June 23, 2020

Around the nation: HHS distributes $107M for efforts to bolster health care workforce

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    The funding is intended to assist clinicians and students as they pursue careers in health care through initiatives such as the Nurse Faculty Loan Program and Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students, which each received a portion of the funding, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Kentucky, and Maryland.

    • District of Columbia: HHS on Thursday announced it is distributing a total of $107.2 million to 310 recipients across 45 states to support efforts that aim to increase the health care workforce in America's underserved and rural communities. The funding is intended to assist clinicians and students as they pursue careers in health care through initiatives such as the Nurse Faculty Loan Program and Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students, which each received a portion of the funding (Lagasse, Healthcare Finance News, 6/18).
    • Kentucky: Humana last week released new data that shows the number of "healthy days" for members enrolled in the insurer's Medicare Advantage (MA) plans increased across all of the company's MA markets in 2019. According to Humana, MA members experienced 816,000 healthy days more than they would have in 2019 if the company had not worked with partners on projects intended to improve health outcomes among such members. Last year marked the first that Humana's healthy days metric increased across all markets since the company first began tracking the metric under its Bold Goal initiative in 2015 (Minemyer, FierceHealthcare, 6/18; Japsen, Forbes, 6/18; Humana release, 6/18).
    • Maryland: Johns Hopkins Medicine and Microsoft's cloud computing arm, Microsoft Azure, have agreed to a five-year deal under which Johns Hopkins will use cloud services provided by Microsoft, Microsoft announced Thursday. As part of the agreement, Johns Hopkins inHealth, which is the organization's precision medicine program, will use Microsoft's artificial intelligence and analytics tools to study patient data (Cohen, "Transformation Hub," Modern Healthcare, 6/18).

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