Vice President Pence said new members of the White House's coronavirus task force include experts in vaccines and therapeutics as well as experts in workplace safety, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia and Florida.
President Trump on Monday announced he's taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in hopes of preventing the new coronavirus, but health experts note the drug hasn't been approved to treat or prevent Covid-19 and can cause patients to experience serious heart rhythm problems.
While there's no FDA-approved treatment to fight Covid-19, some clinicians say they've developed a workable "toolbox" of different treatments that give "patients a better shot at survival," Ariana Eunjung Cha reports for the Washington Post.
Fortune on Monday released its 66th annual ranked list of the 500 companies that generated the most revenue in the previous fiscal year, and five health care systems—as well as dozens of other companies in the health care industry—made the list.
Across the nation, patients are foregoing home health visits out of concerns they will be exposed to the virus that causes Covid-19. The result means lower home health visit volumes and lower reimbursements for home health agencies. Advisory Board's Sandra Agik and Monica Westhead outline key ways HHAs can help patients overcome their fears.
As personal protective equipment (PPE) and other needed supplies become increasingly scarce in the United States, rural hospitals must get creative to find and secure the items they need to care for a potential influx of Covid-19 patients. Advisory Board's Madeline Chaillet and Darby Sullivan outline three ways rural hospitals can use their local communities to mitigate essential equipment shortages.
The Trump administration has set a goal of developing and manufacturing "hundreds of millions" of doses of a vaccine against the new coronavirus by the end of this year, but experts say, while that timeline is possible, it's not very likely—and it could involve some potentially dangerous compromises.
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