CDC tells pharmacies to give 4th COVID shots to immunocompromised patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reached out to pharmacists Wednesday to reinforce the message that people with moderate to severe immune suppression are eligible for fourth COVID shots. →Read more

Calling all Beta Testers: New Opportunity to help ONC Update the Inferno Test Tool

Beginning March 2022, Inferno, ONC’s test tool for the “standardized API for patient and population services” certification criterion, will support beta testing for the Health Level Seven (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) US Core Implementation Guide (IG) 4.0.0. This new version is expected to include several enhancements from version 3.1.1 and we’re looking for […] →Read more

CMO leaves New Jersey hospital after probe into managerial concerns

Teaneck, N.J.-based Holy Name Medical Center and Adam Jarrett, MD, the hospital’s executive vice president and CMO, mutually agreed to part ways after an investigation into emails about managerial concerns he sent to the hospital’s board of trustees last year, according to a joint statement shared with Becker’s on Jan. 26.  →Read more

10 years in the making, controversial $700M Chicago hospital approved

Chicago-based St. Anthony Hospital received approval from the City Council to move to a new location on the city’s southwest side, despite concerns from residents that it will gentrify the community and raise prices, Block Club Chicago reported Jan. 26. →Read more

Los Angeles braces for Super Bowl amid omicron surge

Los Angeles health officials are taking several precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at this year’s Super Bowl, including offering free masks and testing for fans, according to CNN.  →Read more

Moderna begins testing omicron-matched COVID shots in adults

The company announced Wednesday that the first participant had received a dose. Earlier this week, competitor Pfizer began a similar study of its own reformulated shots. →Read more

Mississippi has 10th pediatric death from COVID-19

The Mississippi Health Department said Wednesday that a child has died of COVID-19. This was the state’s 10th pediatric death from the coronavirus since pandemic started in 2020. →Read more

Georgia Bill Aims to Limit Profits of Medicaid Managed-Care Companies

ATLANTA — Georgia lawmakers will consider a bill that could force the state’s Medicaid managed-care insurers to repay millions of dollars if their spending on medical care doesn’t reach a certain threshold. The bipartisan bill, introduced Jan. 26 by the powerful Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, a Republican, is focused on improving the state’s mental […] →Read more

Novo Nordisk’s Wegovy, hamstrung by Catalent FDA write-up, could correct course by mid-2022: analysts

Novo Nordisk’s Wegovy, hamstrung by Catalent FDA write-up, could correct course by mid-2022: analysts fkansteiner Thu, 01/27/2022 – 08:24 →Read more

Do Any Benefits of Alcohol Outweigh the Risks?

What would happen if you effectively randomized people at birth to drink more or less alcohol their whole lives? Would they get more or less heart disease? Once you remove the “systematic error” of misclassifying former drinkers as if they were lifelong abstainers from studies on alcohol and mortality, moderate alcohol consumption, like a glass […] →Read more

Most in new poll say pandemic will be over when COVID-19 is largely a mild illness

A majority of Americans surveyed in a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll say they believe they’re going to be stuck with COVID-19 for a long time.The poll found 83 percent of Americans say they’ll feel the pandemic is… →Read more

A better methodology for managing payer cost allocations — 4 takeaways

The rapidly changing healthcare landscape, along with unrelenting pressure to control costs, challenges payers to find better ways to manage the complex cost allocation processes. →Read more

What competition? Vertex touts Trikafta’s competitive edge on back of strong 2021

What competition? Vertex touts Trikafta’s competitive edge on back of strong 2021 fkansteiner Thu, 01/27/2022 – 07:09 →Read more

Fast paced trial chasing down COVID-19 symtoms

Ground-breaking trial run by Oxford University has recruited 5000 people and will focus on severe COVID-19 symptoms →Read more

Voxelotor for haemolytic anaemia treatment gains positive opinion

MHRA awards a positive scientific opinion for voxelotor–a once-daily tablet for the treatment of haemolytic anaemia →Read more

Record 14.5 million people sign up for ObamaCare, Biden says

President Biden announced Thursday that a record 14.5 million people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act for 2022.  “Health care should be a right, not a privilege, for all Americans,” Biden said in a… →Read more

Biotech startup Septerna lands $100M to break new ground on an old drug target

Septerna has science from a Nobel laureate and technology that finds new ways to drug GPCRs, well-validated receptors targeted by about one-third of FDA-approved medicines. According to CEO Jeff Finer, the startup is kicking off a second golden age of GPCR drug development. →Read more

Paul Stoffels swiftly resurfaces as Galapagos’ next CEO

Paul Stoffels’ retirement at the end of last year after nine years as head of R&D at Johnson & Johnson was short lived – he’s just been named chef executive of Galapagos. Stoffels will take the helm of the troubled Belgian biotech on 1 April, when Galapagos’ long-serving CEO and co-founder Onno van de Stolpe […] →Read more

Applied Virtual Reality in Healthcare: A comprehensive book on medical XR

Walter Greenleaf, PhD, neuroscientist and digital health expert at Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, tells us about the new book Applied Virtual Reality in Healthcare: Case Studies and Perspectives and why he and his co-authors gathered insights from some of the most prominent figures in the field of medical extended reality (XR). Medical XR (ie, virtual […] →Read more

LNP Formulation and Process Development in Pharma | April 12-14 2022

Embrace Technology Innovations to Optimise LNP Formulation, Alternative LNP Raw Materials, Process Control to Achieve Seamless Scale-Up, Compliance & Cost Effectiveness  The inaugural LNP Formulation & Process Development Summit is the industry’s first forum dedicated to bringing together drug developers within the LNP field to share the latest scientific breakthroughs on formulation and process development. Across 3 […] →Read more

GSK, Verily-backed Galvani starts trials of bioelectronic arthritis therapy

The first patient has been treated with an implantable bioelectronic device developed by Galvani Therapeutics, set up by GlaxoSmithKline and Alphabet’s Verily Life Sciences in 2016. A rheumatoid arthritis patient has become the first of five to be implanted with the wireless device in the UK study – using keyhole surgery at the NHS Greater […] →Read more

General practice delivered an unprecedented 367m appointments in 2021

General practice in England delivered an unprecedented 367m appointments in 2021 – around 6.5 for every person in the population, official data show. →Read more

Moderna starts dosing patients with its Omicron COVID jab

Moderna has started human trials of an Omicron version of its COVID-19 vaccine SpikeVax, just in case a modified version will be needed to boost protection against the new variant later this year. The biotech has also reported new data suggesting that may well be the case, with a six-fold reduction in neutralising antibody levels […] →Read more

BE Pharmaceuticals (Biological E. Limited)- Walk-Ins for Production On 30th Jan’ 2022

BE Pharmaceuticals (Biological E. Limited)- Walk-Ins for Production On 30th Jan’ 2022 Job Description Biological E. Limited !! Walk-In Interviews for Supervisor, Officer, Sr. Officer, Executive, Sr. Executive, Technician, Sr. Technician @ BE Pharmaceuticals (Biological E. Limited) Department: ProductionRole: Supervisor, Officer, Sr. Officer, Executive, Sr. Executive, Technician, Sr. TechnicianExperience: 2 to 10 yearsQualification: B.Pharm/ M.Pharm/ 10+2/ ITILocation: Paonta Sahib (H.P) Date: 30th […] →Read more

A multi-platform approach: the future of patient services

Andy Graves and Dr Clare Moloney of IQVIA discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of digital patient services and how future deployment alongside traditional methods could offer the best of both approaches. They outline how the momentum developed in the utilisation of digital solutions during this period can be built on to create […] →Read more

Beyond the Byline: Medicare Advantage companies’ lofty valuations draw skepticism

Modern Healthcare Senior Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik, Senior Hospital Finance Reporter Tara Bannow and Insurance Reporter Nona Tepper talk about the investment and valuation surrounding the $350 billion Medicare Advantage market. →Read more

Resistance to a Boston Hospital’s Expansion Centers on Rising Prices

A boisterous political battle over a proposed expansion by the largest and most expensive hospital system in Massachusetts is spotlighting questions about whether similar expansions by big health systems around the country drive up health care costs. Mass General Brigham, which owns 11 hospitals in the state, has proposed a $2.3 billion expansion including a […] →Read more

Watch: ER Charged $1,012 for Almost No Care

“CBS Mornings” host Tony Dokoupil interviewed KHN Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Rosenthal about January’s Bill of the Month installment, a collaboration with NPR. The Bhatt family of St. Peters, Missouri, was charged $1,012 for an emergency room visit for son Martand. The toddler had burned his hand on a stove days before, and, after it started blistering, […] →Read more

