June 8, 2020 |  5
Here we are, faced with history in real time. A plague upon a plague. A new one and a longstanding one. COVID-19 and racial injustice. Both are plagues upon our medical house, and it’s time for some spring cleaning. Initially, COVID-19 concerns brought news of an infection coming for anyone and everyone. Like the Black […]
April 15, 2020 |  1
Not enough ventilators, a profound lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and overwhelmed healthcare professionals. Hospitals and systems stretched beyond capacity in the hardest hit states. Routine care ground to a halt. COVID-19 has pushed the US healthcare system to its limit and exposed its fragility. It’s not a big secret that the US healthcare […]
By Romil Chadha, MD, MPH, FACP, SFHM
April 2, 2020 |  6
On December 31, 2019, when the whole world was getting to welcome 2020, China reported its first case of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, China, to the WHO Country Office in China. Today we know that it is coronavirus disease (COVID-19), caused by a virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This virus […]
March 25, 2020 |  0
Last Thursday evening, there was a fascinating article from the magazine Politico in my Apple newsfeed. (No, don’t spend any energy trying to interpret what that says about my politics, because I’m not writing about anything remotely political.) “Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently. Here’s How.” points out that we are in a period reminiscent […]
March 19, 2020 |  2
On my first night on call as an intern, there was a deep pit in my stomach, a constant state of fear of what’s to come. My training up that point felt moot. It was hard to feel like I was truly prepared for what was to come. I was checking the pager constantly, hoping […]
March 18, 2020 |  0
Post-acute care, and in particular SNFs, are changing policies day to day, and visitation restrictions, cohorting, capacity to manage varying levels of patient acuity, and telemed capacity will vary site to site. Please note the change in CMS regulatory policy below. SNFs have waived the three-day rule: Skilled Nursing Facilities  CMS is waiving the requirement […]