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UHS breach signals grief ahead for hospitals

  National hospital chain Universal Health Services (UHS) disclosed on Tuesday that it had been subject to a malware attack. IT systems for its hospitals across the U.S. have been down since Sunday night, and it has not shared when they will go back online. While the full extent of the attack is not yet […]

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Coronavirus death rate falling in hospitals

Coronavirus patients in hospital in England are dying at a slower rate now than they were at the peak of the epidemic, analysis suggests. University of Oxford researchers found the proportion of coronavirus patients dying each day in England fell from 6% to 1.5% between April and June. Improvements in treatments, changes in the patient […]

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Judge rules against hospitals in price transparency lawsuit

A federal judge ruled against hospital groups in their lawsuit challenging new price transparency rules. The American Hospital Association and other hospital groups filed suit in December after the Department of Health and Humans Services finalized a rule that would require hospitals to disclose price information, including negotiated prices with insurers. Hospitals claimed that the […]

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Hospitals are rescheduling elective surgeries but worry about demand after the backlog is cleared

Steve Debenport | E+ | Getty Images For Ochsner Health System, getting hospital staff back online to resume elective surgical and diagnostic procedures has been the easy part of reopening for non-Covid care. The challenge for the Louisiana hospital system has been getting patients to feel comfortable about coming back. “We knew several weeks ago […]

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Here’s what hospitals got in the first round of CARES Act payments

Cash-crunched healthcare providers received their first emergency payments from the Department of Health and Human Services last month. So far, Congress has allocated a total of $ 175 billion in relief for healthcare providers to help them recoup losses tied to the Covid-19 pandemic. HHS released new data sharing where those initial payments have gone. […]

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AHA Report: Covid-19 will cost hospitals more than $200B

Hospitals are expected to lose more than $ 200 billion as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Hospital Association (AHA). The report came out as hospitals are pushing for additional funding from Congress to cover support for healthcare workers and treatment costs for uninsured patients. Congress […]

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As they reopen for surgeries, hospitals navigate supply chain challenges

Hospitals across the U.S. have begun to plan how they will reopen for elective procedures. Several states, including Florida, Georgia, and Oregon, have already lifted restrictions on nonessential medical procedures. According to a report released by accounting firm Crowe LLP, hospitals saw patient volumes decrease by 56% between March 1 and April 15, translating to […]

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These Health Care Workers Spoke Out. Their Hospitals Fired Them.

Jhonna Porter felt a duty to alert her co-workers to a potentially dangerous change on the fifth floor of Los Angeles’ West Hills Hospital. Without much notice, the administration had begun converting the floor into a COVID-19 unit on March 20.  “The rumors are true,” Porter, a registered nurse, wrote that evening in a private […]

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What a restart will mean for HCA’s hospitals

Like its peers, HCA Healthcare has taken a significant blow from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Nashville-based hospital giant saw its net income drop by 44% to $ 581 million in the first quarter and expects to be hit even harder in its second quarter results. While hospitals have faced costs in preparing for the pandemic, […]

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Hospitals get extended deadline for interoperability rules due to Covid-19

The Department of Health and Human Services is easing enforcement of new interoperability rules in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. In early March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released two sets of rules on information blocking. They made two dramatic changes: […]

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Coronavirus: New York nurses union sues state and two hospitals over dangerous conditions

The New York State Nurses Association filed suit Monday against the state and two hospital systems, alleging dangerous conditions that put health workers at risk and inflamed the country’s largest coronavirus outbreak. The union, which represents 42,000 nurses across New York, alleged that the New York Department of Health failed to provide health workers with […]

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For rural hospitals, financial shortfalls as challenging as Covid-19

An aerial view of downtown Alamosa in the spring. The city in southwestern Colorado has seen seven Covid-19 cases. In southwestern Colorado, San Luis Valley Health quickly made preparations for a potential surge in Covid-19 cases. The health system, which has a 49-bed hospital and a 17-bed critical access hospital, added inpatient and ICU beds. […]

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Verma says next round of emergency funding will include hospitals in Covid-19 hotspots

Hospitals began to see some relief last week when the Department of Health and Human Services began distributing $ 30 billion in emergency funding. But the first round of funds failed to consider hospitals that had been hardest hit by Covid-19, instead distributing the dollars based on Medicare revenue. This means that hospitals in New […]

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Coronavirus: Gown supply ‘critically low’ in some hospitals

An NHS boss has warned the number of protective gowns available to front-line staff in parts of the country has become “critically low” in recent days. Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers in England, has called for a “more sustainable supply” of gowns, which are imported from China. On Sunday, the health secretary said […]

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For West Virginia’s Hospitals, The Financial Crisis Came First

Photography by Roger May As the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout March, two communities in West Virginia — a state whose health outcomes rank among the worst in the nation — grappled with the news that they were about to lose their hospitals. Williamson Memorial Hospital, in the coalfields of southern West Virginia, announced plans to […]