Back again with another month of headlines and quick summaries for individuals supporting healthcare communications and marketing. Read on for a wrap-up of some of the top stories from this month, including EUA for a novel breathalyzer to detect COVID-19, more consolidation via acquisition activity, and survey data from hospitals and health systems about implementing systems to comply with price transparency rules.
A US district judge in Florida ruled against the mask mandate required on public transportation and in transportation hubs, including airports. Both the TSA and CDC reinforced recommendations for mask wearing.
A COVID-19 breathalyzer was granted emergency use authorization by the FDA. The InspectIR test is designed to detect the virus through breath and provides results in fewer than three minutes.
COVID-19 public health emergency renewed
HHS has renewed the declaration for an additional 90 days and confirmed that prior to any termination of the public health emergency, states will receive a 60-day notice.
Optum and UHG will purchase LHC Group for $5.4B in an effort to expand their presence in the home healthcare space. LHC Group provides in-home services to individuals who are chronically ill or injured.
Stone Point Capital is set to purchase and take private Tivity, a consumer health company that partners with health insurers to provide physical, social and mental enrichment programs to seniors.
In new data compiled through a survey of hospital revenue cycle leaders by KLAS, results highlight complaints about execution, compliance challenges and resources required to post rates in machine-readable, easily-understood formats for patients.
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