Outside of the loss of human life due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the past two years have greatly affected hospitals, health systems and the way providers deliver care. Healthcare executives are grappling with federal monetary assistance, growing burnout rates, workforce shortages and federal oversight of vaccines and testing. This channel is also designed to update clinicians on new research and guidelines regarding COVID patient treatment strategies and risk assessments.

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A law firm hired to investigate the situation reviewed more than 300,000 pages of documents and conducted more than 250 hours of interviews. 

Malissa Wood, MD, associate chief of cardiology for diversity and equity at Massachusetts General Hospital, explains the role of health equity in cardiovascular care and what her health system is doing to address it. 

As the world grapples with the potential downsides of generative AI, a global group of healthcare researchers is warning of health perils that could emanate from well beyond clinical settings.


Tripledemic shortages: Walgreens, CVS limit sale of children’s medications

A wave of infections across the United States has led to a run on certain over-the-counter medications, and some retailers are limiting purchases to deal with the seasonal demand.

December 20, 2022
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Why hospitals suffered financially in 2022—and a look ahead to 2023

Health Exec caught up with Erik Swanson, senior vice president of data and analytics at Kaufman Hall, to learn more about the underlying trends throughout 2022 and what hospitals are bracing for in 2023.

December 20, 2022
There has been fear of a small number of patients who experience myocarditis after COVID vaccination, but a new study found it is safe in patients with prior heart damage. Image courtesy of Banner Health. #COVID19 #COVIDvaccination

COVID-19 vaccines prevented 3M deaths

An estimated 3.2 million excess deaths and 18.5 million hospitalizations have been prevented due to COVID-19 vaccines, the Commonwealth Fund found.


December 19, 2022
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Biden’s winter preparedness plan includes more free COVID-19 tests

The Biden administration plans to make more free, at-home COVID-19 tests available to Americans as part of its newly announced winter preparedness plan.

December 16, 2022
The AHA is granting more money toward research on the cardIovascular effects of COVID-19. #COVIS #COVID19 #SARSCoV2 #longCOVID

Health spending reached $4.3 trillion in 2021

After a significant jump in healthcare spending in 2020 with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare spending in the United States only increased 2.7% in 2021, according to new analysis from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), published in Health Affairs.

December 14, 2022
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CMS proposes ACA expansion on behavioral health, special enrollment

 The revisions impact insurers operating on the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

December 13, 2022
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Cardiovascular disease still the No. 1 cause of death in the world

A new global report, based on data from 204 different countries and territories, has been published in full in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

December 13, 2022

Millions will lose Medicaid coverage when COVID-19 PHE ends

The PHE has been in effect since the early days of the pandemic, and it has been reaffirmed every 90 days since. CMS has indicated it will give healthcare stakeholders at least 60 days’ notice before winding down the PHE.

December 13, 2022
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