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DOJ Busts Florida Ring That Sold Thousands Of Fake Nursing School Diplomas For $15,000 Each [VIDEO]

From the Justice Department: More than two dozen individuals have been charged in the Southern District of Florida for their alleged participation in a wire fraud scheme that created an illegal licensing and employment shortcut for aspiring nurses. According to three recently unsealed indictments returned by a South Florida federal grand jury and two informations filed by federal prosecutors, defendants …

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New York City Nurses End Strike After Reaching Deal

The Associated Press reports: New York City hospitals have reached a tentative contract agreement with thousands of striking nurses that ends this week’s walkout that disrupted patient care, officials announced Thursday. Nurses began returning to work Thursday morning, with New York Gov. Kathy Hochul greeting returning nurses at Mount Sinai just before dawn. Hochul, a Democrat, said that with the …

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7000+ NYC Nurses Strike Over Staffing Levels And Pay

CNN reports: More than 7,000 nurses at two major New York City hospitals walked off the job Monday, arguing immense staffing shortages are causing widespread burnout and hindering their ability to properly care for their patients. The nurses say they are working long hours in unsafe conditions without enough pay – a refrain echoed by several other nurses strikes across …

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Republicans Drop Long Crusade To Repeal Obamacare

NBC News reports: Republicans are abandoning their long crusade to repeal the Affordable Care Act, making the 2022 election the first in more than a decade that won’t be fought over whether to protect or undo President Barack Obama’s signature achievement. The diminished appetite for repeal means the law — which has extended health care coverage to millions of people …

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Hospitals Are Sharing Sensitive Info With Facebook

Ars Technica reports: A tracking tool installed on many hospitals’ websites has been collecting patients’ sensitive health information—including details about their medical conditions, prescriptions, and doctor’s appointments—and sending it to Facebook. The Markup tested the websites of Newsweek’s top 100 hospitals in America. On 33 of them we found the tracker, called the Meta Pixel, sending Facebook a packet of …

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Man Gets Life In Fatal Attack On MN Health Clinic

Law & Crime reports: Jurors convicted a man of murder and other charges after hearing him testify that he shot up a Minnesota health clinic. Gregory Paul Ulrich, 69, will get a mandatory sentence of life in prison for the homicide in a hearing scheduled for June 17. Medical assistant Lindsay Overbay, 37, died of a gunshot wound to the …

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MI Hospital Workers Report Threats, Punches, Spitting

The Michigan Advance reports: When Tom Kelsch heads to his job as a registered nurse in Mercy Health Muskegon’s emergency department, he knows, almost without a doubt, that he’ll be threatened by a patient or their family that day. He knows he may see someone’s fist in his face, as has happened in the past, or have to endure a …

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Alaska Allows Hospitals To Begin Rationing Care

The Associated Press reports: Alaska on Saturday activated emergency crisis protocols that allow 20 medical facilities to ration care if needed as the state recorded the nation’s worst COVID-19 diagnosis rates in recent days, straining the state’s limited health care system. The declaration covers three facilities that had already announced emergency protocols, including the state’s largest hospital, Providence Alaska Medical …

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Assaults Spur Missouri Hospital To Issue Panic Buttons

The Associated Press reports: Nurses and hundreds of other staff members will soon begin wearing panic buttons at a Missouri hospital where assaults on workers tripled after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cox Medical Center Branson is using grant money to add buttons to identification badges worn by up to 400 employees who work in the emergency room and …

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More Overwhelmed Hospitals Begin Rationing Care

The Hill reports: Coronavirus patients are flooding and straining hospitals across the U.S., particularly in western states where administrators are put in positions of needing to ration care as their facilities are pushed to their breaking point by the delta variant. Alaska this past week joined Idaho in adopting statewide crisis standards of care that provide guidance to health care …

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Federal Court Upholds Hospital System’s Vax Mandate

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports: A federal judge in Covington on Friday said St. Elizabeth Healthcare can require its more than 10,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In a 20-page decision, U.S. District Judge David Bunning said he would abide by a 1905 U.S. Supreme Court decision, which upheld a Massachusetts smallpox vaccination law. “Actual liberty for all of us …

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AMA Demands Mandatory Vaccine For Health Workers

The Washington Post reports: Medical groups representing millions of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health workers on Monday called for mandatory vaccinations of all U.S. health personnel against the coronavirus, framing the move as a moral imperative as new infections mount sharply. “We call for all health care and long-term care employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against …

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Pope Backs Free Universal Healthcare After Surgery

Reuters reports: Pope Francis greeted well-wishers on Sunday from the 10th floor balcony of his hospital room where he is recovering from major intestinal surgery. The pope, 84, stood for 10 minutes on the balcony of his special suite at Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome, and thanked the crowd of at least 200 supporters for their prayers. Pope Francis said good …

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Live Video: Ticker Tape Parade For NYC Health Workers

ABC News reports: Essential workers who helped New York City through the COVID-19 pandemic are being honored Wednesday with a parade up Broadway, a celebration of flying paper and floats that’s been used to fete returning soldiers, astronauts and championship sports teams in the past. “We’ve got a lot to appreciate, because we’re well underway in our recovery. We’ve got …

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Axios: Most Major Hospitals Charge Over 5X Costs

Axios reports: Some of the hospitals with the highest revenue in the country also have some of the highest prices, charging an average of 10 times more than the actual cost of the care they deliver, according to new research by Johns Hopkins University provided exclusively to Axios. Hospitals each determine their own charges, or list prices. While few patients …

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Fox Host: “We All Have Healthcare In This Country”

Media Matters has the transcript: DAGEN MCDOWELL: I think any Medicare for all any government-run healthcare is now dead. Because you look at Tony Fauci. And who would want some spotlight-seeking, power-hungry bureaucrat who’s some fame floozy deciding who gets to live and die? JESSICA TARLOV: People without insurance would still prefer that. MCDOWELL: No, they wouldn’t. GREG GUTFELD: That’s …

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Special Obamacare Enrollment Period Starts Today

CNN reports: Uninsured Americans who want to buy Affordable Care Act coverage have another three months to do so, thanks to an executive order President Joe Biden signed last month. The federal Obamacare exchange, healthcare.gov, reopens for a special enrollment period on Monday. Most states that run their own marketplaces are also doing the same or are extending their sign-up …

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REPORT: Hospital Offered Vax To 100+ “Major Donors”

The Seattle Times reports: Last Friday, Molly Stearns, chief development officer at Overlake Medical Center & Clinics, emailed about 110 donors who gave more than $10,000 to the Eastside hospital system, informing them that highly coveted vaccine slots were available. “Dear Overlake major donors…” the email read. “We’re pleased to share that we have 500 new open appointments in the …

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Biden To Reopen Federal Obamacare Marketplaces

The Washington Post reports: President Biden is scheduled to take executive actions as early as Thursday to reopen federal marketplaces selling Affordable Care Act health plans and to lower recent barriers to joining Medicaid. The orders will be Biden’s first steps since taking office to help Americans gain health insurance, a prominent campaign goal that has assumed escalating significance as …

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ICUs “Completely Full” At Dozens Of Texas Hospitals

The Texas Tribune reports: Across Texas, hospital intensive care units are being battered as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in a post-holiday surge. Dozens of facilities have reported that their ICUs have been at or above 100% capacity for weeks, leaving staff overworked and stretched thin. More than 50 Texas hospitals are currently reporting that their ICUs are 100% full …

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