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HCA Healthcare and University Health didn’t see a way to meaningfully expand their market share in the competitive Atlanta market, leading to a string of recent hospital deals that are poised to benefit Piedmont Healthcare, merger and acquisition experts said. Piedmont will add seven hospitals to its current 11-hospital footprint via back-to-back transactions, courtesy of
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated masking guidelines mark a significant shift in the pandemic, the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health said Thursday. “Basically, it’s acknowledging that vaccinated people can go back to normal, and can do most of the things we were doing pre-pandemic, and that is really, really
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As COVID-19 vaccines become increasingly available to all segments of our population, a real balance must be struck between personal choice and public safety. Nowhere is this issue more significant than in the healthcare community itself. With rare exceptions, the vaccines have proved safe and effective in preventing symptomatic COVID as well as pre-symptomatic and
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Parents, schools and vaccine clinics rushed to begin inoculating younger adolescents Tuesday after U.S. regulators endorsed Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 12, a decision seen as a breakthrough in allowing classroom instruction to resume safely around the country. A handful of cities started offering shots to children ages 12 to 15 less
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Dr. Kavita Patel is slamming the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for not effectively updating its Covid mask guidance.  “I think the CDC’s credibility is eroding as quickly as the cases of coronavirus are eroding,” said Patel on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.” “That’s not good news, because, we do need workplace guidance,
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Long-term and intermediate care facilities will have to educate their residents, clients and staff about COVID-19 vaccines and offer such vaccines to those populations when available, according to a CMS interim final rule published Tuesday. If those facilities don’t provide the required education and vaccinations, the agency could bar them from participating in Medicare or
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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives an update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic during a virtual news conference inside 10 Downing Street, in central London, Britain, March 18, 2021. Tolga Akmen LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed Monday that England will be moving to the next stage of its coronavirus lockdown easing
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Strong performance in Cigna Corp.’s Evernorth health services division, investment portfolio and low member medical costs at the end of last year increased the company’s revenue 6.5% year-over-year during the first quarter of 2021. The Bloomfield, Conn.-based insurer generated $40.9 billion in revenue during the first quarter, up from $38.4 billion during the same time
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European leaders voiced increasing skepticism Friday that a U.S. proposal to lift patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines would solve the problem of getting shots into the arms of people in poorer countries, with some instead calling for more exports of the doses already being produced. While activists and humanitarian groups have cheered the Biden administration’s
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Kaiser Permanente kicked off 2021 on a high note, having drawn $2 billion in profit in the first quarter. Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser’s strong net income in the quarter ended March 31 was a significant swing from its $1.1 billion net loss in the prior-year period, according to results released Friday. But the not-for-profit system noted
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