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Cybercriminals target U.S. health care systems

Shawna De La Rosa | Oct 29, 2020 | Federal, Oregon

Cybercriminals attacked at least six U.S. hospitals this week, including Sky Lakes Medical Center in Oregon. A three-agency national advisory was issued Thursday warning of an increased threat of cybercrime against health care and public health companies using Ryuk ransonware  — a type of malware that encrypts victims' files. The...[ Read More ]

I got COVID. Here's what I learned.

DJ Wilson | Oct 27, 2020 | Federal

Recently, on a Thursday, I was tested for COVID as part of the process ahead of a minor outpatient procedure. I learned the following Tuesday that the results were positive. The five-day delay in my notifications was the perfect preface to a set of experiences that showed me just how...[ Read More ]

Private-equity air ambulance firms’ price increases outpace rest of market

Shawna De La Rosa | Oct 14, 2020 | Federal

As the cost of air ambulances soars, new research shows private equity-owned carriers charge significantly more than carriers that are not a part of a private-equity company. An analysis by the Brookings Institute shows helicopter air ambulance private-equity carriers charge 7.2 times what Medicare would have paid. Other carriers that...[ Read More ]

Leadership Series: A Conversation with Pfizer's David Hering on COVID-19 vaccine development

Emily Boerger | Oct 13, 2020 | Federal

This week State of Reform had the opportunity to speak with David Hering, Pfizer’s North American Regional President for Vaccines, as part of our virtual “Leadership Series.” During the one-on-one conversation, Hering spoke with host DJ Wilson about Pfizer's work in developing a COVID-19 vaccine.      Hering says it’s...[ Read More ]

CBO presents options for covering the uninsured

| Oct 5, 2020 | Federal

In two recent reports, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) took up the complex topic of the uninsured in the United States. The first report breaks down the population into meaningful subcategories; the second outlines what it will take to reduce their ranks. CBO is one of the premier analytic agencies...[ Read More ]

Governors release joint statement on threats to American democracy

| Sep 30, 2020 | Federal

A coalition of 11 governors, including Govs. Jay Inslee (WA), Kate Brown (OR), Gavin Newsom (CA), Phil Murphy (NJ), Gretchen Whitmer (MI), Tony Evers (WI), Tim Walz (MN), Ralph Northam (VA), John Carney (DE), Steve Sisolak (NV) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM), released a joint statement today on recent threats to the...[ Read More ]

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