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Emily Schweich

Senior Communications Associate Emily Schweich is a senior communications associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention marks U.S. Antibiotics Awareness Week with a new Antibiotic Use Option Report that synthesizes National Healthcare Safety Network data.

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Urge your senators and representatives to contact congressional leadership immediately and demand legislation before the end of the year that includes essential hospital priorities. 

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The project will support coalition work to target social determinants of health outcomes related to chronic conditions.

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A new grant program will support work to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into internal medicine education and training.

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An interim analysis of Moderna Inc.'s COVID-19 vaccine shows promising results; CDC guidance highlights that wearing a mask can protect the wearer.

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FDA grants emergency use authorization for an Eli Lilly antibody treatment; a Pfizer vaccine has promising early results; President-elect Biden names a COVID-19 advisory board.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated guidance for mask use on public transportation; the Food and Drug Administration has expanded its list of approved remote patient monitoring devices during the pandemic.

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CMS encourages hospitals to download and save historical reports from the Hospital Quality Reporting system before the reports are removed on Dec. 15.

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These grants will support projects that implement patient-centered outcomes research evidence into clinical practice through clinical decision support.

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The fellowship aims to help physicians transform health care delivery systems, policies, and practices to improve the lives of disadvantaged populations.

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Hospital COVID-19 data is public on HHS Protect; FDA approves first treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients; CDC redefines "close contact."

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NIH will study experimental COVID-19 treatments and support the development of six new testing technologies; FDA's vaccine committee will meet Oct. 22.

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CDC reports that airborne transmission is rare but possible; a framework includes recommendations for equitable vaccine allocation.

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The webpage includes checklists, step-by-step instructions, and FAQs to help hospitals comply with the Hospital Price Transparency Rule, effective Jan. 1, 2021. It also offers information to help consumers use the data.

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HHS has issued a notice on data reporting requirements for providers who receive funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Provider Relief Fund.

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CMS released a guide and online payment option for laboratories seeking approval to test for COVID-19; CDC studies COVID-19 in health care workers.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reverses guidance that asymptomatic patients do not need to be tested. The agency also announced a new semiweekly publication summarizing COVID-19 studies.

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An Operation Warp Speed strategy summarizes the federal government's plan for distributing and administering a COVID-19 vaccine.

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More than 40 percent of U.S. adults report delaying or avoiding care due to COVID-19 fears; FDA shares vaccine development updates.

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Care Compare merges the agency's eight health care provider comparison tools into one interface; price and provider data are now available through an application programming interface.

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CDC no longer encourages asymptomatic people to get tested; FDA expands its remdesivir emergency use authorization and authorizes a new antigen test with instant results.

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FDA issued an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma treatment of COVID-19 patients, along with guidance for pooling testing and screening.

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HHS announces $6.5 million in testing investments; CDC issues antigen testing guidance; HHS partners with Moderna to manufacture and deliver its vaccine.

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The agency announced that Medicare Part C enrollee days, otherwise known as Medicare Advantage days, would be included in the calculation of the Medicare fraction used to determine Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments for years prior to fiscal year 2014.

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The Senate officially adjourned for August recess; House lawmakers will return to Washington this weekend to address postal service funding.

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CDC onboards health departments to conduct electronic data reporting; HHS awards funding to Johnson & Johnson for vaccine manufacturing and delivery.

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Democratic and Republican negotiators failed to reach a deal on the next COVID-19 supplemental package. After negotiations faltered, President Trump issued four executive orders and memoranda related to pandemic relief, but the legality of the executive actions could be challenged.

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In a new guide, Essential Hospitals Institute evaluates patient trust in essential hospitals and shares strategies for building institutional trust.

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Health systems can add CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker to their own website; HHS updates COVID-19 data reporting FAQs; CDC shares guidance on pooling tests.

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CDC releases a COVID-19 health equity strategy, and FDA shares options for screening substitutions amid supply issues.

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The HHS Coronavirus Data Hub goes live; CDC guidance recommends a symptom-based strategy for COVID-19 patients. CMS data show an increase in telehealth use among Medicare beneficiaries. The IRS extends the deadline for tax-exempt hospitals to conduct a community health needs assessment.

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