Month: February 2021

The double whammy of high COVID-19 and flu cases that many health experts warned about in the fall has not come to pass. Through Feb. 6, 2021, for flu-tracking purposes, the seasonal sickness is at historic lows, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are no definitive answers as to
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People wearing protective masks wait in line to receive a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a large scale vaccination site in Sacramento, California, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Scientists and health officials told Congress Friday the federal government needs to ramp up its supply of
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When the pandemic hit nearly a year ago, healthcare organizations instituted rapid changes to respond. As a result, usual reporting systems and practices in place to ensure high-quality care were often disrupted. Experts are worried that patient safety has been negatively affected amid all this immense change. “The conditions and the common contributing factors that
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Shortly after his inauguration, President Joe Biden released a strategy to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. While the president’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness offers a sound approach to address the public health emergency, the vaccination plan misses an opportunity to leverage the resources and expertise that multispecialty group
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The second dose of Covid-19 vaccine is crucial in creating longer and complete immunity as well as preventing variants of the virus, according to Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “We need to know that this is a two-dose vaccine, period,” Offit told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard
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For the first time in decades, U.S. health care spending may have actually decreased in 2020, new data suggests. Several factors likely contributed to the potential decrease, according to nonprofit research and consulting firm Altarum, which released a preliminary analysis of last year’s national health spending on Tuesday. Such factors include year-over-year declines in hospital
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Companies spent $2.5 billion to treat employees’ asthma, diabetes, hypertension, mental health and substance abuse and back disorders over the course of two years, according to a new study. UnitedHealthcare reviewed all claims issued by the Health Action Council’s 57 nationwide employer members’which are responsible for coverage of 281,000 individuals’to find that more than 60%
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The pandemic grounded tens of thousands of pharmaceutical reps who usually roam the country urging doctors to prescribe certain drugs ’ a shift that has opened the door for tech companies, who are pitching digital platforms on the promise that oceans of data can make pharma marketing better. After in-person sales activity plummeted last March,
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Admissions to hospitals for reasons other than COVID-19 fell markedly again in November as cases of infections with the novel coronavirus began to surge anew, suggesting that more people were delaying care due to the worsening pandemic, according to an updated analysis by Epic Health Research Network (EHRN) and KFF. The recent decline follows a
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Home health and hospice workers have played a critical role on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite being included in many states’ top-priority groups, they’re now being all-too-often overlooked when it comes to vaccine access, AccentCare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anna Loengard told Home Health Care News. Initially, a large portion of
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Dive Brief: Almost a third of primary care providers have “no idea” when or if their practice will get coronavirus vaccines, according to new survey results from the Primary Care Collaborative and Larry A. Green Center. Only 19% said they are currently administering the shot. Primary care providers are making some efforts to help in
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Another 20 companies joined The Climate Pledge, a public commitment to “go green” launched by Amazon and Jeff Bezos in 2019. Including the new signatories announced Wednesday, there are 53 companies in 12 countries that have joined. The most high profile company of the latest group is IMB. It announced Tuesday its agenda to hit
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The public health emergency has resulted in higher demand for home medical equipment (HME). Several factors are contributing to the trend, including the rise of hospital-at-home programs, the diversion of patients away from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and individuals generally voicing a preference for home-based care. As an industry, HME is fairly diverse when it
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The anecdotal claims from home health insiders were true: Across the country, home health agencies gained a greater share of discharges from short-term acute care hospitals during the public health emergency. Specifically, the percentage of patients discharged into home health care rose 1.8% from March to May of 2020, from 17% to 18.8%. That would
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Critical care workers insert an endotracheal tube into a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, February 11, 2021. Shannon Stapleton | Reuters Some Covid-19 patients are experiencing shortness of breath, fatigue, headaches and “brain fog” for months to nearly a year after their
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Throughout 2020, healthcare organizations were forced to turn inward to help staff not only confront the stress related to a global pandemic, but also issues around social injustice. At Novant Health, leaders were able to quickly build on existing work to get new resources to staff. For Tanya Blackmon, executive vice president and chief diversity,
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