Researchers have found a way to preserve living human pancreatic slices for almost 2 weeks, allowing them to observe beta cell regeneration in real time. Described in the journal Nature Communications, the process could pave the way for developing new diabetes treatments, the researchers said.
The novel coronavirus pandemic quickly created significant change across the health care spectrum, but also opened up the opportunity for innovation and regulatory flexibility, attorneys at McDermott Will & Emery write. The biggest factor in shaping the future of health care policy is the upcoming presidential election, they write, with the candidates offering very different visions.
Serious revenue shortfalls due to the novel coronavirus pandemic have forced health systems and rural hospitals to adapt to new financial realities and rethink their business models. OSF Healthcare Chief Financial Officer Michael Allen says hospitals may see future revenues adjust to levels lower than before the pandemic, while Ryan Cochran of Waller Law's finance and restructuring practice said rural hospitals that develop a strategic plan and are proactive can survive.
Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth Frazier is one of four Black chief executives at Fortune 500 companies and says even a pessimistic person 25 years ago would have thought there would be more. Frazier said it is much more difficult for many African Americans to become CEOs and sees himself as a role model for those trying to ascend the ranks.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs agreed to a $100 million contract with Philips for creation of what would be the world's largest electronic ICU system, allowing centralized remote monitoring of patients throughout the VA's 1,800 ICU beds. The VA has been investing in telehealth with the goal of reducing geographic barriers to care.
An executive order signed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requires the state's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to develop rules that will mandate implicit bias training for all health care professionals in the state before they can receive, renew or register their license. State officials will consult stakeholders and work with professional boards and task forces to develop the new rules.
A policy paper released by former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrats' presumptive nominee for president, outlines his plans for creating a public option in health care but does not include a Medicare-for-All model. The plan, developed by a task force that includes allies and supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., calls for lowering the eligibility age for Medicare to 60.
A Premier survey of almost 90 health systems showed 88% are stockpiling COVID-19 drugs, with 51% working toward at least a one-month supply and 25% toward a two-month supply. Seventy-two percent plan to pay for the extra drugs using existing pharmacy budgets while 28% will allocate additional funds.
Nonprofit system SSM Health, which has facilities in four Midwestern states, is connecting its EHR networks to the ESO Health Data Exchange to enable emergency medical personnel to obtain patient data electronically. The connection will facilitate hospital communications with EMS agencies that use the system.
A study of EHR data on 327,695 patients with any of eight chronic health conditions and 383,404 problem list entries correlated duplications and incompleteness to disease severity. Researchers also found a link between demographics and rates of completeness and duplications for some of the diseases and said further research is needed on the effects of organizational policies and single EHR user behaviors.