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Written on Sep 29, 2023

Nursing homes would need to spend more than $6.8 billion annually to meet a proposed federal staffing mandate, which also would require them to hire more than 102,000 new workers if enacted as originally introduced, according to an analysis. 

The Biden administration announced a major initiative to protect Americans from medical debt on Thursday, outlining plans to develop federal rules barring unpaid medical bills from affecting patients’ credit scores. 

Hospitals want to bring down labor costs, but not at the risk of staffing turnover. 

Costco is joining retailers' push into primary care by offering members $29 telehealth visits, as well as lab testing and virtual mental health services. It's part of a broad effort to use digital tools to create more customizable patient experiences that's also drawn Amazon, Walmart, CVS and Dollar General. 

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