StrategyOnly a Smokescreen? Big Tobacco Stands Down as Colorado and Oregon Hike Cigarette Taxes
While supporters see an increased tobacco tax as more revenue for the state, a disincentive for kids to smoke and...
Covid-19Amid COVID-19, OSHA Issues Respirator Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities
The agency insists that workers wear respirators when necessary, such as when in close contact with a resident of a...
StrategyThe Trump Medicaid Record: Big Goals, Yet Few Successes
Although Congress and the courts blocked a Medicaid overhaul, the Trump administration has left its mark on the nation?s largest...
StrategyGet Ready for a New TJC Water Management Standard
The new standard and EPs are available for field review on TJC's website, under the heading Standards, then Field Reviews.
NursingLong-Fought Nurse Practitioner Independence Bill Heads to Newsom
The bill includes amendments that would stringently limit how much independence nurse practitioners can have to practice medicine.
InnovationHIMSS Outlines Political Health IT Priorities and Progress on Regulatory and Congressional Issues
Healthcare systems receive some relief though extended interoperability deadlines; progress on key Congressional initiatives could stall.
StrategyWhat Can We Expect from Stark, Anti-Kickback Revisions?
The proposed reforms are now under review by the Office of Management and Budget.
StrategyTJC Approved as Hospital AO for Only Two Years This Time
The federal announcement made note that the approval was only two years, instead of the six years maximum allowed by...
NursingNavigating APP Credentialing and Privileging Laws
It becomes critical to have medical staff bylaws that adequately address the role of APPs and contemplate the various issues...
Covid-19As Problems Grow with Abbott's Fast COVID Test, FDA Standards are Under Fire
The FDA has now received a total of 106 reports of adverse events for the Abbott test.
FinanceWashington State Emergency Order Bans Surprise Lab Billing for COVID-19
The order aims to prevent surprise bills for lab fees related to medically necessary diagnostic testing for COVID-19 and is...
StrategyFTC, DOJ Seek Public Input on Vertical Merger Guidelines
The draft guidelines outline the agencies' analytical techniques, practices, and enforcement for vertical mergers.