Dive Brief: FDA said Thursday it is investigating more than 450 reports of contamination and patient infection linked to reprocessed urological endoscopes over the past four years, including three deaths that occurred outside the United States. Devices from Olympus and Karl Storz were cited in medical device adverse event reports (MDRs) that identified the manufacturers.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday released a toolkit for qualified health plans applying for plan year 2022 certification, and guidance to help applicants identify essential community providers and meet network adequacy standards. It also released guidance on plan year 2021 compliance reviews and direct enrollment requirements.
Dive Brief: CtW Investment Group is calling on HCA Healthcare shareholders to vote against the current chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee, Charles Holliday Jr., for failing to properly oversee emergency room admissions practices. The group alleges in its Thursday letter to shareholders that HCA’s ER admissions for Medicare members are excessive and well above the
Join the AHA and its American Organization for Nursing Leadership April 7 at 1 p.m. ET for a panel discussion on ways to identify and address inequities in maternal care, empower women of color and create solutions to improve maternal health equity. Panelists include leaders from UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, Advocate Sherman Hospital, March of Dimes,
We know that a person’s health is influenced more by their social and economic circumstances than by access to medical services. However, making a real difference for people who struggle with social needs remains a significant challenge. Hospitals and health systems – working with community partners – can play a key role in this area,
Dive Brief: Black adults are significantly more likely to encounter discrimination when receiving healthcare than White patients, according to a new study by the Urban Institute underwritten by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. While 10.6% of Black adults said they had experienced some form of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation or
The Food and Drug Administration last night said that Moderna can add up to 50% more doses per vial of its COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna had been shipping 10-dose vials; the FDA’s change will enable shipments to contain up to 15 doses per vial. In doing so, FDA also will permit vaccinators to extract an eleventh
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Hospitals and health systems lost 600 jobs in March, as U.S. jobs overall increased by 916,000, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is the third consecutive month of hospital job losses. Hospitals and health systems have added over 28,000 jobs since the beginning of the pandemic, but remain
AHA’s Hospital Community Collaborative, now in its second year, is seeking hospitals and community groups for its 2021 cohort to explore community-level health disparities caused, exacerbated or illuminated by COVID-19. Participating health care providers and their community partners will receive access to vital tools and resources to address social factors that have been putting the
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday recommended that Congress require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to transition to a Medicare indirect medical education adjustment that considers both inpatient and outpatient care, although commissioners raised concerns the policy would adversely affect teaching hospitals serving poor urban areas and could have other unintended consequences.
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday alerted health care providers to the risk of infections associated with reprocessed urological endoscopes, used to view and access the urinary tract, citing over 450 medical device reports since 2017 describing post-procedure patient infections or other possible contamination. Reports noting a device manufacturer cited either Olympus Corporation or Karl
The Biden-Harris administration yesterday sent Congress its first-year drug policy priorities, as required by each new administration. They call for expanding access to evidence-based treatment; advancing racial equity in drug policy; enhancing evidence-based efforts to reduce harm; supporting evidence-based efforts to prevent youth substance use; reducing the supply of illicit substances; removing barriers to employment
In 2019, 1 in 5 women suffered from a mental health disorder. Now, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, even more women are reporting increases in challenges associated with mental illness as they continue to take on responsibilities they had not been prepared for. On March 24-26, we had the opportunity to attend 2020