August 24, 2020

Around the nation: Teachers are now considered essential workers

Daily Briefing

    By designating teachers as essential workers, the Trump administration is advising that teachers who were exposed to a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, but who are not showing symptoms of Covid-19, continue to go to work instead of self-isolating, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, the District of Columbia, and Ohio.

    • California: Uber Health is partnering with NimbleRx to pilot a medication delivery service in Dallas and Seattle. Under the partnership, Uber will offer the service through the NimbleRx app or website, which allows consumers to request same- or next-day home delivery of prescriptions. According to the companies, Uber drivers will deliver the medications. The companies on Thursday said they plan to expand to other U.S. markets in "the coming months" (Japsen, Forbes, 8/20; Cohen, Modern Healthcare, 8/20; Trigub, Uber Health release, 8/20).
    • District of Columbia: The Trump administration has added teachers to its list of essential workers during the U.S. coronavirus epidemic, Vice President Pence recently announced. Under new guidance, which is not binding, the administration advises that teachers who were exposed to a confirmed case of the coronavirus, but who are not showing symptoms of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, continue to go to work instead of self-isolating. The move aims to encourage schools to reopen for in-person instruction in the fall, Forbes reports (Perez, Forbes, 8/20).
    • Ohio: Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday announced it is collaborating with Aetna to establish an ACO model and a co-branded insurance plan. The Aetna Whole Health-Cleveland Clinic insurance plan, which will be available to employers in northeast Ohio, includes a coordinated care model through Cleveland Clinic providers and could reduce health care costs for employers, according to Aetna's parent company, CVS Health. The collaboration also will allow Aetna members to access Cleveland Clinic for second opinion care and will deploy Cleveland Clinic's cardiac center of excellence program to Aetna sponsors nationwide (Minemyer, FierceHealthcare, 8/19; Muchmore, Healthcare Dive, 8/19).
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