A two-part documentary series chronicles how 239-bed Doylestown (Pa.) Hospital confronted the pandemic and changed its operations to best battle COVID. Produced by the Doylestown Health Foundation, partly for a fundraising initiative for the stand-alone hospital, the videos tell a story that is unique to Doylestown, while echoing the experiences of many other systems.  A
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Now stretching into its ninth month, the coronavirus pandemic is putting significant strain on paramedics and emergency medical technicians across the U.S., the CEOs of ambulance companies told CNBC on Friday. “There’s a huge shortage of paramedics nationwide, whether it be for the public fire departments or the private ambulance companies,” Richard Zuschlag, chief executive
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CMS on Thursday detailed its highly anticipated geographic direct contracting model for Medicare beneficiaries. The program, which the agency’s innovation arm has been developing for more than two years, is intended to encourage provider care coordination across a physical area. “We believe it’s one of the center’s largest bets on value-based care to date,” Center
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Aetna this week updated its coverage policy to include noninvasive prenatal testing for all pregnancies. According to Aetna’s updated policy, the Hartford, Connecticut-based insurer now considers NIPT using measurement of cell-free fetal nucleic acids in maternal blood to be medically necessary for screening for fetal aneuploidy in all pregnant women. The move comes at a
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center>Honing behavioral skills, such as teamwork and leadership, can help surgeons avert disasters. (Photo source: Adobe Stock Photos) I turned the corner and there it was. The Death Star, as locals call it, because it’s star-shaped, imposing, and has a helipad on the roof. Also known as the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow—a state-of-the-art, 14-floor
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Medical staff members prepare to perform a percutaneous tracheostomy procedure on a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) during Thanksgiving at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 26, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Go Nakamura | Getty Images More than 100,000 people are currently in hospitals across the U.S. sick with Covid-19, as
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On Wednesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Compassionate Care Act, a bill that would support advance care planning and end-of-life care. For home health providers with existing hospice service lines or ambitions for expanding into palliative care, the news is encouraging. If passed, the Compassionate Care Act places more resources behind public awareness campaigns
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LONDON (AP) — Britain authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for use Wednesday, greenlighting the first shot backed up by rigorous scientific review. The first vaccinations are expected within days — a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. The go-ahead for the vaccine from American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech comes as the virus surges again
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