January 13, 2022

SC could make it easier for hospitals to build in a new location, opening access to patients

Lawmakers are pushing a bill that aims to increase patient access to health care by eliminating a process to require medical providers to get state approval to build new hospitals or other medical facilities and obtain large medical equipment.

December 28, 2021

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population

Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others.

December 9, 2021

AMA, AHA Sue Feds Over No Surprises Act Final Rule

The hospital and physician groups filed lawsuit against the federal government over a No Surprises Act final rule that will implement the independent dispute resolution process.

November 19, 2021

CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots to All Adults

Today, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) expanded recommendations for booster shots to include all adults ages 18 years and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months after their second dose.

November 5, 2021

Molnupiravir: First pill to treat Covid gets approval in UK

The first pill designed to treat symptomatic Covid has been approved by the UK medicines regulator.

October 25, 2021

So You Don't Want to Practice Rural Medicine

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare many inequities in the foundations of our healthcare system, including factors causing disparate access to care for rural areas of the country. Since 2005, there have been 181 rural hospital closures -- and the pace of closure has only quickened during the pandemic.

October 19, 2021

More Physicians Are Now Employees Rather Than Owners

This is the main story in a series examining how trends in healthcare ownership are impacting physician practice.

October 12, 2021

Kentucky Hospital Can Deny Ivermectin to COVID Patient, Says Judge

A Kentucky hospital does not have to treat a COVID-19 patient with ivermectin, a circuit court ruled this week, following a demand from the patient's wife -- who said she is an RN -- that it use the controversial drug.

September 23, 2021

Spartanburg has highest COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the nation

Spartanburg County has the highest hospitalization rate for COVID-19 patients in the nation, The Washington Post reported Thursday.