The Food and Drug Administration will allow undiluted frozen vials of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be transported and stored at conventional pharmaceutical freezer temperatures (-13°F to 5°F) for up to two weeks as an alternative to its preferred storage at -112 F to -76ºF, the agency announced yesterday. Peter Marks, M.D., director of FDA’s
AHA today released a one-stop web hub for hospitals and health systems to find communication resources related to COVID-19 vaccines. The hub pulls from a number of trusted sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Ad Council, and feature graphics designed for social media, talking points for
Israeli patients aged 70 and older were much less likely to require mechanical ventilation for COVID-19 after most people in their age group had received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Israel initiated a national vaccination campaign using the Pfizer
Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will apply an automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy to all clinicians participating as individuals in the Quality Payment Program’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System for the 2020 performance period, the agency announced yesterday. Under the policy, MIPS will score individual clinicians
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will host a March 3 roundtable discussion on the academic, social and emotional impacts of distance learning on children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Register for the 1 p.m. ET webinar here.
Sens. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., yesterday announced they will introduce the Leveraging Integrated Networks in Communities to Address Social Needs Act, AHA-supported legislation that would provide funding for states to create or enhance public-private partnerships to coordinate health and social services. These state or regional partnerships would leverage local expertise and technology
Dive Brief: Cigna’s health services division Evernorth has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire fast-growing telehealth vendor MDLive, banking on continued demand for virtual care post-COVID-19. The deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter of this year, will mean MDLive’s telemedicine offerings will be available to Evernorth’s third-party clients, along with
The Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee today recommended the approval of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The panel voted unanimously to recommend that FDA issue an emergency use authorization for the candidate, which is administered as a single dose. Once FDA authorizes the candidate’s emergency use, Johnson &
Dive Brief: Universal Health Services posted profits for the fourth quarter and full year of 2020 that were up year over year despite rising expenses from COVID-19 patients and labor costs. At acute care hospitals on a same-facility basis, admissions overall were down 15.2% for the year, though revenue was up slightly at $11.6 billion
Dive Brief: A new report by the HHS Office of Inspector General indicated that inpatient hospital stays have become more expensive to the Medicare program, even before the COVID-19 pandemic began to severely disrupt the U.S. healthcare system a year ago. HHS OIG analyzed Medicare Part A claims for inpatient stays from fiscal year 2014
For the last few weeks, we’ve used this space to highlight the need for the next COVID-19 relief package to provide hospitals and health systems with additional resources and support so they can continue to care for patients and protect communities. We’re pushing all the levers on your behalf. This week alone: The Coalition to
In this AHA Physician Alliance podcast, Janine Adjo, M.D., chair and director of the pediatric residency program at SBH Health System Bronx, shares how she applied during COVID-19 skills learned from the Women’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership Project. The program helps address women physician leaders’ wellness and leadership needs.
Health care disruptors forged ahead in 2020 despite the pandemic, but hospitals and health systems can embrace the opportunities for collaboration and partnership, writes Mital Patel, senior director of market intelligence at the AHA Center for Health Innovation. Patel describes recent “disruption” efforts and discusses how hospitals and health systems can respond. Read more.
Dive Brief: St. Louis-based hospital chain Ascension is expanding the pilot of a Google EHR tool allowing clinicians to search for data within patient records, the next step in its partnership with the technology giant. The two linked in 2018 to work on leveraging Ascension’s clinical data to create an integrated, longitudinal record of patient care