Coronavirus (COVID-19)

KFF’s Kaiser Health News and “This American Life” Team Up for a Chilling Account of the Threats and Menace Upending the Lives of Local Health Officials

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In the course of the pandemic, health officers have become the face of local government authority. And, in turn, many have become targets for the rage and resentment of some of the same loose-knit militia and white nationalist groups that stormed the U.S. Capitol in… Read More »KFF’s Kaiser Health News and “This American Life” Team Up for a Chilling Account of the Threats and Menace Upending the Lives of Local Health Officials

KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: Vaccine Attitudes Among Essential Workers

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This analysis examines the vaccine-related attitudes of non-health essential workers who have been working outside their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. It finds that they are less eager to get a vaccine right away, and a larger share express opposition to employer mandated vaccination.

Essential Workers Employed Outside Health Care are Less Enthusiastic about Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine than Other Adults

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There has been little research on how essential workers not employed in the health care sector have been impacted by the pandemic and their views on and experiences with COVID-19 vaccines. The latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report finds that this group of workers –… Read More »Essential Workers Employed Outside Health Care are Less Enthusiastic about Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine than Other Adults

Most Providers are Unprepared for The Surge of Post-Pandemic Referrals, Survey Finds

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What You Should Know: – The healthcare industry is bracing for an unprecedented wave of provider referrals that formed as thousands of procedures were canceled or delayed due to COVID-19, according to new research conducted by Innovaccer – . Despite rising concerns, few healthcare organizations… Read More »Most Providers are Unprepared for The Surge of Post-Pandemic Referrals, Survey Finds

COVID-19 Deaths and Cases in Long-Term Care Facilities Have Fallen to All-Time Lows in the Four Months Since Vaccinations Began

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COVID-19 deaths and cases among residents and staff of long-term care facilities have fallen dramatically since vaccinations began in December, with deaths declining by nearly 89 percent and cases declining by nearly 92 percent as of April 2021, according to a new KFF analysis. COVID-19… Read More »COVID-19 Deaths and Cases in Long-Term Care Facilities Have Fallen to All-Time Lows in the Four Months Since Vaccinations Began

COVID-19 Long-Term Care Deaths and Cases Are at An All-Time Low, Though A Rise In LTC Cases In A Few States May Be Cause for Concern

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This data note looks at state-reported LTCF data from 41 states plus Washington DC to assess what has happened to new deaths and cases in LTCFs in the four months since vaccinations began on December 21st, 2020. We also examine how recent changes in deaths… Read More »COVID-19 Long-Term Care Deaths and Cases Are at An All-Time Low, Though A Rise In LTC Cases In A Few States May Be Cause for Concern

April 29 Web Briefing: How Large Employers View Rising Health Care Costs and the Role of Government

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The COVID-19 pandemic and recent elections are changing the national conversation around expanding health care coverage and reining in rising health care costs. President Biden campaigned on a platform of expanding access to public health coverage in ways that could change the role of employer-sponsored… Read More »April 29 Web Briefing: How Large Employers View Rising Health Care Costs and the Role of Government

Innovation, Interoperability Accelerated Healthcare Digital Transformation in 2020

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What You Should Know: – In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital transformation of healthcare accelerated in 2020 with increased adoption of interoperable tools to support innovations in care management, price transparency and specialty medications, according to the Surescripts 2020 National Progress Report.  – The data, which represents 98% of… Read More »Innovation, Interoperability Accelerated Healthcare Digital Transformation in 2020

Are Health Centers Facilitating Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations? An April 2021 Update.

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This analysis updates earlier work and examines the extent to which vaccination efforts through community health centers are reaching people of color using data from the federal government’s weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey. We include data from the survey weeks of January 8 through April… Read More »Are Health Centers Facilitating Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations? An April 2021 Update.

KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: What We’ve Learned

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This brief summarizes key findings and themes from the COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor project that is tracking the dynamic nature of the U.S. public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccination, and is based on more than 11,000 interviews conducted since December 2020.

COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Excess Mortality and Potential Years of Life Lost in the U.S. and Peer Countries

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A new issue brief reviews excess death rates in the U.S. and peer countries by age groups to examine how the pandemic has affected excess mortality rate among younger people. The analysis looks specifically at the excess deaths that arose in 2020 to examine how… Read More »COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Excess Mortality and Potential Years of Life Lost in the U.S. and Peer Countries

Compared to Peer Countries, the U.S. Had the Highest Rate of Mortality Among People Under Age 65 and Potential Years of Life Lost in 2020 due to the Pandemic

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A new KFF issue brief examines 2020 data on excess mortality – the number of deaths above what is expected in a typical year – and finds that among similarly large and wealthy nations, the United States had the highest premature excess mortality rate in… Read More »Compared to Peer Countries, the U.S. Had the Highest Rate of Mortality Among People Under Age 65 and Potential Years of Life Lost in 2020 due to the Pandemic

KFF/Post Survey Reveals the Serious Mental Health Challenges Facing Frontline Health Care Workers a Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic

