Modern Healthcare Staff
Safety & Quality
Lisa Gillespie covers quality and safety for Modern Healthcare and is based in the Charlotte metro area. Most recently, she was a freelancer covering various parts of the healthcare industry, including the skilled nursing business, behavioral health and prescription drug payment policy. Prior to that, she covered healthcare for public radio collaboration Side Effects Public Media and Louisville’s NPR affiliate, WFPL 89.3 in Louisville. Before that, she spent nearly a decade in Washington, D.C. reporting for Kaiser Health News, Inside Health Policy and other trade publications. She’s a former board member of Journalism and Women Symposium and is an active member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Cancer patients have largely been excluded from COVID-19 vaccine trials, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology is asking drug manufacturers to change that in an effort to deduce whether the safety and effectiveness extends to these often-immunocompromised patients.
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.
On May 1, Scripps Health shut down its IT systems after a ransomware attack, which was followed by weeks of patient questions on care and what was happening. The health system May 24 says it expects its EHR will be back online within the week.