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  1. FCC proposes $200M COVID-19 program to equip providers for telehealth

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has unveiled a plan for a COVID-19 telehealth program that would allocate $200 million to support healthcare providers' use of telehealth services during the pandemic. 
  2. California launches Health Corps to recruit thousands of workers amid COVID-19 pandemic

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order to get thousands of new healthcare workers into the field to help the state manage the influx of COVID-19 patients. The effort to recruit more workers is called the California Health Corps. 
  3. CMS adds 85 more Medicare services covered under telehealth 

    CMS on March 30 issued various regulatory changes to further support hospitals', physicians’ and other healthcare organizations’ capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including expanding Medicare coverage of telehealth visits. 

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  1. The tech needed for drive-thru COVID-19 testing: Thoughts from Providence's Tabitha Lieberman

    When it became clear that Providence needed to expand COVID-19 testing capabilities and sites in the communities it serves, the health system set up drive-thru testing locations.
  2. HCA, Amazon among companies with most job openings

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare and Amazon are among the top 10 companies with the most job openings in the U.S., according to LinkedIn.
  3. New York City launches portal for self-reporting coronavirus spread in real time

    New York City has deployed a COVID-19 portal designed to track the spread of the virus across the city, according to City & State New York.
  4. Verizon provides Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort communication, tech support

    Verizon has provided connectivity to U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort, according to a March 30 news release.

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  1. FDA issues emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat COVID-19

    The FDA granted emergency use authorization March 28 to allow patients with COVID-19 to be treated with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. 
  2. CARES Act doesn't do enough to expand pharmacist roles, ASHP says

    The $2 trillion stimulus bill signed into law March 27 doesn't do enough to expand pharmacists' roles as healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists told Pharmacy Times. 
  3. Where employees have tested positive for COVID-19: March 27-31

    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.  
  4. The platforms physicians can and can't use to communicate with patients

    When HHS relaxed HIPAA penalties against hospitals and health systems, the department also granted providers the opportunity to communicate with patients and provide telehealth services through nonpublic-facing remote communication services.

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  1. West Virginia hospital to close after COVID-19 disrupts sale process

    Williamson (W.Va.) Memorial Hospital will close by the end of April, according to TV station WOWK, which cited an announcement from hospital officials. 
  2. Johnson & Johnson, US partner to develop coronavirus vaccine

    Johnson & Johnson and the U.S. government will invest $1 billion to co-fund the development of a vaccine for COVID-19, Johnson & Johnson announced March 30. 
  3. CMS makes sweeping regulatory changes; COVID-19 is 3x as infectious as flu — 5 outbreak updates

    The U.S. COVID-19 case count is the highest in the world, with 165,874 cases as of 11:30 a.m. CDT March 31. Nationwide, 3,178 Americans have died from the virus, while 5,995 have recovered. 
  4. CMS makes sweeping regulatory changes to help hospitals combat COVID-19: 6 things to know

    On March 30, CMS unveiled several broad but temporary changes that provide new flexibilities for hospitals, physicians and other healthcare organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  5. NYU Langone tells ED physicians to 'think more critically about who we intubate,' get permission to talk to press

    Robert Femia, MD, chair of the department of emergency medicine, advised NYU Langone's emergency department physicians they have "sole discretion" to put patients on ventilators and the system’s backing to "withhold futile intubations," according to a March 28 email reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.
  6. Intermountain to cut pay for some physicians, NPs

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare is implementing pay reductions for some physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.
  7. Beth Israel CEO, two dozen execs take pay cuts

    The CEO of Boston-based Beth Israel Lahey Health and more than two dozen other executives will take pay cuts to offset some of the financial losses Massachusetts' second-largest health system is facing due to COVID-19, according to a March 30 report from The Boston Globe. 
  8. Jackson Health CEO tests positive for COVID-19

    The CEO of Jackson Health System tested positive for COVID-19, according to a March 30 statement shared by the Miami-based health system on Twitter.
  9. 10 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. 

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