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About 1 in 6 Tested Positive for COVID-19, though Few Experienced Major Symptoms; Those Working in Nursing Homes or Assisted Living Facilities Most Likely to Report Testing Positive More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of frontline health care workers say the… Read More »KFF/Post Survey Reveals the Serious Mental Health Challenges Facing Frontline Health Care Workers a Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic

Vaccine Monitor: 6 in 10 Adults Have Either Gotten a COVID-19 Vaccine or Want To “as Soon as Possible;” “Wait and See” Group Continues To Shrink

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Among Those Who Have Not Been Vaccinated, 3 in 10 Are Unsure if They are Eligible Yet; Hispanic Adults and People with Low Incomes More Likely to Be Unsure The latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report finds enthusiasm for getting a COVID-19 vaccine continuing to… Read More »Vaccine Monitor: 6 in 10 Adults Have Either Gotten a COVID-19 Vaccine or Want To “as Soon as Possible;” “Wait and See” Group Continues To Shrink

Web Briefing: Understanding the Health Coverage and Affordability Provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act

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The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act signed into law earlier this month includes a number of provisions aimed at making health coverage more accessible and affordable amid the public health and economic crises created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Join KFF at a web briefing to… Read More »Web Briefing: Understanding the Health Coverage and Affordability Provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act

Medicaid Spending and Enrollment Trends Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic – Updated for FY 2021 & Looking Ahead to FY 2022

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Even as the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out is accelerating across the country, the public health and economic effects of the pandemic continue to put pressure on Medicaid spending and enrollment. In mid-February 2021, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and Health Management Associates (HMA) fielded a two-part… Read More »Medicaid Spending and Enrollment Trends Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic – Updated for FY 2021 & Looking Ahead to FY 2022

A Look at How Medicaid Agencies Are Assisting with the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out

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As of February 2021, there are three COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use in the U.S. and states are playing a central role in their timely distribution and prioritizing eligible populations. Because Medicaid covers for over 77 million enrollees, including groups disproportionately at risk of… Read More »A Look at How Medicaid Agencies Are Assisting with the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBT People

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This analysis examines the reported experiences among self-identified LGBT individuals based two months of KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor reports and finds that LGBT people have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic differently than non-LGBT people, including being harder hit in some areas.

Updated KFF Calculator Estimates Marketplace Premiums to Reflect Expanded Tax Credits in COVID-19 Relief Legislation

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KFF has updated its 2021 Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator to reflect the expanded premium tax credits available to people who purchase their own coverage through their state’s health insurance exchange as passed by Congress in the American Rescue Plan Act and expected to be signed… Read More »Updated KFF Calculator Estimates Marketplace Premiums to Reflect Expanded Tax Credits in COVID-19 Relief Legislation

Are Health Centers Facilitating Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations?

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This analysis examines the extent to which early vaccination efforts through community health centers are reaching people of color using data from the federal government’s weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey. Additionally, this analysis may shed light on the Biden administration’s recent partnership with health centers… Read More »Are Health Centers Facilitating Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations?

How are States Addressing Racial Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts?

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This brief reviews information available through state websites and publicly available vaccine distribution plans to provide greater insight into how states are addressing equity through vaccine allocation and distribution strategies, outreach and communications efforts, and data collection and reporting. It provides a snapshot and examples… Read More »How are States Addressing Racial Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts?

KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor Probes Americans’ Experiences Trying to Sign Up for a Vaccine and to Find Relevant Information

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Many Relied on Another Person’s Help to Try to Get a Vaccine Appointment As many states and local authorities ramp up their COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report provides the first in-depth look at Americans’ experiences trying to gather relevant information… Read More »KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor Probes Americans’ Experiences Trying to Sign Up for a Vaccine and to Find Relevant Information

Moderna, IBM Partner on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain & Distribution Data Sharing

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What You Should Know: – Moderna and IBM announced their intentions to explore technologies, including artificial intelligence, blockchain and hybrid cloud, that could help support smarter COVID-19 vaccine management. Central to the effort will be a pilot of open, standardized, technology-enabled vaccine distribution approaches aimed… Read More »Moderna, IBM Partner on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain & Distribution Data Sharing

THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us, A New Campaign By Black Health Care Workers for Black People about the COVID-19 Vaccines

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March 4, 2021 – THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us. is a new campaign to provide Black communities with credible information about the COVID-19 vaccines co-developed by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) and the Black Coalition Against COVID. Black doctors, nurses and researchers dispel misinformation and… Read More »THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us, A New Campaign By Black Health Care Workers for Black People about the COVID-19 Vaccines

KFF Tracking Poll: More Than a Third of Americans Say They’ve Struggled to Pay Living Expenses Since December; 6 in 10 Families Hit by COVID Have Lost A Job or Income

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Majorities Favor Provisions to Expand Marketplace Tax Credits and Encourage States to Expand Medicaid As Congress considers an additional $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, more than a third (37%) of Americans say that someone in their household has had trouble paying basic living expenses over… Read More »KFF Tracking Poll: More Than a Third of Americans Say They’ve Struggled to Pay Living Expenses Since December; 6 in 10 Families Hit by COVID Have Lost A Job or Income

KFF Health Tracking Poll: Economic Hardship, Health Coverage, And The ACA

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This poll examines the public’s assessments of the Biden administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the impact COVID-19 has had on people’s finances, and support for provisions of the latest COVID-19 relief bill. It examines the public’s views of the ACA and possible next steps.

