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  • Dozens of U.S. Hospitals Poised to Defy FDA’s Directive on COVID Plasma

    09/03/2020 7:49:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | 09/03/2020 | By JoNel Aleccia
    Dozens of major hospitals across the U.S. are grappling with whether to ignore a federal decision allowing broader emergency use of blood plasma from recovered COVID patients to treat the disease in favor of dedicating their resources to a gold-standard clinical trial that could help settle the science for good. As many as 45 hospitals from coast to coast have expressed interest in collaborating on a randomized, controlled clinical trial sponsored by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said principal investigator Dr. Todd Rice. Officials at some hospitals said they are considering committing only to the clinical trial — and either avoiding...
  • Rapper Akon reveals plans for the futuristic $6bn city that he will build in Senegal modelled after Black Panther's Wakanda

    09/02/2020 9:06:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 87 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 2, 2020 | Tom Pyman
    Rapper Akon has revealed plans for a futuristic $6 billion city in his Senegal homeland modelled on Black Panther's Wakanda. The R&B star, who boasts two multi-platinum albums, told a news conference on Monday he had laid the first stone for the city in the Atlantic Ocean village of Mbodiene, around 60 miles south of the capital Dakar. The solar-powered Akon City will offer hotels, a university, hospitals, business and leisure centres including a casino, as well as movie studios, all featuring futuristic designs by architect Hussein Bakri, with African sculptures for inspiration.
  • An Affordable Alternative to Major Hospital Systems?

    09/01/2020 6:58:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    American ^ | September 19, 2020 | Anthony Hopp
    One would think, in these days of COVID-19, that America’s doctors and patients are as reliant on our hospitals as they’ve ever been, and that they’re going to stay that way. Guess again. Today, even as the health care system and the economy face strains from the coronavirus and its complications, scores of doctors and patients are avoiding large bureaucratic hospitals and instead flocking toward leaner and meaner models of health care. Professional providers of all types -- from surgeons to drugstore owners -- are focusing on innovation. Even better, they’re now treating patients as consumers who value quality care...
  • Hospitals risk losing CMS payment for not reporting COVID-19 data to HHS under new rule

    08/26/2020 12:35:08 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 10 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | August 26 2020 | Laura Dydra
    CMS issued an interim final rule on Aug. 25 that requires hospitals to report COVID-19 data to HHS in order to participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs. Five things to know: 1. The emergency regulations require hospitals and critical access hospitals to report daily COVID-19 data through the HHS portal, powered by TeleTracking and Palantir, to receive payment from CMS. 2. Hospitals are required to report several data points, including the number of patients testing positive for COVID-19, ICU bed occupation and availability of ventilators and personal protective equipment. This information is essential for emergency planning and resource allocation during...
  • Chicago spent nearly $120 million on 4 coronavirus facilities to treat a total of 38 patients

    08/15/2020 5:35:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Bentley Media ^ | August 14, 2020 | Daniel Payne
    Chicago invested nearly $120 million on four separate emergency coronavirus facilities in the spring that ended up treating a total of 38 patients, bringing the effective price tag of the massive project to over $3 million per patient. Municipal officials spent $66 million on the rapid construction of a 2,750-bed makeshift facility in the city's McCormick Place Convention Center in April, as well as an additional $50 million preparing three previously shuttered hospitals in the nearby districts of Elgin, Blue Island and Melrose. The McCormick Place field hospital was the only one of the four that welcomed any patients, with...
  • Hospitals told to send coronavirus data to Washington, not CDC

    07/15/2020 1:28:08 PM PDT · by PistolPaknMama · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 15. 2020 | Phil Helsel and Kristen Welker
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will "no longer control" the coronavirus data collection system from hospitals across the nation, a spokesman for U.S. Health and Human Services confirmed Tuesday night. The New York Times reported earlier Tuesday that the administration had ordered hospitals to bypass the CDC and send all COVID-19 patient information to a central database in Washington beginning Wednesday, raising concerns from health experts that it will be politicized or withheld from the public.
  • CDC No Longer to Control COVID-19 Data, Hospitals to Send Data to Washington

    07/15/2020 1:33:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 07/15/2020 | BY VENUS UPADHAYAYA
    Hospitals from across the country will no longer send CCP virus or COVID-19 related data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are instead required to send it to a central database in Washington beginning July 15, according to an HHS statement released Friday. HHS said Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to hospital administrators across the country asking them to send daily pandemic data on “testing, capacity, utilization, and patient flow” to the federal government. “The objective is to allow states and hospitals either to leverage existing data reporting capabilities or, where those capabilities are insufficient,...
  • Minnesota Doctor who Revealed Hospitals Get Paid More for COVID-19 Patients Is Now Being Investigated by the State

