The Department of the Treasury yesterday released an interim final rule implementing $350 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funding to help state, local and tribal governments recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a Treasury fact sheet, recipients can use the funds for COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral health care, and mental health and
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Analysts were worried about U.S. payers’ financial performances coming into 2021, as service utilization is expected to resurge this year following months of care delays during the pandemic. An acute rally in deferred care could depress earnings, following a year of historic profits in the sector. But almost all major payers hiked their full-year guidance
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The COVID-19 pandemic spurred massive disruptions to the economy and labor market that have yet to abate. It also particularly underscored the plight of workers in one of the widest-held occupations in the country — nurses. Over the past year, those on the front lines have reported increasing rates of burnout, declining mental health and
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reminding stakeholders that funding is available under FEMA’s Public Assistance program, including for community engagement and information dissemination to promote vaccination availability, scheduling, and accessibility, as well as reimbursement for activities to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines. This funding is eligible under current FEMA policies and
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The AHA supports adding data classes and elements to future versions of the U.S. Core Data for Interoperability to capture standardized data on social determinants of health, but suggests prioritizing technical infrastructure development, incorporating lessons learned and continuing investments in real-world testing, the association told the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology yesterday. 
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The federal government amassed a staggering $178 billion in funds last year that were intended to prop up the nation’s healthcare providers amid the swell of COVID-19 cases. Yet, more than a year later, billions of dollars are still sitting in the provider relief fund, triggering anxiety among those left waiting for financial relief.   Industry experts
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Dive Brief: An analysis of 27,091 transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures performed at 325 U.S. hospitals has revealed significant variation in 30-day readmission rates. Length of stay and discharge disposition only explained 15% of the inter-hospital variation in the 30‐day all‐cause risk‐standardized readmission rate (RSRR). The study found no significant association between RSRR and hospital
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Resources and Services Administration should disaggregate and analyze maternal health data for rural and underserved communities, and adjust maternal health program efforts to meet the needs in those communities, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released today. It also recommended the Department of Health and
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