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The FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Friday advised organizations to protect their computer networks from known vulnerabilities in FortiOS, the operating system for the Fortinet network security system. The agencies in March observed cyber actors scanning for these vulnerabilities, likely to gain access to networks to launch future distributed denial-of-service attacks, ransomware attacks, structured
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Dive Brief: FDA said Thursday it is investigating more than 450 reports of contamination and patient infection linked to reprocessed urological endoscopes over the past four years, including three deaths that occurred outside the United States. Devices from Olympus and Karl Storz were cited in medical device adverse event reports (MDRs) that identified the manufacturers.
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Dive Brief: CtW Investment Group is calling on HCA Healthcare shareholders to vote against the current chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee, Charles Holliday Jr., for failing to properly oversee emergency room admissions practices.  The group alleges in its Thursday letter to shareholders that HCA’s ER admissions for Medicare members are excessive and well above the
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Dive Brief: Black adults are significantly more likely to encounter discrimination when receiving healthcare than White patients, according to a new study by the Urban Institute underwritten by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. While 10.6% of Black adults said they had experienced some form of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation or
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AHA’s Hospital Community Collaborative, now in its second year, is seeking hospitals and community groups for its 2021 cohort to explore community-level health disparities caused, exacerbated or illuminated by COVID-19.  Participating health care providers and their community partners will receive access to vital tools and resources to address social factors that have been putting the
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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday recommended that Congress require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to transition to a Medicare indirect medical education adjustment that considers both inpatient and outpatient care, although commissioners raised concerns the policy would adversely affect teaching hospitals serving poor urban areas and could have other unintended consequences.  
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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday alerted health care providers to the risk of infections associated with reprocessed urological endoscopes, used to view and access the urinary tract, citing over 450 medical device reports since 2017 describing post-procedure patient infections or other possible contamination.  Reports noting a device manufacturer cited either Olympus Corporation or Karl
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The Biden-Harris administration yesterday sent Congress its first-year drug policy priorities, as required by each new administration.  They call for expanding access to evidence-based treatment; advancing racial equity in drug policy; enhancing evidence-based efforts to reduce harm; supporting evidence-based efforts to prevent youth substance use; reducing the supply of illicit substances; removing barriers to employment
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