• The CMS announced plans to issue emergency regulations next month requiring staff at hospitals and other facilities to get the COVID-19 vaccine, expanding a move originally levied at nursing homes.• The CMS will reprocess calendar year 2019 claims for outpatient services provided at excepted off-campus, provider-based departments because of an appeals court ruling on site-neutral payments.
• President Biden’s vaccine rules will set off a barrage of legal challenges with a major clash between federal and state rule which may ultimately go all the way to the Supreme Court.
• The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury and the Office of Personnel Management released proposed rules implementing certain provisions of the No Surprises Act.
• Credit reporting company TransUnion has reportedly begun fielding offers for its healthcare RCM business, with several bids coming in as high as $1.6 billion.
• DTx Neuroglee has raised $10 million to treat neurodegenerative diseases. The Boston-based company is working with the Mayo Clinic on a tool called Neuroglee Connect.
• Microsoft has acquired TakeLessons, a platform for students to connect with individual tutors in areas like music lessons, language learning, academic subjects and professional training or hobbies, and for tutors to book and organize the lessons they give, both online and in person.
• Last week, Google introduced a new suite of services designed to improve privacy in the Android operating system, adding to the previously introduced Private Compute Core in Android 12 beta.
• Health Catalyst launches a research network to allow health systems to establish relationships with drug companies and pharma-related research organizations.• Teladoc formed a partnership with Proximie, a startup that lets clinicians virtually “scrub in” to provide support for procedures from afar, and will integrate Proximie’s software in its virtual care platform for hospitals and health systems.
• New capabilities in the SailPoint Identity Platform that will drive the next generation of identity security were announced during Navigate 2021, including a customized workflow builder, automated outlier detection and event-driven certifications.
• The FBI issued a flash alert warning organizations about OnePercent Group, a hacker organization that deploys ransomware through phishing emails. The group infects networks with the IcedID1 banking trojan using Cobalt Strike and moves laterally throughout the network with PowerShell remoting.
• The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued new guidelines for government and private organizations to take into consideration when looking to outsource services to a Managed Service Provider.
• The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center has released a warning about BlackMatter, a newly surfaced ransomware that the agency called "highly sophisticated" and "financially motivated."
• In Spain, a chance DNA test reveals that hospital employees accidentally switched two newborns after their birth 19 years ago.
• All ultrasound gels and lotions manufactured by Canada’s Eco-Med Pharmaceutical are at risk of having been contaminated by the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (Bcc), the FDA determined, prompting the agency to issue a Class I recall alert covering almost all of the company’s products.
• The World Health Organization announced its release of a new collection of innovative health technologies for addressing COVID-19 and other priority diseases.