Month: January 2021

President Biden today signed an executive order aimed at increasing enrollment in comprehensive health care coverage. The order specifically focuses on improving the quality of coverage and removing barriers to enrollment in Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplaces. In general, the EO directs the Secretaries of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services, as
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New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System transformed how it recognizes and responds to human trafficking, becoming a model of success and helping make its communities safer. In this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Atlantic Health System’s Brian Gragnolati, CEO and past AHA Board chair, and Ingrid Johnson, R.N., discuss the importance of C-suite leadership in supporting efforts
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Johnson & Johnson provided a concrete look at its COVID-19 vaccine candidate today, revealing that its efficacy is expected to be sufficient to pursue an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. The drug maker said its single-shot candidate, which was developed in conjunction with Janssen, resulted in an overall 72% efficacy among
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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday amended its declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act to permit physicians, registered nurses and practical nurses whose license or certification has expired in the past five years to prescribe, dispense and/or administer COVID-19 vaccines in any state or U.S. territory. To participate, they must
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A single shot of a coronavirus vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson protected volunteers enrolled in a sprawling, multicountry study from developing COVID-19, results disclosed by the company Friday showed. The finding is a boost to a sputtering global immunization drive, adding another effective vaccine to a mix of shots already cleared for use in
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In this third webinar in a series from AHA, the Hospital at Home Users Group and American Academy of Home Care Medicine, panelists will discuss technology decisions that hospital-at-home programs must make and how they will affect program efficacy and patient care. Topics will include telemedicine requirements, team communications, Smart Home applications, patient access and
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The coronavirus pandemic set in motion a cascade of changes in healthcare, and no sector was impacted more than digital health. The fledgling industry rapidly accelerated as COVID-19 changed technology helping patients receive care outside of the hospital or doctor’s office into a necessity, instead of a luxury. That acceleration has continued into 2021, and
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Novavax on Thursday said its coronavirus vaccine was nearly 90% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 when compared to a placebo in a large clinical trial in the U.K., a finding that should support clearances for emergency use as the world grapples with new, more infectious variants.  The Maryland-based drugmaker has already begun the process of
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Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged the Food and Drug Administration to review how accurately pulse oximeters monitor blood oxygen levels, citing multiple studies suggesting they provide misleading measures to patients of color. “In order to reduce health disparities and restore trust among communities of color, we must
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Indiana University Health, part of AHA’s Living Learning Network, was able to overcome early supply chain challenges during the pandemic and help smaller health care neighbors in need, writes Dan Handel, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer for the health system’s south central region. AHA’s Living Learning Network helps health care professionals discuss, ideate
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The Department of Health and Human Services today will amend the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act to permit doctors and nurses who have recently retired or become inactive to administer COVID-19 vaccines and anyone currently licensed to vaccinate in their state to administer shots across state lines, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients
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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced an import alert on all alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico, noting that 84% of those it analyzed from April through December 2020 did not comply with FDA regulations and more than half contained toxic ingredients at dangerous levels, including methanol or 1-propanol. Under the import alert, alcohol-based hand sanitizers
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Registration is now open for the AHA’s Accelerating Health Equity virtual conference, March 16-18. Hosted by AHA Community Health Improvement and the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, this conference offers thought-provoking keynotes and breakout sessions for leaders in community health, diversity and inclusion, as well as opportunities to share successful action steps and stories,
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Based on campaign pledges, President Biden is expected to reopen Marketplace enrollment, for example, through a COVID-19 special enrollment opportunity (SEP), and his administration is also expected to direct significantly more resources to marketing and outreach efforts. Millions of people remain uninsured despite being eligible for free or reduced cost coverage through the ACA Marketplaces
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Dive Brief: President Joe Biden in a Thursday executive order gave the Occupational Safety and Health Administration two weeks to issue revised guidance on workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The order also directed the agency, through the secretary of labor, to reconsider whether any emergency temporary standards on COVID-19, “including with respect to masks
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Dive Brief: President Joe Biden will declare a new enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act exchanges this week, an action health policy and patient advocates have been hoping for under the new leadership, as reported by The Washington Post and confirmed to Healthcare Dive by advocacy group Families USA. The administration will also begin
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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, signing up for health coverage and applying for financial assistance was often challenging.  A 2020 KFF survey found half (51%) of consumers who looked for coverage during the 2020 open enrollment encountered difficulties, and nearly 5 million consumers sought in-person help but couldn’t get it.  During the 2021 open
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Dive Brief: Consumer-facing digital health startup Hims & Hers on Wednesday completed its merger with special purpose acquisition company Oaktree Acquisition Corp., in a deal valuing the company at $1.6 billion. Hims & Hers received proceeds of almost $280 million as a result of the deal, which it plans to reinvest in driving geographic growth and
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Dive Brief: Cleveland-based KeyBank plans to launch a digital bank in March aimed at serving healthcare professionals, Chris Gorman, the bank’s chairman and CEO, told analysts during a fourth-quarter earnings call Thursday. Through Laurel Road, the digital student loan refinancing platform it acquired in 2019, KeyBank said the new digital bank will serve the healthcare
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Dive Brief: Hospitals and health systems dealing with pandemic-related financial struggles have also been hit with year-over-year declines in volumes and revenues to employed physician practices, according to Kaufman Hall’s quarterly Physician Flash Report. Fewer patient visits, hospital diagnostic and procedural volumes compared to pre-pandemic levels put physician productivity ’ measured as physician work relative value
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The Food and Drug Administration Jan. 21 reissued emergency use authorizations for 10 systems authorized to decontaminate certain N95 respirators used by health care personnel when the COVID-19 pandemic results in an insufficient supply of new respirators.  Among other changes, the reissued EUAs authorize the systems to decontaminate each compatible N95 respirator only four or
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