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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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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced interim data indicating that its REGEN-COV antibody cocktail could be used as a passive vaccine to prevent COVID-19. According to Regeneron, the use of an antibody cocktail of casirivimab and imdevimab resulted in 100% prevention of symptomatic infection, and approximately 50% lower overall infection rates. In addition, the lower number
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