The pilot program will focus on health care workers and first responders to better understand how they've been affected by Covid-19, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Maryland, Michigan, and New York.
- California: California State University (CSU) on Tuesday announced it will cancel in-person classes at all of its 23 campuses for the fall semester due to the novel coronavirus. CSU Chancellor Timothy White said classes would take place online instead. "Our university, when open without restrictions and fully in person … is a place where over 500,000 people come together in close and vibrant proximity with each other on a daily basis," White said. "That approach, sadly, just isn't in the cards now" (Whitcomb/Bernstein, Reuters, 5/12).
- Maryland: Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday said that UnitedHealthcare (UHC) had filed to enter the state's health care exchange for 2021. The move comes after UHC exited several state exchanges in 2017. A UHC spokesperson said the insurer is considering reentering the market in more states next year, adding that the company will "evaluate opportunities on a market-by-market basis." Daily Briefing is published by Advisory Board, a division of Optum, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. UnitedHealth Group separately owns UnitedHealthcare (Associated Press/Washington Post, 5/12; Livingston, Modern Healthcare, 5/12; Minemyer, Fierce Healthcare, 5/12).
- Michigan/New York: The Trump administration on Monday announced plans to launch a serology test pilot program this week in New York City and Detroit. The program will focus on health care workers and first responders to better understand how they've been affected by Covid-19 (Wang, Inside Health Policy, 5/11 [subscription required]).