October 21, 2020

Around the nation: CVS, Walgreens will administer coronavirus vaccine to long-term care patients

Daily Briefing

    Under an agreement with HHS, CVS Health and Walgreens will administer a coronavirus vaccine without out-of-pocket costs to residents and staff in long-term care facilities, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

    • District of Columbia: HHS on Friday announced that it struck a deal with CVS Health and Walgreens, under which providers at the companies will administer a coronavirus vaccine without out-of-pocket costs to residents and staff in long-term care facilities. Under the agreement, CVS and Walgreens still will be permitted to bill government and private insurers for administering a coronavirus vaccine to long-term care facility patients and staff. Meanwhile, in preparation for vaccine administration and influenza season, CVS has announced it will hire 15,000 full- and part-time workers during the fourth quarter of this year, with more than 10,000 of those hires slated for pharmacy technicians (Cancryn/Lim, Politico, 10/16; Japsen, Forbes, 10/19).

    • North Carolina: North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services on Friday released a plan that the state could follow for administering a vaccine against the novel coronavirus vaccine if one becomes available. The department said that, under the plan, the first people to receive the vaccine will "likely be the critical workforce that provides health care and maintains essential functions of society, staff and residents in long-term care facilities, and people with two or more co-morbidities that put them at high risk for complications from Covid-19" (Associated Press, 10/16).

    • Pennsylvania: Universal Health Services (UHS) has named Mark Friedlander as CMO of its behavioral health division. According to a UHS release, Friedlander in the role will focus on the medical strategy for behavioral health facilities within the UHS health system. Friedlander has previously worked as CMO for Aetna's behavioral health unit and as corporate medical director for Penn-Friends Behavioral Health Systems (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/19).
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