Long COVID is Partly to Blame for Workforce Shortages

Some 71% of claimants with long COVID were still receiving treatment and unable to return to work for six months or more, according to data from the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF), the largest worker compensation insurance fund in the state. The study analyzed more than 3,000 COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims received by NYSIF between January 1, 2020, and March 31, 2022.

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Hospital EDs Are Taking a Proactive Approach to Violence

At Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts, administrators are tapping into the electronic health record platform to identify ED patients with a history of threatening behavior, which pushes out alerts to the care team. Those alerts not only give providers advance warning, but can help them call in behavioral healthcare specialists to help those patients.

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Pandemic’s Toll: 55.3% of Surveyed Healthcare Workers Report Subthreshold PTSD Symptoms

The recent study, which was published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, is based on survey data collected from 852 healthcare workers from January 2021 to February 2021. The survey participants were recruited from emergency departments affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and emergency medical service agencies in several states, including Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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Overcoming Social Determinants of Health to Improve Medication Adherence

The healthcare industry still has a medication adherence problem. It’s come up time and time again in recent years, but progress is slow, particularly among patients living in pharmacy deserts or facing other geographic or socioeconomic challenges. Meanwhile, avoidable medical costs due to nonadherence make up 20% of healthcare spending in the U.S. How can technology address these gaps?

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