The Houston Methodist Hospital system suspended 178 employees without pay last week over their refusal to get vaccinated. Of them, 117 sued seeking to overturn the requirement and over their suspension and threatened termination.
Patient rounding has long been around as a way for nurse leaders and doctors to check in on the clinical progress of a patient, but Lenox Hill hospital in New York started five years ago using the practice as a way to improve patient experience.
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which oversees the Medicaid program, reported that 101,001 state residents have already qualified for benefits, including about 60,000 from urban areas and more than 41,000 from rural Oklahoma. Benefits will begin July 1.
A successful bill would advance a key plank of President Joe Biden's domestic agenda even as Democrats struggle to make progress on other fronts. Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices consistently wins strong public support in opinion polls.
Vaccine hesitancy remains a major hurdle to reaching the desired 70% vaccinated goal set by the CDC. About 20% of the U.S. public remains vaccine hesitant, saying they will not get a COVID-19 vaccine or will only do so if required.
Most healthcare providers will have to pay employees for time spent getting vaccinated and in recovery from side effects. They'll also have to create physical barriers for staff and report on any worker COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Several notable hospital deals have fallen apart over the past year, as the acquired hospital or system claims that expectations weren't met, cultures clashed, executive turnover disrupted operations or performance declined.
Private equity firms have invested in urgent-care companies for more than two decades. Their main path to profitability is adding clinics to existing providers and selling them for a profit. Now some experts feel markets like Dallas and Atlanta can't support more clinics.