Here's how much top healthcare CEOs made in 2020

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Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I’m Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and today in healthcare news:

  • An Insider analysis found out what 8 top healthcare CEOs made in 2020;
  • One bar’s outbreak highlights the importance of mitigating the virus with preventive measures;
  • What side effects to expect from COVID-19 vaccines, in one chart.

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Cigna CEO David Cordani.Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The CEO of health insurer Cigna made nearly $79 million last year. Here’s why 8 top healthcare company execs scored major paydays as the pandemic upended the industry.

  • Health-insurer and hospital CEOs scored big paydays in 2020, a year defined by the pandemic.
  • Six out of eight CEOs made more last year than in 2019 on stock options and awards.
  • The paydays came as big insurers and some health systems grew profits despite COVID-19 challenges.

Check out the chart mapping out compensation here>>

FILE – In this Thursday, July 9, 2020 file photo, a bartender makes a cocktail in New Orleans. A report released Wednesday, July 15, 2020, finds if you decide to have an alcoholic drink, limiting yourself to one a day is best — whether you’re a man or woman. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Associated Press

One bar opening caused an outbreak of 46 COVID-19 infections and a school closure affecting 650 kids

  • A February bar opening in rural Illinois led to at least 46 COVID-19 cases and a hospitalization.
  • It also was linked to a school closure affecting 650 children.
  • The case demonstrates the importance of mitigation measures as venues continue to reopen.

Find out more here>>

A healthcare worker in the Netherlands is given the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on January 6.Piroschka van de Wouw/Pool via AP

One chart shows which vaccine side effects you can expect based on your age, manufacturer, and dose

  • All three US-authorized coronavirus vaccines can bring mild to moderate side effects.
  • Johnson & Johnson’s shot generally has fewer side effects than Pfizer’s or Moderna’s.
  • Elderly people saw fewer side effects than younger adults across all three clinical trials.

See the chart here>>

More stories we’re reading:

  • Doctors are criticizing SNL for unfairly stereotyping Black people and vaccine hesitancy (Insider)
  • Now is not the time yet to let up on preventive measures against COVID-19 (The Atlantic)
  • Fauci says we may be able to go to a movie theater without having to wear masks in ‘late fall or early winter’ (Insider)
  • Bright Health plans to raise $1 billion in an IPO that could happen as soon as late in the second quarter (Bloomberg)

– Lydia

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