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    CMS underestimated hospital labor spending in payment adjustments, Premier says

    Inpatient payment rates for fiscal 2023 released earlier this week also wouldn't adequately cover rising costs, according to the group purchasing organization.

    By April 21, 2022
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    Corporate employment of physicians surged during pandemic

    A study by Avalere found that hospitals or other corporate entities are buying up independent physician groups at a rapid clip, raising concerns about increasing pressures on doctors.

    By April 20, 2022
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    End of Medicaid continuous coverage may leave millions of children uninsured, analysis finds

    Children are at highest risk in Texas, Florida and Georgia when states resume checking Medicaid eligibility after the public health emergency expires, Georgetown University researchers found.

    By April 19, 2022
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    How health system leaders are navigating ongoing staffing shortages: survey

    More than 90% of health system leaders have increased compensation to recruit and retain staff, while 81% said they are still filling gaps with agency labor, per a new Advis report.

    By April 18, 2022
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    Physician pay is climbing after early-pandemic slump

    Doctors' financial compensation increased in the past year, resuming a longer-term trend though gender, racial and ethnic pay disparities persist.

    By April 18, 2022
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    Community health centers facing acute workforce loss

    A majority of health centers reported they lost up to a fourth of their workforce in the past six months alone, according to a new survey from the National Association of Community Health Centers.

    By April 13, 2022
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    Opinion

    Higher education can help solve America's nursing shortage

    By adapting new tactics, building more flexible ways to credential new nurses and making academic progression more accessible, learning institutions can take critical steps to strengthen America's core of nurses, the authors argue.

    By Jennifer Graebe and Lisa McIntyre-Hite • April 11, 2022
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    Which healthcare workers are most likely to quit their jobs?

    Following massive job losses at the start of the pandemic, turnover rates have mostly improved for healthcare workers — except for physicians and those working in long-term care, according to new research in Health Affairs.

    By April 11, 2022
  • More than 4K Stanford nurses vote to strike in California

    Nurses will begin an open-ended strike April 25 if they are unable to reach a deal with the system, according to a statement from the union. The two sides have met with a federal mediator three times.

    By Updated April 14, 2022
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    'Interesting anomaly': Hospital M&A fell to record low in Q1

    Hospital M&A activity in the first quarter bucked last year's trends as both the amount and size of deals shrank, according to Kaufman Hall.

    By April 8, 2022
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    'Appropriate' transition period for COVID-19 test EUAs when public health emergency ends

    The FDA is planning to give holders of EUAs for COVID-19 diagnostics and other devices 180 days notice of its intent to end their authorizations, in anticipation of U.S. public health emergency declarations stopping.

    By Greg Slabodkin • April 8, 2022
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    FDA advisers grapple with how to update COVID-19 vaccines

    About half of eligible Americans haven't received a booster and may be less protected should cases surge. Health officials hope to soon ready an updated shot, but experts on the committee struggled to identify the best approach.

    By Ned Pagliarulo • Updated April 7, 2022
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    FDA halts Vir, GSK antibody use in response to COVID subvariant's spread

    The COVID-19 treatment had a brief time in the spotlight as one of the few drugs that's potent against the omicron variant. A substrain called BA.2 is now dominant in the U.S., however.

    By Kristin Jensen • April 7, 2022
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    Telehealth use rose for third straight month in January as omicron spread

    Among the top five telehealth diagnoses in January, COVID-19 tied for second with acute respiratory diseases and infections. Mental health conditions were by far the most common diagnosis, coming in at nearly 60% of all claims.

    By April 7, 2022
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    Nurses union fights in court for permanent COVID-19 protection rule

    National Nurses United argued before a federal appeals court on Monday that an existing temporary emergency standard isn't enough to protect healthcare workers from the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

    By April 5, 2022
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    Surprisingly, physician burnout could contribute to slightly better outcomes, new study suggests

    But this doesn't indicate that physician burnout is beneficial or should be tolerated, researchers said, stressing that the relationship between burnout and outcomes is complex and needs further investigation.

    By April 4, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    Hospitals struggle to fill staffing holes in short, long term amid surge in nurse turnover

    "This is a bigger workforce shortage than we have ever dealt with," said Gay Landstrom, senior vice president and chief nursing officer of Trinity Health, a nonprofit system with 88 hospitals nationwide.

    By March 31, 2022
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    Surprise medical bills rank as public's second-highest financial worry, survey finds

    While 58% of the public said they're worried about being able to afford surprise bills, the majority of people with private insurance stated they knew nothing about the consumer protection law that went into effect in January.

    By March 31, 2022
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    FDA clears second COVID booster for older adults, immunocompromised

    Citing "some waning of protection over time," the agency authorized another dose of either Pfizer's or Moderna's shots for adults aged 50 years or older as well as for people with weakened immune systems.

    By Ned Pagliarulo • March 30, 2022
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    Hospitals bet big on venture capital amid COVID-19 revenue flux

    Hospitals are increasingly acting as venture capitalists, ratcheting up investments in companies with products they can use and scale, according to a data analysis of hospital VC arms conducted by Healthcare Dive.

    By March 30, 2022
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    Hospital E/M visit charges continued to rise in 2020, Fair Health finds

    Meanwhile, the percentage of claims for telehealth shot up from just 0.22% of all claims in 2019 to about 15% in 2020, as COVID-19 restrictions set in and patients worried of virus transmission.

    By March 30, 2022
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    Eyeing Europe's COVID-19 resurgence, AHA asks HHS to renew public health emergency

    In a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, hospitals emphasized the need to be prepared for more potential disruptions to the healthcare delivery system.

    By March 29, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    Long-term health of patients, hospitals at stake as care delays continue

    As federal relief funds dwindle and volumes remain stagnant, concerns are mounting about the stability of many providers' operations, especially those lacking robust outpatient services.

    By March 29, 2022
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    Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic

    Hospitals overhauled their operations in COVID-19's early days. Now, two years into the pandemic, they are looking ahead at the future of their business, including revenue diversification and workforce stability.

    March 29, 2022
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    Hospitals saw negative operating margins in February for second consecutive month

    Even as cases of the omicron variant plummet, the metrics indicate a "challenging recovery," according to Kaufman Hall's monthly report.

    By March 28, 2022