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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Study: Outpatients Prefer Palliative Telehealth over Clinic Visits

Patients with advanced cancer prefer to receive palliative care via telehealth rather than visiting a clinic, a recent study has found.

During the pandemic, 67% of 200 surveyed cancer patients said they favored telehealth over clinics. After the public health emergency ended, 61% of those patients still maintained a preference for virtual care, according to the research published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

“Few studies have examined patient preferences for telehealth in palliative care after the availability of COVID-19 vaccines,” researchers indicated. “We examined patient preferences for video versus in-person visits and factors contributing to preferences in

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Millions will lose health insurance starting Saturday. But they might not know it.

Millions of people will begin to lose their health insurance on Saturday, as five states begin the unwinding of a pandemic-era protection that kept people from being removed from the Medicaid rosters.

During the public health emergency, states were required to keep people on Medicaid without the often yearly reapplication process normally in place. But now that the public health emergency is winding down, so are the Medicaid rolls.

“We’re now in a position within just a few days where states can begin to disenroll people — to redo their rosters for Medicaid — and this continuous coverage requirement is

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