Most Americans Now Say They’ve Gotten At Least One Dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine or Want to Get Vaccinated As Soon As Possible, with Enthusiasm Rising Across Racial, Ethnic and Partisan Groups

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While Enthusiasm Rises, a Persistent Minority Say They Definitely Will Not Get Vaccinated; Republicans, Rural Residents, and Essential Workers Outside Health Care Are Most Reluctant Groups More than half of Americans (55%) now say they want to get vaccinated as soon as possible (37%) or… Read More »Most Americans Now Say They’ve Gotten At Least One Dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine or Want to Get Vaccinated As Soon As Possible, with Enthusiasm Rising Across Racial, Ethnic and Partisan Groups

States Have Made Progress in Vaccinating Older Adults Against COVID-19 in Recent Weeks, But No State Has Vaccinated At Least Half of its Older Population

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Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have vaccinated at least one-third of their residents who are 65 and older against COVID-19, an updated KFF analysis finds, but no state has crossed the threshold of vaccinating 50 percent or more of its older population. The share… Read More »States Have Made Progress in Vaccinating Older Adults Against COVID-19 in Recent Weeks, But No State Has Vaccinated At Least Half of its Older Population

COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Among Nursing Home Residents Have Declined Markedly Following the Introduction of Vaccines

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The number of residents contracting and dying of COVID-19 in nursing homes has declined markedly following the introduction of vaccination efforts in long-term care facilities, a KFF analysis finds. Resident deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes have decreased by two-thirds (66%) since vaccination efforts began… Read More »COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Among Nursing Home Residents Have Declined Markedly Following the Introduction of Vaccines

Is the End of the Long-Term Care Crisis Within Sight? New COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities Are Dropping

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This analysis compares trends in new COVID-19 cases and deaths among nursing facility residents with trends in all other new COVID-19 cases and deaths excluding nursing facility residents through February 7, 2021. This analysis shows a marked divergence in new cases and deaths per week… Read More »Is the End of the Long-Term Care Crisis Within Sight? New COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities Are Dropping

CVS Launches Community-Based Strategy to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity

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Source: CVS Health What Should Know: – CVS Health unveils community-based strategy increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations for vulnerable communities and advance vaccine education while combating hesitancy. – The strategy includes a strategic partnership with Lyft to help underserved communities access vaccination appointments by providing… Read More »CVS Launches Community-Based Strategy to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity

New Analysis: Updated State Data Continues To Show Wide Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates by Race/Ethnicity

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KFF has an updated analysis of state-reported data as of February 16, 2021 on COVID-19 vaccinations, cases, and deaths by race/ethnicity. New to the analysis are comparisons of vaccination rates in each racial/ethnic group based on state-reported data of total people who have received at… Read More »New Analysis: Updated State Data Continues To Show Wide Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates by Race/Ethnicity

COVAX and the United States

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This issue brief provides an overview of COVAX, the global mechanism to secure and deliver COVID-19 vaccines. The brief details COVAX’s organization, conditions for country participation, activities, and financing structure. Additionally, it looks at the history and remaining key issues of U.S. engagement with COVAX.

Two New Analyses: House COVID-19 Relief Plan Would Temporarily Lower Marketplace Premiums for Millions and More than Offset Short-Term State Costs to Expand Their Medicaid Programs

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The House COVID-19 relief proposal would temporarily lower what millions of Marketplace enrollees and uninsured potential enrollees would pay toward premiums and would provide states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs a financial boost that would more than offset their costs initially, two new… Read More »Two New Analyses: House COVID-19 Relief Plan Would Temporarily Lower Marketplace Premiums for Millions and More than Offset Short-Term State Costs to Expand Their Medicaid Programs

New Incentive for States to Adopt the ACA Medicaid Expansion: Implications for State Spending

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee reconciliation proposal as part of the COVID relief package aims to encourage non-expansion states to take up the expansion by providing an additional temporary fiscal incentive for states to newly implement the ACA Medicaid expansion. This brief provides illustrative… Read More »New Incentive for States to Adopt the ACA Medicaid Expansion: Implications for State Spending

LinkedIn Launches Support to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

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What You Should Know: – LinkedIn announces it will utilize its platform to connect healthcare professionals to COVID-19 vaccination distribution volunteer and paid support opportunities with a goal of helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. – Starting today, healthcare organizations, pharmacies and governments that… Read More »LinkedIn Launches Support to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

New Digital Health Passport Offers Providence Patients Secure Digital Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Status

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What You Should Know: – Lumedic launches a first-of-its-kind commercial technology to offer digital vaccine cards to patients receiving COVID-19 vaccinations at sites affiliated with Providence, one of the nation’s largest health systems. The technology includes a mobile app that gives patients the option to… Read More »New Digital Health Passport Offers Providence Patients Secure Digital Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Status

This Week in Coronavirus: February 5 to February 11

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During the 55th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the world is at nearly 108 million COVID-19 cases. The U.S. approached 27.4 million cases and a total of 475,400 deaths.

KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: What Do We Know About Those Who Want to “Wait and See” Before Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine?

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This brief examines how people to “wait and see” how the COVID-19 vaccine is working for other people before getting vaccinated themselves with different partisan identities and those belonging to different racial and ethnic groups differ in their levels of concern about the vaccine and… Read More »KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: What Do We Know About Those Who Want to “Wait and See” Before Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine?

How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Affecting People’s Mental Health and Substance Use

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis, about 4 in 10 adults nationwide have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder – a four-fold increase from pre-pandemic levels. Drawing on the latest national survey data, KFF polling and other research, an updated brief explores… Read More »How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Affecting People’s Mental Health and Substance Use

Experian Health, Epic Partner to Address COVID-19 Identity Verification Challenges

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What You Should Know: -Experian Health is partnering with Epic to expedites access to Precise ID® for Epic customers to address COVID-19 identity verification challenges.   – Collaboration aims to accelerate vaccination efforts with swift implementation and touchless identity proofing for high volume immunization programs.… Read More »Experian Health, Epic Partner to Address COVID-19 Identity Verification Challenges

KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: In Their Own Words

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This report summarizes the public’s response to a series of open-ended questions aimed at better understanding people’s concerns around receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and the views of the messages and messengers that could affect their willingness to get one,

This Week in Coronavirus: January 29 to February 4

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During the 54th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the world is at nearly 105 million COVID-19 cases. The U.S. approached 26.7 million cases and a total of 455,900 deaths.

Google Cloud Launches Intelligent COVID-19 Vaccine Impact Solution with AI-Powered Forecasting, Sentiment Analysis

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What You Should Know: – Google Cloud, today announced the launch of its Intelligent Vaccine Impact Solution, a set of core solutions to help regional and local governments deliver successful COVID-19 public health strategies, ranging from vaccine information and scheduling to distribution and analytics, to… Read More »Google Cloud Launches Intelligent COVID-19 Vaccine Impact Solution with AI-Powered Forecasting, Sentiment Analysis

Analyzing Recent Trends in Medicaid/CHIP Applications: What We Do and Do Not Know

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This data note discusses changes in the number of applications for Medicaid/CHIP coverage during the coronavirus pandemic. Although enrollment in Medicaid/CHIP has increased steadily by more than 6 million individuals (9%) from February to September 2020, the total number of Medicaid/CHIP applications has decreased by… Read More »Analyzing Recent Trends in Medicaid/CHIP Applications: What We Do and Do Not Know

Vaccine Monitor: Nearly Half of the Public Wants to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine as Soon as They Can or Has Already Been Vaccinated, Up across Racial and Ethnic Groups Since December

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Most Convincing Messages to Promote Vaccination Highlight Effectiveness at Preventing Illness and a Return to Normal Life; Hearing about Rare Allergic Reactions and Side Effects May Discourage Some New KFF Dashboard Features Key Data and Insights from the Vaccine Monitor With millions of Americans getting… Read More »Vaccine Monitor: Nearly Half of the Public Wants to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine as Soon as They Can or Has Already Been Vaccinated, Up across Racial and Ethnic Groups Since December

West Virginia Launches Nation’s First Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

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What You Should Know: – West Virginians will now have access to a COVID-19 vaccination pre-registration tool available statewide.  – West Virginia is the first state in the nation to deploy this new system through Everbridge, a global provider of critical event management technologies. The tool… Read More »West Virginia Launches Nation’s First Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Cognizant and XPRIZE Announce Finalists For $500k COVID-19 Pandemic Response Competition

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What You Should Know: – Cognizant, a Fortune 200 leader in technology and professional services, recently partnered with XPRIZE on the Pandemic Response Challenge, a global competition aimed at fighting the pandemic and mapping a course for safely reopening societies using artificial intelligence. The challenge… Read More »Cognizant and XPRIZE Announce Finalists For $500k COVID-19 Pandemic Response Competition

Key Issues for State Medicaid Programs When the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ends

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As a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) , states have experienced increased enrollment along with administrative challenges. After the PHE ends, states are likely to have renewal and redetermination backlogs and will face decisions around continuing temporary policy changes. This brief highlights… Read More »Key Issues for State Medicaid Programs When the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ends

This Week in Coronavirus: January 15 to January 21

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During the 52nd week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the U.S. surpassed 24.6 million total cases and 410,100 deaths due to the pandemic. Here’s our recap of the past week in the coronavirus pandemic from our tracking, policy analysis, polling, and journalism.

New Resources Track State Vaccinations by Race/Ethnicity and Examine Demographics of Health Workers

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A new Policy Watch, Early State Vaccination Data Raise Warning Flags for Racial Equity, explores the latest state-reported data on vaccination by race/ethnicity available on KFF’s COVID-19 state data and policy tracker. As of January 19, 2021, 17 states were reporting some vaccination data by… Read More »New Resources Track State Vaccinations by Race/Ethnicity and Examine Demographics of Health Workers

Nearly 6 in 10 Older Americans Don’t Know When or Where They Can Get a COVID-19 Vaccine; Black and Hispanic Adults among the Groups Least Likely to Have Enough Information

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Despite Optimism about COVID-19 Vaccines in the Future, Half Say They are Frustrated with the Current Situation and Nearly a Quarter are Angry While older Americans are a high-priority group for getting a COVID-19 vaccine, the latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report finds that, among those who… Read More »Nearly 6 in 10 Older Americans Don’t Know When or Where They Can Get a COVID-19 Vaccine; Black and Hispanic Adults among the Groups Least Likely to Have Enough Information

KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: January 2021

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This KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report finds many people, including older adults and essential workers, do not have enough information about where and when to receive a vaccine. It also looks at views of vaccine distribution and the federal and state efforts.

