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Two Hospital Systems Create Coalition With Home Health Care Providers

KHN Morning Briefing

The group seeks to lobby Congress to make certain pandemic-era changes permanent. One of the biggest requests is to allow hospitals to continue hospital-at-home programs, Modern Healthcare reports. Other industry news is on Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Centene and telemedicine.

Several Florida Communities Criticized Over Distribution Of Shots

KHN Morning Briefing

At issue are a wealthy community in the Florida Keys, a senior center in the Gulf Coast community of Pinellas Park and vaccines meant for Black residents that instead went to white residents in Palm Beach County. Other news is from Maryland and Minnesota.

NIH Halts Trial Of Convalescent Plasma

KHN Morning Briefing

The study at the National Institutes of Health was stopped early Tuesday. “We do not see any sign that convalescent plasma had a benefit” in ER patients at risk for more serious disease, said Dr. Simone Glynn, program scientist for the trial, as reported in USA Today.

California To Set Aside 40% Of Doses For At-Risk Communities

KHN Morning Briefing

California officials believe that focusing on vulnerable neighborhoods will get vaccinations where they are needed most and speed up reopenings. A report of underdosing at a mass vaccination site in Oakland is also debunked.

Special Enrollment Yields Over 200,000 ACA Sign Ups So Far

KHN Morning Briefing

Analysts say the strong enrollment numbers show a pent-up demand for health coverage while President Joe Biden called the trend “encouraging.” Americans can apply for an Obamacare plan through May 15.

Businesses Brace For Repeat Of Mask Battles

KHN Morning Briefing

While some big businesses announced that they will continue to require customers to wear face coverings, no matter state mandates, other Texas and Mississippi establishments will no longer do so. That tension sets up a likely return of confrontations over masks.

Abbott’s Motives Questioned Amid Criticism For Revoking Mask Mandate

KHN Morning Briefing

Public health officials warn that Texas reopening so liberally will lead to more deaths. And others criticize Gov. Greg Abbott, calling his decision politically motivated and an effort to distract from his state’s deficient response to recent winter storms.