center names new CEO

Christopher Lane has been appointed president and CEO of Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va. →Read more

New Jersey requires boosters for healthcare staff

Workers in New Jersey healthcare facilities and high-risk congregate settings like hospitals and nursing homes will be required to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including a booster, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Jan. 19. →Read more

Emerus names new executive chairman and CEO

Houston-based micro hospital operator Emerus has named a new executive chairman and CEO. →Read more

Houston hospital to reopen under new ownership

Heights Hospital in Houston, which closed a year ago, has been acquired and the new owners plan to reopen the facility, according to The Leader.  →Read more

Merck’s COVID-19 pill to be produced by more than two dozen drugmakers

Medicines Patent Pool, an organization supported by the U.N., announced on Thursday that over two dozen generic drug makers will soon begin producing Merck’s COVID-19 pill to make the treatment more accessible in developing… →Read more

Families complain about COVID testing for nursing home visits

As COVID-19 cases rise again in nursing homes, a few states have begun requiring visitors to present proof that they’re not infected before entering facilities, stoking frustration and dismay among family members. →Read more

Djokovic-backed ‘biotech’ firm’s approach likened to homeopathy

QuantBioRes says it designs treatments for viral diseases based on electromagnetic frequency A Danish “biotech” company in which Novak Djokovic holds a majority stake is working on a “frequency” treatment for Covid-19 that an expert says bears similarities to the principles of homeopathy. The world No 1 men’s tennis player was forced to leave Australia […] →Read more

Home Care Conference: A Discussion with WellSky

This article is brought to you by WellSky. The article is based on an interview that took place during a live Q&A session with Andy Eilert, President of Emerging Markets at WellSky, who interviewed Kunu Kaushal, Founder and CEO of Senior Solutions Home Care and the Founder and Advocate of the Independent Home Care Alliance, […] →Read more

20 things to know about Anthem

From growing to become the largest Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate to its varied history of acquisitions, here are 20 things to know about Anthem.  →Read more

Goodbye Humira, hello Dupixent: Sanofi and Regeneron outspend AbbVie to top 2021’s pharma TV ad spenders

Goodbye Humira, hello Dupixent: Sanofi and Regeneron outspend AbbVie to top 2021’s pharma TV ad spenders badams Thu, 01/20/2022 – 09:48 →Read more

Podcast: What does the future hold for primary care networks?

Talking General Practice speaks to Beccy Baird from the King’s Fund about how PCNs are getting on, what support they need to succeed and what the future looks like for networks. →Read more

Viatris yanks one batch of diabetes med Semglee because of missing label risks

Viatris yanks one batch of diabetes med Semglee because of missing label risks fkansteiner Thu, 01/20/2022 – 09:41 →Read more

Hetero Drugs Limited -Walk-In Interview for QC/ QA On 21st & 22nd Jan’ 2022

Hetero Drugs Limited -Walk-In Interview for QC/ QA On 21st & 22nd Jan’ 2022 Job Description Department: QC/QA (Instrumentation analysis HPLC Preferable)Qualification : M.Sc Chemistry Experience: 03 to 05 yearsJob Location : Hyderabad/ Secunderabad Date: 21st & 22nd January 2022Time: 09:00 AM to 04:00 PMVenue: Hetero Drugs Limited Unit-4 Sy no 599, Temple road, Bonthapally Village, Gummadal, SangaReddy Dist -502313 Contact : […] →Read more

Merck scores a win in $1.4B insurance fight over devastating cyberattack

Merck scores a win in $1.4B insurance fight over devastating cyberattack esagonowsky Thu, 01/20/2022 – 09:30 →Read more

Honour Lab Limited -Openings for Production/ Engineering & Maintenance/ Technical Services/ Process Engineering / EHS -Apply Now

Honour Lab Limited -Openings for Production/ Engineering & Maintenance/ Technical Services/ Process Engineering / EHS -Apply Now Job Description Departments: Production/ Engineering & Maintenance/ Technical Services/ Process Engineering / EHS Position: Sr. Chemist to Executive/ Sr. Manager to AGM/ Manager to Dy. ManagerQualification: B.Sc/ M.Sc/ Diploma/ B.TechExperience : 04 to 15 yearsJob Location: MIDC-Kurkumbh, Daund, Pune Please Share your profiles […] →Read more

Cerner CEO, chief technology officer agree not to leave after Oracle acquisition

Cerner’s president and CEO, David Feinberg, MD, as well as its executive vice president and chief technology officer, Jerome Labat, have agreed not to leave the company in the year following its acquisition by Oracle, according to a Jan. 19 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. →Read more

Study finds racial bias in how clinicians describe patients in medical records

Black patients were 2.5 times more likely to have one or more negative descriptor such as “noncompliant” or “aggressive” in their EHR compared with White patients, researchers found. →Read more

What does it mean for COVID-19 to be endemic?

