Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

This Week in Coronavirus: October 2 to October 8

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During the 38th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, worldwide cases surpassed the 36 million mark and United States has surpassed 7 million cases and 212,000 deaths.

Average Family Premiums Rose 4% to $21,342 in 2020, Benchmark KFF Employer Health Benefit Survey Finds

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San Francisco – Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose 4% to average $21,342 this year, according to the 2020 benchmark KFF Employer Health Benefits Survey. On average, workers this year are contributing $5,588 toward the cost of family coverage, with employers paying the… Read More »Average Family Premiums Rose 4% to $21,342 in 2020, Benchmark KFF Employer Health Benefit Survey Finds

This Week in Coronavirus: September 25 to October 1

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During the 37th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, worldwide cases surpassed the 34 million mark and United States’ cases are over 7 million and surpassed 207,000 deaths.

Castor Raises $12M to Advance COVID-19 Research Through Clinical Trial and Data Automation

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What You Should Know: – Castor raises $12M in Series A funding to further their support for COVID-19 research through clinical trial and data automation. – With 4,000 live studies and 2,000,000 enrolled patients across 90 countries, Castor will use the funding to further invest… Read More »Castor Raises $12M to Advance COVID-19 Research Through Clinical Trial and Data Automation

Voters Are Souring on President Trump’s Handling of Coronavirus, with Implications for November

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As the country struggles to get a handle on the coronavirus pandemic and prepares for the 2020 election, this analysis finds that, while voters are increasingly negative in their evaluations of President Trump’s handling of the pandemic, he continues to garner strong support among Republican… Read More »Voters Are Souring on President Trump’s Handling of Coronavirus, with Implications for November

This Week in Coronavirus: August 7 to August 13

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During the 30th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States worldwide cases surpassed the 20 million mark and United States’ cases surpassed 5 million with over 167,000 deaths.

FDA, Syapse Expand Research to Generate Real-World Data Related to COVID-19 and Cancer

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What You Should Know: The FDA and Syapse announce research collaboration expansion to address urgent public health challenges including supporting FDA’s goal of rapid understanding of COVID-19. As part of the research, Syapse is partnering with FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence to investigate methods to… Read More »FDA, Syapse Expand Research to Generate Real-World Data Related to COVID-19 and Cancer

New Interactive Database by KFF’s Kaiser Health News and Guardian US Reveals More Than 900 Health Care Workers Have Died in the Fight Against COVID-19 in the U.S.

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A new interactive database from KFF’s Kaiser Health News (KHN) and Guardian US reveals that many of the more than 900 U.S. health care workers who have died in the fight against COVID-19 worked in facilities with shortages of protective equipment such as gowns, masks, gloves and… Read More »New Interactive Database by KFF’s Kaiser Health News and Guardian US Reveals More Than 900 Health Care Workers Have Died in the Fight Against COVID-19 in the U.S.

Salesforce, CVS Health Integrates COVID-19 Return to Work and Campus Solutions

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What You Should Know: – Salesforce and CVS Health announced a strategic relationship to help organizations, including employers and universities, return critical populations to the workplace or campus. With this new joint offering, which combines Salesforce Work.com capabilities with CVS Health’s Return Ready, worksite and campus locations will be able to provide complementary services… Read More »Salesforce, CVS Health Integrates COVID-19 Return to Work and Campus Solutions

This Week in Coronavirus: July 31 to August 6

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During the 29th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States it remains among the world’s leaders in daily new case reports as the country’s total cases approaches 5 million with over 160,000 deaths.

COVID-19 Underscores Why Certain Aspects of the American Healthcare System Should Change Forever

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Irv Lichtenwald, President & CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation In the late 1940s, the United Kingdom was busily reassembling country and what remained of the empire in the aftermath of World War II. Among many revelations, the war had convinced Britain’s leaders of the need… Read More »COVID-19 Underscores Why Certain Aspects of the American Healthcare System Should Change Forever

Moderna Leverages AWS Cloud Platform to Develop New Class of Vaccines and Therapeutics

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What You Should Know: – Moderna, Inc., a biotechnology company pioneering a new class of messenger RNA (mRNA) medicines, has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider, as well as its standard for analytics and machine learning workloads. – By building and scaling its… Read More »Moderna Leverages AWS Cloud Platform to Develop New Class of Vaccines and Therapeutics

The Veterans Health Administration’s Role During the COVID-19 Response

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A new issue brief examines the role of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) during the coronavirus pandemic, and public health emergencies more broadly. The analysis finds that the VHA has provided assistance to 46 states and D.C., including treating over 270 non-veteran patients with coronavirus.

Last Week in Coronavirus: July 24 to July 30

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During the 28th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States we also entered the final 100 days of a presidential election campaign that’s increasingly influenced by this pandemic.

