All four of the country's largest investor-owned hospital chains boosted their year-over-year net income during the second quarter of 2020, despite procedures being suspended for more than an entire month.
The pandemic pummeled the finances of companies across every industry. There are, however, some providers and other healthcare companies that have remained financially strong despite the crisis, and they share a handful of attributes.
As the crisis has spread to all reaches of the country, a chasm has widened between the Republican president and the experts. The result: daily delivery of a mixed message to the public at a moment when coherence is most needed.
For nearly a month, this borderland of 2 million people in South Texas pleaded for a field hospital, but not until Tuesday was one ready and accepting patients. In July alone, Hidalgo County reported more than 600 deaths—more than the Houston area, which is five times larger.
CMS swiftly followed President Donald Trump's Monday order to review and continue Medicare's coverage of telehealth services. The agency is also simplifying billing and coding requirements for office and outpatient visits.
"Not everybody's going to like the answer," Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, recently told an advisory group. "There will be many people who feel that they should have been at the top of the list."
A Chicago woman who last month became the nation's first COVID-19 patient to undergo a double lung transplant said Thursday that she woke up days later, unaware about the surgery and unable to "recognize my body."