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Written on May 13, 2022

ER providers push for federal protection against rising health worker violence 
Health care workers and federal legislators are pushing for heightened regulations regarding violence against nurses and other front-line staff often face on the job as staffing shortages and other workforce challenges persist two years into the COVID-19 pandemic. 

‘Very real challenges’ coming for nursing homes with end of first set of COVID waivers 
The first set of COVID waivers have officially been put to rest and nursing home providers expect the changes will create “some very real challenges” with care access for residents.  

New data show estimated uninsured rate in 2021 recovers slightly from highs of 2020 
The National Center for Health Statistics released its a report on estimates for health insurance coverage last year. The data showed slight gains in insurance coverage from public programs. 

How to reduce the most concerning, unexpected operational costs 
A new survey asked which sources of unexpected operational costs keep health care exec up at night. Three in five of them cite labor shortages, while more than half (52%) point to inflation. Another 51% indicated cybersecurity, and nearly half (49%) cited regulatory risks.