Readers and Tweeters: Give Nurse Practitioners Their Due

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. The latest installment in: Hospital Billing is Totally Ridiculous. See also: High Deductibles are Bad — Rachel Patterson (@racheljpat) January 24, 2022 — Rachel Patterson, Washington, D.C. In Respect to Nurse […] →Read more

Health gaming firm Akili takes blank cheque route to public listing

Akili Interactive has agreed a merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Social Capital Suvretta Holdings Corp I in a deal that will take it into public hands with a valuation of around $1 billion. The digital health company, which developed the first prescription gaming app to be approved by the FDA, will swell its […] →Read more

Torrent Pharmaceuticals- Openings for Analytical Development Laboratory Dept. -Apply Now

Torrent Pharmaceuticals- Openings for Analytical Development Laboratory Dept. -Apply Now Job Description We are looking for Scientist II, Asst. Manager in Analytical Development Laboratory Department @ Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited Department: Analytical Development LaboratoryPosition : Scientist II, Asst. ManagerExperience: 04 to 12 yearsJob Location: R&D Centre, Gandhinagar Send your resume to [email protected] Freshers need not Apply. Torrent Pharmaceuticals- […] →Read more

Hetero Labs Limited -Walk-In Drive for Production/ Clean Rooms-API On 30th Jan’ 2022

Hetero Labs Limited -Walk-In Drive for Production/ Clean Rooms-API On 30th Jan’ 2022 Job Description Departments: Production/ Clean Rooms-APIQualification : Any GraduateExperience: 03 to 10 yearsLocation: Nakkapally, Vizag Date : 30th January 2022Venue: Vedika Function Hall, 100 Feet ring road, Near Varun Motors, Vizianagaram Dist. Candidates must carry their updated resume, highest qualification certificates, latest increment letter & pay […] →Read more

Sun Pharma launches dry eye treatment product in Canada

The product is the first dry eye treatment available in Canada that is delivered with nanomicellar (NCELL) technology, which improves the bioavailability and physicochemical stability of cyclosporine to increase ocular tissue penetration, Sun Pharma said in a statement. →Read more

Pharma industry wants Budget to announce incentives for conducting R&D

“An increase in the budgetary allocation from the current 1.8 per cent of the GDP to 2.5-3 per cent, as envisaged in the National Health Policy 2017 along with a separate allocation for the bio-pharmaceutical sector R&D is imperative,” Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) President S Sridhar told PTI. →Read more

Optimus Drugs Pvt. Ltd.-Walk-In Interview for QC/ AR&D/ Production On 29th January 2022

Optimus Drugs Pvt. Ltd.-Walk-In Interview for QC/ AR&D/ Production On 29th January 2022 Job Description Optimus Drugs Pvt. Ltd. -Walk-In Drive On 29th January 2022 for QC/ AR&D/ Production On Between 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Only. Department: QC/ AR&D/ ProductionQualification: M.Sc/ B.ScExperience: 03 to 06 yearsJob Location: Keesara, Telangana Date: 29th January 2022Time: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PMVenue:  Optimus Drugs Pvt. […] →Read more

JB Chemicals to acquire brands from Sanzyme for Rs 628 crore

JB Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd on Thursday said it will acquire brands for the Indian market from Sanzyme Pvt Ltd, a player in the probiotics and reproductive health segment, for Rs 628 crore. The brands to be acquired include those in the probiotics portfolio and reproductive health segment of Sanzyme, the company said in a […] →Read more

Top 3 COVID-19 vaccine questions – Reinfection, cases in vaccinated areas and best masks

Professor Alison McMillan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, answers the top three questions across our channels. →Read more


How to deliver personalized therapies. Survival curve…for disk drives? Value-based contracts 2009-2019. FTC Chair interview. A pharmacist’s $180m fraud. →Read more

It’s all about the fit: Parents should focus on proper usage rather than mask type for children

The post It’s all about the fit: Parents should focus on proper usage rather than mask type for children appeared first on Healthy Debate. →Read more

Dosage Form Design & Patient Compliance: Exploring ODTs as a Patient-centric Solution

Thursday, January 27th 2022 at 11AM EST | 4PM GMT | 8AM PST In this webinar, experts provide an overview of the needs of different patient populations, and examine the common challenges leading to non-compliance. The experts also discuss how an orally dissolving tablet (ODT) provides a solution to address patient challenges and enables potentially […] →Read more

Drug Digest: Pairing the Right APIs and Excipients for Optimizing Formulations

Thursday January 27, 2022 at 11am EST | 10am CST | 8am PST In this new video series, Drug Digest, the Pharmaceutical Technology editors dive into APIs, excipients, and formulation advances, with a focus on pairing the right APIs and excipients for optimizing formulations and efficacy. Join the editors as they speak with experts from […] →Read more

The Next Evolution of Telehealth and What It Will Take to Get There

John Baker, Client Success/Implementation Engineer at AMD Global Telemedicine Telehealth has been majorly beneficial to millions of patients and providers throughout the pandemic. To continue being efficient and delivering results, however, virtual care must evolve quickly. Healthcare organizations will need to implement telehealth for use cases beyond the reactive video-only model they’ve grown used to […] →Read more

USPTO News Briefs

By Donald Zuhn — Updated First Office Action Estimator Tool Now Available In a Patent Alert email distributed earlier today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that an updated First Office Action Estimator online tool is now available to Applicants for use in obtaining time estimates for the issuance of first Office actions in […] →Read more

THCB Gang Episode 80, Thursday Jan 27 — 1pm PT- 4pm ET

Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang at 1pm PT 4pm ET Thursday for an hour of conversation on what’s happening in health care and beyond will be regulars medical historian Mike Magee  (@drmikemagee) and writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), and TWO special guests. Shantanu Nundy @DrNundy  is Chief Medical Officer of Accolade and last year we had […] →Read more

Athletes warned against potential dangers of natural supplements

Nutritional supplements taken to boost athletic performance can pose risks to the heart, according to a recent statement. →Read more

It’s tax season! Find Form 1095-A

If anyone in your household had a Marketplace plan in 2021, you’ll need Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace® Statement, to file your federal taxes. You should get it in the mail by early February. Keep it with your important tax information, like W-2 forms and other records. →Read more

What does the federal ‘No Surprises Act’ mean in California?

Betty Chow, a Los Angeles resident, had a cervical disc replaced in August 2020 at […] →Read more

Honeywell Makes Strategic Investment in RapidSOS’s ER Data Platform

What You Should Know: – Today, Honeywell announced it has made a strategic investment in RapidSOS, an NYC-based emergency response data platform, to further modernize and digitize the public safety communications process. – In addition to the strategic investment, Honeywell Connected Life Safety System (CLSS) will integrate with the RapidSOS emergency response data platform to provide faster, more accurate communications with 911 agencies. Terms of the investment were not […] →Read more

Philips Launches First At-Home, 12-Lead ECG Integrated Solution for Decentralized Clinical Trials

What You Should Know: – Philips introduced the industry’s first full-service, at-home, 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) solution for use in decentralized clinical trials. – The solution is the most advanced patient-centric ECG offering within the company’s cardiac monitoring portfolio, pairing data readings comparable to clinical, site-based ECGs with Philips leading cloud-based data collection and analysis services. […] →Read more

Overnight Health Care — COVID-19 deaths pass peak from delta surge

Welcome to Wednesday’s Overnight Health Care, where we’re following the latest moves on policy and news affecting your health. Subscribe here: Masks come to the Super Bowl: Fans attending the… →Read more

Yet another CDMO investment for Fujifilm, with $100M cell therapy plant buy from Atara

Yet another CDMO investment for Fujifilm, with $100M cell therapy plant buy from Atara kdunleavy Wed, 01/26/2022 – 18:42 →Read more

Recruitment Costs, Long Hiring Timelines Negatively Impact Healthcare Finance Teams

What You Should Know: – AKAS, a developer of AI for healthcare operations, today released findings from a new survey highlighting the challenges hospitals and health systems are facing within the revenue cycle as the Great Resignation drives higher staff turnover, and skilled workers leave healthcare for higher-paying jobs in other industries like retail or […] →Read more

Governor to sign fast-tracked $225M for Pennsylvania healthcare workers

The state’s legislature unanimously sent fast-tracked legislation to Gov. Tom Wolf to help keep burned-out healthcare workers on board during a staffing crisis. →Read more

Moderna begins trial for omicron-targeted booster shot

Moderna has started testing an omicron-specific booster shot in adults, the company announced Wednesday.The trial, which will include several hundred people at two dozen sites across the U.S., comes as companies and health officials grapple with a… →Read more

Why CMS is giving chronic care management reimbursements a boost in 2022

Six years in, the subtext of the scheduled reimbursements increase for 2022 is that CCM has proven to be an essential part of the care continuum, particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and has real value for patients, providers, and payers. →Read more