A look at what endemic means and the implications for the future. →Read more

Two doses of Sputnik provide two times higher antibodies against Omicron than Pfizer vaccine: Study

The study was conducted at the Italian Spallanzani Institute on comparable groups of sera from individuals vaccinated with Sputnik V and Pfizer. “The joint study by the Gamaleya Center and Spallanzani Institute confirmed the results obtained in our separate study published in December 2021. →Read more

Surgery delays make ‘a bona fide mess’ for patients, care teams right now

Omicron and staffing constraints pushed hospitals and health systems to once again suspend nonurgent, elective procedures — a move that care teams and patients dread. →Read more

Will new Facebook ad policy shake up clinical trial recruitment?

An expert from patient solutions firm Trialbee discusses how the social media firm’s recent ban on targeted advertising might impact patient recruitment. →Read more

Content metrics help generate compelling communication

Companies seek efficiency and speed to market during the content creation process, review and approval cycles, and thus the collective time for content to be approved for distribution, says Ian Hale, vice president of commercial content at Veeva Systems. Gathering content metrics is key to ensuring superior performance during each step. ‘’Content metrics is the […] →Read more

The Intersection of 911 and 988: Decriminalizing Mental Health Crises

By BEN WHEATLEY Effective July 2022, a new three-digit telephone number (988) will become the number to call in the case of mental health emergencies. Currently, 911 serves as the default number for people to call, placing the acutely mentally ill on a direct track toward police involvement. The new system is meant to ensure […] →Read more

PCNs need more support to recruit and integrate additional roles staff

General practice and PCNs need more support to integrate additional roles staff into multidisciplinary teams, a health policy expert has warned – and the roles may need to change to boost recruitment. →Read more

CIA says ‘Havana syndrome’ unlikely a result of ‘worldwide campaign’ by foreign power

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has determined that a foreign nation is not likely behind the increase in mysterious ailments among U.S. personnel known as “Havana Syndrome,” according to multiple reports.The CIA determined that it is… →Read more

NCAA updates transgender policy, each sport to set eligibility rules

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Wednesday updated its policies on transgender athletes, calling for each sport’s governing body to make its own determinations for participation.In a press release, the athletic association said… →Read more

It’s a Terrible Idea to Deny Medical Care to Unvaccinated People

More Americans are now hospitalized with COVID-19 than ever before. Their sheer numbers are overwhelming health-care workers, whose ranks have been diminished by resignations and breakthrough infections. In many parts of the country, patients with all kinds of medical emergencies now face long waits and worse care. After writing about this crisis earlier this month, […] →Read more

UK green lights Gilead Sciences, Galapagos ulcerative colitis drug

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved Jyseleca (filgotinib) 200mg tablets to treat ulcerative colitis (UC) in adults whose UC is moderately to severely active, with insufficient, lost response to, or who were not tolerant to either standard treatment or a biologic agent. Jyseleca, an oral preferential inhibitor of Janus Kinase […] →Read more

Beximco Pharma to manufacture molnupiravir for COVID-19

The drug received conditional marketing authorisation in the UK from the MHRA in November →Read more

Booster vaccine jumpstarts Omicron protection

Antibodies generated from only two vaccine doses offer less protection against the Omicron variant →Read more

‘Premature’ scrapping of Plan B risks fresh spike in COVID-19 infections

Government plans to scrap Plan B measures from 27 January are premature and threaten to further destabilise NHS patient care by fuelling a rebound in infections across the UK, doctors leaders say. →Read more

Glenmark and Lotus partner on allergic rhinitis spray 

The mission to treat people who suffer from allergic rhinitis has been given a boost as two pharma companies join forces. The Swiss subsidiary of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals and Lotus International have signed a licensing agreement whereby Glenmark will handle the manufacture and supply of Ryaltris and Lotus will take charge of commercialising the drug, subject […] →Read more

Natco Pharma signs pact with MPP to sell Molnupiravir capsules

Natco Pharma has signed a non-exclusive license agreement with the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), Switzerland to manufacture and sell Molnupiravir capsules 200 mg for treatment of COVID-19. MPP had taken licence from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp (MSD), USA for the same, the company said →Read more

Gilead takes legal action against counterfeit HIV drug network 

US pharma giant Gilead Sciences has accused a network of unauthorised suppliers and distributors of selling more than $250 million of counterfeit versions of its HIV medications. According to the company, the defendants reportedly sold 85,247 bottles of medicine with counterfeit Gilead labelling to pharmacies over a two-year period, using falsified supply chain documentation to […] →Read more