Month: May 2021

Six prominent health care leaders and advocates for the Asian American community convened May 26 for a virtual panel to discuss a variety of issues ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact, burnout in the health care workforce, cultural stereotypes and the rising number of violent attacks against Asian Americans in recent months. Moderated by Priya
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Hospitals will no longer need to report influenza data and inventory and usage data for bamlanivimab administered alone as part of their daily data reporting related to COVID-19 effective June 10, when reporting data for those fields will become optional, the Department of Health and Human Services announced yesterday. Hospitals can upload templates without any
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today recommended clinicians report all cases of inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or lining (pericarditis) after COVID-19 vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, citing an increase since April in cases reported after vaccination with the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines, particularly in adolescents and young
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The AHA, joined by member hospitals and health systems and other national organizations representing hospitals, today filed reply briefs in their petitions asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse appeals court decisions in two important cases for patients and providers. The two cases being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court are: A lawsuit challenging the
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The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center has uncovered a wide-scale malicious email campaign by a group it associates with the 2020 compromise of the SolarWinds Orion platform, the center announced in a blog post yesterday. The federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency encourages organizations to review the blog post and apply the necessary mitigations. The Biden
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The AHA, Association of American Medical Colleges, and California Hospital Association yesterday filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Huntington Hospital and Cedars-Sinai Health System in their case challenging conditions the California Attorney General seeks to impose on their proposed affiliation. The sole basis for these “onerous conditions” are a novel theory of cross-market effects, which no
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Dive Brief: Despite the financial turmoil COVID-19 wrought on U.S. medical practices over the past year, physician income has remained relatively steady, according to a new survey by the Medical Group Management Association. The survey ’ which included 185,000 providers among more than 6,700 physician-owned and hospital-owned practices ’ concluded they experienced flat or modest
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The AHA June 3 at 1 p.m. ET will host a webinar featuring Michael Fallahkhair, senior advisor for Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Department of Health and Human Services, who will discuss federal funding opportunities to assist rural hospitals and rural health clinics with efforts related to COVID-19 testing, mitigation and vaccination.
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Dive Brief: Cyber threats to the medtech industry, including ransomware and other malware, are growing in sophistication, potentially putting patient safety at risk, according to Kevin Fu, acting director of medical device cybersecurity at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “It’s not just a kid in their basement causing trouble. These are actually
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AHA yesterday voiced support for bipartisan legislation that would add 1,000 Medicare-funded hospital residency positions in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry or pain medicine, with 500 slots reserved for hospitals with existing programs in these specialties and 500 for hospitals creating new programs. “As the nation continues to face a devastating public health crisis stemming from
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Dive Brief: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to drag on Ascension’s operational performance, but government relief funds and hefty investment returns yanked the nation’s largest nonprofit system back into the black in its latest fiscal quarter. For the period ended March 31, the St. Louis-based Catholic giant reported operating revenue of $6.6 billion, up 7% year
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Dive Brief: Ransomware attacks will continue among large providers for the foreseeable future, and “healthcare systems will need to deploy additional resources to thwart future cybersecurity breaches even as the pandemic continues to use up significant clinical, financial and strategic resources,” according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. The organization noted that nonprofit
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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden in March 2021. The ARPA includes provisions that increase subsidies for Marketplace shoppers who were already eligible for financial assistance and removes the upper income cap on subsidy eligibility, eliminating what was known as the “subsidy cliff.” As
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The Health Resources and Services Administration will use $4.8 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act to reimburse health care providers for testing uninsured individuals for COVID-19 through its COVID-19 Uninsured Program, the Department of Health and Human Services announced today. The program helps reimburse providers and facilities that test, treat and administer vaccinations to
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Medical Action Industries Inc. has recalled more than 8,000 medical convenience kits due to fungal contamination risk from an applicator used to sanitize skin prior to wound care, catheter procedures and blood collection, the Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday. FDA has not received any associated injury reports, but skin preparation products contaminated with this
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Dive Brief: Hospital operator HCA Healthcare is linking up with Google Cloud on a new data analytics platform to support provider decision-making, the companies announced Wednesday. The deal between the 186-hospital system and the technology behemoth will build on HCA’s existing use of technology to streamline both clinical and non-clinical operations, and represents “significant investments” in the
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Introduction During the COVID-19 pandemic, children have experienced major disruptions as a result of public health safety measures, including school closures, social isolation, financial hardships, and gaps in health care access. Many parents have reported poor mental health outcomes in their children throughout the pandemic ’ in May 2020, shortly after the pandemic began, 29%
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