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 health centers get $2.5M in federal funds to aid virus response. Detroit News

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Michigan $2.5 million in grants for 39 health centers to help respond to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Tuesday.

2. Seven states score Medicaid waivers for coronavirus. Modern Healthcare

The CMS on Wednesday gave seven more states flexibility for their Medicaid programs, allowing them to alter requirements and address the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. Virus infections near 500,000 as health systems buckle. AP News

The number of coronavirus infections closed in on a half-million worldwide Thursday, with both Italy and the U.S. on track to surpass China.

4. After years of planning, a West Michigan hospital puts its pandemic response to the test. Michigan Radio

In 2008, Spectrum Health hospital system in Grand Rapids received a pandemic preparedness grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more than a decade, they’ve been developing a plan on how to respond to a global outbreak of infectious disease. Now, they’re putting that plan into action

5. U.S. to Pause Routine Nursing-Home Inspections. WSJ

Federal regulators said they plan to temporarily halt routine inspections of nursing homes to focus on the most dangerous situations, as coronavirus cases mount in the facilities across the U.S. and serious infractions were found at the hardest-hit location.

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