US declares monkeypox a public health emergency

The Biden administration on Aug. 4 declared the nation’s monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency, a move that will unlock additional federal dollars to address the outbreak. The declaration comes as U.S. cases near 7,000, more than any other country so far.

AHA: Healthcare workers need to be protected like flight crews

While hospitals have made efforts to reduce violence against their staff, such as raising risk awareness and security investments, healthcare workers deserve stronger protections at the federal level, similar to flight screws, American Hospital Association leaders said in an op-ed published Aug. 2 in The Hill.

Apps, bots & beyond: A conversation with Kaiser Permanente IT chief Diane Comer

Kaiser Permanente has long been known as one of the leading health systems for IT and digital innovation. So Diane Comer was excited to take over as the Oakland, Calif.-based provider and health plan’s executive vice president and chief information and technology officer in April 2021, having been with the organization since 2007.

Misconceptions about selling medical real estate

As the strong fundamentals underlying the medical office real estate sector have attracted more investors, physicians are increasingly receiving inquiries about selling the buildings they own and where they practice. As they consider their options, physician groups would do well to avoid several common misconceptions.

Why Amazon wants to buy One Medical

Amazon’s plan to buy One Medical for $3.9 billion will give the retailer a larger foothold in selling healthcare services to employers, an arena the company entered in 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported July 22. 

New Florida council aimed at solving nursing shortage

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Keiser University and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses have joined ranks to create an advisory council that aims to solve Southern Florida’s nursing shortage, which is predicted to worsen by 2035, Miami Today News reported July 19. 

UMass physicians OK 1st contract

Resident physicians and fellows with the Committee of Interns and Residents have approved their first contract with the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School in Worcester, according to a July 20 news release.

Increased staffing strains, delayed discharges push Washington hospital capacities past their limits

While capacity issues are not new in recent years, many hospitals in Washington state are currently “dramatically over capacity” and grappling with more strain from delayed discharges and staff shortages than previously during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s healthcare leaders said during a media briefing July 18, according to The Seattle Times.