Meet SkinIO, the startup that is bringing virtual specialty care to dermatology

As virtual specialty care options continue to expand and access remains limited to dermatologists, Smart Health Innovation Lab announced this week that the platform, which allows people to do a full-body skin screening using a smartphone app, has joined the healthcare technology accelerator. →Read more

Democrats walk out of hearing with Florida’s top doctor

Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo moved closer to Senate confirmation after a tense hearing where Democrats accused the state’s top doctor of evading questions and stormed out before casting their votes. →Read more

NC treasurer’s report critical of how hospitals bill poor

North Carolina nonprofit hospitals too often are billing poor people for medical care when they should write the expenses off as a result of their tax-exempt status, according to a report released Wednesday by the state treasurer’s office. →Read more

With $22M series A funding, Mantra Health launches long-term mental health program for college students

Mantra Health, which provides digital mental health tools for university students, raised $22M in a Series A funding round to offer its evidence-based teletherapy and psychiatric services to patients with long term mental health issues. →Read more

5 states requiring boosters for healthcare staff

As the omicron variant spreads in the U.S., some states are requiring COVID-19 booster shots for workers in healthcare facilities.  →Read more

Next variant could be more transmissible than omicron, WHO says

The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 technical lead dismissed theories that the next potential COVID-19 variant will be milder than earlier strains and explained why it will likely be more contagious than omicron.  →Read more

5 ways data can help systems move toward value-based care 

Ensuring patient-focused care and a successful transition to value-based care will require a complete overhaul of the way data is measured and applied to healthcare, according to a Jan. 25 report in Health Affairs.  →Read more

CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards’ leadership approach: ‘Distort nothing’

For a glimpse into the leadership style of Steve Edwards and his approach to communications during the COVID-19 pandemic, look no further than his Twitter page. →Read more

HCA to build 5 hospitals in Texas

Nashville-based HCA Healthcare will build five full-service hospitals in Texas, growing its total number of hospitals to 50. →Read more

Medicare posts key nursing home staffing info for consumers

Medicare said Wednesday it is now posting details on staff turnover and weekend nurse coverage on its “Care Compare” website, where families can research a facility. →Read more

Rate of Myocarditis in Vaccinated Boys Slightly Higher Than Thought, Israeli Study Finds

Myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, occurred in 1 of 12,361 boys between 12 and 15 years old within a week of receiving a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, researchers found. →Read more

DOD’s Cerner EHR is 38% deployed: 4 things to know

The Department of Defense’s new Cerner EHR system is about 38 percent deployed, according to a Jan. 26 news release.  →Read more

4 Cerner execs poised for payouts totaling $64.4M if Oracle deal closes

Oracle’s pending deal to buy Cerner could mean million-dollar golden parachutes for the EHR giant’s C-suite, as well as its former CEO. →Read more

Arkansas Children’s names SVP of operations

Amy Fallon, PhD, has been promoted to the role of senior vice president of operations for Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. →Read more

100 healthcare providers snag $47M in FCC telehealth funding

The Federal Communications Commission approved on Jan. 26 an additional 100 applications for funding in its second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, totaling $47 million. →Read more

Two-thirds of omicron cases are reinfections, UK study suggests

Among 3,582 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in England between Jan. 5 and Jan. 20, nearly 65 percent said they had a prior bout with the virus that was confirmed by a test, according to a preprint study released Jan. 26  →Read more

HCA to build five new hospitals in Texas

This announcement follows the company’s plans to expand its hospital footprint in Florida as well. →Read more

Nurse work environments affect patient outcomes, study finds

Surgical patients treated in hospitals with good work environments for nurses are less likely to require intensive care or die, according to a study published Dec. 15 in AACN Advanced Critical Care. →Read more

Vaccine mandate to kick in for first wave of health workers

Healthcare workers in about half the states face a Thursday deadline to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under a Biden administration mandate that will be rolled out across the rest of the country in the coming weeks. →Read more

Accidental Exposures to Fentanyl Patches Continue to Be Deadly to Children

Exposure to medication is a leading cause of poisoning in children. Kids have died or become seriously ill after being exposed to a skin patch containing fentanyl, an opioid pain reliever. The FDA urges you to take precautions and make sure patches are stored, used, and disposed of properly. →Read more

Cleveland Clinic investing $1.3B in capital projects

Cleveland Clinic is investing $1.3 billion in capital projects in 2022, CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic, MD, said in an annual State of Clinic address Jan. 26. →Read more

Providence, Kaiser say conditions set by AG threaten partnership

Providence St. Mary Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente expressed disappointment with conditions set by the California attorney general on their proposed partnership that involves building a new hospital, The Victorville Daily Press reported Jan. 25.  →Read more

CDC Tells Pharmacies to Give 4th Covid Shots to Immunocompromised Patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reached out to pharmacists Wednesday to reinforce the message that people with moderate to severe immune suppression are eligible for fourth covid shots. The conference call came a day after KHN reported that immunocompromised people were being turned away by pharmacy employees unfamiliar with the latest CDC guidelines. […] →Read more

emids Acquires Cloud Development Resources to Create Low-Code Development Practice

What You Should Know: – emids, today announced the acquisition of Cloud Development Resources (CDR), a leading provider of low-code, enterprise-grade business solutions and services on the OutSystems platform for some of the country’s leading and largest healthcare and life sciences companies. – OutSystems is the pioneer in low-code development, and this partnership with emids […] →Read more

Pro-ivermectin Kansas doctor-lawmaker under investigation

A Kansas doctor-lawmaker who has prescribed a parasitic worm treatment for COVID-19 symptoms acknowledged Wednesday that the state medical board has been investigating him since the summer of 2020. →Read more

Methodist Health to build $200M Texas hospital

Dallas-based Methodist Health System is planning a 200,000-square-foot, $200 million hospital in Celina, Texas, and is expected to break ground this year. →Read more

New York lawsuit seeks to allow people to receive free legal advice over medical debt

New York City nonprofit Upsolve and a pastor filed a lawsuit Jan. 25 against the state attorney general’s office in an effort to allow people to receive free legal advice over debt collections, including medical debt, according to court documents. →Read more

Mix-and-match trial finds additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine safe, immunogenic

In adults who had previously received a full regimen of any of three COVID-19 vaccines granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an additional booster dose of any of these vaccines was safe and prompted an immune response, according to preliminary clinical trial results. →Read more

Feds investigating violations of mental health parity laws

The Labor Department has warned 30 group health plans that some of their restrictions on behavioral healthcare are in violation of parity laws. →Read more

Medicare Shared Savings ACO participation grows slightly for 2022

CMS needs to do more to encourage providers to participate, the National Association of ACOs says. →Read more

Long COVID-19: Study author explains four factors that can predict how you get it

Long COVID-19 has had an air of mystery around it for months. Doctors have struggled to explain or understand why some people who contract COVID-19 end up having lingering symptoms like fatigue, difficulty thinking clearly, or shortness of… →Read more

Seattle Children’s names new leadership appointments: 3 things to know

Seattle Children’s Hospital has announced three appointments to its executive leadership team. →Read more

Anthem in headlines: 5 stories

From a 2021 earnings report with mixed takeaways to leadership earning one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s highest honors, here are five recent headlines involving Anthem: →Read more

Top Home Health Predictions for 2022

The ongoing public health emergency is sure to bring more staffing turmoil this year, along with additional regulatory and policy updates. The year ahead is also likely to bring more leadership turnover at the very top of home health organizations. Beyond the pandemic, private equity dollars will keep flowing into home-based care, leading to an […] →Read more

Mount Sinai never let up on AI innovation, says Dr. David Reich

The pandemic hasn’t slowed Mount Sinai’s journey into the artificial intelligence space. Just ask David Reich, MD, president and COO of the New York City-based health system since 2013. →Read more

Wisconsin system unlikely to prevail in suit to prevent workers from leaving for Ascension

Wisconsin’s ThedaCare claims it won’t be able to deliver critical care to all patients who need it if seven employees from its 11-member critical care team leave for an Ascension hospital less than seven miles away. →Read more

MedCity Pivot Podcast: A conversation with Stoke Therapeutics CMS regarding how to tackle Dravet Syndrome

Barry Ticho explains the novel drug that the company is developing to tackle Dravet Syndrome as well as how the company’s stock price decline isn’t reflective of the true value of the therapy the company is hoping to commercialize. →Read more

InnovAge Appoints New CEO; Axxess Beefs Up Executive Leadership Team

InnovAge names new president and CEO Longtime InnovAge (Nasdaq: INNV) CEO Maureen Hewitt has stepped down from the role. Patrick Blair, formerly of Bayada Home Health Care, has been named president and CEO by InnovAge’s board of directors. The appointment comes after reports that Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and the U.S. […] →Read more

