The plan calls for moving production of medical equipment "back to U.S. soil" and establishing stockpiles of certain products, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia and Illinois.
- District of Columbia: Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign on Tuesday released a plan intended to strengthen America's coronavirus supply chain by moving production of medical equipment "back to U.S. soil," the plan states. The plan also calls for establishing stockpiles of products, such as pharmaceuticals and technologies, "on which the U.S. is dangerously dependent on foreign suppliers." Separately, Biden, who is the Democratic party's presumptive nominee for this year's presidential race, on Tuesday vowed that he would, if elected, reverse President Trump's plan to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization (Weissert, Associated Press, 7/7; McCammond, Axios, 7/7; Diamond/Cancryn, Politico, 7/8).
- District of Columbia: Thirty-four state hospital associations in a letter to HHS urged the department to delay the start of a new rule that, beginning in 2021, will require hospitals to begin disclosing the payment rates they negotiate with health insurers. In a separate letter sent to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, the American Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Children's Hospital Association wrote that the rule will burden health systems and hospitals that are currently working to respond to America's coronavirus epidemic (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/7; Morse, Healthcare Finance News, 7/7).
- Illinois: Northwest Community Healthcare on Wednesday announced it will become part of NorthShore University Health System in a merger that would end Northwest's status as an independent hospital after 61 years. The proposed merger is subject to regulatory approval, but officials at the organizations are aiming to close the deal by the end this year (Goldberg, Crain's Chicago Business/Modern Healthcare, 7/8).