Markey, Warren attack Steward Health Care while pushing stronger regulations – NBC Boston

US Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren excoriated Steward Health Care’s top executives inside Beacon Hill’s largest hearing room Wednesday, where they set up an empty chair for CEO Ralph de la Torre, who declined to testify about financial decisions that have jeopardized operations at its Massachusetts hospitals.

During their Senate subcommittee hearing exploring the harms of private equity in the health care sector, Markey and Warren also promoted two new proposals designed to regulate private investments in health care, protect quality of care for patients, and prevent another health care crisis like Steward’s from unfolding elsewhere across the country.

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VCU Health plans massive redevelopment of campus

Virginia Commonwealth University and its health system are planning a significant reimagining of the health campus in downtown Richmond, a preliminary plan that could take more than 15 years to implement and likely cost north of $1 billion.

The vision includes a new dental school, an expansion to the inpatient hospital, more space for research, and removal of the 83-year-old West Hospital.

With few formal plans made, the vision is considered a “roadmap,” and it’s possible not all projects will come to life, said Meredith Weiss, VCU’s vice president for administration and interim chief financial officer. She presented the plan

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Supercharging Our Efforts to Strengthen America’s Health Care

The trends and events shaping the future of health care demonstrate that tending to business as usual — the status quo — just won’t cut it anymore.

The good news is that new thinking, new focus and renewed determination to address our field’s challenges are occurring across many fronts in ways that promise to help strengthen our future and protect patient access to care.

As part of those efforts, we were pleased to share this week that the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care, which for 24 years has fought to protect access to high-quality care for all Americans, will

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New WHO assessment reveals resilience of Ukraine’s primary health-care system amid the war

While nearly half of Ukraine’s primary health-care (PHC) facilities have experienced staff absences due to the war, the majority have continued to provide essential health services with the available workforce, according to a recent WHO assessment on continuity of essential health services during the war in Ukraine.

The volume of services changed in 2/3 of facilities due to decreasing patients’ attendance in some regions with simultaneous increase in other regions. An increased volume of services was mainly related to caring for non-registered patients or changes in patients’ needs due to hospitality.

Ukraine’s primary health-care system has already been under stress

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WHO-OHCHR launches new guidance to improve laws addressing human rights abuses in mental health care

Ahead of World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) are jointly launching new guidance, entitled “Mental health, human rights and legislation: guidance and practice”, to support countries to reform legislation in order to end human rights abuses and increase access to quality mental health care.

Human rights abuses and coercive practices in mental health care, supported by existing legislation and policies, are still far too common. Involuntary hospitalization and treatment, unsanitary living conditions and physical, psychological, and emotional abuse characterize many mental health services across the world.

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Steward Health Care strikes deal to sell its nationwide physician network to Optum

BOSTON (AP) — Financially embattled hospital operator Steward Health Care has struck a deal to sell its nationwide physician network to Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, as it works to stabilize its finances.

The move comes as Gov. Maura Healey has said state monitors are keeping an eye on the nine health care facilities operated by Steward Health Care in Massachusetts, including hospitals in some of the state’s poorer communities.

The Dallas-based company operates more than 30 hospitals nationwide.

Before the sale can be completed, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission must review the proposal.

The commission doesn’t have the

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