4 factors determining how much time clinicians spend in the EHR

Time spent on after-hours EHR documentation is one of the main factors driving clinicians’ burnout. Clinicians’ specialty, gender, region and organizational structure are the four main factors determining how much time they spend on this after-hours work, according to study results released Jan. 25 by EHR company Athenahealth. →Read more

7 factors that shape a hospital’s reputation

One of healthcare marketing executives’ goals is to uplift the reputation of their respective organizations, which can be a tough aspect to pin down. Here are the seven factors that shape a reputation, according to a RepTrak report released Jan. 26. →Read more

Digital health company Akili Interactive goes public with SPAC

The company has secured $162 million in funds from PIPE investors and expects its market value to be worth around $1 billion following the transaction. →Read more

Nurses are burnt out, global shortage may worsen: 5 recent study findings

Here are findings from five studies and reports on the nursing role and workforce Becker’s has covered since Dec. 29:  →Read more

Federal Reserve could raise interest rates as early as March

The Federal Reserve indicated Jan. 26 that it could soon raise interest rates for the first time in more than three years, according to CNBC. →Read more

Offering Personalized, At-Home Benefits in MA Remains ‘Key Part’ of Anthem’s Strategy

Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) believes that its dedication to supplement benefits – including at-home care offerings – is strengthening its value proposition among other health plans. “In Medicare Advantage (MA), our continuing work to strengthen Anthem’s value proposition helped drive another strong annual election period,” Gail Boudreaux, the president and CEO of Anthem, said on […] →Read more

North Dakota mayor rips ‘contentious’ relationship between hospital, clinic

The mayor of Devils Lake, N.D., is calling for increased cooperation between healthcare facilities as well as an integrated health system in the city, Grand Forks Herald reported Jan. 25.   →Read more

Webinar: Saving Time and Money with Virtual Care

eVisit works with some of the largest health systems to build world-class Virtual Care programs. One of its standout partners is Concentra, the industry leader in providing care for work-related injuries and illnesses. →Read more

Uber Health appoints Cantor as first chief medical officer

Michael Cantor is a geriatrician with more than two decades of experience in the healthcare industry. →Read more

The Ultimate Flour Guide, From All-Purpose to Gluten-Free

Almost all baked goods require some type of flour and as all bakers know, baking is a science as much as an art — it requires precise ingredients and measurements to get the desired texture and taste. Our definitive guide to flour will help you pick the one that suits your dietary needs. If you […] →Read more

Most omicron cases are reinfections, research in England suggests

Most omicron cases in England are among those who have been previously infected with the coronavirus, research suggests.Imperial College London’s React continual study throughout the pandemic found 64.6 percent of cases from Jan. 5 to Jan. 20 were… →Read more

Merck vs. Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral pills: 11 notes

While the FDA has greenlit the use of COVID-19 antiviral pills made by Merck and Pfizer, there are differences in the authorizations for each. The supplies of both remain limited.  →Read more

2 insurers withdraw appeal over North Carolina Medicaid contract award

Two North Carolina payers — Aetna Better Health Care and My Health by Health Providers of Morrisville — are stepping away from the table after suing the state’s health and human services department in 2019 over its Medicaid contract, according to the Triangle Business Journal.   →Read more

HCA Healthcare Capital Division leader promoted to chief nurse executive

Erin Keister, MSN, RN, has been promoted to the role of chief nurse executive for HCA Healthcare Capital Division in Richmond, Va. →Read more

Kansas City Chiefs honor Buffalo Bills, donate more than $206K to children’s hospital

Donations from Kansas City Chiefs fans are pouring into Buffalo, N.Y.-based Oishei Children’s Hospital after the team’s win against the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 23, with more than $206,000 from more than 11,200 donors, Kristen Bieber, marketing manager of the foundation, told Becker’s. →Read more

Screening study IDs inhibitor of key COVID virus enzyme

A study reports the discovery of a molecule with significant potential to disable the COVID-19 virus. The molecule was identified using high-throughput virtual screening — a search through a library of 6.5 million in-stock compounds that could quickly be scaled up for drug production using some of the nation’s most powerful supercomputers and other research […] →Read more

ACAP Webinar: Meet your members where they are and move them to act

Multi-channel engagement is a vital part of driving the modern healthcare consumer to act. Whether they’re shopping for a new car or a new health plan, consumers expect experiences to be easy, intuitive, and engaging. Unfortunately, this consumer-centric approach too often isn’t the norm in healthcare. →Read more

Why 2 pharmacists left their roles

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on all front-line workers, and pharmacy employees are no exception. Pandemic-related stressors have worsened existing pharmacy shortages and magnified burnout among staff members, causing many to leave the field, according to Bloomberg. →Read more

Risk-based quality management ‘perfect’ for DCTs: CluePoints

A leader from the RBQM solutions specialists offers a preview of his SCOPE 2022 presentation on tools suited to decentralized trial design and management. →Read more

HHS launches reproductive health task force

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services deployed an intra-agency task force to strengthen and support reproductive healthcare access. →Read more

Give Medicare direct contracting time to prove its value or expose its flaws

There will be starts and stops on the path to a Medicare system that better serves patients, but value-based care is ultimately the key to improved health outcomes and lower costs. →Read more

Biden administration seeks Medicare coverage of at-home COVID-19 tests

President Joe Biden is exploring requiring coverage of at-home COVID-19 tests for Medicare beneficiaries in addition to private commercial members, according to a Jan. 26 report from The Wall Street Journal.  →Read more

Anthem operating gain hits $7.5B, but commercial growth flounders: 10 things to know

Anthem reported $137 billion in year-end revenue for 2021, anchored by government market and pharmacy growth as commercial development seems to stall.  →Read more

Pediatric COVID-19 cases top 1 million in one week

More than 1.1 million COVID-19 cases were reported among children for the week ending Jan. 20, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.  →Read more

Catholic Health’s Kenmore Mercy service, plant workers agree to new contracts

Kenmore (N.Y.) Mercy Hospital — part of Buffalo, N.Y.-based Catholic Health — and United Food & Commercial Workers Union District Local One have agreed to new contracts for service and plant operations associates at the hospital, according to a news release shared with Becker’s. →Read more

Big Health’s Softbank Money, FDA Board Member Send Strong Signals About Digital Therapeutics Market

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH With a $75 million investment from Softbank last week, and the addition of former FDA Deputy Commissioner Dr. Anand Shah to its Board of Directors this week, Big Health has sure kicked 2022 off with some noise! But, this is more than just big news for Big Health as CEO […] →Read more

How DevOps Is Revolutionizing IT

Across industries, IT shops are adopting DevOps methodologies to improve app quality, decrease time to deployment and optimize organizational efficiency. But DevOps requires more than just new tools and processes. A successful initiative will emphasize not only the tools and skills needed to implement DevOps but also the culture change that necessarily comes with the […] →Read more

Bright ideas, new partnerships, and fun on tap at SCOPE 2022

The upcoming industry event offers attendees (in-person and virtual) a range of opportunities to learn, connect, and innovate, according to an organizer. →Read more

North Carolina hospitals billing patients eligible for charity care

Nonprofit hospitals in North Carolina bill patients eligible for charity care for millions of dollars in medical care each year, according to a Jan. 25 report from the office of the state treasurer. →Read more

New research suggests just 10 minutes of daily exercise could extend life

New research suggests just 10 minutes of daily exercise for those above the age of 40 could extend life expectancy.In a study published by the JAMA Internal Medicine journal on Monday, researchers found 10 minutes of exercise a day could have… →Read more

Immunocore claims first-ever FDA approval for TCR cancer therapy

Immunocore has secured a piece of biotech industry history, becoming the first company to get an FDA approval for a cancer therapeutic based on T cell receptor (TCR) technology. The US regulator cleared the company’s lead TCR Kimmtrak (tebentafusp; formerly IMCgp100) – a bispecific T cell engager (BiTE) that consists of a soluble TCR targeting […] →Read more

FDA issues series of guidances under Drug Competition Action Plan

CDER Statement →Read more

South Carolina bill would no longer require state permission for hospital projects

South Carolina senators voted 35-6 on Jan. 25 to repeal the certificate of need regulatory process, which would mean healthcare providers no longer need the state’s permission for capital projects or to buy expensive medical equipment, The Post and Courier reported. →Read more

Insurer Anthem underwhelms Street with 2022 forecast

Anthem’s earnings, revenue and enrollment projections all fell short of average analyst expectations, and its stock slipped while broader indexes rallied. →Read more

