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  1. Quicker COVID-19 interventions linked with faster economic recovery, study finds

    Cities that act quicker to implement social distancing guidelines amid pandemics will likely have more economic growth once the restrictions lift, according to a working paper co-authored by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and the Federal Reserve. 
  2. Nevada county suspends union contract for University Medical Center workers

    Clark County in Nevada has suspended the union contract for medical workers at Las Vegas-based University Medical Center, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  3. COVID-19 resurgence likely next winter, Cleveland Clinic pathologist says

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, testing is a critical way for hospitals and health systems to monitor the spread of the illness. 

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  1. 4 challenges to widespread telemedicine access

    Telemedicine access has increased during the coronavirus pandemic as federal and state governments and private insurers relax restrictions, yet issues surrounding virtual care continue to restrict its use for some, ABC News reports. 
  2. UPMC closes network hospital

    UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury (Pa.) closed March 31, according to The Daily Item. 
  3. Trinity Health to furlough 2,500 employees in Michigan

    The two health systems that comprise Trinity Health's Michigan region will furlough 2,500 employees at eight hospitals, according to MLive.com.
  4. New York's Mount Sinai creates coronavirus-tracking app

    New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System has developed a web-based app designed to track the spread of COVID-19 throughout the city, according to CNBC.

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  1. Microsoft alerts hospitals of vulnerabilities in virtual private networks

    Microsoft has warned dozens of hospitals of a vulnerability allowing a hacker to exploit their networks in a ransomware attack, according to Law630.
  2. Feds charge Georgia man with orchestrating COVID-19 billing fraud scheme

    Federal prosecutors have charged a Georgia man for allegedly conspiring to defraud Medicare and private healthcare benefit programs by submitting fraudulent claims for COVID-19 testing and genetic cancer screenings, according to the Department of Justice.
  3. Judge rejects pharmacies' suit against physicians; Ohio opioid trial stands

    A federal judge in Cleveland dismissed an attempt by several large retail pharmacy chains, including CVS and Walgreens, to shift blame for the opioid crisis to physicians, Cleveland.com reported. 
  4. Where employees have tested positive for COVID-19: March 31-April 2

    Hospital employees are among the confirmed cases of COVID-19. Here are U.S. hospitals or other healthcare sites where employees have tested positive during the pandemic.  

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  1. 12 hospitals furloughing staff in response to COVID-19

    Many U.S. hospitals and health systems have suspended elective procedures to save capacity, supplies and staff to treat COVID-19 patients.
  2. Humana to expedite claim processing, suspend more prior authorization rules

    Humana is expediting its claim review processes and suspending more prior authorization requirements amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. AHA CEO asks insurers to opt in to interim, accelerated payments during COVID-19 pandemic

    Federal actions alone can't fill a growing revenue gap resulting from reduced private payments for suspended elective care, Richard Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, said in an April 1 letter to insurers. He said commercial insurers should make efforts similar to the federal government's to support cash flow amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Pennsylvania hospital overbilled Medicare by $3.3M, inspector general finds

    Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Pa., failed to comply with Medicare billing requirements for 51 of 100 inpatient and outpatient claims reviewed by the HHS Office of Inspector General.
  5. US deaths jump 1K in 1 day; 2K+ ventilators in stockpile unavailable — 8 COVID-19 updates

    The U.S. has reported 216,722 COVID-19 cases as of 8:30 a.m. CDT April 2. Nationwide, 5,137 Americans have died from the illness, while 8,672 have recovered. 
  6. FDA asks all drugmakers to pull ranitidine products from the shelves

    The FDA is asking all drugmakers to pull ranitidine products from the shelves after finding "unacceptable levels" of a possible carcinogen can develop in the products over time. 
  7. 1st ER physician dies in US after contracting COVID-19

    An emergency room physician at East Orange (N.J.) General Hospital died April 1 from COVID-19 complications, according to a statement from the American College of Emergency Physicians.
  8. AHA seeks $25K per hospital bed from emergency relief fund

    The American Hospital Association is asking HHS and CMS to quickly distribute funds that were designated for hospitals and other healthcare providers in the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that President Donald Trump signed into law last week. 
  9. Fired CEO returns to Missouri hospital as chief strategy officer

    A Missouri hospital CEO who was fired last month is in a new role at the facility amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Louis Business Journal reported.

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