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Maryellen Guinan

Policy Manager

Maryellen Guinan is a principal policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

The National Institutes of Health launches the Home Test to Treat program; FDA and CDC report a COVID-19 vaccine safety concern for those ages 65 and older.

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FDA and CDC say Evusheld is unlikely to neutralize the XBB.1.5 subvariant, and a CDC report indicates COVID-19 vaccination in children and adolescents is highest among Asian and Hispanic youth. 

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FDA approves the use of Actemra, a monoclonal antibody treatment, as COVID-19 cases caused by the XBB.1.5 subvariant of SARS-CoV-2 spike.

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Americans again can request four no-cost, at-home COVID-⁠19 tests per address; FDA's vaccine committee will meet in January to develop a long-term strategy.

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Flexible policies in Oregon and Colorado support health care providers amid a steady increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza, and COVID-19.

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CDC expands its recommendation for bivalent COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5 years old as health agencies confront low vaccination rates among children.

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FDA pauses its emergency use authorization of bebtelovimab, which does not protect against prevalent SARS-CoV-2 subvariants; CDC updates its guidance for managing COVID-19 in congregate living settings to align with previous guidance.

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New COVID-19 vaccine initiatives seek to address access inequalities, and NIH launches a website where Americans can self-report COVID-19 test results anonymously to provide data to public health departments.

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A coalition of 22 states argues that the vaccine mandate has intensified workforce shortages at health care facilities and limited patient access to care.

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Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna data indicate that bivalent vaccines provide greater protection than the original monovalent vaccine against the emerging BQ.1.1 omicron subvariant, while the CDC reports low COVID-19 vaccination numbers among children.

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Maryland, Oregon, and Colorado provided funding and regulatory flexibility to health care providers amid a surge in pediatric respiratory syncytial virus cases.

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At a Nov. 14 listening session, HHS leaders announced plans to launch in 2023 a learning community focused on patient and health care worker safety.

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The agency shares toolkits to help acute-care, long-term care, and ambulatory care facilities adopt the Four Moments of Antibiotic Decision Making framework.

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The agency shared three sample formats to help hospital staff build machine readable files to comply with the Hospital Price Transparency Rule.

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A JAMA Network open study highlights disparities in access to Test-to-Treat sites; the Biden administration holds a White House COVID-19 Equity Summit.

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The CMS Innovation Center shares a progress report on its 10-year strategy and a blog post announcing plans to improve integrated specialty care.

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A new report from the Department of Veterans Affairs indicates that Paxlovid can reduce risk of long COVID-19; new data show Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines substantially increase immune responses compared with monovalent vaccines.

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The rule finalizes the conversion factor and includes reimbursement provisions for telehealth and behavioral health services, the Quality Payment Program, and the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

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President Joe Biden urges Americans to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine, which protects against the original SARS-CoV-2 variant and BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.

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A CDC committee recommends the inclusion of COVID-19 vaccines in the 2023 immunization schedule; the administration releases a biodefense strategy.

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CDC recommends for younger age groups updated Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccines that target the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of SARS-CoV-2.

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International Infection Prevention Week, Oct. 16–22, highlights infection preventionists' role in protecting public health through education.

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CMS extends for two years the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced Model and alters the accounting process for beneficiaries with COVID-19.

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Effective Oct. 13, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency determination.

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HHS links COVID-19 vaccinations to fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, and NIH details its plan to study long COVID-19 effects.

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CDC issued a health advisory reminding health care providers to remain aware of a patient’s international travel history.

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FDA now urges COVID-19 test developers to take traditional premarket review pathways, and HHS will cover the cost of 60,000 bebtelovimab doses.

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CDC reports lower in-hospital mortality rates from the omicron variant, providers have until Sept. 30 to report period 3 Provider Relief Fund spending.

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America's Essential Hospitals urges CMS to swiftly restore full Medicare Part B drug payment rates for hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program and define a select group of hospitals with a safety net mission.

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The Biden administration's fall plan to manage the COVID-19 pandemic includes securing millions of updated vaccines and additional at-home, rapid tests; ensuring vaccine access for higher-risk Americans; and fostering community conversations about updated vaccines.

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The agency requests information on health care access and equity, provider experiences, and the effect of policies introduced in response to COVID-19.

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