By Robert M. Califf MD & Hilary Marston MD MPH – While the HHS public health emergency is ending, COVID-19 remains a high priority and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will remain engaged with numerous activities to protect and promote public health.
From KFF Health News – Their latest podcast, What the Health, The partisan fight in Congress over how to raise the nation’s debt ceiling to prevent a default has accelerated, as the U.S. Treasury predicted the borrowing limit could be reached as soon as June 1. On the table, potentially, are large cuts to federal spending programs, including major health programs.
The OCR announces that the Notifications of Enforcement Discretion issued under HIPAA and the HITECH Act during the COVID-19 public health emergency will expire at 11:59 pm on May 11, 2023, due to the expiration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
By William Hersh MD – March marked three years since the start of lockdowns in the United States for the COVID-19 pandemic. As I imagine is true for most people, few upheavals in my life have had such a profound and sustained impact than three years of the pandemic.
By Lauren Sausser – By the summer of 2021, Phil Maytubby, deputy CEO of the health department in Oklahoma City, was concerned to see the numbers of people getting vaccinated against covid-19 slipping after an initially robust response.
From Kaiser Health News Network – Their latest podcast, What the Health, The lame-duck Congress is back in Washington with a long list of bills it would like to pass and a short time to do it before Republicans take over the House majority in January.
By Jonathan Blum, Carol Blackford, & Jean Moody-Williams – CMS plays an important role in protecting the health and safety of all Americans as they journey through the health care system. This is especially true during a pandemic, natural disaster, or other emergencies.
The Biden–Harris Administration is committed to helping people across America affected by Long COVID. In April, President Joe Biden issued a Memorandum on Addressing the Long-Term Effects of COVID-19, which called for the creation of two reports.
Recently at the second Global COVID-19 Summit, President Biden announced that the Biden-Harris administration, through the U.S. National Institutes of Health, has licensed 11 COVID-19 research tools and early-stage vaccine and diagnostic candidates to the Medicines Patent Pool through the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Technology Access Pool.
From Kaiser Health News Network – Their latest podcast, What the Health, The pandemic may be showing signs of winding down, but health care costs are not. In Massachusetts, a fight is shaping up over whether one of the most prestigious hospital systems needs to save money, while antitrust cases…
By Dr. Richard Watson – There’s no doubt that there is a point where challenges become crisis — and crisis becomes collapse. And, as this is not our first go at this sort of thing, most of the stakeholders have exhausted their list of mitigations. The problems are well known.
As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts to expand Americans’ access to free testing, people in either Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage will be able to get over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at no cost starting in early spring.