A COVID-19 vaccine is likely coming soon. Whether it’s next month, at the end of the year or in early 2021, many scientific experts believe we will have one or more safe and effective vaccines to combat the deadly virus. That’s certainly good news and should give us all hope. However, having a vaccine approved
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As COVID-19 cases rise across much of the country, most Americans think that the president is intervening with the public health agencies working to address the pandemic, the latest KFF Health Tracking Poll finds. Similar majorities say both that President Trump is intervening with the Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to review and approve a coronavirus vaccine
When the coronavirus pandemic first broke out in the U.S., “flattening the curve” became the mantra for helping support hospitals and save beds for patients who most needed them. Some hospitals even wrapped up parts of construction early to make more room for COVID-19 patients. Construction Dive has tracked some of the largest medical center
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved Veklury (remdesivir) to treat COVID-19 patients age 12 and older who are hospitalized and weigh at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds). The agency said the antiviral treatment should only be administered in a hospital or comparable acute care setting. “Today’s approval is supported by data from multiple clinical trials
Halloween is just around the corner, and while the holiday and celebration may look a little different this year (no thanks to COVID-19), the excitement over costumes and dressing up will likely remain the same. When it comes to patient identity, however, costumes and disguises aren’t so exciting. And unfortunately, the challenges and risks associated
The AHA’s Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management has elected Jimmy Chung, M.D., associate vice president, perioperative portfolio at Providence St. Joseph Health, as chair-elect of its 2021 board. The professional membership group also elected as provider representatives on the board Amanda Chawla, vice president of supply chain for Stanford Hospital, Stanford Children’s
In this October 2020 post for The JAMA Health Forum, Ashley Kirzinger and Mollyann Brodie examine how the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises shook up the mix of issues voters care about without changing the 2020 presidential race’s core dynamic as a referendum on President Trump’s first term in office. Other contributions to The JAMA
Dive Brief: The American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and other healthcare-related trade groups have asked Congressional leaders to continue the suspension of the Medicare “sequester” well into next year. The sequester was part of a 2012 deal to avoid hitting the federal debt ceiling. It was suspended under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic
AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity talks with Deepa Sheth, M.D., oncologist and assistant professor of radiology at University of Chicago Medicine, about the health system’s innovative strategy to increase breast cancer screening to reduce disparities, supported by a grant from IFDHE and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Read more.
Efforts by Spectrum Health, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to address health disparities in the African American and Latinx communities are yielding strong results. For example, infant mortality among African Americans in Kent County fell by 46% in the past 12 years due in part to Spectrum’s leadership in the federally funded Strong Beginnings community collaborative.
Dive Brief: HHS is amending a guidance change it made in September that received industry pushback for jeopardizing whether some hospitals could keep and use some of the nearly $175 billion in relief funds meant to buoy providers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals had warned the formula change could result in devastating effects for providers
Michael Suk, M.D., chief physician officer for Geisinger System Services, and Brooke Buckley, M.D., chief medical officer at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, share how clinician and hospital leaders can work together to advance health care value and affordability. Listen here.
The National Security Agency yesterday released an advisory detailing 25 common vulnerabilities that Chinese state-sponsored cyber actors are actively exploiting to access computer networks for sensitive intellectual property and other information, and encouraged stakeholders to take appropriate action to protect their networks. Many of the vulnerabilities exploit products directly accessible from the internet. “Since these