[Article] Appeals court sides with HHS on site neutral payments

Healthcare Finance, July 17, 2020

An appeals court has reversed a decision of a lower court and has upheld the action of the Department of Health and Human Services to pay formerly grandfathered off-campus outpatient departments run by hospitals at the same, lower rate of physician clinics. The ruling, which could not have come at a worse time, spells continued financial struggles for hospitals trying to recover from COVID-19 volume losses.

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[Article] To Fight the Coronavirus, You Need an Army

The New Yorker, July 17, 2020

Doctors in Houston are discovering that it's not the lack of space or equipment, but they can’t accept more patients because they don't have enough I.C.U. nurses to care for them. Their scarcest resource is human.

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[Article] SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: A genetic, epidemiological, and evolutionary perspective

NCBI, May 29, 2020

A robust clinical survey of the origin, viral evolution, characteristics, migration patterns and potential vaccine considerations of SARS-CoV-2. The discussion in Section 5: Lessons from molecular epidemiology is particularly relevant to health system preparedness. There is evidence that SARS-CoV-2 made it to North America and was spreading well before the first hospitalization and has been evolving rapidly based on the genetic diversity in its hosts.

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[Article] Walmart Health Expands to Florida, Bringing Affordable and Accessible Care to Local Communities

Walmart, July 22, 2020

"Walmart is on a mission to bring affordable, accessible healthcare to the communities we serve." This week the retail giant announced that families in Florida will soon have access to this care when they expand Walmart Health into the state next year.

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[Transcripts] HCA Healthcare blows past earnings estimates despite effects of pandemic; Here's how

The Motley Fool, June 30, 2020

HCA Healthcare Inc. beat estimates for its second quarter, the hospital operator said it had net income of 1.079 billion, or $3.16 a share, in the quarter. 

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