5 hospitals, health systems hiring workers

Amid the latest COVID-19 surge, hospitals and health systems are holding hiring events and taking other measures to recruit staff. →Read more

Female clinicians spend more time in the EHR, study finds

Female clinicians see fewer patients per week and spend more time on EHR documentation than their male counterparts, leading to less pay and increased burnout, according to study results released Jan. 26 by EHR company Athenahealth.  →Read more

University of Vermont Health CEO to retire

John Brumsted, MD, will retire as president and CEO of University of Vermont Health Network on Sept. 30.  →Read more

New York City won’t investigate restaurant that admitted Palin without asking for vaccination proof

New York City will not investigate Elio’s, the popular Italian restaurant on the city’s Upper East Side that allowed former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to dine inside last week, despite the fact that the restaurant did not ask for her… →Read more

US COVID-19 deaths surpass delta peak

The average number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths this week surpassed the height of the delta surge earlier this fall and is at its highest point since last winter, when the nation was coming out of the peak winter surge.The seven-day average of deaths hit… →Read more

Gilead Sciences cancer drug hit with partial hold due to adverse event concern

Gilead Sciences did not disclose details about the safety concern that led to an FDA partial clinical hold on five studies evaluating its cancer drug, magrolimab. But this experimental cancer immunotherapy introduces a safety risk that’s a known problem for all drugs in this class. →Read more

Court ruling on bluebird bio’s gene therapy marketing campaign ‘sparks’ dismay at Roche’s Spark

Court ruling on bluebird bio’s gene therapy marketing campaign ‘sparks’ dismay at Roche’s Spark aliu Wed, 01/26/2022 – 11:12 →Read more

Non-binding Guidelines Regarding Directive 92/58/EEC – Safety and health signs at work

27/01/2022 Non-binding Guidelines Regarding Directive 92/58/EEC – Safety and health signs at work Image The Advisory Committee for Safety and Health at Work (ACSH) published the Non-binding Guidelines Regarding Directive 92/58/EEC – Safety and health signs at work. These guidelines aim to clarify the relationship between Directive 92/58/EEC and the current International Organization for Standardization […] →Read more

Venture capital firm launches $75M telehealth-focused fund

Venture capital firm Swiftarc Ventures launched Swiftarc Telehealth, a $75 million fund that will focus on telehealth and digital health, TechCrunch reported Jan. 25. →Read more

US has shared 400M COVID-19 vaccine doses globally

The United States has shared 400 million coronavirus vaccine doses with the global population, more than any other nation, the Biden administration announced Wednesday.White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients … →Read more

BioNTech preps hiring spree at mRNA vaccine plant, boosting workforce by 50%

BioNTech preps hiring spree at mRNA vaccine plant, boosting workforce by 50% fkansteiner Wed, 01/26/2022 – 11:04 →Read more

Patients need to pay less for their medicines. States can help.

No one should struggle to afford the medicines they need. Unfortunately, some patients continue to bear more of their medicine costs at the pharmacy counter. Patients with deductibles have seen their out-of-pocket costs for brand medicines in some areas increase 50% since 2015. →Read more

Nurse Burnout Even Bigger Challenge Than Physician Burnout

Dr. John Ciccone, Chief Medical Officer, DSS, Inc. The pandemic has pushed nurses to the brink. A recent survey by the American Nurses Association reports 51 percent of nurses feel overwhelmed, 76 percent report exhaustion and burnout, and nurse-to-patient workloads have tripled. (Jan. 2021). Hospitals function on the back of nurses, and the current burnout levels cannot be sustained. […] →Read more

Dana-Farber adds 1st affiliate member in Maine

Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute named Scarborough, Maine-based New England Cancer Specialists its first affiliate member in Maine, the institute said Jan. 25.  →Read more

Delta vs. omicron surge: A comparison of key trends

Becker’s has compiled some key U.S. COVID-19 metrics from both the delta and omicron surges.  →Read more

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia opens $289M inpatient facility

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia opened its new inpatient hospital in King of Prussia, Pa., on Jan. 26; it spans more than 250,000 square feet. →Read more

It’s Time to Go Digital with Your Payments: Here’s Why

Electronic claim payment trends all point to one dynamic: faster turnaround. Simply put, businesses and consumers now expect near-immediate access to funds when they have been given notice of transfer. Luckily, that era of real-time digital payments is not too far off for health plans.  →Read more

COVID-19 deaths break record in Maryland

The health department in Maryland reported an uptick in COVID-19 deaths despite declining case rates.With almost a week left in the month, Maryland has reported 1,475 COVID-19 deaths in January as of Tuesday, more than double the deaths reported in… →Read more

Concerns Mount over Limited Evidence for Accelerated Approvals

Delays in sponsors providing postapproval evidence of effectiveness for therapies benefitting from streamlined FDA regulatory pathways are generating pressure for further review and reform of the agency’s accelerated approval process. →Read more

What to Do if You’ve Lost Your Covid-19 Vaccination Card

It never quite fit in your wallet, so it’s no surprise you may have misplaced it by now. →Read more

Health stock sell-off poised to hit worst drop since 2009

Investors continued to drop health stocks for the ninth day Jan. 25, tying the sector’s longest sell-off since 1994, according to Bloomberg. →Read more

Don’t let the term fool you — ‘Endemic’ can be dangerous 

The word “endemic” is one of the most misused of the pandemic, contributing to a dangerous complacency about COVID-19’s potential future toll, Aris Katzourakis, PhD, professor of evolution and genomics at St. Hilda’s College Oxford in the U.K., wrote in a Jan. 24 op-ed published in Nature. →Read more

Immunocore wins FDA nod for first uveal melanoma treatment, also first T-cell receptor therapeutic

Immunocore wins FDA nod for first uveal melanoma treatment, also first T-cell receptor therapeutic kdunleavy Wed, 01/26/2022 – 10:21 →Read more

New York health system CEO, 44, dies

Joseph McTernan, CEO of Warsaw, N.Y.-based Wyoming County Community Health System, died Jan. 24 at age 44, according to The Buffalo News.  →Read more

Home Care Conference: A Discussion with Joint Commission

This article is brought to you by the Joint Commission. The article is based on a panel discussion that took place during a live Q&A session with Jason Vanhoose, Associate Director of Business Development for the Home Care Accreditation Services with the Joint Commission; Josie Rhoades, VP of Clinical Operations at Brightstar; and Kate Proctor, […] →Read more

SCOPE award salutes heroic innovation in clinical trial solutions

One of the finalists for the 2022 Participant Engagement Award (saluting patient recruitment and retention solution) will be announced as winner at SCOPE. →Read more

Amid shortage, COVID-19 antibody treatments raffled off

Hospitals have resorted to creating their own lottery systems to allocate a scarce supply of COVID-19 antibody treatments for immunocompromised patients, NPR reported Jan. 25.   →Read more

Key Facts on Health and Health Care by Race and Ethnicity

With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting communities of color disproportionately in their health and economic well-being, long-term racial and ethnic disparities have received growing attention. But these inequities in our health system are not new and are a part of larger issues of systemic racism. An updated KFF chart pack analyzes a wide array of measures…More →Read more

Pennsylvania fast-tracks $225M in pandemic aid to hospitals

Under the bill, $100 million will be distributed to acute-care hospitals on a per-bed basis, coming to about $2,800 per bed. →Read more

Nurse staffing agencies inflating prices, lawmakers allege, seek White House probe

Nearly 200 House members are urging the White House to investigate ballooning costs charged by nurse staffing agencies. →Read more

California appears to pass peak of omicron variant wave

California showed signs it turned the corner on the omicron wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with infection rates falling and hospitalizations well short of the overwhelming deluge officials feared a few weeks ago. →Read more

AbbVie notches reprieve in antitrust case involving blood pressure med snagged in $63B Allergan megamerger

AbbVie notches reprieve in antitrust case involving blood pressure med snagged in $63B Allergan megamerger fkansteiner Wed, 01/26/2022 – 09:29 →Read more

Key Facts on Health and Health Care by Race and Ethnicity

This chart pack examines how people of color fare compared to White people across a broad array of measures of health coverage, access, and use; health status, outcomes, and behaviors; social determinants of health; and COVID-19 impacts to provide insight into the status of racial disparities in health and health care. →Read more

NewYork-Presbyterian CXO Rick Evans: The national outlook for patient experience in 2022

As we forge ahead into a new year, we find ourselves, once again, facing the unrelenting challenges of COVID-19. Here in New York City, the omicron wave appears to have crested; we are seeing cases begin to drop after another significant surge over the last few weeks. Sadly, we’ve grown accustomed to the rising cases, […] →Read more

