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There’s broad industry support for revamping the U.S.’ decades-old health privacy law to encourage patient access and care coordination, but provider groups are deeply worried about unintended consequences on the privacy and security of sensitive medical information if it becomes more widely available, implementing the changes during COVID-19 and squaring them with other data blocking
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Labor unions have staged protests, gone on strike and even organized new members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. National Nurses United is no exception — as the country’s largest nurses’ union with 170,000 members across the country, NNU notched two major election wins in the past year. About 2,000 registered nurses at Maine Medical Center voted to
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Dive Brief: Healthcare lost about 4,000 jobs overall in April, an unwelcome sign as the economy continues recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nursing home losses (-19,000) were offset by notable gains (+21,000) in ambulatory service jobs. In March, healthcare employment changed little. The industry is
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Dive Brief: The Association for Molecular Pathology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America are cautioning healthcare providers against using certain data generated by some COVID-19 PCR tests to make patient care decisions. Some tests generate data known as cycle threshold (Ct) values that have the potential to help determine a patient’s prognosis and risk
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Many milestones could be considered to mark the one year point into the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. The first known coronavirus patient in the country was seen at Providence Medical Center on Jan. 21, 2020. The federal government declared the public health emergency 10 days later. The World Health Organization said the novel
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Dive Brief: Amazon is expanding its virtual care pilot program, Amazon Care, to employees and outside companies nationwide beginning this summer in a major evolution of its telehealth initiative, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drive unprecedented demand for virtual care. Amazon will also offer its on-demand primary care service to other Washington state-based companies
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Xavier Becerra was confirmed as HHS secretary Thursday afternoon by a razor-thin margin. The former California attorney general now takes the helm as the country attempts to improve the distribution of coronavirus vaccines and the Biden administration works on building up the Affordable Care Act. The 50-49 vote in the Senate was almost entirely along
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Dive Brief: More than 60% of frontline healthcare workers say the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health, according to a national survey published Tuesday from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Washington Post. About 13% of those surveyed reported accessing mental health services or medications while 18% said they needed such services but didn’t get
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Dive Brief: Black adults are significantly more likely to encounter discrimination when receiving healthcare than White patients, according to a new study by the Urban Institute underwritten by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. While 10.6% of Black adults said they had experienced some form of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation or
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