A new CDC director is arriving to a mammoth task: reasserting the agency while the pandemic is in its deadliest phase yet and the nation's largest-ever vaccination campaign is wracked by confusion and delays.
President Joe Biden will initiate a national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks — including a requirement that Americans mask up for travel.
The majority of 21 shipments of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday were spoiled en route to Michigan, likely delaying the state's vaccination efforts this week, the Department of Health and Human Services said,
Prior to creating its own program, MetroHealth has trained the surgical workforce for more than 60 years through partnerships. MetroHealth began designing the new program last summer to replace a long-standing surgical residency partnership with University Hospitals that is coming to an end.
Residents and staff who got the antibody drug had up to a 57% lower risk of getting COVID-19 compared to others at the same facility who got a placebo, the drugmaker said. Among nursing home residents only, the risk was reduced by up to 80%.
New vaccine studies must include communities of color that have been hard-hit by the pandemic. To help, researchers in more than a dozen spots around the country are rolling out mobile health clinics to better reach minority participants and people in rural areas who might not otherwise volunteer.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 276,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the United States last year. The new work suggests that at least 13,800 of them occur in women with inherited gene mutations that raise their risk of developing the disease.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai talks with Modern Healthcare about telehealth barriers, the agency's new Connected Care Pilot Program and why he hopes to continue working on telehealth issues after stepping down from his agency post.
CMS will provide coverage for FDA-authorized, blood-based screening tests for Medicare beneficiaries when certain requirements are met, including that the patient is between 50 and 85 years old, asymptomatic and at average risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Nearly 30 announced hospital deals in the fourth quarter signaled that hospital executives are more comfortable with the virtual due diligence process and that finances have stabilized, M&A experts said.
Chip Kahn, president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, talked with Modern Healthcare Managing Editor Matthew Weinstock about what the industry can expect during the early days of the Biden administration.