Month: February 2021

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 &
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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
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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.
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Judy Rich, R.N., former AHA Board member and Tucson Medical Center CEO, leads a discussion on how to build formal board development plans that help trustees better understand and more effectively guide health care leaders on current strategic issues. Watch the 10-minute video, part of AHA’s Transformation Talks series on strategies for reimagining health care.
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Dive Brief: Teladoc beat Wall Street fourth-quarter expectations for earnings and revenue, though the virtual care powerhouse issued a softer outlook for 2021 suggesting COVID-19 tailwinds spurring historic telehealth use last year could slow in 2021. Shares were down 7% in morning trading Thursday. The Purchase, New York-based vendor’s guidance could reflect management conservatism or
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Dive Brief: Hospitals and health systems could lose anywhere from $53 billion to $122 billion in revenue this year, according to a new analysis from Kaufman Hall and the American Hospital Association. Following a COVID-19 surge over winter holidays, expenses were up considerably in 2020. For example, drug expenses per adjusted discharged increased 17% year over
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COVID-19 disrupted virtually every area of the economy in 2020. As businesses across all sectors hunkered down and focused on core operations and ways to mitigate risk, most health care providers did the same: They concentrated on essential services to treat patients who contracted the virus while temporarily postponing many nonemergent services. Health care disruptors,
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Dive Brief: Lifespan and Care New England have signed a definitive agreement to merge the two Rhode Island health systems in a deal that will create an integrated academic health system with Brown University’s medical school.  Brown University is committing $125 million over five years to the creation of the system. The university will have
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The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity today released two videos on COVID-19 vaccines and the importance of communities of color who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 getting vaccinated to protect themselves and loved ones from the virus. The videos are available in English and Spanish. For additional resources,
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Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration found Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine to be safe and effective in preventing COVID-19, confirming clinical trial results announced by the drugmaker last month and likely clearing the way for an emergency authorization in the coming days.  The review, released online ahead of a meeting of FDA advisers on
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Xavier Becerra had a mostly smooth nomination hearing before the Senate health committee Tuesday despite accusations from some GOP members on his support for abortion rights, lack of medical credentials and executive experience in the face of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Becerra, the California attorney general and President Joe Biden’s pick to head up
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Dive Brief: The Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court to cancel upcoming oral arguments around Medicaid work requirements, a controversial Trump-era policy linking coverage eligibility in the safety-net program to work or volunteering hours. Acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar in a motion filed Monday told the court the administration was currently in the process of
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The Center for Internet Security last week began offering its Malicious Domain Blocking and Reporting ransomware protection service free to private hospitals. The service, which blocks network requests from an organization to known harmful web domains, is already available free to public hospitals through the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). It can help
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The Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care, of which the AHA is a founding member, has launched a new TV ad urging Congress to provide critical resources to help hospitals and health systems as they continue the battle against COVID-19. Hospitals and health systems have cared for millions of Americans with COVID-19 in the past
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