87% of Americans Want to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Information From Their Providers

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What You Should Know: According to a recent Updox survey, 87% of Americans say they want to receive information from their healthcare provider on COVID-19 vaccine-related news/updates, with their healthcare providers cited as the most trusted source on the topic (34%) — behind health protection… Read More »87% of Americans Want to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Information From Their Providers

This Week in Coronavirus: January 8 to January 14

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During the 51st week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the U.S. surpassed 23.3 million total cases and 388,700 deaths due to the pandemic. Here’s our recap of the past week in the coronavirus pandemic from our tracking, policy analysis, polling, and journalism.

Transitioning from Traditional to E-Fax: How Healthcare Communications are Transforming Post-COVID

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Michael Morgan, CEO of Updox The majority of industries have decreased or eliminated their use of the traditional fax machine over the past decade, including aviation, retail, and even finance. While the healthcare industry is at the forefront of disease research and treatment, however, it… Read More »Transitioning from Traditional to E-Fax: How Healthcare Communications are Transforming Post-COVID

MEDITECH Launches Quick Vaccination Solution to Streamline COVID-19 Vaccination Process

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What You Should Know: – MEDITECH launches a web-based Quick Vaccination solution enabling healthcare organizations to efficiently administer the vaccine to their patients from multiple care venues, including through tablet devices. – With Quick Vaccination, healthcare organizations have the speed and mobility to distribute the… Read More »MEDITECH Launches Quick Vaccination Solution to Streamline COVID-19 Vaccination Process

Vaccine Hesitancy Among Hispanic Adults

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Based on data from the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor, this poll finding explores attitudes among Hispanic Americans toward the coronavirus and a generational gap in willingness to get a potential vaccine.

Despite Efforts to Slow the Spread of the Virus in Long-Term Care Facilities, KFF Analysis Finds Many States Experienced the Worst COVID-19 Outbreaks and Highest Number of Deaths in December

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For some regions of the country, recent months have brought the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities since the start of the pandemic, a new KFF analysis of state-reported cases and death shows, underscoring the importance of current efforts to vaccinate this high priority… Read More »Despite Efforts to Slow the Spread of the Virus in Long-Term Care Facilities, KFF Analysis Finds Many States Experienced the Worst COVID-19 Outbreaks and Highest Number of Deaths in December

New Analysis Takes In-Depth Look at How States are Prioritizing Who Gets a COVID-19 Vaccine

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A new KFF analysis examines the different approaches states are taking to manage the limited initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines and balance the desire to vaccinate those at greatest risk first with the need to ensure a fast and effective statewide vaccination effort. Based on… Read More »New Analysis Takes In-Depth Look at How States are Prioritizing Who Gets a COVID-19 Vaccine

January 14 Web Event: A Shot in the Arm For Long-Term Care Facilities? Early Lessons from the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout to High Priority Populations

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With the pandemic taking a heavy toll among older Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and most states have placed a high priority on vaccinating residents and staff of long-term care facilities. People in nursing homes and other long-term care settings account for… Read More »January 14 Web Event: A Shot in the Arm For Long-Term Care Facilities? Early Lessons from the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout to High Priority Populations

Cone Health Transforms Maternity Campus into COVID-19 Only Hospital in 28 Days

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Cone Health’s Green Valley Campus What You Should Know: – Cone Health transforms its maternity campus into North Carolina’s first designated COVID-19 hospital in 28 days. Cone Health transformed its former women’s health campus into a designated COVID-19 hospital in 28 days. Using teamwork and technology, the Cone Health Green Valley campus in Greensboro, North… Read More »Cone Health Transforms Maternity Campus into COVID-19 Only Hospital in 28 Days

UCHealth Taps Conversa Health to Track COVID-19 Vaccine Effects on Frontline Healthcare Workers

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What You Should Know: – Conversa Health’s COVID-19 programs now include patient monitoring pre- and post-vaccination, education on vaccines, and appointment reminders. – Healthcare workers at UCHealth in Colorado are receiving 24/7 monitoring of vital signs two days before and seven days after receiving their… Read More »UCHealth Taps Conversa Health to Track COVID-19 Vaccine Effects on Frontline Healthcare Workers

AMA Adds 3 Additional CPT Codes for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine

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What You Should Know: – The American Medical Association (AMA) announced the addition of three Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced that the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set is being updated by the CPT Editorial Panel… Read More »AMA Adds 3 Additional CPT Codes for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Amazon, CVS Health, Thermo Fisher Scientific Form Alliance for Employer-based COVID-19 Testing

