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  1. UnitedHealth fast-tracks $2B in payments to providers

    UnitedHealth Group will accelerate nearly $2 billion in payments and financial support to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers to help address the significant financial pressure many are facing due to COVID-19.
  2. CMS will speed $34B in payments to hospitals

    CMS has approved nearly $34 billion in payments to hospitals and other healthcare providers in the past week through the expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payment Program, the agency announced April 7. 
  3. A breakdown of 6 of the most promising COVID-19 treatments

    Hundreds of drugs are being tested to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Below are six of the most promising treatments, according to Business Insider: 

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  1. CEO turnover fell 27% in March

    CEO turnover across industries fell 27 percent from February to March, reaching its lowest level in 20 months, according to a report released April 8 by global outplacement and business and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
  2. What happens when leaders become sick? 4 thoughts

    The COVID-19 pandemic has left organizations and governments without leaders as illness has forced some to take extended time off. Forbes contributor Adi Gaskell sought to answer in an April 7 article how these absences affect the leaders' institutions.
  3. Some physicians reconsider widespread ventilator use; DEA boosts production quotas for high-demand drugs — 6 COVID-19 updates

    The U.S. has confirmed 401,166 COVID-19 cases as of 12:15 p.m. CDT April 8. Nationwide, 13,007 Americans have died from the virus, while 22,556 have recovered. 
  4. Sage Therapeutics cuts 53% of workforce

    Sage Therapeutics, a Massachusetts-based drugmaker that faced a costly setback in December, will cut 53 percent of its workforce in an effort to save money.

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  1. Ascension CEO donates half his base salary to employee relief fund

    Ascension President and CEO Joseph Impicciche has pledged half of his base salary to the health system's fund to support employees' healthcare education, which now also focuses on workers who face financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. COVID-19 'a big storm coming across the horizon' for many rural hospital CEOs. Here's how one is responding

    Before the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S., many rural hospitals faced significant financial challenges. For one rural hospital CEO in Missouri — one of five states that has seen the most rural hospital closures in the past decade — the impending pandemic has spurred layoffs and furloughs to ensure enough cash is on hand to buy protective equipment.
  3. CHS executives take pay cut

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems' top executives are giving up part of their compensation for the remainder of this year, according to an April 8 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 
  4. MUSC Health lays off 900 due to COVID-19 financial strain

    MUSC Health, an eight-hospital system based in Charleston, S.C., is laying off about 900 employees and reducing pay for salaried workers to help offset financial damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  1. Comfort amid the chaos: How 4 systems are helping patients connect with loved ones during the pandemic

    COVID-19 visitor restrictions are forcing hospitals to find new ways for all patients — not just those with the virus — to connect with their loved ones and, in some cases, say goodbye.
  2. 10 hospitals seeking CFOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking CFOs.
  3. Hospitals and unions: 6 recent conflicts, agreements

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital-union events in March and April.
  4. 'Tonight was the breaking point': DMC Sinai-Grace nurses protest ER staffing

    A group of nurses at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit recently staged a sit-in at the hospital to protest  emergency room staffing levels, according to Michigan Radio.
  5. Online calculator helps hospitals assess staff, supply needs

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an individual hospital with 100 intensive care beds and 75 ventilators may exceed capacity in less than 31 days, according to a new online calculator created by researchers at Stanford (Calif.) University.
  6. The race to create a COVID-19 vaccine: 5 updates

    A vaccine to prevent COVID-19 is being developed in record time, with only 63 days between the time researchers identified the genetic sequence of the virus to the time the first vaccine candidate was injected into a human, according to USA Today.
  7. 11 key coronavirus study findings

    Here are 11 clinical findings on the new coronavirus, as reported by Becker's Hospital Review in the last two weeks.
  8. Clinicians fighting pandemic seek HHS support 'against financial peril'

    More than 100 physician organizations wrote a letter urging HHS to provide one month of revenue to each physician, nurse practitioner and physician assistant enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid to account for financial hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
  9. 51 recovered COVID-19 patients in South Korea retest positive

    South Korea health authorities say that 51 people there who had recovered from COVID-19 have tested positive again, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

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