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 last month. Hospitals can upload templates without
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute seeks input on a proposed initiative for health systems and provider-aligned health plans that would provide funding to implement and evaluate strategies to improve patient care and outcomes based on evidence from PCORI-funded research. The request for information seeks comments until 4 p.m. ET July 15 on proposed eligibility, project
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The Food and Drug Administration today approved Biogen’s Aduhelm to treat Alzheimer’s disease, the first new treatment approved for the disease since 2003. The drug was approved using the accelerated approval pathway, which is typically used when a drug for a serious or life-threatening illness is found to have a meaningful therapeutic advantage over existing
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Dive Brief: A group of private equity companies is purchasing medical supply giant Medline Industries in what is reportedly the biggest leveraged buyout in a decade. Blackstone, Carlyle and Hellman & Friedman have agreed to acquire Northfield, Ill.-based Medline for more than $30 billion, according to multiple media reports. The transaction is worth as much
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Hospitals are cornerstones of our communities. They provide a broad spectrum of acute and ambulatory care services and serve as economic anchors in many cities and towns. Hospitals and health systems also work closely with many community-based organizations, partnering to address people’s health and social needs. This week AHA is celebrating Community Health Improvement Week.
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On this AHA podcast, Kate Sommerfeld, president of social determinants of health at ProMedica, discusses how the health system leveraged community partnerships to address the social and economic issues, such as food insecurity and teen violence, that affect health status in the Greater Toledeo, Ohio, area. ProMedica’s innovative collaborations earned the AHA Foster G. McGaw
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Two 60-second radio news releases featuring local and clinical health care leaders discussing the importance of getting vaccinated began airing today in Arkansas and Nebraska. The Arkansas spot features Michael Stewart, CEO of Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, and the Nebraska spot features Marty Fattig, CEO of Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn. Additional spots will
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The AHA today expressed support for the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2021 (H.R. 3173), bipartisan legislation that would establish requirements for the use of prior authorization under Medicare Advantage plans. “America’s hospitals and health systems are committed to ensuring patient access to the highest quality care in a timely manner,” AHA
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COVID-19 adolescent hospitalization rates from COVID-NET (Coronavirus Disease 2019-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network) peaked at 2.1 per 100,000 in early January 2021, declined to 0.6 in mid-March and rose to 1.3 in April, according a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released today. Among hospitalized adolescents, nearly one-third required intensive care unit
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Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. D-N.J., June 2 announced legislation to permanently authorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program, which supports the training of primary care medical and dental residents with a focus on supporting residents in
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Hospitals and health systems added 2,900 jobs in May, as U.S. jobs overall increased by 559,000, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The health care field overall gained 22,500 jobs, and continues to remain just under 16 million total (seasonally adjusted). Outpatient care centers, physicians, dentists and other office-based providers
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When COVID-19 was rapidly sweeping through the country in spring 2020, Americans instinctively did what they have done for generations in times of peril: They turned to hospitals for safety, security and healing. And once again, our hospitals and health systems met the moment, saving millions of lives in the proudest chapter of our nation’s
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Dive Brief: Medtronic abruptly pulled its HeartWare HVAD pump system from the market Thursday after a slew of Class I recalls and numerous reports of patient injuries and deaths associated with the device. The medtech cited ongoing device failures and “a growing body of observational clinical comparisons indicating a higher frequency of neurological adverse events,
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The White House today released a memo from Anne Neuberger, Deputy Assistant to President Biden, and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, urging business executives to immediately convene their leadership teams to discuss ransomware threats and review corporate security posture and business continuity plans. The memo reiterates high-impact best practices for organizations to
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The AHA and the National Independent Laboratory Association today flagged for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners deeply concerning actions by UnitedHealthcare to implement a “misleading” new benefit plan design that will limit access to needed laboratory services. “UHC’s Designated Diagnostic Provider (DDP) program, while couched in the terms of efficiency and quality, effectively creates
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Key Findings The latest KFF Health Tracking Poll finds majorities of the public saying many current health care proposals being discussed by lawmakers are important priorities for Congress to focus on in the coming months, and few (less than one five) saying each of the health priorities “should not be done.” While majorities of the
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Dive Brief: Digital-first value based care startup Babylon plans to go public via a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, the latest in a rash of digital health companies entering the public markets spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. The transaction implies a $3.6 billion enterprise value for London-based Babylon, which offers an AI-enabled chatbot
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Violence continues to be a pervasive problem in our society and directly affects the health and well-being of millions of individuals, families and communities. Nationally, we experience violence in many forms ’ mass shootings, human trafficking, physical and sexual assault, threatening behavior and more. This past year we witnessed peaceful protests, but also violence related
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With increased attention to the global need for COVID-19 vaccines and the Biden administration’s announcement today about how it plans to distribute the first portion of the 80 million doses it will share by the end of this month, the latest KFF Health Tracking Poll finds that two-thirds of the public (66%) say that the
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Moderna yesterday announced an agreement to use Thermo Fisher Scientific to increase the scale of its COVID-19 vaccine finish/fill sterile manufacturing. The deal will enable production to begin in the third quarter of 2021. Thermo Fisher, which already supplies Moderna with raw materials for its vaccine, will provide aseptic fill/finish, labeling and packaging services.
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New research by the National Institutes of Health has confirmed the safety of blood donation and transfusions from COVID-19. NIH concluded that transfusions’ likelihood of infection transmission is a little over 1 in 100,000, or 0.001%. Based on its findings, NIH said that current blood donor screening guidelines, including those used by the Food and Drug
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Dive Brief: Walgreens has completed the sale of its Alliance Healthcare businesses to drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen for $6.5 billion, the retail behemoth announced Wednesday. Alliance Healthcare is one of the largest pharmaceutical wholesalers in Europe, so the deal, completed roughly five months after being announced, will significantly bolster AmerisourceBergen’s global distribution business. Walgreens plans to
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