Innovaccer, CareSignal Partner to Enable Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring

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What You Should Know: – Innovaccer has recently partnered with CareSignal to address healthcare’s urgent need amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: to create and maintain solid, clinically actionable relationships with patients in a new set of predominantly virtual care. – CareSignal offers evidence-based end-to-end support services… Read More »Innovaccer, CareSignal Partner to Enable Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring

Super-Spreading of COVID-19 Co-Infections Reveals a Deadly Diagnostics Gap

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Oliver Schacht, PhD, CEO of OpGen Secondary bacterial or fungal co-infections in COVID-19 patients have received inadequate attention from the public. For most, co-infections pose little to no risk according to reports that an estimated 8% of patients are found to experience this during hospital admission – a… Read More »Super-Spreading of COVID-19 Co-Infections Reveals a Deadly Diagnostics Gap

The Critical Care Workforce and COVID-19: A State-by-State Analysis

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This data note quantifies the availability of providers capable of providing critical care in each state relative to state-level population. It finds that the number of intensivist physicians is substantially smaller than that of “second-line” providers that sometimes provide critical care, such as hospitalists, pulmonologists,… Read More »The Critical Care Workforce and COVID-19: A State-by-State Analysis

Brief Examines What’s Known About Children and Coronavirus Transmission as Schools Prepare for Fall

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With schools nationwide preparing for fall and the federal government encouraging in-person classes, key concerns for school officials, teachers and parents include the risks that coronavirus poses to children and their role in transmission of the disease. A new KFF brief examines the latest available data… Read More »Brief Examines What’s Known About Children and Coronavirus Transmission as Schools Prepare for Fall

What Do We Know About Children and Coronavirus Transmission?

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As schools prepare for Fall, this brief examines what’s known about children and COVID-19, including the risk the virus poses to children and the risk of children becoming infected and transmitting to others, and the experiences of other countries that reopened classrooms.

52% of Households Willing to Share Smartphone Data to aid in COVID-19 Contact Tracing

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Over 50% of US broadband households are willing to share smartphone data to aid in COVID-19 contact tracing, while another 20% could be convinced provided privacy protections are in place, according to Parks Associates’ new research, COVID-19: Impact on Telehealth Use and Perspectives. The research… Read More »52% of Households Willing to Share Smartphone Data to aid in COVID-19 Contact Tracing

By Nearly a 2-1 Margin, Parents Prefer to Wait to Open Schools to Minimize COVID Risk, with Parents of Color Especially Worried Either Way

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Most Say Things Will Get Worse Before They Get Better, and Just Over Half Now Say Their Mental Health is Worse Because of Coronavirus Worry and Stress As state and local officials prepare for the new school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, parents with children… Read More »By Nearly a 2-1 Margin, Parents Prefer to Wait to Open Schools to Minimize COVID Risk, with Parents of Color Especially Worried Either Way

KFF Health Tracking Poll – July 2020

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This poll examines the public’s views on reopening society during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as parents’ worries when it comes to their children returning or not returning to school, the mental health and economic effects, and priorities for possible congressional action.

Temporary Enhanced Federal Medicaid Funding Can Soften the Economic Blow of the COVID-19 Pandemic on States, but is Unlikely to Fully Offset State Revenue Declines or Forestall Budget Shortfalls

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The temporary boost in federal Medicaid funding enacted as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will soften the economic blow of COVID-19 on states, but is unlikely to fully offset state revenue declines or forestall budget shortfalls stemming from the pandemic, finds… Read More »Temporary Enhanced Federal Medicaid Funding Can Soften the Economic Blow of the COVID-19 Pandemic on States, but is Unlikely to Fully Offset State Revenue Declines or Forestall Budget Shortfalls

COVID-19 Infects Patient & Practitioner Demands, Unsettling the Future of Hospital Operations

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Eric Stone, Co-Founder & CEO at Velano Vascular Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, the healthcare industry in the United States was in the midst of an intense refocusing on patient-centered care. This evolution was defined by a number of innovations, policies, and even federal reimbursement… Read More »COVID-19 Infects Patient & Practitioner Demands, Unsettling the Future of Hospital Operations

More Than 3 Million People Age 65 or Older Live with School-Age Children, and Could Be at Heightened Risk of COVID-19 Infection if Children Bring the Virus Home from School

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About 3.3 million adults age 65 or older live in a household with school-age children, a factor that state and local officials may want to take into account when deciding when and how fully to re-open schools this fall, a new KFF analysis finds. These… Read More »More Than 3 Million People Age 65 or Older Live with School-Age Children, and Could Be at Heightened Risk of COVID-19 Infection if Children Bring the Virus Home from School

How Could the Price of Remdesivir Impact Medicare Spending for COVID-19 Patients?

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This brief discusses how drugs provided in inpatient hospital settings are covered and reimbursed for beneficiaries in traditional Medicare under current law. This is relevant for Medicare spending on COVID-19 patients who receive Gilead’s new antiviral drug remdesivir. We discuss the implications for hospitals and… Read More »How Could the Price of Remdesivir Impact Medicare Spending for COVID-19 Patients?

Scripps Research, Repurpose.AI Partner to Develop COVID-19 Therapeutics

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What You Should Know: – Repurpose.AI, has partnered with Scripps Research to discover drug candidates that may be repurposed to treat COVID-19.  – The partnership will leverage Repurpose.AI’s ActivPred AI Drug Discovery Platform, an unbiased drug, target, and disease agnostic digital chemistry engine, to discover… Read More »Scripps Research, Repurpose.AI Partner to Develop COVID-19 Therapeutics

As the COVID-19 Pandemic Shifts to the South and West, the Disparate Impact on Communities of Color Will Follow

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The geographic shift of the nation’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks to states in the South and West is expected to intensify the well-documented disparities in the health and economic impacts of the pandemic on people of color — especially Hispanics, according to a new KFF analysis. Twenty-three… Read More »As the COVID-19 Pandemic Shifts to the South and West, the Disparate Impact on Communities of Color Will Follow