covid-19

After a major health system pushed to cut costs, a Massachusetts agency is asking for more power

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission reached an agreement with General Brigham of Massachusetts on a cost-cutting plan. The state agency wants more powers to control hospital costs, including financial penalties. A state agency in Massachusetts has signed on to Brigham General’s cost-cutting plan, and the agency would like more power to control health care costs. …

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Equity Health Report on Substance Use Disorders, Overdose Before, During Pandemic

One of the report’s key findings is that 42 states saw an increase in the proportion of opioid and opioid-like drug overdose patients compared to the total number of patients using medical services by state. In each year from 2016 to 2021, men accounted for 62% to 63% of the gender distribution of patients diagnosed …

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We need resilient health systems to address the twin crises of infectious and chronic diseases

With our health systems strained by the simultaneous epidemics of monkeypox, polio and COVID-19, chronic diseases are not getting the attention they deserve. But as we continue to face ongoing threats from infectious diseases, we must build resilient health systems that are equipped to meet both public health emergencies and ongoing population health challenges. Chronic …

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What are the 2-year health outcomes among patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in China?

The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the rapid outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), has claimed more than 6.52 million lives worldwide. The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants due to genomic mutations prolonged the pandemic. Some variants of SARS-CoV-2, such as Omicron and Delta, are more transmissible and virulent than the …

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From Amazon to Zocdoc, the healthcare industry is pushing for the telemedicine bill to pass

Before the 117th Congress ends in January, health care advocates are pushing lawmakers to approve legislation that would allow hospitals and health systems to continue offering telehealth services. Now 375 companies, healthcare organizations and hospitals have signed a joint letter urging Senate leaders to act. The Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) helped lead …

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Biden says the “pandemic is over,” but health experts disagree

In an interview with “60 Minutes,” the president said the pandemic is over, but much work remains. Doctors dismissed the estimate, noting that hundreds were dying every day. In a wide-ranging interview on the season premiere of “60 Minutes” Sunday night, President Biden surprised many health experts when he said, “The pandemic is over.” In …

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Worried about catching Covid in the office? How to stay healthy

Workers are starting to return to the office, whether they like it or not. Many seem to share one obvious concern: Covid. A recent Gallup poll found that one in three US workers are “very” or “moderately” concerned about exposure to Covid in the workplace. The findings come as many companies — including Apple, Goldman …

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