With the omicron subvariant BA.5 leading a new surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, health officials are strongly urging eligible people to get booster doses and take other measures to protect themselves from the virus.
The American Heart Association last month updated their cardiovascular health checklist to include eight key measures—adding sleep duration to the list of health and lifestyle factors that could help lower the risk for major health issues, including heart disease and stroke.
Pneumonia is a significant problem in hospitals and other health care facilities, killing up to 30% of infected patients every year—however, health experts say a simple strategy can drastically reduce the risk of infection and save thousands of lives, Brett Kelman writes for Kaiser Health News.
HHS and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation last week released a report on a proposed unified post-acute care payment model that would merge four Medicare payment systems into one. However, the American Hospital Association pushed back against the proposed model, saying it has "numerous fundamental flaws." Despite whatever "flaws" the proposal may have, site-neutral payment is coming for post-acute care and Advisory Board's Monica Westhead and Black Zissman explain how post-acute leaders can prepare.
The Department of Justice and HHS recovered over $5 billion in health care fraud settlements and judgments during fiscal year 2021, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Minnesota, and Missouri.
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