    07/06/2020 7:51:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/06/2020 | Jim Hoft
    In early April Senator Dr. Scott Jensen from Minnesota went on The Ingraham Angle to discuss how the CDC is encouraging American doctors to over-count coronavirus deaths across the US.The document is here. US HHS Document to Doctors … by Jim Hoft on Scribd CLICK ABOVE ARTICLE LINK FOR THE IMAGES OF THE REPORT This was after Dr. Scott Jensen, a Minnesota physician and Republican state senator, told a local station he received a 7-page document coaching him to fill out death certificates with a COVID-19 diagnosis without a lab test to confirm the patient actually had the virus.Dr....
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Rules (Roberts the Traitor does it again!)

    06/29/2020 7:14:12 AM PDT · by Stravinsky · 65 replies
    Supreme Court of the United States ^ | June 29, 2020 | SCOTUS
    5-4 vote. The split you expect.
  • With Patient Volumes Cut In Half, Local Hospitals Lost Millions ( Glenwood Springs, Colorado )

    05/28/2020 9:27:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Aspen Public Radio ^ | MAY 27, 2020 | ALEX HAGER
    Tracy Doherty was let go from her job as a pediatric nurse at Valley View Hospital in early May. The hospital’s CEO is projecting $30-45 million in lost income this year, which led to staff cuts. ... Her line of work usually comes with some stability, so she was surprised when she was laid off earlier this month. “Being a nurse you kind of never expect to lose your job,” Doherty said. “I knew they were going to be cutting staff, but I didn't think it would be nursing staff.” Valley View let go of about 100 employees, or roughly...
  • Gov. Tom Wolf elaborates on green reopening phase, provides guidance on dining and pro sports

    05/28/2020 10:46:51 AM PDT · by lightman · 13 replies
    WGAL ^ | 28 May A.D. 2020 | Staff
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf is elaborating on the reopening process for green phase counties in Pennsylvania, as well as providing guidance on outdoor dining in yellow counties, dining in green counties and professional sports in yellow counties. Green phase Eighteen counties will move into the green phase on Friday. The following guidance applies: Personal care services, including hair salons and barbershops must operate by appointment only; appointments or reservations are also strongly encouraged for gyms or spas. Any gathering for a planned or spontaneous event of greater than 250 individuals is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited...
  • California hospitals struggle financially after preparing for COVID-19 surge that never came

    05/28/2020 5:01:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 28, 2020 | by Sharon Bernstein
    SACRAMENTO - As the novel coronavirus tore through Italy and then New York in March, California, anticipating a deadly surge in cases, ordered hospitals to shut down routine procedures and called in thousands of health care workers to help patients. But the predicted surge never came. And the cost of all that preparation - setting up field hospitals, doubling the number of intensive care rooms, purchasing protective equipment - dealt a blow to hospital bottom lines, while the ban on all non-emergency procedures cut revenues in half. The measures drove hospitals in the most populous U.S. state close to bankruptcy,...
  • Another pandemic casualty: Baylor Scott & White will lay off about 1,200 and furlough others

    05/27/2020 5:36:04 PM PDT · by fluorescence · 8 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 27, 2020 | Mitchell Schnurman
    After patient volumes sink up to 90% in some areas, the Dallas hospital system ‘must re-examine everything,’ says CEO. Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit hospital system in Texas, will lay off roughly 1,200 employees, or almost 3% of its workforce, due to fallout from the coronavirus. Baylor said it would also furlough an unspecified number of workers, leave open positions unfilled and cut the pay of about 300 senior leaders. Furloughed employees, who are generally eligible for unemployment insurance, will continue to get company benefits and may be asked to return to the job eventually. Like many...
  • Twenty large hospital chains in the US received $5BILLION in federal aid amid coronavirus outbreak despite sitting on over $100billion in cash reserves - as desperate rural hospitals plead for more help

    05/25/2020 12:48:19 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 25 2020 | MARLENE LENTHANG
    Nearly two dozen large hospital chains received more than $5billion in federal grants under the CARES Act, even though they already sit on over $100billion in cash. The Providence Health System, one of the nation’s largest and richest hospital chains based in Seattle, received at least $509million in government funds meant to help health care providers from going under during the coronavirus pandemic. But Providence Health is already sitting on nearly $12billion in cash which it invests and in turn generates more than $1billion in profits from in a good year, according to a New York Times report.
  • Hospital That’s Closed For Almost A Year Got $121K In COVID-19 Relief Money – Still Owes $1.2 Million In Unpaid Federal Taxes

