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Emily Schweich

Emily Schweich

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

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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HHS issues updated guidance on COVID-19 data reporting; an updated toolkit provides new guidance for alternate care sites to manage patient surge.

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The association calls on member hospitals to urge their senators to include essential hospital relief measures in future COVID-19 supplemental legislation. House committees continue work on COVID-19 oversight and fiscal year 2021 spending bills. 

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CMS announces the end of the blanket Extraordinary Circumstances Exception for quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs. HHS issues a remdesivir allocation fact sheet, and FDA approves a third influenza and COVID-19 combination diagnostic test.

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HHS has acquired additional remdesivir to be sold at wholesale allocation price; CDC reports declining emergency department use during the pandemic and updates its list of conditions that increase risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

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In Philadelphia, leaders at association member Einstein Healthcare Network opened a dedicated CORE+ unit to provide post-acute care for COVID-19 patients.

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A report highlights hospitalization risk factors for COVID-19, and GAO evaluates the National Disaster Medical System. FDA revokes emergency use authorizations for chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate.

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New guidance provides details on COVID-19 lab test data reporting and flexible options for states implementing a Medicaid group for testing the uninsured.

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Essential hospitals The MetroHealth System, Nebraska Medicine, and ChristianaCare share their work to promote staff resilience and well-being.

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Winners demonstrate environmental stewardship by reducing waste and hazardous chemical use and improving energy efficiency and sustainable food service.

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The Joint Commission will resume regular surveys of health care facilities; Gilead Sciences Inc. donates a second round of remdesivir to treat severe COVID-19 cases; CDC issues antibody testing guidelines.

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CMS updates Medicare payment information to capture two new testing codes; FDA updates testing FAQs; CDC issues resources for reopening businesses and organizations.

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A new report details how essential hospitals activated emergency plans and expanded capacity to perform COVID-19 testing, care for sick patients, and meet community needs.

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CDC warns of an inflammatory syndrome in children with COVID-19. The agency also shares its serology surveillance strategy and guidance for resuming care unrelated to COVID-19.

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HHS clarifies HIPAA rules for media; FDA tightens antibody testing rules and approves a home saliva test; the Missouri Hospital Association studies COVID-19 and race in St. Louis.

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The trial will test whether plasma from previously infected COVID-19 patients can help patients currently battling the virus recover more rapidly.

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A new study highlights racial disparities among COVID-19 patients; CDC updates testing and isolation guidelines and releases National Healthcare Safety Network data.

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The case studies detail three health care organizations' patient and family engagement strategies, resources required, and effects on the organizations.

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Recognizing the rapid spread of COVID-19, Cambridge Health Alliance leaders developed a community management framework to reduce strain on the health system.

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