Focus of the Week

May 29, 2020
Medicaid expansion was associated with a decrease in nonprofit hospitals’ burden of providing uncompensated care, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. However, hospitals did not redirect this financial relief toward spending on additional community benefits.
May 28, 2020
Close to 40 million individuals are infected with HIV globally. A new study describes how some have a higher risk for a first venous thromboembolism that is 2 to 10 times above that of the general population.
May 27, 2020
To safely accommodate the return of employees to the workplace amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, employers have formed multidisciplinary task forces to address issues related to risk, testing, and impact on behavioral and physical health, said Michael Thompson, president and CEO of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
May 26, 2020
The Association of Accessible Medicines (AAM), which supports biosimilar development, argues that even if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is overturned by the Supreme Court later this year, the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) is severable and should survive. 
May 22, 2020
The authors reviewed existing evidence for filtration efficiency of cloth masks vs medical masks, and they found that cloth masks fared surprisingly well. Layers matter, as does the material used.
May 21, 2020
Being uninsured carries with it a host of adverse health consequences, including more advanced stages of disease when seeing a physician, avoidable deaths, and not receiving lifesaving treatments for conditions such as heart failure.
May 20, 2020
Utilizing a consistent strategy consisting of 4 key attributes—trust, stability, compassion, and hope—can assist employers in designing an effective burnout strategy for physicians amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond, said Vibhas Ratanjee, senior practice expert at Gallup.
May 19, 2020
HHS signed a $354-million contract with a team of private industries to ramp up US pharmaceutical manufacturing and production in wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Historically, active pharmaceutical ingredients and chemical compounds have been produced abroad, largely in China, and imported by the United States. The move comes after President Donald Trump publically criticized the World Health Organization's response to the pandemic and accused China of witholding critical information regarding coronavirus. 
May 18, 2020
By 2030, the World Health Organization estimates that 82 million individuals worldwide will be affected by dementia, up from 50 million in 2017 and a 64% increase in prevalence in just 13 years. It is well established that cardiovascular health and cognitive decline are interrelated.
May 15, 2020
The cost of giving birth in the United States can vary by thousands of dollars depending on where the birth takes place. In Arkansas, inpatient birth charges come out to roughly $8300, but that total rises to nearly $20,000 in New York.
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