    05/20/2020 4:43:11 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 8 replies
    Conservative US ^ | 05.20.2020 | Alex Hall
    The federal government gave more than $121 thousand in coronavirus relief money to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center, a hospital that has been closed since June 2019. The Department of Health and Human Services says the hospital received $121,722 from its provider relief fund. Records show the Rennova-owned hospital still owes $1.2 million in unpaid federal taxes. Reports suggest that the hospital has been closed since June 13, 2019. “It’s not fair for them to direct money to a hospital that has currently no real ability to re-open and provide adequate and safe patient care,” former Jamestown nurse Miah Elmore...
  • Take the Shutdown Skeptics Seriously: This is not a straightforward battle between a pro-human and a pro-economy camp.

    05/10/2020 6:03:39 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 57 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 10, 2020 | Conor Friedersdorf
    ...At Arc Digital, Esther O’Reilly asks, “Why should we assume that a crashing economy would leave the healthcare system standing?” Fleshing out the matter, she writes, “You can’t keep the hospital lights on without keeping on the lights of the economic sectors undergirding it. Yes, our doctors and nurses are running out of masks and gloves, which is a serious problem. It would also be a serious problem if we lost the means and the manpower to make more, or if the hospitals ran out of cash on hand to buy more beds, ventilators, etc. And there’s the rub. We...
  • Treating coronavirus is draining hospital coffers of millions and threatening resources

    05/07/2020 1:07:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    NBC "News" / Comcast ^ | May 7, 2020 | By Joe Tardi
    Hospitals in the United States could lose more than $500 billion in 100 days during the coronavirus pandemic, according to former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. While Congress has appropriated $175 billion in total stimulus funding to hospitals, he said even that amount will not be enough to close the fiscal gap hospitals are facing. Some major institutions have already begun pay cuts, furloughs, and layoffs of hospital staff, deepening a growing unemployment crisis, and leaving some former hospital workers without health insurance. “There is no hospital in the country, I don’t think, that could survive a year of what’s...
  • WHISTLE-BLOWER — Tearful Nurse Gives Testimony on New York Hospitals ‘Murdering’ COVID Patients With ‘Complete Medical Mismanagement’

    05/04/2020 10:19:09 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 69 replies
    Conservative US ^ | 05.04.2020 | Natalie D.
    Nicole Sirotek, a nurse from Elko, Nevada, was assigned to two different hospitals in New York City. “I am literally telling you that they are murdering these people,” Sirotek says in the terrifying video. The video begins with Sirotek explaining that every time she attempts to advocate on behalf of one of her patients, management takes them away and reassigns her to another unit. She said that this happened at both of the hospitals she has worked at in the city. “I legitimately don’t even know what to do anymore. Even advocacy groups don’t give a sh-t about these people,”...
  • Several US Hospitals Using 'Cheap' Hydroxychloroquine in Treatment of Covid-19 Patients: Report

    05/02/2020 6:57:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/02/2020
    Several US Hospitals Using 'Cheap' Hydroxychloroquine in Treatment of Covid-19 Patients: Report News18 News181 May 2020 Several US Hospitals Using 'Cheap' Hydroxychloroquine in Treatment of Covid-19 Patients: Report Several hospitals in the United States continue to use malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of COVID-19 positive patients, a media report said. Medical publication, MDedge on Friday reported that (HCQ), the malaria drug, is currently the first-line therapy and Tocilizumab the second-line medication for people hospitalized with polymerase chain reaction-confirmed COVID-19 infection in the Yale New Haven Health System, which operates hospitals across Connecticut. Hydroxychloroquine is first-line at Yale because in-vitro...
  • More than $1B in bailout funds go to CHS, HCA and UHS

    04/30/2020 11:36:52 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 5 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | April 30, 2020 | Ayla Ellison
    Community Health Systems, HCA Healthcare and Universal Health Services received a total of more than $1 billion from the $100 billion emergency relief fund for healthcare providers created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. The three for-profit hospital operators disclosed the grants during their first quarter earnings calls. Each company also received advance Medicare payments to help offset the financial impact of COVID-19. The advance payments are loans that must be repaid, while the grants do not require repayment. Here is a breakdown of the grants and advance payments each company had received at the time of...