ICYMI: New approvals by the FDA in 2021 offer greater treatment options for patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a total of 60 new drugs in 2021. A new report from the FDA catalogs 50 new approvals by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). Separately, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) approved 10. These novel medicines offer to transform many debilitating diseases, […] →Read more

Después de un aborto espontáneo, trabajadoras no tienen ni tiempo libre ni ayuda de las empresas

Durante tres años, Rachel Makkar dijo que prosperó en su trabajo como agente de bolsa y gestora de activos en J&B Building Company, en Colorado. Su desempeño laboral era sobresaliente y aseguró que así lo reflejaban sus evaluaciones. Pensaba que era “el mejor lugar en el que había trabajado”. Pero todo cambió en agosto. Tras […] →Read more

WHO finds weekly COVID-19 cases at record high, deaths stable

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that about 21 million new COVID-19 cases were reported globally within the last week, marking the highest number of cases in a week since the start of the pandemic.WHO also noted that deaths… →Read more

Understanding workplace segregation and how it can affect musculoskeletal health

EU-OSHA/David Tijero Back to news 27/01/2022 Understanding workplace segregation and how it can affect musculoskeletal health Workers from certain demographics, such as female, migrant and LGBTI, often work in sectors with greater musculoskeletal disorder (MSD)-related risk s. This sectoral segregation means that these groups of workers are more at risk than others.See more →Read more

#HealthTechDeals Episode 5: Wellster, Casana, Babylon, and Atlas Health

How many more beloved TV characters does Peleton have to give a heart attack to before somebody steps in? Jess can’t take it anymore, and we hash out some new deals: Infermedica raises $30 million; Wellster gets a fresh $20 million; Casana the smart toilet seat maker raises $30 million; Babylon buys DaytoDay Health and […] →Read more

Omicron relief: Pfizer and BioNTech initiate study into targeted vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine luminaries Pfizer and BioNTech study will examine data from the current booster and consider need for specific Omicron jab →Read more

FLIP sync: Collaboration for inhibitors and cancer treatments

Ipsen and Domainex collaboration will provide an exclusive licence to develop innovative inhibitors and pioneering cancer treatments →Read more

You Recovered From Omicron. Now What?

America’s tidal wave of Omicron infections seems to have crested, but it’s still in a bad place. Even as coronavirus cases are beginning to tick down nationwide, so many Americans have tested positive for COVID since Christmas Day that they account for a quarter of all cases recorded in the United States. Thanks to the […] →Read more

JBCPL to buy probiotic and reproductive brands from Sanzyme for Rs 628 crore

The acquired portfolio includes Sporlac which is the third largest probiotics brand in India and specialized products such as Lobun – a probiotic used for delaying progression of Chronic Kidney Disease and Oxalo – an alternate risk-free therapy to decalcify kidney stones. The reproductive health segment has a complete range of infertility and hormone products. →Read more

Digital health firms nab record $57.2bn funding in 2021; report

The final numbers are in, and now it’s official – digital health companies raked in a massive $57.2 billion in funding last year, beating prior records with a 79% increase over 2020. The data from CB Insights’ annual State of Digital Health report notes that the record investments were apparent across all geographies and were […] →Read more

Chemveda Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd- Walk-In Drive for Medicinal Chemistry Services On 29th January 2022

Chemveda Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd- Walk-In Drive for Medicinal Chemistry Services On 29th January 2022 Job Description Dear Candidate, We are conducting Walk-In Interviews On 29th January 2022 for positions in Medicinal Chemistry Services Department (CRO). Department: Medicinal Chemistry ServicesDesignation: Research Associate/ Sr. Research AssociateQualification: M.Sc. (Organic chemistry/ Medicinal Chemistry)Experience: 02 to 09 yearsDivision: SynthesisLocation: Hyderabad Openings : 18 Key Skills and Competencies:  […] →Read more

HHS secretary under fire for being ‘invisible’ leader during pandemic

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra is under fire for what critics say is a lack of leadership as the Biden administration wrestles with the direction of its COVID-19 response. Tasked with running the sprawling agency… →Read more

Enough with the harassment: How to deal with anti-vax cults

The post Enough with the harassment: How to deal with anti-vax cults appeared first on Healthy Debate. →Read more

COVID jab mandate ‘under review’ as 77,000 NHS staff unvaccinated

NHS staff have a ‘professional duty’ to be vaccinated against COVID-19 but the government is keeping its mandate ‘under review’ with 77,000 people yet to come forward, Sajid Javid has said. →Read more

FDA slaps hold on trials of Gilead’s CD47 drug magrolimab

The FDA has placed a partial clinical fold on clinical trials of Gilead Sciences’ magrolimab, the centre piece of its $4.9 billion acquisition of Forty Seven in 2020. The regulatory move applies only to trials of magrolimab given alongside Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Vidaza (azacitidine), and stems from an “imbalance” in investigator-reported serious adverse events between study […] →Read more

US vs EU: How can Europe translate home-grown innovation into biotech success?

We have seen a boom in biotech initial public offerings over the last two years, but many of Europe’s offerings have migrated to the United States. So, what can we do to keep home-grown science on European soil? From the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines to GSK’s lifesaving antibody treatments, European innovation has played a crucial […] →Read more

Each dose of Covishield, Covaxin likely to be capped at Rs 275 after getting regular market approval

According to them, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has been directed to start working towards capping the price to make the vaccines affordable. As of now, Covaxin is priced at Rs 1,200 per dose while Covishield costs Rs 780 in private facilities. The prices include Rs 150 service charge. Both the vaccines are only […] →Read more

J&J eyes “tuck-in deals” as consumer health spinoff nears

Johnson & Johnson has said the impending spin-off of its consumer health division won’t stop it from “forging ahead” with M&A deals to expand its other businesses including pharma and medical devices. Joaquin Duato On a conference call to discuss the company’s fourth-quarter results, new chief executive Joaquin Duato said the focus will continue to […] →Read more

Synthetic Control Arms – ambition to action

Clinical trials are involved, expensive, and have been done largely the same way for decades but with today’s technology all that can change. With drawn-out timelines and billions in investments, traditional clinical trial methods are increasingly a barrier to cost-efficient and timely drug development. Synthetic data is addressing this head-on by harnessing historical clinical trials […] →Read more

New C-Suite role seeks to grow value-based care payments

Nemours Children’s Health System recently hired a Chief Value Officer, exemplifying a slow shift toward value-based care payment models becoming the concentration of one C-Suite executive. →Read more

After Miscarriages, Workers Have Few Guarantees for Time Off or Job-Based Help

For three years, Rachel Makkar said, she thrived in her job as a broker and asset manager at J&B Building Co. in Colorado. She excelled at her work — she said her performance reviews noted that — and she thought it was “the best place I’ve ever worked.” That changed in August. After trying for […] →Read more

What the Federal ‘No Surprises Act’ Means in California

Betty Chow, a Los Angeles resident, had a cervical disc replaced in August 2020 at a surgery center that was part of her Anthem Blue Cross PPO network. Thirteen months later, she was blindsided by a bill for nearly $2,000 from the anesthesiologist who was on her surgical team but was not contracted with her […] →Read more

Shodhana Laboratories Limited-Walk-In Interviews for Freshers On 28th Jan’ 2022

Shodhana Laboratories Limited-Walk-In Interviews for Freshers On 28th Jan’ 2022 Job Description Walk-In Interviews for Freshers in Quality Control/ Production/ R&D Departments @ Shodhana Laboratories Limited Greetings From Shodhana Labs!!! Department: Quality Control/ Production/ R&DDesignation: Officer/ Sr. Officer / Jr. OfficerQualification: Any Degree ( B.Sc, B.Com, BZC), B.Pharmacy/ M.Pharmacy/ M.Sc any other graduation (Upto 2020 passouts only). No […] →Read more

The Future of Work – event summary now available

26/01/2022 The Future of Work – event summary now available Image Photo by Kelvin Han on Unsplash During an online seminar on 12 November 2012, two discussion papers were presented by their authors and discussed in breakout sessions with EU-OSHA’s network of focal points: ‘The future of working in a virtual environment and OSH’ and […] →Read more

Non-binding Guidelines Regarding Directive 92/58/EEC – Safety and/or health signs at work

Non-binding Guidelines Regarding Directive 92/58/EEC – Safety and/or health signs at work dimitna Wed, 26/01/2022 – 09:10 26/01/2022 European Guides Number of pages 31 OSH professionals The guidelines were adopted by the Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work in line with its Opinion on the modernisation of six OSH directives to ensure healthier […] →Read more

