Modern Healthcare hospital operations reporter Alex Kacik and rules and regulations reporter Michael Brady discuss the latest updates to the Stark law and anti-kickback statute and how they interplay with the incremental move from volume- to value-based pay.
The facility will produce sterile injectable medications used in hospitals for COVID-19 patient care, emergency room and intensive-care unit treatments, surgeries, and to treat other serious conditions, according to a press release.
In a media advisory released Friday about the announcement, the two partners said the goal of the 30-year partnership is "making Michigan a national leader in scientific discovery, education and exceptional healthcare."
Rising infection rates have limited the approach's usefulness of late. Because pooled samples must be broken apart and tested separately in the case of a positive result, pooled testing is inefficient in populations with high positivity rates.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Department of Financial Services' Office of Pharmacy Benefits is investigating six drug manufacturers over significant price spikes on medications related to COVID-19.
Community health centers, patient advocates and other groups have said the changes are unnecessary and could do more harm than good. HHS signed off on the rule in December in the waning days of the Trump administration.
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,
Biden issued orders that aim to boost racial equity, rein in discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation and protect noncitizens. Biden's team will also revisit last minute rules by the Trump administration.
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.