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What You Should Know: – Amazon, CVS Health, Thermo Fisher Scientific join forces to promote employer-based testing As part of a comprehensive COVID-19 testing strategy. – The coalition, named Workplace Employers Alliance for COVID-19 Testing (WE ACT), believes that employer-based testing programs are essential to… Read More »Amazon, CVS Health, Thermo Fisher Scientific Form Alliance for Employer-based COVID-19 Testing

Community Health Centers’ Role in Delivering Care to the Nation’s Underserved Populations During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, community health centers are serving as public health responders, especially for medically underserved populations. Health centers are a national network of safety net primary care providers who provided care to nearly 30 million patients in 2019, and disproportionately… Read More »Community Health Centers’ Role in Delivering Care to the Nation’s Underserved Populations During the Coronavirus Pandemic

DoD Awards $2.8M to Philips & BioIntelliSense to Validate Wearable for Early COVID-19 Detection

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What You Should Know: – Philips and BioIntelliSense has been selected by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) to receive nearly $2.8M from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to validate BioIntelliSense’s FDA-cleared BioSticker device for the early detection of COVID-19 symptoms.… Read More »DoD Awards $2.8M to Philips & BioIntelliSense to Validate Wearable for Early COVID-19 Detection

This Week in Coronavirus: December 11 to December 17

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During the 48th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the U.S. surpassed 17.2 million total cases and set records on three days this week for the highest number of new cases and deaths daily during the pandemic.

12 Recently Launched COVID-19 Vaccine Management Solutions to Know

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An in-depth look at twelve recently released COVID-19 vaccine management solutions as COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed nationwide. 1. Microsoft Microsoft launches a COVID-19 vaccine management platform with partners Accenture and Avanade, EY, and Mazik Global to help government and healthcare customers provide fair and… Read More »12 Recently Launched COVID-19 Vaccine Management Solutions to Know

Gaps in Cost Sharing Protections for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment Could Spark Public Concerns About COVID-19 Vaccine Costs

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In the issue brief, KFF experts highlight the laws and regulations that are in place to ensure access to free COVID-19 vaccines for individuals regardless of their insurance status and explain how vaccine administration costs will be covered in private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, and… Read More »Gaps in Cost Sharing Protections for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment Could Spark Public Concerns About COVID-19 Vaccine Costs

Poll: Large Majorities Now Say They Wear Masks Regularly and Can Continue Social Distancing for At Least Six Months if Needed, though Republicans Remain Less Likely to Take Such Precautions

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As winter sets in and COVID-19 cases and deaths reach records in most parts of the country, more Americans say they wear masks every time they leave home now (73%) than said so in May (52%), a new KFF Health Tracking Poll finds. A small… Read More »Poll: Large Majorities Now Say They Wear Masks Regularly and Can Continue Social Distancing for At Least Six Months if Needed, though Republicans Remain Less Likely to Take Such Precautions

Medicaid Maintenance of Eligibility (MOE) Requirements: Issues to Watch

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Federal legislation provides a temporary increase in federal Medicaid matching rates to states conditioned on states providing continuous eligibility for existing enrollees and meeting certain other eligibility requirements. This brief provides an overview of these maintenance of eligibility (MOE) requirements, examines what happens when the… Read More »Medicaid Maintenance of Eligibility (MOE) Requirements: Issues to Watch

AI Algorithms Can Predict Outcomes of COVID-19 Patients with Mild Symptoms in ER

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What You Should Know: – Artificial intelligence algorithms can predict outcomes of COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms in emergency rooms, according to recent research findings published in Radiology: Artificial Intelligence journal. – Researchers trained the algorithm from data on 338 positive COVID-19 patients between the… Read More »AI Algorithms Can Predict Outcomes of COVID-19 Patients with Mild Symptoms in ER

State COVID-19 Data and Policy Actions

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Explore state-level data on a variety of COVID-19 metrics, including the latest hotspots, cases and deaths by race and ethnicity and at long-term care facilities. Find up-to-date information on state policy actions on social distancing measures and reducing barriers to COVID-19 testing and treatment.

KFF Launches New COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor to Track the Public’s Confidence in the Vaccine and Experiences for the Duration of the Pandemic

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Republicans and Black Americans are More Likely to Be Hesitant but Even Among These Groups Reasons Vary KFF has launched a new COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor to dive deeply into the public’s views about the vaccine and experiences getting it for as long as the pandemic… Read More »KFF Launches New COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor to Track the Public’s Confidence in the Vaccine and Experiences for the Duration of the Pandemic

KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: December 2020

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This initial survey for the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor tracks the public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations, with a focus on sub-groups of Americans. It explores confidence in vaccines, assesses trust in messengers, and highlights key challenges for vaccination efforts.

This Week in Coronavirus: December 4 to December 10

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During the 47th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the U.S. surpassed 15.6 million total cases as an independent Food and Drug Administration panel of outside advisers supported emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

This Week in Coronavirus: November 26 to December 3

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During the 46th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, there was an increase of over 1.25 million confirmed cases between Nov. 26 and December 3. Approximately 12,900 confirmed deaths in the past week brought the total in the United States to 276,300.

