August, 2021

COVID-19 is Still a Crisis for All

Bill Of Health

By Chloe Reichel. Recently, a narrative that COVID-19 is now a “ pandemic of the unvaccinated ” has emerged. Setting aside the callousness of the claim, the biggest problem with this narrative is that it’s wrong.

Biden administration invests $19M to bolster rural telehealth

Health Care Dive

The investments will provide funding to train primary care providers, aid groups delivering virtual care, pilot new telehealth services and research the efficacy of digitally delivered care in rural geographies

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IoT and The Rise of the Machines in Healthcare

Health Populi

As connected devices proliferate within health care enterprises and across the health care ecosystem, cybersecurity risks abound.

Accelerating Workforce Readiness to Deliver on Quality and Safety

NAHQ

Can you believe that summer is almost over? I was grateful to be able to travel again to see the loved ones I’ve missed so much. I hope that you too were able to take a break for some much-needed rest and recharging as we deal with the challenges of SARS-CoV-2.

Set boundaries at work and in your life

Pro CRNA

By Thomas Davis, DNAP, MAE, CRNA. It’s 11pm and you are finally ready to collapse into bed…just another day in your hectic life. You resisted the urge to smash the alarm clock at 5am, got out of bed and hit the floor at full speed. The clock is ticking.

State Efforts to Ban or Enforce COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates and Passports

NASHP

State Efforts to Ban or Enforce COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates and Passports Updated August 20, 2021.

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Google disbands health unit as chief departs for Cerner

Health Care Dive

The dissolution of the health-specific division is the latest of a number of rolled back initiatives from tech giants in the space

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Can the U.S. Improve Health System Performance with Digital Health Tools? Pondering A Big Question for #HIMSS21

Health Populi

Simply put, is the equation, “Spend more, get less” a sustainable business model? Of course not. But that’s the simple math on U.S.

NAHC, National Minority Health Association Announce New Vaccination Program for the Home-Based Care Workforce

Home Health Care

In a move to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among home-based care workers, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has teamed up with the National Minority Health Association (NMHA) and the Flex for Checks program. “We

News 8/20/21

HIStalk

Top News Healthcare connectivity platform vendor Commure will acquire mobile.

States Address Students’ Transition Back to School

NASHP

States Address Students’ Transition Back to School Updated August 17, 2021. As of August 6, 2021, the CDC has recommended that all children 12 years and older get vaccinated against COVID-19 and that all students wear masks in schools regardless of vaccination status.

What Makes Social Movements ‘Healthy’?

Bill Of Health

By Wendy E. Parmet. Social movements can play an important role in promoting population health and reducing health disparities. Yet, their impact need not be salutatory, as is evident by the worrying success that the anti-vaccination movement has had in stoking fears about COVID-19 vaccines.

Burnout, delta variant boost demand for traveling nurses again

Health Care Dive

Hospitals are probably paying 10% to 20% more than they were during previous COVID-19 waves for travel nurses, Kathy Kohnke, senior vice president of client relations at Fastaff, said

Health Disparities in America: JAMA Talks Structural Racism in U.S. Health Care

Health Populi

“Racial and ethnic inequities in the US health care system have been unremitting since the beginning of the country.

‘We Want to Support People Being in Their Home’: Walmart, Amazon Outline Health Care Strategies

Home Health Care

If home-based care is not a very real part of both Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Walmart’s (NYSE: WMT) future health care plans, each has done a bad job of hiding it lately.

5 reasons to listen to MEDITECH podcasts

Meditech

Podcasts continue to grow in popularity across many industries — and healthcare is no exception. MEDITECH recently launched our own podcast series , focused on the intersection of technology and medicine and featuring unique perspectives from today’s thought leaders in healthcare.

States’ COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declarations, Mask Requirements and Travel Advisories

NASHP

States’ COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declarations, Mask Requirements and Travel Advisories Updated August 12, 2021.

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How Social Movements Have Facilitated Access to Abortion During the Pandemic

Bill Of Health

By Rachel Rebouché. Before the end of 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will reconsider its restrictions on medication abortion.

HHS OIG backs nixing capital cost exemption for new hospitals

Health Care Dive

Currently, new facilities help pay for their capital costs through a special exemption. An HHS watchdog says Medicare could see significant cost savings if regulators did away with the carveout

Prescription Drugs in the Pandemic, Year 2: Pricing Rx and Going Direct-to-Consumer

Health Populi

There is one health care public policy issue that unites U.S. voters across political party: that is the consumer-facing costs of prescription drugs.

Two-Thirds of States Have Reported Permanent Closures of HCBS Providers During the Pandemic

Home Health Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the need for home- and community-based services (HCBS), with that attention likely to lead to new funding and regulatory flexibilities moving forward.

Key Considerations for Engaging Patients with Telehealth and RPM

Health Recovery

Patient engagement is the backbone to a successful telehealth program. Time and time again studies have shown that patients who are more involved in their care have better outcomes than their less engaged counterparts.

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State Approaches to Extending Medicaid Coverage Beyond 60 Days Postpartum

NASHP

States have an increasing interest in extending Medicaid coverage from 60 days to 12 months postpartum, driven by states’ priorities for ensuring continuity of coverage and addressing the maternal mortality crisis.

Engendering Equity in Biomedical Research by Meeting Communities Where They Are

Bill Of Health

By Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup.

Headspace, Ginger to merge, creating $3B mental health company

Health Care Dive

As Headspace Health, the two companies will offer support for mental health symptoms from anxiety to depression to more complex diagnoses, selling direct to consumer and to employers and health plans

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Doctors’ Offices Morph into Bill Collectors As Patients Face Growing Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Health Populi

In the U.S., patients have assumed the role of health care payors with growing co-payments, coinsurance amounts, and deductibles pushing peoples’ out-of-pocket costs up.

Staffing Shortages Force Home Health Giant Bayada to Deny 64% of Referrals in Key Markets

Home Health Care

Aging services providers are holding their collective breath as Congress moves toward a vote on the budget reconciliation package, which could designate massive amounts of money to home- and community-based services.

Updated COVID-19 Data Posted by CMS, CDC and NHSN

Briggs Healthcare

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare. CMS has posted NH COVID-19 data for week ending August 8, 2021.

State Approaches to Contact Tracing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

NASHP

State Approaches to Contact Tracing during the COVID-19 Pandemic Updated August 26, 2021. Contact tracing is an essential strategy to curb the spread of COVID-19. Across the country, states have developed, deployed, and adapted their contact tracing approaches in response to the pandemic.

Monthly Round-Up of What to Read on Pharma Law and Policy

Bill Of Health

Ameet Sarpatwari , Beatrice Brown , Alexander Egilman , Aviva Wang, and? Aaron S. Kesselheim.