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News - AHA issues policy statement on COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers

AHA issues policy statement on COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers

July 26, 2021

The AHA Board of Trustees yesterday adopted a policy statement that supports hospitals and health systems that adopt mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies, “with local factors and circumstances shaping whether and how these policies are implemented.” The policy continues to strongly urge vaccination for all health care personnel to protect patients and communities and encourages hospitals and health systems implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies to provide exemptions for medical reasons and accommodations consistent with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines, among other considerations. “The evidence is clear: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in reducing both the risk of becoming infected and spreading the virus to others,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “The AHA supports hospitals and health systems that choose, based on local factors, to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for their workforce. Doing so will help protect the health and well-being of health care personnel and the patients and communities they proudly serve.”

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News - Rural healthy people 2030 survey: input needed

Rural healthy people 2030 survey: input needed

July 26, 2021

This study is designed to help us better understand what rural stakeholders think are the most important Healthy People 2030 priorities for rural America. Whether or not you take part is up to you. You may decide not to participate, refuse to answer any question, or quit the study at any time.

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News - Community Hospital's past year anything but normal

Community Hospital's past year anything but normal

July 26, 2021

Last year was anything but normal for Community Hospital in McCook. From early 2020 to date, the Coronavirus pandemic has swept across the world. Initially there was a shortage of virus information and medical supplies—especially personal protective equipment. Media reports showed frightening videos of packed emergency rooms and rows of patients on ventilators. Stories of rapid spread, healthcare provider fatigue and patient decline filled the news. Early on, the healthcare team at Community Hospital pivoted from regular operations to prepare and manage the virus. The hospital’s emergency incident command was implemented. Supplies were assessed, evaluated and risks mitigated. Action plans, policies and procedures were made, adjusted and executed. The hospital’s goal: Protect our healthcare team and provide needed healthcare to our region. Community Hospital’s team never hesitated to do what was necessary for the community. They were and they are Hometown Heroes! Pictured above (L-R): Ethen Scott, Lori Beeby, Scott Leach, Tierney Reilly.

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News - Agencies issue part one of regulations banning surprise medical bills

Agencies issue part one of regulations banning surprise medical bills

July 9, 2021

The Office of Personnel Management, along with the departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury July 1 released “Part 1” of regulations implementing the No Surprises Act.

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News - Funding opportunity for local health departments: healthy brain initiative road map strategists

Funding opportunity for local health departments: healthy brain initiative road map strategists

July 9, 2021

Building on the growth of public health action to address dementia nationwide, funding is now available for local health departments to become national leaders. Under the new Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) Road Map Strategists initiative, up to six (6) local health departments, or partnering nonprofit hospitals/health systems, will be selected through a competitive application process. Successful applicants will receive $48,000 in funding, training and technical assistance to establish a part-time HBI Road Map Strategist. This public health professional will serve as a system change agent on cognitive health and dementia.

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News - Memorial Community Hospital & Health System CEO visits White House

Memorial Community Hospital & Health System CEO visits White House

July 9, 2021

Manuela Banner, RN, MHA, FACHE, President & CEO, Memorial Community Hospital & Health System (Blair), was surprised to receive an invite from the Office of the President and First Lady to the annual 4th of July BBQ on the South Lawn of the White House.

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News - Patients may require different types of post-pandemic reassurances before seeking care

Patients may require different types of post-pandemic reassurances before seeking care

June 21, 2021

As restrictions are lifted and the threat of Covid wanes, the medical community will need to work hard to encourage patients to reengage and seek care.

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News - Understanding hospital at home

Understanding hospital at home

June 21, 2021

This is a concept introduced by CMS to address surge capacity by providing acute-care services in the home setting.

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News - The hospital room of the future: 5 innovation execs outline what to expect in next 5 years

The hospital room of the future: 5 innovation execs outline what to expect in next 5 years

June 21, 2021

Digital health and tech adoption have skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many hospitals and health systems adopting technologies that support remote patient monitoring, two-way video communications and more. Here, five hospital executives share predictions for what they think the hospital room of the future will look like in the next five years.

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News - Up to $180,000 in student loan payments available for medical professionals

Up to $180,000 in student loan payments available for medical professionals

June 4, 2021

Lincoln – As the school year winds down and recent university graduates begin looking to start a career, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has a lucrative incentive program for them to consider.

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