With Too Few Nurses, It Won’t Take Much to Overwhelm Hospitals This Winter

Even as a new COVID-19 variant starts to spread in the United States, staff shortages have made it impossible for many hospitals to operate at full capacity.

New York City Expands Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate to All Private Employers

The new requirement will take effect Dec. 27, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

Surgeons Sometimes Deny Organ Transplants for Disabled Patients. State Lawmakers Are Changing That.

Twenty-nine states prevent doctors from considering a person's disability when determining eligibility for an organ transplant. Wisconsin could join them.

Telehealth May Be Here to Stay

The use of remote health services soared during the pandemic.

Feds Begin Distributing $7.5B to Rural Health Providers

The funding comes after the pandemic dealt a hit to rural America's already eroding health care system.

The Best and Worst States for Health Care

Massachusetts ranks as the best state for health care while Alabama ranks as the worst, according to a report.

States Should Permanently Lift Practice Barriers for Nurses

COMMENTARY | Nurses can be a key force in helping to bridge gaps in health care access. But many states deny them the ability to practice to their full capabilities.

The Federal Government Spent Record Amounts of Money on Children Last Year. It Probably Won’t Last.

Spending on children—including tax programs, education, nutrition and social services—by state and local governments also will likely fall back to pre-pandemic levels within several years as Covid-19 relief measures expire, according to an Urban Institute report.

Mental Health Disorders Qualify You for a Covid-19 Booster. It’s Unclear How Many People Know That.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the change a month ago, but finding the information online can be tricky.

$1.2T Infrastructure Plan Offers Lucrative Target for Fraud

Research shows there are ways to fight fraud, but the bill contains very little language aimed at doing so.

State Lawmaker Accepts $15,000 Fine for Legislating from Operating Room

A Maryland delegate who is also a plastic surgeon participated in two legislative meetings while operating, an oversight board found.

State Spending on Anti-poverty Programs Could Substantially Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect

Public investments in benefit programs could save tens of thousands of children from being victims of child abuse and have important later-life effects on child welfare and overall health.

OSHA to States: Protect Workers from Covid-19 or Forfeit Authority

The federal government put states on notice ahead of the vaccine mandate, saying it will take any defiance seriously.

The Toll of Compassion Fatigue on Government Employees

Traumas can be contagious. When public sector workers are exposed to endless stories of pain, they can develop mental health and other problems.

Trillions in Infrastructure Spending Could Mean Hundreds of Billions in Fraud

COMMENTARY | Congress is inching closer to passing as much as $4.5 trillion in new infrastructure and social spending, which would be an attractive target for fraudsters.

State Lawmakers Push to Allow Residents to Contribute to Abortion Access Fund

A bill would allow New York residents to contribute on their tax returns, allocating money to nonprofit organizations that help women travel and pay for abortions.

State Mandates Can Help Improve Nursing Staff Shortages

States are creating alternative approaches to solve the heightened problem of filling nursing jobs, according to a report based on American Hospital Association data.

Best and Worst Cities for Mental Health Care in America

Denver tops the list for best places while Dallas is in last place, according to a recent report.

Lyft and Uber Establish Legal Funds to Protect Drivers from Texas Abortion Law

The ride-booking companies said they would cover legal fees if their drivers are sued under the state’s new law, which allows private citizens to file lawsuits against anyone who “aids and abets” a woman in obtaining an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.

Hoping to Boost Vaccine Rates, One State Announces Grants for Primary Care Doctors

The Colorado program will use federal relief money to help health care practices boost vaccine distribution.

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