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Michigan’s independent doctors are facing new hardships during coronavirus pandemic: Udow-Phillips explains

The novel coronavirus is not only causing massive stress on hospital systems, but it is also threatening the existence of independent practices in Michigan. Ted Roelofs, in his latest story for Bridge Magazine, shares that as cases started to increase, and social distancing rules were implemented in March, private practices saw a dramatic decline in patients and revenue.  With this …

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In MLive, Udow Phillips explores Michigan’s approach to reopening the economy: Slow, steady and safe

CHRT Executive Director Marianne Udow-Phillips discusses the uncertainties surrounding reopening Michigan’s economy in MLive story. As Governor Whitmer and a 29-person Economic Recovery Council roll out a plan for restarting Michigan’s economy, the emphasis is on caution and flexibility. In a May 6 article, MLive’s Malachi Barrett explores the public health, regional, and economic factors that go into decision-making about …

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Udow-Phillips in Michigan hospitals are needed now more than ever. Why are they laying off workers?

For hospitals and health systems in Michigan and the U.S., outpatient and elective procedures are the foundation of sustainable business. The March 10 executive order putting a hold on “non-essential procedures” in Michigan has had a profound effect on the viability of large and small health providers. MLive’s Malachi Barrett spoke with CHRT Executive Director Marianne Udow-Philips about the conditions …

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CHRT speaks with Huffington Post about improving senior housing options as COVID-19 ravages nursing homes

In “As COVID-19 ravages nursing homes, a new push for better senior housing,” medical writer Patricia Anstett looks at why nursing home residents, who in some states account for more than 50 percent of all COVID-19 deaths, are so vulnerable. These alarming statistics, writes Anstett, “have intensified an important discussion the nation will wrestle with for years to come: How …

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Rural hospitals continue to suffer financially due to coronavirus, even hospitals with few COVID-19 patients

As the COVID-19 pandemic forces hospitals to focus on essential procedures, reducing revenues at health care facilities across Michigan, many rural hospitals are struggling to stay open. In this Michigan Health Watch series, Bridge Magazine’s Ted Roelofs examines some of the ways the coronavirus response is squeezing operating margins for rural health care providers, even if they may not be …

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Udow-Phillips in HuffPo on what’s missing in the debate over Michigan’s ongoing stay-at-home orders

Michigan has been especially hit hard by COVID-19. In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus and to reduce the strain on hospitals and healthcare workers, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued aggressive stay-at-home orders. In “Something big is getting lost in the debate over stay-at-home orders,” Jonathan Cohn, a Huffington Post reporter, explores why these guidelines have sparked …

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CHRT Health Policy Fellow Denise Anthony talks to WEMU about immunity certification, unintended consequences

WEMU’s Lisa Barry explores the idea of an immunity certification system that could exempt those who have COVID-19 antibodies from some social distancing restrictions and allow them to go back to work. Dr. Denise Anthony, CHRT Health Policy Fellow and Professor of Health Management and Policy at the U-M School of Public Health, joins Barry, cautioning that in the U.S., …

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Marianne Udow-Phillips on why Michigan hospitals are laying off workers even as they battle coronavirus

As part of their continuing Health Watch series, Bridge Magazine continues their focus on hospital staffing and the economics behind the perplexing circumstance of health care workers losing their jobs during a health crisis. Writing for today’s Bridge, Brie Zeltner notes that the surge in coronavirus patients has increased staffing and equipment costs even as COVID-19 treatments bring in less …

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In Powering Up, we explore the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in African American communities

Marianne Udow-Phillips, founding executive director of the Center for Health and Research Transformation, joined Anne Doyle for this week’s Powering Up! podcast, “African Americans Bearing the Brunt of U.S. COVID-19 Pandemic.” Detroit, Michigan, one of the COVID-19 hot spots in the U.S., is bearing witness to the disproportionate impact the pandemic is having on African American communities. To date, 35 percent of …

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In Detroit, CHRT’s Cover Michigan Survey illuminates health care access challenges for HuffPo, Type Investigations

In “Detroit’s health care workers ask: ‘How many lives can we save?’ a Huffington Post and Type Investigations story, Patricia Anstett, Jonathan Cohn, Tom Perkins, and Anna Clark describe the impact of coronavirus in “one of the most segregated regions in the country, where a separate-and-unequal system magnifies racial disparities.” “As of Wednesday, COVID-19 had infected more than 7,141 Detroiters …

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