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Idaho's COVID outlook dire as cases continue to climb

BOISE — Health care workers are exhausted and angry. Some of Idaho's coronavirus vaccines are expiring because they have sat unused for so long. And coronavirus case numbers and deaths continue to climb, putting the state among the worst in the nation for the rate of new COVID-19 diagnoses. Idaho's...
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Sheyenne Care Center Will Be Called St. Raphael On Oct. 1

VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( – The following is a news release about the upcoming name change for the Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City issued by CEO Craig Christianson. “On October 1, 2021, the name of Sheyenne Care Center, in Valley City, ND, will change to “SMP Health – St....

State requests federal resources to support hospital surge

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state’s health leader is asking the federal government for resources to help support the state’s health care system. Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health Umair Shah submitted a request to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for medical staff and other resources to help support Washington’s hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Try this new technique when talking to vaccine skeptics [PODCAST]

“When we hear skepticism, our first instinct may be to end the conversation. After all, why spend our time trying to convince someone who has made up their mind? Our second instinct may be to counter the person’s position without pausing to hear more about their perspective. Unfortunately, trying to force someone into getting the vaccine often results in defensiveness and anger.”

Investing in Pearl Health

“Show me the incentives, and I will show you the outcome.”. The notion of “value-based healthcare” has been a strategic priority in the U.S. for over a decade now. Value-based care promised a future in which our healthcare system (and its consumers) would systematically pay for value, rather than volume. In principle, aligning incentives to value would curb healthcare spending while simultaneously improving patient outcomes. To their great credit, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) explored numerous value-based care models and alternative payment structures over the last 10+ years, ranging from performance-based bonus payments to shared savings programs administered through accountable care organizations (ACOs). Why, then, do we still face rising healthcare costs, continued threat of Medicare Trust Fund insolvency, a widening health equity gap, and growing primary care provider burnout? In our view, the short answer: we lack technology and infrastructure that enables individual providers to be incentivized by value, and take on risk.
Smirs Interior News

B.C. seeks more input on paid sick leave in COVID-19 pandemic

B.C.’s temporary sick pay program that reimburses businesses for up to three days of paid employee leave runs out at the end of the year, and the province is working on a permanent plan that could pay up to 10 days. Labour Minister Harry Bains has received 26,000 survey responses...

The hospital's case for funding home care

Hospital rounds start every morning with the senior physician asking the residents, “Which of our patients can go home today?” The shrugs and eye-rolls often express the lament: “Lots of them; we’re just waiting on ‘placement’.”. Safely transitioning patients out of the hospital to supportive sites of care remains a...
Birmingham Star

'Afghanistan's health care system on brink of collapse'

Kabul [Afghanistan], September 22 (ANI): WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday warned that Afghanistan's healthcare system is on the brink of collapse. He made the remark after completing a high-level mission to Kabul where we met with senior members of the Taliban leadership, UN partners, health care workers and patients, and WHO staff.