Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• U.S. vaccination efforts have gotten a big boost, thanks to increased supply. As of Wednesday, 147 million COVID-19 vaccination shots had been delivered, with roughly 39 million people, or 8 percent of the population, having been fully vaccinated. By the end of March, the number of shots produced is expected to be at least 200 million, and by summer it is expected to hit 700 million, according to HHS. Read More
• Many of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s value-based care payment models are currently undergoing a review. CMS quietly updated and delayed several payment models, including pulling a controversial model that ties payments to geographic health outcomes. Read More
• New research has revealed that staggering numbers of health care workers, more than one in five, have experienced anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder during the pandemic. While North America ranked the lowest of all regions, it still saw nearly 15 percent of health care workers experiencing anxiety and close to 20 percent experiencing depression. Read More
• In 2020, at least 600 clinics, hospitals, and health care organizations were hit with ransomware attacks. These attacks affected more than 18 million patient records, and cost almost $21 billion in lawsuits, ransom paid, lost revenue, fees to rebuild lost data and more. Read More
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