When desperation breeds creativity: How US hospitals are approaching a PPE shortage

A national shortage of personal protective equipment is forcing U.S. health systems to deploy creative strategies to conserve and improvise alternatives to face masks, respirators, eye protection, and gowns. Advisory Board's Virginia Reid and Taylor Hurst share some creative strategies hospitals are adopting to reuse—or replace—protective gear.

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Yes, social distancing really works. Here's how the 1918 flu epidemic proves it.

Some public officials, including President Trump, have expressed a desire to end social distancing practices sooner rather than later, but studies of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic show that easing social distancing efforts related to the new coronavirus too early could lead to a spike in deaths.

Q&A: How MVP Health Care quickly launched a free virtual emergency triage service

Last week, MVP Health Care (MVP) launched a free virtual emergency triage service to reduce COVID-19 spread. Advisory Board's Natalie Trebes and Tabiya Ahmed recently spoke with Kimberly Kilby, senior leader of MVPs regional medical directors, to learn more about the service and how MVP was able to mobilize to get it up and running.

Weekly line: What providers need to know about CMS' recent changes to Medicare quality payment programs

As providers shift their focus and resources toward combating the new coronavirus, the Trump administration offered providers some relief on reporting requirements for several value-based payment programs. Daily Briefing's Ashley Fuoco Antonelli digs in on which reporting requirements are changing—and what those changes mean for providers.

Weekend reads: Can mail transmit the new coronavirus?

The Financial Times compares COVID-19 trajectories across countries, what this author learned from giving up caffeine, and more.

America has more reported COVID-19 cases than any other country

The United States now has reported more cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, than any other country in the world. See which states have been hit the hardest on our interactive map.

'It's apocalyptic': What it's like inside NYC hospitals as COVID-19 surges

As New York becomes the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, hospitals in densely populated New York City are increasing capacity as a wave of COVID-19 patients overwhelm hospital EDs and ICUs.

COVID-19 roundup: Gilead declines orphan designation for potential treatment

Hackensack Meridian expands access to its rapid diagnostic tool, Mylan waives U.S. distribution rights for potential COVID-19 treatment, and more.

Around the nation: NYU offers early graduation to increase medical staff amid coronavirus epidemic

New York University's Grossman School of Medicine is allowing students to graduate early if they begin working in internal or emergency medicine beginning in April, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, New York, and Rhode Island.