Innovaccer Launches COVID-19 Command Center to Help Healthcare Organizations Manage Their COVID-19 Operations

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What You Should Know: – Innovaccer launches COVID-19 Command Center to assist healthcare organizations in optimizing their COVID-19 operations.   – The solution offers a unified information hub to manage COVID-19 resources and operations and empower teams with unprecedented visibility into their environment. Innovaccer, Inc.,… Read More »Innovaccer Launches COVID-19 Command Center to Help Healthcare Organizations Manage Their COVID-19 Operations

Northwell Health Offers COVID-19 Screening Chat for NY Schools and Employers

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What You Should Know: – Northwell Health announced that its Northwell Direct unit, which works with large employers, will be offering Conversa HealthCheck to screen employees, customers, students, and visitors. – HealthCheck is a quick, chat-based electronic screening for symptoms and signs of exposure to… Read More »Northwell Health Offers COVID-19 Screening Chat for NY Schools and Employers

Addressing Racial Equity in Vaccine Distribution

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This brief provides an overview of barriers to vaccination that disproportionately affect people of color and discusses how current national recommendations and state vaccine allocation plans address racial equity.

HHS Taps CVS Health for Pilot to Administer COVID-19 Therapy to Patients At Home & Long-Term Care Facilities

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What You Should Know: – Today, CVS Health was selected by HHS, as part of Operation Warp Speed, to pilot the administration of a limited supply of bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody therapy, with eligible COVID-19 patients at-risk of severe infection or complications resulting from the… Read More »HHS Taps CVS Health for Pilot to Administer COVID-19 Therapy to Patients At Home & Long-Term Care Facilities

The Dangers of Vaccine Disillusionment

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In this Foreign Affairs article, Josh Michaud and Jen Kates lay out the challenges in vaccinating people in low-income countries around the world and review early plans to ensure safe and effective vaccines are made available and delivered to people across the globe.

Your Room is Ready: How to Recapture Health System Revenue by Solving “The Motel Problem”

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Rich Miller, Chief Strategy Officer of QGenda Healthcare leaders attempting to regain some of the revenue lost during the COVID-19 shutdowns now face a formidable challenge. The American Hospital Association estimates that U.S. hospitals and health systems lost $202.6 billion in just the four months… Read More »Your Room is Ready: How to Recapture Health System Revenue by Solving “The Motel Problem”

Hospitals Hit with Low Volumes, High Expenses, Poor Margins as COVID-19 Cases Mount

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What You Should Know: – October was a challenging month for hospitals and health systems nationwide amid ongoing instability spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Kaufman Hall’s latest Hospital Flash Report. – Margins and volumes fell, revenues flattened, and expenses rose as COVID metrics… Read More »Hospitals Hit with Low Volumes, High Expenses, Poor Margins as COVID-19 Cases Mount

COVID-19: How Can Payers Prepare for Mandates and Support Pandemic Relief Efforts

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Elizabeth Bierbower, Former President of Humana’s Group & Specialty Division Healthcare can achieve optimum efficiency when patients are at the center of care. When patients have the necessary information to navigate their care journey, they will choose the path to high-quality care at the lowest… Read More »COVID-19: How Can Payers Prepare for Mandates and Support Pandemic Relief Efforts

Hospital Sustainability Demands that Revenue Integrity Move Front and Center

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Vasilios Nassiopoulos, VP of Platform Strategy and Innovation, Hayes Razor-thin operational margins coupled with substantial and ongoing losses related to COVID-19 are culminating in a perfect storm of bottom-line issues for U.S. hospitals and health systems. A study commissioned by the American Hospital Association (AHA) found that… Read More »Hospital Sustainability Demands that Revenue Integrity Move Front and Center

This Week in Coronavirus: November 13 to November 19

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During the 44th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, there was an increase of almost 1 million confirmed cases between Nov. 13 and 19. Approximately 9,300 confirmed deaths in the past week brought the total in the United States to 252,500.

Dec. 3 Web Briefing: What Happens Once There is a COVID-19 Vaccine? Key Challenges to Vaccinating America

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Encouraging reports about several COVID-19 vaccine candidates is raising hopes that there will soon be one or more vaccines proven safe and effective, starting a race to produce, distribute, and administer it to essential workers, people at high risk, and the public, including those who… Read More »Dec. 3 Web Briefing: What Happens Once There is a COVID-19 Vaccine? Key Challenges to Vaccinating America

Vaccine Coverage, Pricing, and Reimbursement in the U.S.

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The brief provides an overview of how vaccines are reimbursed and covered across government programs and different types of health insurance in the United States. It coverage regulations specific to COVID-19 vaccine(s).

States Are Getting Ready to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines. What Do Their Plans Tell Us So Far?

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This brief summarizes the information contained in the all available draft COVID-19 vaccination plans submitted by states to the CDC, focusing in particular in critical areas such as identifying critical/priority populations, identifying and recruiting providers to administer vaccines, the completeness of state-level vaccine data collection… Read More »States Are Getting Ready to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines. What Do Their Plans Tell Us So Far?

