Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• The United States has surpassed yet another devastating milestone in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; 250,000 Americans have now died from the virus. Case numbers are exploding at the beginning of what is expected to be a difficult winter of illness in America. Hotspots are popping up all across the country and new highs for the number of cases and hospitalizations continue to rise significantly. Read More
• Patients’ overall health continues to suffer due to the pandemic, with more than a third of primary care physicians reporting that their patients with chronic conditions are in noticeably worse health resulting from the pandemic. A primary driver for the increase in negative health burdens is due to delayed or inaccessible care during the pandemic. Read More
• As COVID-19 hotspots spring up across the country, hospitals must once again grapple with how to take care of patients while keeping other services open safely. Many health systems have completely stopped or significantly reduced scheduling elective procedures in order to free up beds for COVID-19 patients. Read More
• The FDA has approved the emergency use of the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed entirely at home and delivers results in 30 minutes. This represents an important step in efforts to expand testing options for COVID-19 beyond health care facilities and testing sites. However, the test will require a prescription, likely limiting its initial use. Read More
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