Ipca Laboratories -Walk-In Interviews for QA/ Packing On 29th Jan’ 2022

Ipca Laboratories -Walk-In Interviews for QA/ Packing On 29th Jan’ 2022 Job Description Department: Quality Assurance/ Packing Designation: Officer/ Sr. Officer / Jr. OfficerQualification: B.Pharm/ M.Pharm/ B.Sc/ M.Sc/ B.E (Electronic) Experience: 02 to 06 year Location: Athal, Silvassa Date: 29th January 2022Time: 10: AM to 2:00 PMVenue: Athal, Silvassa Dadra & Nagar Haveli. Share your CV with Total Experience, Annual […] →Read more

Sri Krishna Pharmaceuticals Ltd.-Walk-In Interviews for Regulatory Affairs On 28th, 29th & 31st Jan’ 2022

Sri Krishna Pharmaceuticals Ltd.-Walk-In Interviews for Regulatory Affairs On 28th, 29th & 31st Jan’ 2022 Job Description Company Profile:  Sri Krishna Pharmaceuticals Ltd (SKPL), established in 1974, started life as a pioneer in the bulk manufacturing of acetaminophen (Paracetamol) for the domestic Indian market. Today, the company is a vertically integrated bulk manufacturer of multiple […] →Read more

Texas Medical Association continuing opposition to No Surprises Act ruling for determining out-of-network pricing

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) filed a brief on Monday to further oppose the ruling on the No Suprises Act that currently allows aribtrators to use the average in-network rate to determine out-of-network cost. →Read more

Book Review: The Right Price

The book The Right Price: A Value-Based Prescription for Drug Costs is a fantastic book for individuals interested in understanding why value-based drug pricing makes sense. It is a bit more technical and more detailed than the average health policy book, but there are few formulas or detailed methodological explanations. Rather, the book provides a […] →Read more

Hetero Labs Limited -Campus Drive for Freshers in Production/ QA/ QC/ R&D/ Maintenance/ IPQA Dept. On 29th Jan’ 2022

Hetero Labs Limited -Campus Drive for Freshers in Production/ QA/ QC/ R&D/ Maintenance/ IPQA Dept. On 29th Jan’ 2022 Job Description Greetings from Hetero !!! Campus Drive for Freshers in Production/ QA/ QC/ R&D/ Maintenance/ IPQA @ S.K.P. Govt. College, Guntakal Departments: Production/ QA/ QC/ R&D/ Maintenance/ IPQA Qualification : ITI Fitter/ B.Sc/ Diploma Mechanical/ M.Sc / […] →Read more

Aragen Life Sciences (GVK Bio) – Walk-In Drive for Technology Transfer On 29th Jan’ 2022

Aragen Life Sciences (GVK Bio) – Walk-In Drive for Technology Transfer On 29th Jan’ 2022 Job Description Greetings from Aragen Life Sciences (Formerly GVK Bio-Sciences…!!! Department: Technology TransferDesignation: Sr. Executives Qualification: B.Tech/ M.Tech Experience: 02 to 06 years Work Location: Nacharam JD: Responsible for technology transfer/ process scale up and managing pilot plant facility with day to day activities. Adhere […] →Read more

Infermedica raises a big round and demos new product

Infermedica is a company that started by creating symptom checking and chatbot functionality in Poland back in 2012. It’s spread to delivering that patient-facing diagnosis functionality via API and now as preparation for a physician visit. Today they announce a $30m series B and demo their new product which helps prepare a visit, and integrates […] →Read more

Harrity Analytics Releases List of Top 100 Colleges, Universities & Institutes Receiving Patents in 2021

By Donald Zuhn — Following the release earlier this month of its annual list of the top 300 organizations receiving U.S. utility patents (which Harrity Analytics compiles with the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)), Harrity Analytics announced the release of its 2022 College, University & Institute Patent 100 earlier today. Harrity Analytics notes that the […] →Read more

Wockhardt Ltd-Openings for Upstream/ Downstream/ QA/ QC/ Compliance-Apply Now

Wockhardt Ltd-Openings for Upstream/ Downstream/ QA/ QC/ Compliance-Apply Now Job Description Openings for Upstream/ Downstream/ QA/ QC/ Compliance @ Wockhardt Ltd Departments: Upstream/ Downstream/ QA/ QC/ ComplianceDesignation: Officer/ Executive/ Sr. Executive/ Manager/ Asst. ManagerQualification: M.Sc/ B.Pharm/ M.Pharm/ B.TechExperience: 0 to 12 years Job Location: Aurangabad Share your Resume On [email protected] Before 15th Feb’ 2022 Wockhardt Ltd-Openings for Upstream/ Downstream/ […] →Read more

Indegene expands global operations with new nearshore centers in Americas and Europe

PRINCETON, N.J. and BANGALORE, India, Indegene, a technology-led healthcare solutions provider today announced it established new Global Development Centers in Mexico, Poland and Ukraine to enable life sciences organizations accelerate their digital transformation. The life sciences industry is witnessing tremendous change with a growing focus on personalization, transformation of go-to-market models, and rapid adoption of […] →Read more

Checkpoint Therapeutics Announces Positive Topline Results from the Registration-Enabling Trial of Cosibelimab

Waltham, Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc. (“Checkpoint”) (NASDAQ:  CKPT), a clinical-stage immunotherapy and targeted oncology company, today announced  positive topline results from its registration-enabling clinical trial evaluating the safety and  efficacy of its anti-PD-L1 antibody, cosibelimab, administered as a fixed dose of 800 mg every  two weeks in patients with metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (“cSCC”).   The […] →Read more

113 great leaders in healthcare | 2022

Healthcare needs strong leaders now more than ever to navigate their organizations through the pandemic and digital transformation. →Read more

Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul

Welcome to Tuesday’s Overnight Health Care, where we’re following the latest moves on policy and news affecting your health. Subscribe here: It’s 36 degrees in D.C. today, but President Biden still made a stop at… →Read more

Bay Area Compliance Laboratories Corp.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition

[Federal Register Volume 87, (Wednesday, January 26, 2022 )] [Notice] [Pages 4049-4050] Bay Area Compliance Laboratories Corp.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition →Read more

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard

[Federal Register Volume 87, (Wednesday, January 26, 2022 )] [Final Rule] [Pages 3928-3929] COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard →Read more

MET Laboratories, Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition

[Federal Register Volume 87, (Wednesday, January 26, 2022 )] [Notice] [Pages 4051-4052] MET Laboratories, Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition →Read more

UL LLC: Application for Expansion of Recognition and Proposed Modification to the NRTL Program’s List of Appropriate Test Standards

[Federal Register Volume 87, (Wednesday, January 26, 2022 )] [Notice] [Pages 4053-4055] UL LLC: Application for Expansion of Recognition and Proposed Modification to the NRTL Program’s List of Appropriate Test Standards →Read more

Federal report: Mental health coverage is still not on par with other benefits

Lagging behavioral health and substance use treatment benefits are a major barrier to care, especially for those already struggling to get help. The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury shared their findings with Congress Tuesday. →Read more

South Carolina Senate votes to end certificate of need program

South Carolina eliminated its Certificate of Need program after state senators voted overwhelmingly to get rid of the requirement Tuesday. →Read more

Critical Medical Device Risks Continue to Threaten Hospital Security & Patient Safety

What You Should Know: – After a year of unprecedented ransomware attacks on hospitals and healthcare systems – and with healthcare now the #1 target for cybercriminals – critical medical device risks in hospital environments continue to leave hospitals and their patients vulnerable to cyber-attacks and data security issues. – New data released by Cynerio, […] →Read more

What’s known about ‘stealth’ version of omicron?

