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President Joe Biden joked about his age Monday as he rolled up his sleeve for a COVID-19 booster shot, encouraging Americans to get vaccinated against the virus that has killed 688,000 in the U.S. and for those authorized to get their booster doses for more enduring protection. Days after the Centers for Disease Control and
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) ’ Gov. Tony Evers’ administration issued an order Tuesday requiring all executive branch workers who haven’t submitted their COVID-19 vaccination status to their supervisors or aren’t fully vaccinated to undergo weekly testing. The mandate will go into effect Oct. 18 and apply to all executive branch employees, interns and contractors.  The order
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The Kentucky National Guard is expanding its role in assisting hospitals during a surge of COVID-19 cases that has stressed the state’s health care infrastructure. The guard is activating 310 additional members in logistical roles to 21 hospitals across the state, the guard said in a media release. The effort began on Monday. Kentucky Gov.
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Washington is facing its own COVID-19 crisis and has little capacity to help neighboring Idaho deal with an overwhelming surge of cases driven by unvaccinated people, state hospital executives and doctors said Monday. Taya Briley, executive vice president of the Washington State Hospital Association, called the situation “very sobering” during a media briefing, saying Washington
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Google and ProMedica Health System are entering the growing digital physical therapy market, as value-based relationships grow and providers look for ways to keep patients’ $213 billion annual spend on the service within their systems. The companies have partnered with Cincinnati-based IncludeHealth to launch an operating system that any provider can use to offer virtual
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ’ Indiana hospitals continue to take the brunt of a  statewide surge in infections and hospitalizations spurred by the more contagious delta variant. The state Health Department’s latest report showed that hospitals around the state were treating 2,631 patients for COVID-19 as of Sunday ’ up more than six times for the state’s
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wants to repeal a Trump-era rule allowing Medicare to cover medical devices designated as “breakthrough” technology by the Food and Drug Administration, according to a proposed rule on Monday. Former President Donald Trump’s administration had said the original rule was necessary because the existing Medicare coverage determination process
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Willis-Knighton Health System has named Jaf Fielder II as its next CEO, succeeding James Elrod, the Shreveport, Louisiana-based provider announced Saturday. Elrod will retire at the end of September, after which Fielder will take the helm. Fielder currently is chief operating officer and has been with the health system since 1990. “His dedication to the
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Navigating the labyrinthine U.S. healthcare system is so challenging for patients that it leads to delayed or foregone medical care, new research shows. Twenty-five percent of insured, working age adults have either postponed or gone without necessary healthcare because of administrative obstacles, according to a study published in the journal Health Services Research Thursday. Nearly
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Idaho public health leaders announced Tuesday that they activated “crisis standards of care” allowing healthcare rationing for the state’s northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare quietly enacted the move Monday and publicly announced it in a statement Tuesday morning ’ warning
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Vials of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine. Johnson & Johnson via Reuters The World Health Organization condemned wealthy nations for stockpiling coronavirus vaccines, treatments and protective equipment, adding that their failure to fairly distribute those resources is fueling Covid outbreaks worldwide.   The criticism from two of the WHO’s top epidemiologists came
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A major lesson learned over the past two years has been the need for leaders to take a more active role in meeting the social and economic needs of marginalized communities in order to fully address health disparities. For some more progressive healthcare providers, those issues often align with a broader strategy on delivering patient-centered
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The world “desperately” needs rich countries to deliver on their pledges to donate Covid-19 vaccines to poorer nations, former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said Monday. Her comment came after health ministers from the Group of 20 leading economies reportedly agreed ’ on the first of their two-day meeting in Rome ’ to ensure
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Volunteers are trained by St John Ambulance instructors in the correct use of PPE during their course to administer Covid-19 vaccines at Manchester United Football Club on January 30, 2021 in Manchester, England. Christopher Furlong | Getty Images News | Getty Images When coronavirus vaccines were developed, trialed and authorized for emergency use in record
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American Airlines flight 718, the first U.S. Boeing 737 MAX commercial flight since regulators lifted a 20-month grounding in November, takes off from Miami, Florida, December 29, 2020. Marco Bello | Reuters American Airlines and Alaska Airlines will no longer cover Covid-19 quarantine time for employees who aren’t vaccinated against the virus, the latest push
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Pediatricians across the country are claiming the nation’s largest insurer is shortchanging them for administering COVID-19 vaccines, jeopardizing access to the main tool for stopping the virus’ spread. The American Academy of Pediatrics has fielded complaints from providers nationwide who are frustrated that UnitedHealth Group is paying about 50% of the federal rate for vaccine
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services should collect data about telehealth use in home health to guide policymakers in setting reimbursement rates for providers, experts said during the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s September meeting on Friday. CMS adjusted how the Medicare program pays providers under the home health prospective payment system in 2020 after
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