Nearly three-fourths (71%) of locum tenens physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), have treated COVID-19 patients, suggesting that locum tenens providers have played an important role in providing care during the pandemic, according to the survey, conducted by Staff Care, a national physician staffing firm and a subsidiary of AMN Healthcare.
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) recently published World Health Statistics 2021 report offers a snapshot of today as well as a glimpse of the future. At the time of the report’s release, global COVID-19 cases stood at 160 million and deaths at 3.3 million, with newly confirmed cases at an all-time high globally.
Following the PHE’s initial declaration in March 2020 and several extensions, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra reauthorized the PHE declaration on April 21. By law, that means the declaration is good for another 90 days—in this case through July 20—unless otherwise stated by the secretary.
As COVID-19 case numbers start to drop nationwide, there’s a tendency to want to ease up on the precautions taken over the last 15 months. But regulators are continuing to insist on the wearing of masks in healthcare facilities.
In addition to the Acute Hospital Care at Home waiver program, another driver of hospital at home growth during the pandemic has been the launch of virtual programs to monitor coronavirus patients outside the hospital setting. Denver Health has served more than 1,000 patients in its Virtual Hospital at Home program.
Some elements of the emergency standard will be effective as quickly as 14 days from when it is published in the Federal Register and 30 days for the rest of it, according to fact sheets posted by OSHA. A publication date is said to be soon, but it is unclear how soon.
The recent national survey, which was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for the Philadelphia-based ABIM Foundation, is based on information collected from 600 physicians nationwide.
Some theories believe that it’s excess mass cell activation, or an allergy causing cells to react. Others posit the virus is hiding out in the brain or body, waiting for an opportunity to create further issues. Still others believe the condition reflects long-term damage to the lungs. Ashok Gupta hypothesizes that it is due to a conditioned response.
In a nationwide study conducted by The Martec Group, many consumers reported feeling insecure about reengaging with U.S. healthcare systems. Concerns identified include misgivings about both in-person and telehealth care. The findings also draw a road map for healthcare providers looking to regain consumer trust and optimize capacity levels.
The new research article, which was published this week by Health Affairs, examined data from more than 1.2 million ED visits for non-COVID-19 conditions at BJC HealthCare from January 2018 to June 2020. The research included assessing whether decreases in ED visits were associated with insurance status or race.