Month: April 2021

The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee yesterday held a hearing on using COVID-19 response lessons to address the mental health and substance use disorder crises.  Testifying at the hearing were representatives from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Salud Family Health Centers in Colorado, the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, and
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Dive Brief: Large employers are increasingly supportive of government intervention when it comes to tackling the rising cost of healthcare for their workers, according to a survey released Thursday from the Kaiser Family Foundation and Purchaser Business Group on Health. Business leaders showed wide support for lawmakers pursuing policies that would improve price transparency (90%)
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Dive Brief: One-third of the nation’s hospitals received A grades for the quality of care they provide, according to the Leapfrog Group’s annual survey, which graded more than 2,700 acute care facilities nationwide. Another 24% received B grades, suggesting that the nation’s hospitals are generally performing well in terms of the quality and safety of
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Most studies of the toll COVID-19 has taken on the mental health of Americans reach the same conclusion: The pandemic has made what were already serious problems much worse.  Depression, anxiety, rates of substance use disorders and feelings of isolation or abandonment have multiplied three- or four-fold across society. Health care workers, who bravely bear
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WakeMed Health & Hospitals in 2017 faced a behavioral health crisis in the system’s seven emergency departments, with patients waiting days to get access to acute inpatient services. Learn how the system created a high-performance, multidisciplinary network of inpatient, outpatient and community-benefit organizations to form a circle of support around each care transition.
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Dive Brief: Virtual care powerhouse Teladoc reported a wider-than-expected net loss in the first quarter, but beat Wall Street estimates on revenue with a topline of $454 million, up 151% year over year, driven by growth in specialty offerings and multi-product contracts. The Purchase, New York-based vendor saw particularly strong growth in U.S. subscriptions paid
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 A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assessment affirms the ability of the two authorized mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to prevent hospitalization in fully vaccinated adults ages 65 and older. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated adults in this age group were 94% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who were not vaccinated. Partially
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Just over a year ago, the AHA joined hospital and health system leaders at the White House to announce the Dynamic Ventilator Reserve, a public-private online initiative to track and help distribute available ventilators and associated supplies to areas of the country with high COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations. Within weeks of the announcement, the
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Top executives at nearly 90% of large employers surveyed believe the cost of providing health benefits to employees will become unsustainable in the next five-to-10 years, and 85% expect the government will be required to intervene to provide coverage and contain costs, according to a new survey released today from Purchaser Business Group on Health
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