Month: August 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday declared public health emergencies and waived certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements in Louisiana and Texas due to Hurricane Laura, and in California due to wildfires. The waivers give health care providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs. HHS said it
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Approximately one-quarter of healthy women with low-risk pregnancies still undergo C-sections despite the potential risks to mothers and babies. To avoid unnecessary C-sections, hospitals are making strides in recognizing risk factors for mothers and babies sooner. In this podcast, Stephen Lockhart, M.D., chief medical officer of Sutter Health, discusses his organization’s approach to improving outcomes by
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The AHA and other national health care groups yesterday urged the Department of Health and Human Services to protect 340B hospitals and the vulnerable communities they serve “from actions taken by five of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers that undermine access to critical drugs and other health care services.” The letter describes actions that Merck,
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that hospitals and health systems are equipped with personal protective equipment to ensure the safety of their health care workers while providing care for patients. In this podcast, Priya Bathija, AHA vice president of strategic initiatives, and Ali Raja, M.D., executive vice chair of the Massachusetts General Hospital
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today extended its timeline for issuing a final rule modernizing the physician self-referral regulations until Aug. 31, 2021. AHA recently urged the Office of Management and Budget to quickly release this rule and the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General rule modernizing the anti-kickback statute,
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Other public health departments might benefit from implementing tools like Kentucky’s Indicator Monitoring Report, which combines multiple data elements to generate a daily COVID-19 status score to systematically assess the state’s mitigation, response and reopening efforts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. “Data sources included in Kentucky’s IMR are publicly available, data are
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Dive Brief: CMS is now requiring hospitals to report COVID-19 data such as number of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 positive patients, ICU beds occupied and availability of supplies including ventilators and personal protective equipment. Previously, the submissions were voluntary, the agency said Tuesday. The penalty for not reporting the data or correcting deficiencies is withdrawal
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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday issued an emergency use authorization for investigational convalescent plasma to treat suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in hospitalized patients. COVID-19 convalescent plasma is human plasma collected by FDA-registered blood establishments from individuals whose plasma contains anti SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. Based on the available scientific evidence, FDA said it was reasonable to
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An updated AHA resource examines the impact of the social determinants of health on patients and communities as they battle the COVID-19 public health emergency. The resource shares ideas and case examples that can help hospitals address, screen for and document ongoing social needs, such as housing and food concerns, while also looking at unconscious
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