Emilee Geist

INSIGHT-Billions in COVID relief go to biggest hospital chains as smaller rivals await aid

By Chad Terhune

June 9 (Reuters) – Spared the worst of COVID-19, the largest for-profit hospital chains in the United States are pursuing a speedy recovery backed by billions of dollars in federal aid, while other hospitals say they have been harder hit and left wanting.

HCA Healthcare Inc, the biggest chain, has received $5.3 billion in loans and grants thus far from the federal government to offset lost business and higher expenses from the coronavirus pandemic. Tenet Healthcare Corp, the second-largest chain by revenue and beds, has disclosed more than $2 billion in similar loans and grants.

Meantime, the two chains, which own hundreds of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and clinics, are telling investors that COVID-19 wasn’t as severe as expected in most of their markets, and that business is ramping back up. Shares in Tenet have doubled since the market lows in mid-March, while HCA shares have soared

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Masks required at Kaiser Permanente facilities following South Sacramento petition

Whether you’re an employee at a Kaiser Permanente facility or a visitor, you’ll need a face mask to be on the premises.

Patricia Rodriguez, an executive with the health care giant, told The Sacramento Bee on Monday that Kaiser Permanente will be requiring all staff and visitors wear masks in all of its facilities, including its South Sacramento medical center, where a nurse launched an online petition last week to push for the change.

Hundreds of people signed the petition over six days, saying that doing so would help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the pathogen that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19.

“The nurses here at South Sac want to have mandatory masking for all people entering the hospital and the clinic, and the upper leadership here at our facility is still not making it mandatory,” said registered nurse Diane McClure, who works at the facility.

McClure said

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Top 10 Estate Planning Tips in a Time of Coronavirus

It has arrived: the unexpected, potentially life-threatening circumstance you had in mind when you set up your estate plan, and now you’re feeling really relieved that you took care of it before the emergency struck. Right?

SEE ALSO: 12 Different Times When You Should Update Your Will

Even if you haven’t already set up your estate plan, and even in today’s world of social distancing, it isn’t too late to get your affairs in order so that you and your family are prepared for the worst. There may be some things out of your control right now, but your estate plan isn’t one of them. Here is what you need, and how you can get it set up, even though — lucky you — you can’t get within 6 feet of a lawyer.

Advance Health Care Directive

Sometimes called a patient advocate designation or health care proxy, this document names

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Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition is a beast of a work laptop

Xiaomi has finally entered India‘s laptop market with a please-all machine that gets a lot right, and pushes other makers to step up their game. The Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition packs impressive hardware for an all-purpose laptop that doesn’t cost very much (the top-of-the-line model costs Rs. 60,000 ($788)), and it should delight most folks who want a truly portable machine.

While the company has previously offered laptops in its home base of China, it’s taken its own sweet time to make them available in India. According to Jaipal Singh, an associate research manager at market analysis firm IDC India, the domestic laptop market is shifting towards slimmer and more compact models, and that’s where Xiaomi‘s latest devices fit in. Here’s what you get for your money.


I’ve gotta hand it to Xiaomi – the Horizon Edition is really impressively built for a laptop at this price point.

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Ready to see your doctor but scared to go? Here are some guidelines

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Because of coronavirus, you can expect changes when visiting the doctor. Getty Images / Ariel Skelley

What happens when a pandemic brings in-person visits with your doctor to a grinding halt? While the world grappled with managing COVID-19, millions found routine appointments – for vaccines, pap smears, mammograms, colonoscopies or other chronic disease management – deferred or canceled. Now, as U.S. coronavirus incidence appears to level off and states begin to reopen, many are wondering when they can safely return to their doctor’s office. This is especially important as it pertains to childhood vaccinations, as vaccination rates declined across the U.S. throughout this first surge of the pandemic.

It’s clear that the coronavirus is here to stay, at least for a while. Epidemiologists predict another surge this fall, with more over the next two years. But during that time, people will still need to see their doctors for preventive care.

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How and Why We Rank and Rate Hospitals

2019-20 Best Hospitals Specialty Rankings

Published July 30, 2019

You’ve been informed by your doctor that you’re about to take your place in the parade of roughly 33 million patients a year who are admitted to U.S. hospitals for a procedure or other care. The hospital the doctor suggested for you might be just right for you, but maybe not. Checking the U.S. News Best Hospitals specialty rankings in whichever of the 16 specialties applies to you is in order if your care calls for special expertise or if age, physical ailments or a chronic condition could add a layer of risk. This FAQ explains how the Best Hospitals specialty rankings are produced and addresses questions of interest to media and health care professionals. A formal methodology report, available as a downloadable PDF, provides much more detail.

What are the specialties in which hospitals are ranked?

There are 16 specialty

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Boris Johnson to announce merger of the foreign and international development departments

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

The Department for International Development is to be scrapped and the Foreign Office handed direct control of the £14billion aid budget, Boris Johnson is expected to announce today.

The Prime Minister is expected to tell MPs that the plans will give the UK a single voice on the world stage after Brexit when he makes a statement in the House of Commons this afternoon.

The Telegraph understands that Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, will take direct control of the aid budget and be instructed to ensure that its spending is in line with UK foreign policy.

The merger comes after Mr Johnson’s reshuffle four months ago which left seven out of the eight Dfid ministers which paralell jobs in the Foreign Office. The Telegraph first reported the likely merger in February.

International Development secretary Anne Marie Trevelyan is being lined up for a new role Minister of State

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‘I’ve applied for more than 100 jobs’

Kayleigh Rennix has never struggled to find work before. The HR manager from Essex was earning close to £40,000 working in the education sector before she resigned in March, fearing her role was at risk. Since then she’s applied for dozens of jobs, but has had little interest from employers.

“As my leaving date approached, coronavirus reared its ugly head. I would say I’ve applied for more than 100 jobs and not had many call-backs,” she says.

Kayleigh had planned to find a new job quickly and restart work in May, after a holiday in Italy.

But the coronavirus pandemic put paid to those plans. Now the 34-year-old has found herself relying on benefit payments for the first time in her life, and expects to move back in with her parents when her tenancy expires later in the summer.

“My rent is £900 a month and my universal credit is

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New virus cases in China, N. Zealand sound pandemic alarm

More than two dozen new coronavirus cases in China and the first New Zealand infections in almost a month on Tuesday underlined the immense challenges still ahead in containing the deadly pandemic, even as some EU nations reopened their borders to fellow Europeans.

More than eight million people have now been infected with the virus worldwide since it first emerged in China late last year — with more than 435,000 deaths — and the tolls are still surging in Latin America and South Asia.

Caseloads have declined across Europe, however, and governments are keen to ease lockdowns that have saved lives but devastated economies — despite experts warning that restrictions will be required until a vaccine or effective treatment is developed.

The latest reminder of the threat came on Tuesday from China, which had largely brought its outbreak under control, as 27 new infections were reported in Beijing, where a

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Fox News and 25 More Companies That Faced Public Backlash

No matter how great the product or how strong the marketing, no company is immune to public backlash. For decades, consumers have used their wallets to make a statement, from the political to the personal.

And in the social media age, negative news spreads faster than ever. Here are 26 examples of companies that faced outrage for actions that range from launching thoughtless advertising campaigns to producing dangerous chemicals. Find out what these companies did that inspired public outcry.

Last updated: June 15, 2020. Pictured: Tucker Carlson speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018.

Host Tucker Carlson, in the June 8 edition of his Fox News program “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” said about the growing anti-racism protests across the country, “This may be a lot of things, this moment we’re living through, but it is definitely not about black lives, and remember that when … Read More