Tag Archives: HHS

GAO’s review of the federal response to COVID-19

Facing unprecedented national public health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, federal agencies moved swiftly to distribute funds and implement programs to help people and businesses. But, as a tradeoff for that speedy response, agencies have made only … Continue reading

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Protecting Nursing Home Residents from Infections like COVID-19.

Recent COVID-19 related deaths at nursing homes have raised concerns about the health and safety of the nation’s 1.4 million residents living in these facilities. In today’s WatchBlog, we look at the federal role in protecting nursing home residents and … Continue reading

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A Critical Shortage of Nurses

Nurses are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with other health care workers, they face an increased demand for their services—which puts them at greater risk of catching coronavirus. So, in honor of National Nurses Week (May 6 … Continue reading

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Providing Services to Older Adults Isolated Due to COVID-19

Adults over the age of 60 may be more at risk of serious health issues as a result of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). These adults may isolate themselves in their homes for increased safety, and may face challenges accessing … Continue reading

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Maternal Mortality in the United States

April 11 was the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. One crucial issue related to maternal health is maternal mortality—that is, when a woman’s death is related to her pregnancy.  While the maternal mortality ratio (the number of maternal … Continue reading

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What is the Defense Production Act, and how is it being used in response to COVID-19?

On March 27, the administration announced it would use the Defense Production Act in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The President directed the Department of Health and Human Services to work with General Motors to prioritize the production of ventilators that … Continue reading

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How prepared are airports and airlines to handle a pandemic?

Physical distancing and avoiding shared surfaces can be quite difficult when it comes to air travel. Airports and airplanes have many of the features that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend you avoid to prevent the spread of diseases, … Continue reading

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The Coronavirus Response: Lessons Learned from The Past

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is quickly challenging Americans to rethink every aspect of our daily lives. And while this particular virus is new, GAO has issued reports and congressional testimonies covering several similar public health challenges and emergency federal aid … Continue reading

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Stopping Antibiotic Resistance Before It Gets to Our Plates

Antibiotics are used by people all over the world to treat infections caused by bacteria, but antibiotic-resistance is on the rise. In fact, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are now one of the biggest threats to global health—leading to an estimated 2 million … Continue reading

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Online Access to Your Health Records

Have you checked out your health records online lately? On average, health care providers who participated in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program offered access to almost 90% of their patients—but less than 1/3 of those patients used it. … Continue reading

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