COVID-19


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    COVID-19 public health emergency slated to end in May

    The Biden administration warned that hospitals are at risk of revenue losses and care delays if the public health emergency ends abruptly.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
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    Persistent, heightened labor expenses pummeled hospitals last year, Kaufman Hall reports

    Negative margins and heightened labor expenses continued for hospitals in 2022, causing them to suffer their worst financial year since the pandemic began, according to the report.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
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    Healthcare labor trends in 2023: increased burnout, executive stress

    A rise in union activity could also persist as the sector continues recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    By Jan. 30, 2023
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    Upcoming Medicaid redeterminations could hamper hospitals, payers

    Medicaid eligibility checks beginning in April will likely curb hospital revenue and enrollment growth for payers, Moody's Investors Service said in a report.

    By Jan. 26, 2023
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    New York nurses reach deals on third day of strike

    About 7,000 nurses at two New York hospitals returned to work Thursday after a three-day walkout. 

    By Updated Jan. 12, 2023
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    Opinion

    COVID-19 vaccine prices are going up. It shouldn’t be our focus.

    Vaccinating as many people as possible to reduce the spread of respiratory illness that can be especially life-threatening for the youngest and oldest Americans is key, argues vaccine law professor Richard Hughes IV.

    By Richard Hughes IV • Jan. 10, 2023
  • Rise of telehealth during pandemic boosted mental health treatment rates

    The number of patients who received virtual care early in the pandemic surpassed those who dropped in-person mental health treatment, according to a new Rand study.

    By Susan Kelly • Jan. 9, 2023
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    Omnibus bill restarts Medicaid checks, lowers Medicare physician pay cuts

    President Joe Biden signed the the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package into law on Dec. 29.

    By Updated Jan. 3, 2023
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    Healthcare leaders expect turbulent operating environment next year

    Staffing challenges and high inflation are expected to continue into 2023, along with affordability issues for patients, shrinking margins and continual supply chain disruptions, according to a survey from Deloitte.

    By Dec. 16, 2022
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    COVID-19 vaccine saved millions of lives, study calculates

    The vaccines also reduced infections and hospitalizations, which freed up hospital resources, researchers at the Commonwealth Fund and Yale School of Public Health concluded.

    By Susan Kelly • Dec. 13, 2022
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    OSHA moves ahead with permanent COVID-19 standards for health workers

    The submission for permanent COVID-19 safety standards comes after temporary pandemic requirements for medical facilities were withdrawn last December.

    By Dec. 9, 2022
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    COVID-19 fell from top telehealth diagnoses in September

    Telehealth use has remained steady this year and did not change nationally from August to September, accounting for 5.4% of all medical claims, according to Fair Health.

    By Dec. 8, 2022
  • Healthcare executives also experiencing burnout: survey

    Seventy-four percent of healthcare executives surveyed by a consulting firm said they felt burned out in the past six months, compared to 60% in 2018. 

    By Dec. 7, 2022
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    18M projected to lose Medicaid coverage at end of COVID-19 emergency

    Many people who are currently enrolled in Medicaid will transition to other coverage, but 3.8 million people will completely lose insurance, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    By Susan Kelly • Dec. 6, 2022
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    For most of COVID-19 pandemic, major for-profit hospitals’ operating margins exceeded years prior

    HCA and Tenet had operating margins of at least 10% and at least 5%, respectively, in nine out of 11 quarters, according to a report out Monday from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    By Dec. 5, 2022
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    Healthcare sector added 45K jobs in November as pandemic recovery continues

    Ambulatory healthcare services and hospitals have gained jobs consistently, adding about 300,000 and 130,000 jobs, respectively, since last November. 

    By Dec. 2, 2022
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    Opinion

    How to address healthcare’s unique cybersecurity challenges

    Although the U.S. is entering a post-COVID era, many factors straining the healthcare industry will continue and more risk factors will kick in, argues Syed Kaptan of cybersecurity intelligence company ThreatQuotient.

    By Syed Kaptan • Nov. 28, 2022
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    22 states petition CMS to repeal health worker vaccine mandate

    The states argued in the petition, led by Montana’s attorney general, that the requirement has led to worsening staffing shortages in the sector, particularly in rural states.

    By Nov. 18, 2022
  • Primary care physicians are burned out, though faring better in US than other countries

    Physicians under the age of 55 were more likely to feel stress, emotional distress or burnout compared to older physicians in all countries, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund.

    By Nov. 17, 2022
  • Emergency rooms are at ‘breaking point,’ physicians say

    Medical groups are urging the Biden administration to prioritize finding solutions to patient overcrowding.

    By Susan Kelly • Nov. 9, 2022
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    Half of nurses consider leaving the profession, survey finds

    Staffing shortages were the top reason nurses cited for planning to leave their jobs, followed by the need for better work-life balance, according to staffing agency ConnectRN.

    By Nov. 8, 2022
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    Mass General Brigham adopts patient code of conduct

    The new policy comes as nurses and physicians across the country report an escalation in aggression against healthcare providers.

    By Susan Kelly • Nov. 7, 2022
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    COVID-19 telehealth diagnoses fell in August

    There was no change in telehealth use in the Midwest and Northeast in August, but utilization rose 4.7% in the South and fell 1.4% in the West.

    By Nov. 3, 2022
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    Hospitals face lowest readmission fines since 2014, analysis finds

    More than 2,200 hospitals will incur penalties, the lowest number in nearly a decade, as the CMS adjusted its calculations for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    By Susan Kelly • Nov. 2, 2022
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    Over 200,000 healthcare workers quit jobs last year

    Internal medicine, family practice, clinical psychology, chiropractic and psychology were among the specialties facing the highest turnover in 2021, according to a report from Definitive Healthcare.

    By Oct. 26, 2022