COVID-19: Page 2


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    State legislatures around US grapple with how to handle nursing shortages

    At least 18 states have introduced or advanced safe staffing bills this year in an effort to reduce nurse burnout and improve the quality of patient care, but hospital groups are resisting.

    By June 28, 2023
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    Expanded federal safety net during COVID led to improved health access for adults, report finds

    Between 2019 and 2022, fewer adults reported taking on medical debt or forgoing medical care due to cost, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    By June 13, 2023
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    Healthcare Blog's Outlook for 2022

    As the country enters its third year of battling the COVID-19 pandemic, fault lines in the healthcare landscape are becoming more clear and long-term implications are becoming more evident.

    By Healthcare Blog staff
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    Medicaid redeterminations

    HHS offers aid amid Medicaid redetermination coverage losses

    Secretary Xavier Becerra urged states to adopt new flexibilities to limit Medicaid churn, adding in a letter to state governors that he's "deeply concerned" about unnecessary coverage losses.

    By June 13, 2023
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    SCOTUS rulings on COVID-19, guns, abortion will lead to increase in preventable deaths, JAMA Network Open finds

    The authors said the impacts could be long-lasting, writing, “the findings of this study suggest that these Supreme Court decisions may harm the health of US citizens for years, and possibly decades, to come.”

    By June 12, 2023
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    Opinion

    The public health emergency is over. Here’s why government must prioritize funding for long COVID research.

    University of Arizona professors argue for more robust infrastructure to understand and research long COVID-19, which affects one in five Americans.

    By Kristen Pogreba Brown, Leslie V. Farland and Jennifer Andrews • June 9, 2023
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    Cue Health wins first non-emergency authorization for COVID test

    The FDA’s marketing authorization for Cue’s COVID-19 molecular test could boost consumer access, but the company faces strong competition from more established diagnostic firms.

    By Peter Green • June 8, 2023
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    Medicaid redeterminations

    Medicaid changes, end of COVID emergency hampered hospital margins in April

    Inflation and high expenses are placing a burden on hospitals as they recover from COVID-19 challenges. Hospital labor expenses rose 3% in April from March, according to Kaufman Hall.

    By June 1, 2023
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    Healthcare provisions of the debt limit deal: COVID-19 funding clawbacks, no Medicaid work requirements

    Congressional Republicans and the White House reached a deal over the weekend to raise the debt ceiling that includes healthcare policy wins for both sides of the aisle.

    By May 30, 2023
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    Abbott cuts jobs amid dwindling demand for COVID tests

    The layoffs at Abbott’s manufacturing plant come after the COVID-19 public health emergency expired this month, and the company forecasts decreasing demand for the tests this year.

    By Elise Reuter • May 24, 2023
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    Here’s what will change when the COVID public health emergency ends

    Vaccines, which have been crucial to curbing the threat of the virus, will remain free for the vast majority of people in the U.S., but over-the-counter tests will no longer be covered for most.

    By May 10, 2023
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    Biden admin officially ends COVID vaccine mandate for health workers

    The CMS on Wednesday issued a final rule lifting the controversial vaccine mandate in early August, though regulators said they wouldn’t enforce the mandate between now and then.

    By Updated June 1, 2023
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    Nurses are less satisfied with careers, more likely to leave profession amid COVID pressures: survey

    About half of nurses polled by AMN Healthcare said they were likely to encourage others to take up the profession in 2023, down from 64% in 2021.

    By May 1, 2023
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    DOJ charges 18 in COVID healthcare frauds totaling $490M

    It's the largest enforcement action against COVID-19 healthcare fraud schemes to date, according to regulators.

    By April 24, 2023
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    FDA favors single dose of updated COVID shots in shift to simplify vaccination

    The regulator also authorized a second bivalent booster for adults 65 years or older, or those with weak immune systems.

    By April 19, 2023
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    Care access, affordability impeding long COVID patients, study finds

    Survey respondents had difficulty finding clinicians and health insurance and struggled to keep up with family medical bills in the previous year.

    By April 12, 2023
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    Telehealth use rose for third straight month in January among privately insured

    Fair Health, which recently began tracking audio-only telehealth data, also found that audio-only utilization fell nationally from December to January.

    By Hailey Mensik • April 5, 2023
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    Provider groups push back on planned nursing home staff mandates

    Two hospital groups are arguing that federal staffing mandates are a “one-size-fits-all” approach to the labor crisis and that issuing mandates could reduce capacity by forcing nursing homes to shut their doors.

    By Hailey Mensik • April 4, 2023
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    // Medicaid redeterminations

    Medicaid redeterminations have restarted. Here’s what we know

    States began disenrolling ineligible beneficiaries from Medicaid earlier this year in an event the CMS has called the biggest health coverage transition since the first ACA open enrollment.

    By , March 31, 2023
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    Opinion

    Biden’s latest drug price control plans threaten war on cancer, Alzheimer’s and more

    Former Clinton health policy adviser Kenneth Thorpe argues that federal price control policies could wreak havoc in the industry.

    By Kenneth E. Thorpe • March 31, 2023
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    Lawmakers to reintroduce federal nurse staffing ratio bill

    The bill mirrors California’s nurse staffing law which took effect in 2004 and outlines exactly how many patients a nurse in specific hospital units can care for at one time.

    By Hailey Mensik • March 30, 2023
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    ‘We’ve had to be creative’: How a major health system eased its labor shortage

    By the summer of 2021, turnover at Memorial Hermann reached 30%. The organization implemented new staffing models and invested in greater staff support. Turnover is now down by half.

    By Katie Clarey • March 27, 2023
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    Pandemic-driven healthcare staffing shortages have mostly eased, report finds

    Employment in ambulatory services is now well above pre-pandemic levels, as healthcare jobs recuperate from pandemic-driven shortages, according to nonprofit Altarum.

    By Hailey Mensik • March 27, 2023
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    FDA details plan to end emergency use authorizations

    The agency is providing a 180-day transition period for devices that were exempted during the pandemic, and said companies that currently have an EUA should start preparing.

    By Elise Reuter • March 24, 2023
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    Pediatric mental health crisis top concern this year for patient safety organization

    Physical and verbal violence against healthcare staff is the second top safety concern for the year, followed by clinician needs in times of uncertainty around maternal-fetal medicine.

    By Hailey Mensik • March 13, 2023
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    Contracts covering tens of thousands of unionized HCA workers set to expire soon

    Contracts for staff at nearly two dozen hospitals in Nevada and Florida will lapse at the end of March and May, respectively.

    By Hailey Mensik • March 3, 2023