COVID-19


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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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    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 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 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 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
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    Hospitals pivot to new tactics as they try to recruit, retain staff

    “We’re not just competing among healthcare organizations anymore,” Geisinger Chief Nursing Officer Janet Tomcavage said. “Now we’re really competing with the broader labor market.” 

    By Oct. 26, 2022
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    HCA shares fall after COVID-19 admissions decline in Q3

    A spike in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant in 2021 contributed to the operator’s decline in Q3 admissions.

    By Oct. 21, 2022
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    HHS needs to update strategic national stockpile procedures, GAO report says

    Current procedures the HHS uses to make inventory decisions are hampering its ability to ensure the stockpile has the right resources in the right quantities to combat future crises, a GAO report found.

    By Oct. 18, 2022
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    Omicron boosters from Pfizer, Moderna cleared by FDA for younger children

    Pfizer's reformulated vaccine is now authorized for use in children at least 5 years of age, while Moderna's will be available for kids as young as 6.

    By Ned Pagliarulo • Oct. 13, 2022
  • Physicians are experiencing delayed COVID-19 burnout

    Physician burnout has risen during the most recent phase of the pandemic, resulting in exacerbated retention challenges among healthcare workers, an MGMA survey and other recent reports have found.

    By Oct. 11, 2022
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    Healthcare jobs recovered from early pandemic losses

    Ambulatory healthcare services and hospitals each added 28,000 jobs in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    By Oct. 7, 2022
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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