Industry News: Volume 1, Issue 8

Texas hospitals struggle with water pressure problems after extreme winter weather

By Robert King

FierceHealthcare.com – Several Texas hospitals have had to transfer patients and delay elective procedures amid water pressure and heat issues caused by extreme winter weather, according to several published reports.

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Covid-19 and medical tourism: is a recovery on the cards?

By Oxford Business Group

OxfordBusinessGroup.com—Prior to the outbreak of coronavirus, medical tourism was a significant growth industry in many emerging economies. While the pandemic represented a major setback for the segment, there are signs that it may be recovering in several markets.

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How Much Does a C-Section Cost? At One Hospital, Anywhere From $6,241 to $60,584.

By Anna Wilde Mathews, Tom McGinty and Melanie Evans

WSJ.com – When a woman gets a caesarean section at the gleaming new Van Ness location of Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, the price might be $6,241. Or $29,257. Or $38,264. It could even go as high as $60,584.

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COVID-19 tracker: Researchers recommend delaying second Pfizer dose; J&J’s initial vaccine inventory low, White House says

by Fraiser KansteinerEric SagonowskyAngus LiuConor Hale 

FiercePharma.com – Delaying a second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine should be considered to quickly protect all priority groups, say two Canadian researchers, citing a 92.6 efficacy rate after the first dose. 

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‘I wanted to go in there and help’: Nursing schools see enrollment bump amid pandemic

by Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News

FierceHealtcare.com – Last December, Mirande Gross graduated from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, with a bachelor’s degree in communications. But Gross has changed her mind and is heading back to school in May for a one-year accelerated nursing degree program. The pandemic that has sickened more than 27 million people in the United States and killed nearly 500,000 helped convince her she wanted to become a nurse.

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RAND: Cap on hospital rates saves more than price transparency

By Robert King

FierceHealthcare.com – A cap on hospital prices would save between $61 billion and $236 billion a year, much more than the savings produced by price transparency or increased competition, a new study finds.

The study, released Thursday from RAND Corporation, acknowledges the major political obstacles to installing price regulations and setting rates, which have faced fierce opposition from providers.

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A safer Alzheimer’s drug than Biogen’s aducanumab? Denali-WashU drug shows better profile in mice

By Angus Liu

FierceBiotech.com – In 2018, a research group led by David Holtzman, M.D., at Washington University in St. Louis developed an antibody drug in collaboration with Denali Therapeutics that showed promise as a potential Alzheimer’s disease therapy. Now, the team has returned with mouse data suggesting the drug prospect might be a safer option than Biogen’s much-hyped aducanumab.

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