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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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Biden Makes History With Nomination Of Trans Official

NBC News reports: President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed to her current post by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017, making her …

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Bidens Honor Frontline Workers In NYE Address [Video]

The Hill reports: President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden honored frontline workers in a New Year’s Eve address Thursday during ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” broadcast from Times Square. “My mother used to have an expression,” Biden said. “Bravery resides in every heart and someday it’ll be summoned. [In] the people we’re honoring tonight, it was summoned …

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TN Official Warns Hospitals Could “Break” After Xmas

The Tennessean reports: Tennessee Department of Health officials announced Sunday that the state could “break” its hospital system if a Christmas surge of COVID-19 cases matches that of Thanksgiving. Commissioner Lisa Piercey said there have been multiple household gatherings where people have been affected statewide, as Thanksgiving surges proved. “We know how this happens,” she said. “We want to preserve …

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Health Care Workers Begin Getting COVID Vaccine

The Associated Press reports: The first of many freezer-packed COVID-19 vaccine vials made their way to distribution sites across the United States on Sunday, as the nation’s pandemic deaths approached the horrifying new milestone of 300,000. “This is a historic day,” said Richard W. Smith, who oversees operations in the Americas for FedEx Express, which is delivering 630-some packages of …

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