Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• It’s official, the COVID-19 virus that has spread like wildfire through at least 114 countries and killed more than 4,000 people is now a global pandemic, says the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO expressed deep concern for both the alarming levels of spread as well as inaction by world leaders in response to the outbreak. The expectation is that we will continue to see the number of cases, deaths, and affected countries climb even higher in the coming days and weeks. Read More
• In a dramatic step to prevent the spread of COVID-19, professional sports — including basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer, and tennis — are all being temporarily put on hold. The decision came a day after the NBA decided to suspend its 2020 season after two athletes tested positive for the virus. Other organizations are also following suit to mitigate the spreading risk of large gatherings, canceling events such as concerts, conferences, shows, and more. Read More
• Italy is offering a glimpse into what other countries can expect if they cannot slow the spread COVID-19, and it is not pretty. In less than three weeks, the virus has overloaded hospitals in northern Italy, leaving some doctors with no choice but to decide who lives and who dies. So far, Italy has not been able to prevent the surge of cases that has overwhelmingly taxed the capacity even of a well-regarded health care system. Read More
• This week CMS posted its first FAQs to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The information highlights the resources available to states, such as the Disaster Preparedness Toolkit developed by CMS, as well as a variety of topics regarding issues like eligibility and enrollment, benefits and cost-sharing, healthcare workforce, and telehealth. Read More
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