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Reproduced from Lown Institute Hospitals Index; Chart: Axios Visuals

Some of the least racially inclusive hospitals in the U.S. are located in the same cities — even within blocks, in some cases — as some of the most inclusive hospitals, according to a new report from the Lown Institute.

Why it matters: In a year that has highlighted racial inequities in healthcare, the analysis shows the segregation still playing out at hospitals across the nation.

Details: Lown, a health care think tank, looked at looked the demographics of more than 3,200 hospitals’ Medicare patients compared to the demographics of hospitals’ surrounding communities.

  • In the 50 most inclusive hospitals, people of color made up 61% of patients on average. At the 50 least inclusive hospitals, people of color made up 17% of the patients on average, the report said.
  • Atlanta and Los Angeles leaned heavily toward non-inclusive hospitals, while Washington, D.C. had a closer mix.
  • As Axios' Bob Herman has previously reported, cash-strapped safety-net hospitals are more likely to treat patients who are people of color, while wealthier facilities treat more white patients. But safety-net hospitals lack the resources of their more affluent counterparts, which exacerbates disparities in health outcomes.

What they’re saying: “If you want to see structural racism, just look at big city hospitals during COVID. Hospitals with a history of serving communities of color needed refrigerator trucks to hold bodies of deceased patients, while wealthier hospitals nearby had empty beds,” said Vikas Saini, president of the Lown Institute.

Go deeper: The health care system collects the effects of racism

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Idaho governor calls on National Guard to help hospitals as COVID-19 cases surge

Idaho Gov. Brad Little. Photo: Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday announced he is reactivating the National Guard and directing up to 370 additional people to help hospitals as they reach capacity.

Why it matters: There were only four intensive care unit beds available Tuesday in the entire state, out of nearly 400, the Republican governor wrote in a news release. There are more COVID-19 patients in ICU beds in the state "than ever before. The vast majority of them are unvaccinated," the release states.

SEC debunks conspiracy theories about meme stock mania

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The SEC issued its long-awaited report on the meme stock mania, which downplayed the narrative that a "short squeeze" was the primary driver behind GameStop's historic stock moves — and shot down conspiracy theories about the event.

Why it matters: The postmortem was highly anticipated, largely because of what it could hint about what the regulator thinks should be done in wake of the saga. But the report stopped short of specific policy recommendations.

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Breaking Biden's diplomatic logjam

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Data: Center for Presidential Transition via Congress.gov; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The logjam for reviewing and confirming President Biden's ambassadorial picks is finally starting to break.

Why it matters: Biden is far behind his predecessors in the rate at which his ambassadorial picks have been confirmed. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a series of high-profile hearings and votes this week to finally begin chipping away at the backlog.