New research suggests the disproportionate number of Blacks and Latinos who are working away from home could be the biggest factor contributing to the wide racial disparities in COVID-19 health outcomes.
Arkansas maintained that the Medicaid community engagement requirements were meant to improve beneficiaries' health, and that no Section 1115 waiver could prevail over the standards laid out by a federal appeals court.
Joan Budden, president and CEO at Priority Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., announced she will retire Jan. 1 after five years leading the health insurer and 12 years with Spectrum Health, the parent company.
Since a COVID-19 vaccine will not be available, the best defense is to control what you can, which means getting a seasonal influenza shot. But availability could be an issue if anticipated demand materializes.
A former staffer at a veterans hospital in West Virginia pleaded guilty Tuesday to intentionally killing seven patients with fatal doses of insulin, capping a sweeping federal investigation into a series of mysterious deaths at the medical center.
HHS' Office of Inspector General recommended that CMS issue guidance to states about using Medicaid data to "help identify incidents of potential child abuse or neglect" but the agency doesn't want to do it.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing blistering criticism over an internal report that found a controversial state directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes was "not a significant factor" in some of the nation's deadliest nursing home outbreaks.
Montana officials offered free COVID-19 testing in May for staff and residents at assisted living and long-term care facilities, but one facility accounts for almost a quarter of the state's 34 confirmed deaths.
In January the organization reported that nearly 1,000 lives were saved in 2019. Now it's hoping to rebound after a devastating March and April, and adapt to new challenges for once-routine procedures.
HHS signed off on its rule to improve care coordination for substance use disorder, even though privacy concerns might make people less willing to get help. More rule changes are coming now that Congress changed the law governing privacy for people with substance use disorder.
Shortages of personal protective equipment and inadequate access to testing persist, but providers in the new hot spots are also dealing with the added complexity of a worn-out workforce and balancing COVID cases with the need to bring back non-emergent procedures.