Feb 21, 2018

Bon Secours, Mercy merging into giant Catholic hospital system

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. Photo: Bon Secours

Mercy Health and Bon Secours Health System, two large Catholic hospital systems spanning seven states and with almost $9 billion in combined annual revenue, have agreed to merge. The two systems expect to complete the deal by the end of the year, pending state, federal and church approvals.

Go deeper: This is another major hospital system merger and builds on the industry's insatiable appetite to consolidate — with no clear benefits to patients.

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FDA authorizes two-minute testing kit to detect coronavirus

Currently, testing kits take days to produce results. Photo: Sergei Malgavko\TASS via Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency approval Tuesday for a testing kit produced by Bodysphere Inc. that can detect a positive or negative result for COVID-19 in two minutes.

Why it matters: Access to testing has improved in the U.S. thanks to commercial labs, but the average wait time for a patient's results is 4-5 days — with some reports of it taking more than a week.

Fauci: "Active discussion" about broadening use of masks to fight coronavirus

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN Tuesday that the White House coronavirus task force will hold an "active discussion" about broadening the use of medical masks to protect against coronavirus.

Why it matters: Such a guidance shift would be a huge change in messaging from the Trump administration, which initially advised against healthy people using masks.

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