A new preprint study from Mayo Clinic and the health research company nference suggests mRNA vaccines' efficacy against coronavirus infection—particularly the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine—has dropped significantly since the delta variant became widespread, although the vaccines' protection against hospitalization and death remain strong.
Nearly 25% of U.S. hospitals now require employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19, but seven states have enacted laws prohibiting either vaccine mandates or so-called vaccine passports—measures that health care leaders worry could exacerbate local Covid-19 surges and contribute to staffing shortages.
Despite numerous incentives from states, insurers, and employers, many people still haven't been vaccinated against Covid-19, leading some employers to start imposing financial penalties in the form of increased health insurance premiums—and industry stakeholders say insurers themselves could raise premiums next.
Patients were more likely to develop influenza if they visited a physician's office after a patient who had an influenza-like illness already—findings that may be applicable to the coronavirus as physicians open back up for in-person visits, according to a new study in Health Affairs. According to Advisory Board's John League, telehealth will be crucial moving forward. He offers 3 keys to make telehealth work for patients.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked hospitals in the state to voluntarily postpone scheduled procedures to clear beds for Covid-19 patients, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida and Texas.
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