AstraZeneca, CCT Partner to Conduct COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials in Arizona

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What You Should Know: – AstraZeneca and CCT announce a partnership to conduct COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in Arizona with 1,500 participants. CCT Research (CCT), a leader in community-based, embedded clinical research, today announced its partnership with AstraZeneca to advance COVID-19 research. Together with local healthcare providers, CCT will facilitate clinical trials for the AZD1222 COVID-19 VACCINE, an investigational vaccine for the… Read More »AstraZeneca, CCT Partner to Conduct COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials in Arizona

Mount Sinai Develop Machine Learning Models to Predict Critical Illness and Mortality in COVID-19 Patients

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What You Should Know: – Mount Sinai researchers have developed machine learning models that predict the likelihood of critical events and mortality in COVID-19 patients within clinically relevant time windows. – The new machine learning models were outlined in a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research—could aid clinical practitioners at Mount Sinai and across the world in the care and… Read More »Mount Sinai Develop Machine Learning Models to Predict Critical Illness and Mortality in COVID-19 Patients

KHN and Associated Press Investigation of Inadequate U.S. Public Health Infrastructure During the Pandemic Wins Top Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded KFF’s Kaiser Health News and The Associated Press one of its top journalism prizes for a joint investigation that revealed the diminished state of the U.S. public health infrastructure in the face of the… Read More »KHN and Associated Press Investigation of Inadequate U.S. Public Health Infrastructure During the Pandemic Wins Top Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Mobile Point-of-Care Ultrasound Is Now A Frontline Warrior in Pandemic

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Diku Mandavia, M.D., SVP, Chief Medical Officer at FUJIFILM Sonosite Health authorities need to prioritize delivery and the repurposing of mobile point-of-care ultrasound machines which have proven to be reliable, affordable, and effective in saving the lives of coronavirus patients.   Most Americans are familiar with… Read More »Mobile Point-of-Care Ultrasound Is Now A Frontline Warrior in Pandemic

Wide Variations in Flu Vaccination Rates Across States Highlight Challenges as State and Local Authorities Plan to Distribute a COVID-19 Vaccine

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When a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, all or most people living in the country will need to get vaccinated in order to maximize its benefits and provide adequate immunity nationwide. That could present a daunting challenge for state and local health officials, as a new… Read More »Wide Variations in Flu Vaccination Rates Across States Highlight Challenges as State and Local Authorities Plan to Distribute a COVID-19 Vaccine

Mammoth Lands 2 Major Partnerships to Use CRISPR to Solve COVID19 Testing Shortage, At Scale

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What You Should Know: – Mammoth Biosciences signs agreements with MilliporeSigma and Hamilton company targeting commercialization of high-throughput CRISPR-based SARS CoV-2 Test. – These partnerships will help Mammoth bring a turnkey CRISPR-based sample-to-answer solution for commercial laboratories to enable a multi-fold increase in a testing… Read More »Mammoth Lands 2 Major Partnerships to Use CRISPR to Solve COVID19 Testing Shortage, At Scale

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taken a Higher Toll on Nursing Homes with Relatively High Shares of Black or Hispanic Residents

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Nursing homes with a relatively high share of Black or Hispanic residents are more likely to have had a resident die of COVID-19 than homes with lower shares of such residents, finds a new KFF analysis. Nationwide, 63 percent of nursing homes with a relatively… Read More »The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taken a Higher Toll on Nursing Homes with Relatively High Shares of Black or Hispanic Residents

Analysis: COVID-19 Ranks as a Top 3 Leading Cause of Death in the U.S., Higher than in Almost All Other Peer Countries

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A new KFF analysis examines leading causes of death and mortality rates in the United States and comparable countries. The U.S. has a higher COVID-19 mortality rate than many of its peer countries, with COVID-19 ranking as the nation’s third-leading cause of death in 2020,… Read More »Analysis: COVID-19 Ranks as a Top 3 Leading Cause of Death in the U.S., Higher than in Almost All Other Peer Countries

Joe Biden’s Big Lead on Health Care Issues

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In an Axios column, Drew Altman discusses how this election year health isn’t a single issue — but several — and Joe Biden has the edge over President Trump on all of them, even as opposition to the ACA remains popular with Trump’s base.  

This Week in Coronavirus: October 9 to October 15

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Total confirmed cases in the U.S. surpassed 7.9 million this week. There was an approximate increase of 373,800 confirmed cases between October 9 and October 15. Approximately 4,900 confirmed deaths in the past week brought the total in the United States to approximately 217,700.  

Imprivata Launches Touchless Palm Vein Scanner to Address Patient Safety Concerns from COVID-19

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What You Should Know: – Imprivata launches a new palm vein scanner solution: Imprivata PatientSecure to power touchless biometric patient identification for healthcare. – The next generation palm scanner, developed in collaboration with Keyo, will help healthcare organizations solve the challenge of patient ID amidst… Read More »Imprivata Launches Touchless Palm Vein Scanner to Address Patient Safety Concerns from COVID-19

Were We Mentally Ready for COVID-19? Why It’s Time to Take Behavioral Health Seriously

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Dr. Jacob Lazarovic M.D., IMCS Group As you read this, over 200,000 American deaths have been attributed to the virus. The influx of cases continues, while state and local economies are experiencing hardship, children are shuttered in their homes learning remotely, grown children are moving… Read More »Were We Mentally Ready for COVID-19? Why It’s Time to Take Behavioral Health Seriously