Burnout is one of the top challenges facing clinicians and other healthcare workers nationwide. In a September 2020 report published by The Physicians Foundation, 30% of more than 2,300 physicians surveyed cited feelings of hopelessness or having no purpose due to changes in their practices related to the coronavirus pandemic. Research published in September 2018 indicated that nearly half of physicians across the country were experiencing burnout symptoms.
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.
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The goal, according to CMS, is to improve care coordination by ensuring that important medical information is shared with primary care providers (PCP) when a patient shows up at the emergency department or is admitted into the hospital, as well as sharing information with providers after a patient is discharged.
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.
The rules, set to be released Thursday, were expected to apply broadly to all workplaces and require workers to wear masks; however, the Biden administration decided to apply them only to healthcare workers, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said, in announcing the decision today at a hearing of the House Committee on Education and Labor.
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.