Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

  1. Michigan Medicine announces COVID-19 unit, new paid sick time for employees UofM health

Michigan Medicine has executed the next phase of a comprehensive COVID-19 planning and response program which includes the opening, today, of a 32-bed isolation unit.

2. In response to growing COVID-19 cases, Whitmer activates the Michigan National Guard Michigan Radio

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has activated the Michigan National Guard to help deliver medical supplies to local health departments as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. Trump to boost medical supply production for COVID-19 Modern Healthcare

The Trump administration on Wednesday said it would invoke the Defense Production Act to increase the domestic production of medical supplies necessary for fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

4. DEA Okays Telehealth to Prescribe Opioids Amid COVID-19 Emergency mHealth Intelligence

The move to telehealth will make it easier for providers to prescribe an opioid or other controlled substance during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

5. Small Seattle Firm is Working Around the Clock to make Life-Saving Ventilators for Coronavirus Patients NBC News

Seven years ago, Chris Kiple helped start a company called Ventec Life Systems that makes ventilators, the machines that help critically ill patients breathe, here in this Seattle suburb. At the time, the team was trying to re-imagine home health care, not solve a global pandemic, he says.

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