COVID-19


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    SCOTUS won’t hear challenge to health worker vaccine mandate

    In January, the high court upheld the CMS rule mandating that healthcare workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 at medical facilities that receive federal funding.

    By Oct. 4, 2022
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    Telehealth use rose overall in July, report finds

    Telehealth use increased in the West, Midwest and South in July while it fell in the Northeast, according to Fair Health’s monthly telehealth data out Monday.

    By Oct. 3, 2022
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    Stopgap Senate bill advances, but leaves COVID-19 funding behind

    The bill cuts funding for COVID-19 and monkeypox aid but extends two rural hospital programs.

    By Sept. 28, 2022
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    COVID-19 testing startup Curative pivots to health plan offering

    The plan will offer $0 copays and $0 deductibles to employers in the Austin, Texas, area after a baseline health visit is conducted.

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    Watchdog faults FDA for rushing COVID tests to market by easing emergency use rules

    The HHS Office of Inspector General found that by loosening emergency use authorization requirements to bring COVID-19 tests to market faster, the agency allowed inaccurate tests to be distributed.

    By Elise Reuter • Sept. 22, 2022
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    HHS ‘roadmap’ aims to tackle nation’s mental health crisis

    The initiative prioritizes integrating behavioral health services into primary and other specialty care areas as well as community-based settings like schools.

    By Sept. 21, 2022
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    Emotional exhaustion worse for healthcare workers in second year of pandemic, research finds

    Nurses reported feeling more emotionally exhausted during the pandemic, with physicians also noticing an increase. The report comes as some nurses fight for better working conditions.

    By Sept. 21, 2022
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    Healthcare saw less job loss than other industries during pandemic, research finds

    During the pandemic, unemployment rates among healthcare workers rose to 3.2% while those for non-healthcare workers rose to 6.1%, according to research published Monday in JAMA.

    By Sept. 19, 2022
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    Physician burnout higher in 2021 than 2020, study shows

    Burnout can push providers to leave the profession or retire early, and poses other complications for health systems and clinics.

    By Sept. 15, 2022
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    OIG report suggests telehealth fraud rare in Medicare

    A small proportion of providers that billed for telehealth — 1,714 out of 742,000 — posed a high risk of fraud or abuse to Medicare in COVID-19’s first year, regulators found.

    By Sept. 8, 2022
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    Ezekiel Emanuel on the state of COVID-19 in the US and the ‘major issue’ of healthcare burnout

    The bioethicist and Affordable Care Act draftsman talked about the nation’s new attitude toward the pandemic and what we know about long COVID-19.

    By Sept. 6, 2022
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    CDC backs updated COVID-19 shots from Pfizer, Moderna

    One day after the FDA’s authorization, the CDC recommended the companies’ omicron-targeted vaccines for most adults and children over 12 years old.

    By Delilah Alvarado • Sept. 2, 2022
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    FDA clears updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer, Moderna

    The new shots, which are designed to better target circulating strains of omicron, could be available within days. Advisers to the CDC are set to meet later this week.

    By Delilah Alvarado • Aug. 31, 2022
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    Funds for free COVID-19 vaccines could run out as early as January, HHS says

    The commercial market for COVID-19 vaccinations could be similar to that for seasonal flu shots and other vaccines, the department said.

    By Aug. 31, 2022
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    FDA takes N95 respirators off medical device shortage list

    Respirators were one of the first medical devices identified as being in critical shortage during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the agency said.

    By Ricky Zipp • Aug. 30, 2022
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    Court blocks bid to reinstate OSHA pandemic standard for health workers

    An appeals court ruled it lacked the authority to force OSHA to make certain rules, leaving discretion up to the workplace safety agency, according to court documents.

    By Aug. 29, 2022
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    Moderna sues Pfizer, BioNTech over COVID-19 vaccine technology

    The biotech claims its rivals’ vaccine Comirnaty, one of the world’s top-selling pharmaceutical products, infringes on two patents covering its messenger RNA technology.

    By Jonathan Gardner • Aug. 26, 2022
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    Moderna follows Pfizer in asking FDA to approve updated COVID shot

    The companies are moving quickly to supply vaccines targeting currently circulating omicron variants in time for the Biden administration's planned fall vaccination campaign.

    By Kristen Jensen • Aug. 24, 2022
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    15M Medicaid enrollees risk coverage loss when COVID-19 health emergency ends, HHS reports

    A disproportionate number of those who stand to lose coverage are children and young adults, according to the agency.

    By Aug. 23, 2022
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    Mayo Clinic’s Q2 operating income tumbles as labor costs climb

    The system said it is struggling with workforce shortages at a time when its hospitals are operating at near capacity.

    By Aug. 22, 2022
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    Electronic data sharing between physicians and public health agencies rare, new ONC data finds

    Fewer than one in five primary care physicians electronically exchanged patient health information with public health agencies in 2019, according to a new report from the Office of the National Coordinator.

    By Aug. 18, 2022
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    CDC, amid criticism for COVID-19 response, plans reorganization as public health threats grow

    The shakeup includes the creation of new offices, staffing moves and steps to expedite data releases, CDC director Rochelle Walensky informed staff on Wednesday.

    By Aug. 18, 2022
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    Hospitals are seeing sicker patients after pandemic delays, AHA warns

    Rising patient acuity is driving up costs for labor, drugs and supplies and straining finances, the hospital lobby said.

    By Aug. 17, 2022
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    Strikes among healthcare workers in 2022

    A strike among 1,400 healthcare workers at six KPC facilities in Southern California was averted after the two sides reached an agreement Sunday, the day before the planned work stoppage.

    Updated Sept. 26, 2022
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    Telehealth visits rose in May, mirroring COVID-19 diagnoses

    Patients made greater use of virtual care visits for a second straight month during an upturn in coronavirus cases.

    By Aug. 9, 2022