University Hospitals has developed the UH Healthy Restart Playbook, a free book of research and advice for business owners looking to safely reopen amid the Covid-19 epidemic, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, New York, and Ohio.
- California: UCLA Health has repurposed its end-of-life program, called the 3 Wishes Project, to meet the needs of Covid-19 patients. According to Thanh Neville, an intensive care physician and director of the project, the project previously fulfilled end-of-life requests including "weddings and mariachi bands and opera singers and 20 to 30 family members who could come in and celebrate," which is no longer practical amid the Covid-19 epidemic. Instead, the project provides services such as family Zoom calls, so family members can talk to their loved ones in isolation (Aleccia, Kaiser Health News/Los Angeles Times, 6/29).
- New York: Oscar Health last week announced it had secured $225 million in venture capital funding, enabling it to continue growing off a revenue base of $2 billion. Oscar Health's current investors include Google's parent company, Alphabet, and General Catalyst. Oscar Health offers health insurance plans in 15 states and has more than 420,000 members (Haefner, Becker's Payer Issues, 6/29).
- Ohio: University Hospitals has developed the UH Healthy Restart Playbook, a free book of research and advice for business owners looking to safely reopen amid the Covid-19 epidemic. The playbook was developed after physicians and experts at the health system were frequently asked for their advice on how businesses can safely reopen, prompting them to collect all their recommendations and research in one place (Bash, News5Cleveland, 6/26).