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Biden Administration Announces Reimbursement Increase for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccine Administration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced additional payment for in-home administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.  The move is aimed at reaching the hard-to-reach population of Americans who are homebound, or have a significant challenge making their way to community-based sites.  The administration estimates that some 1.6 million adults 65 and older may be in this category.  As an added incentive to reach this group of individuals, CMS is offering an additional $35 per dose administered in a patient’s home, increasing payment from approximately $40 per dose to about $75, for a two-dose total payment of $150.

 

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Hospitals and Health Systems Added 2,900 Jobs in May

Hospitals and health systems added 2,900 jobs in May, as U.S. jobs overall increased by 559,000, according to preliminary data released recently by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The healthcare field overall gained 22,500 jobs, and continues to remain just under 16 million total (seasonally adjusted).  BLS also revised April job loss numbers downward for hospitals and health systems, from 5,800 to 1,400.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, hospitals and health systems have added over 38,000 jobs, but remain below their February 2020 peak.

 

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White House Issues Memo Urging Vigilance Against Ransomware Threats

The White House has released a memo from Anne Neuberger, Deputy Assistant to President Biden and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, urging business executives to immediately convene their leadership teams to discuss ransomware threats and review corporate security posture and business continuity plans.  The memo reiterates high-impact best practices for organizations to adopt: multi-factor authentication, endpoint detection and response, encryption, and deploying skilled, empowered security teams, and employees well-trained in handling suspicious e-mails.  The memo from the White House further stressed the importance of holding ransomware actors and the countries who harbor them accountable through government action.

 

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