This version of the coronavirus, which scientists call BA.2, is widely considered stealthier than the original version of omicron because particular genetic traits make it somewhat harder to detect. Some scientists worry it could also be more contagious. →Read more

Judge temporarily restores New York’s mask mandate

An appeals judge temporarily restored New York’s mask mandate Tuesday, a day after a judge in a lower court ruled that Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration lacked the constitutional authority to order people to wear face coverings. →Read more

Swiftarc Ventures Launches $75M Telemedicine Venture Fund

What You Should Know: – Swiftarc Ventures, an NYC-based early and growth-stage consumer and consumer health-focused venture capital firm announced it has launched a $75M telehealth-focused venture fund. – The telehealth fund is aimed at harnessing breakthrough innovation opportunities currently emerging from key legislative changes in healthcare delivery within the United States and globally.  Investment […] →Read more

Person shot in New York hospital waiting room

One person was shot and wounded in the emergency department of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi in New York City on Jan. 25, according to NBC New York. →Read more

Bayada to Lay Off Nearly 700 Employees, Close Four Locations

Bayada Home Health Care is laying off 682 workers in Florida while closing five of its locations in the state. The Business Observer was the first to report the news. The locations hit hardest by the layoffs are Brooskville, Brandon and New Port Richey, where 306, 150 and 144 workers will lose their jobs, respectively, […] →Read more

Mass General Brigham must lower spending or face fines

Boston-based Mass General Brigham must develop a performance improvement plan to reduce costs after the state’s healthcare watchdog determined that the health system pushed healthcare spending above acceptable levels throughout the last few years, according to a press release emailed to Becker’s on Jan. 25.  →Read more

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics taps new COO

Emily Blomberg has been appointed COO for University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, effective March 14. →Read more

US data indicates omicron less severe: CDC

While the highly transmissible omicron variant has pushed U.S. cases and hospitalizations to record highs, a smaller proportion of cases resulted in hospitalization compared to earlier pandemic surges, according to the CDC’s Jan. 25 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.  →Read more

Telemedicine Platform Offers Outpatient COVID-19 Treatment

What You Should Know: – Alpha Medical, a virtual primary care group that empowers women to take control of their healthcare by offering a medical team specifically trained for a woman’s unique needs, announces it will prescribe PAXLOVID, an investigational medication used to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and children 12 years of age and […] →Read more

HHS releases $2B in relief grants as AHA pleads for more help

The American Hospital Association wants Congress to put $25 billion more into the Provider Relief Fund. →Read more

AHIP: HHS gets surprise billing for air ambulances right

AHIP says the arbitration process set up to dispute out-of-network air ambulance bills protects patients and insurers. →Read more

FDA blasts Eli Lilly for ‘misleading’ Instagram ads

The FDA sent a letter to Eli Lilly scolding the drugmaker for Instagram ads it posted for its Type 2 diabetes drug Trulicity. →Read more

Vaccines and therapeutics’ efficacy against omicron: 6 things to know

Here are six recent findings about the effectiveness of vaccines and therapeutics in protecting against the omicron variant. →Read more

Pfizer launches trial for omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer and BioNTech said Jan. 25 they have launched a clinical study evaluating the safety and efficacy of an omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine candidate. →Read more

Cedars-Sinai’s EHR tool saves nurses hours per week

The neonatal intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is using an algorithm within its Epic EHR to calculate a score that displays infants’ weight change from birth in an easily accessible time series visualization, EpicShare reported Jan. 24. →Read more

HHCN+ Report: The Pros and Cons of Certificate of Need Regulations in Home Health Care

This article is an exclusive feature available as a part of your subscription to HHCN + Certificate of Need (CON) laws for home health agencies vary by state. In some states, there are no restrictions. In others, there are strict restrictions on how many home health and hospice providers are allowed to operate. There are […] →Read more

LeadingAge Details COVID-19 Relief Requests in Letter to Congress, Biden

LeadingAge on Tuesday shared a letter urging President Biden to supply relief for home-based care agencies and other aging services providers. The letter was a response to the increasing death rate from the Omicron variant. “The Omicron surge is compounding existing challenges driven by the pandemic,” Katie Smith Sloan, the president and CEO of LeadingAge, […] →Read more

UnityPoint Health aims to recruit terminated Illinois hospital workers

With hundreds of open positions in the Central Illinois and Quad Cities/Muscatine regions, UnityPoint Health is targeting staff terminated from Galesburg (Ill.) Cottage Hospital, the West Des Moines, Iowa-based health system confirmed to Becker’s.  →Read more

COVID-19 booster drive is faltering in the U.S.

Just 40% of fully vaccinated Americans have received a booster dose, according to the CDC. →Read more

5 best online master’s in nursing programs, ranked by US News

The University of Pittsburgh, University of South Carolina and Ohio State University are among the schools with the best online master’s in nursing programs, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Online Programs rankings published Jan. 25.  →Read more

UNC to create triple negative breast cancer center after $25M gift

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., has received a record-setting $25 million donation to establish a center dedicated to triple negative breast cancer.  →Read more

Texas offering hiring bonuses for some healthcare positions

Texas is offering hiring bonuses of up to $5,000 to nurses and other healthcare workers at state-supported living centers and state hospitals, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission said Jan. 24.  →Read more

Sierra succeeds where Gilead missed; FDA filing now planned for blood cancer drug

Sierra Oncology myelofibrosis drug momelotinib achieved the main and secondary goals of a pivotal test and the biotech now plans to seek FDA approval. Sierra acquired momelotinib from Gilead Sciences after that company stopped work on the drug due to mixed results in Phase 3 testing. →Read more

TailorMed, UnityPoint Health partner to reduce treatment cost

Financial navigation technology company TailorMed and UnityPoint Health, a network of hospitals, clinics and home care services, are partnering to help bring down the cost of treatment for patients. →Read more

What is inflation’s impact on clinical trials?

Basic organic chemicals used for the preparation of new medications cost over 54.8% more than they did 12 months ago. Further, with schools and daycare facilities either going fully remote and/or closed, many parents and caregivers had to stay at home, eliminating their availability for study participation. →Read more

New York mask mandate is unconstitutional, judge rules

New York state’s mask mandate has been shot down as unconstitutional, a judge ruled, The New York Times reported Jan. 25.  →Read more

Change Healthcare may divest $1B for regulatory OK on UnitedHealth deal

The data analytics company is working with advisors to sell its ClaimsXten business, according to Bloomberg. →Read more

COVID-19 deaths climb in Los Angeles area

Los Angeles County has reported an uptick in COVID-19 deaths, with daily fatalities resulting from the virus doubling in just one week. On Thursday, the county reported 102 COVID-19 deaths, marking the most fatalities it has seen in a… →Read more

Bipartisan senators unveil bill to improve pandemic preparedness

The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday released a proposal for wide-ranging legislation aimed at improving the U.S. preparedness for pandemics after the many shortcomings in the response to COVID-19.  The discussion… →Read more

Ivermectin cost insurers $130M in one year during the pandemic

Insurers paid for anti-parasite drug as a treatment for COVID-19 despite lack of evidence surrounding its effectiveness, according to a new study. →Read more

Mass General Brigham must reduce spending, commission orders

The largest health system in the state has spent $293 million from 2014 to 2019, which was the highest trajectory among Massachusetts providers. →Read more

Members of Congress call for investigation into nurse staffing agencies’ pricing

Nearly 200 lawmakers want the White House scrutinize nurse staffing agencies for “anticompetitive” conduct. →Read more

1 thing that should be on CMOs’ priority list, per Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder

Some hospitals are bringing in underqualified or nonspecialized physicians because of staffing shortages, a move Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, believes may sacrifice patient safety. →Read more

Berkshire Hathaway planning in-person shareholders meeting for first time since pandemic began

Berkshire Hathaway is planning to hold its shareholders meeting in person in April, the first time the annual gathering will occur in person since the pandemic began.The meeting, which is slated to take place on April 30, will also be available… →Read more

3 top patient safety concerns right now, per Leapfrog CEO

Amid the pandemic’s omicron surge, one expert has three patient safety and infection control issues top of mind. →Read more

7 healthcare organizations naming facilities, programs after donors

Seven healthcare organizations have honored their donors in the last couple months by naming a building or program after them: →Read more

It’s a new year, but sadly Congress is still pursuing flawed price setting policies

As we kick off 2022, Congress has a number of priorities they are aiming to tackle, including the Build Back Better Act (BBBA). Unfortunately, the bill includes policies that would take the unprecedented step of allowing the government to set the price of certain medicines in Medicare. Here’s a refresher on why the drug pricing […] →Read more

Cybersecurity incident takes down Kentucky hospital’s phone lines

Campbellsville, Ky.-based Taylor Regional Hospital released an urgent notice Jan. 25 about a cybersecurity incident that affected the hospital’s system and phone lines, KRDO reported Jan. 25. →Read more

Why the US should relax public health restrictions as soon as cases fall: Viewpoint

Once U.S. COVID-19 cases decline significantly, mask mandates and restrictions on indoor gatherings should be relaxed, according to Ashish Jha, MD.  →Read more

Aledade picks Dr. Mandy Cohen as CEO of new health services arm

As part of Aledade, the former North Carolina HHS secretary will provide resources to support primary care practices nationwide. →Read more

As Healthcare Modernizes, Cloud-Based Communication Systems Take Over

Island Hospital, in Anacortes, Wash., planned to upgrade its aging phone system in 2019. The hospital provides healthcare in a rural, seaside area in northwest Washington state and recognized the need to improve its telecommunications system to better serve its community. “Our population is older,” says Network Engineer Shane Taylor. “They tend to want to […] →Read more

OSHA withdrawing emergency enforcement of COVID-19 vaccinate-or-test mandate for businesses

The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is withdrawing emergency enforcement of its vaccinate-or-test mandate for businesses, although the agency is not withdrawing it as a proposed rule. →Read more