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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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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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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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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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A healthcare worker performs laboratory tests. Sergei Karpukhin | TASS | Getty Images Roche received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a new test that measures coronavirus antibodies within the blood. The Swiss diagnostics and pharmaceutical giant said Wednesday that the test, called “Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 S,” specifically detects antibodies
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CMS on Tuesday signed off on Medicare’s 2021 physician fee schedule, giving providers just a month to prepare for the changes. The final rule permanently allows Medicare providers to use telehealth to carry out home visits for so-called evaluation and management services and some visits for people with cognitive impairments. It also temporarily continues telehealth
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After months of shadowboxing amid a tense and toxic campaign, Capitol Hill’s main players are returning for one final, perhaps futile, attempt at deal-making on a challenging menu of year-end business. COVID-19 relief, a $1.4 trillion catchall spending package, and defense policy — and a final burst of judicial nominees — dominate a truncated two-
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Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak. In some cases, elected officials are spending the last of a federal relief package passed in the spring as an end-of-year deadline approaches
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Response coordinator for White House Coronavirus Task Force Deborah Birx speaks as President Donald Trump listens during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on April 21, 2020. Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON — White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah
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In Episode #14 of “Next Up,” Brian Castrucci, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, discusses how SDOH are now healthcare’s responsibility, especially given the inequities revealed during the pandemic. Policy and legislation is where true change can be made. So what skills does a rising administrator need now?   For a transcript of this podcast,
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