Week in Review: May 13

The Week in Review provides an overview of the past week’s top health care content, including industry news and trends, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Laboratories news, and upcoming events.

Industry News

Pandemic Gets Tougher to Track as COVID Testing Plunges

Testing for COVID-19 has plummeted across the globe, making it much tougher for scientists to track the course of the pandemic and spot new, worrisome viral mutants as they emerge and spread. Via AP News

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Hospitals Look to Raise Treatment Costs as Nurses’ Salaries Increase

Some hospitals grappling with rising nurse salaries are seeking to raise prices by up to 15%, touching off contract fights with health insurers and businesses and threatening higher premiums. Via Wall Street Journal

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CDC Still Unsure on Cause of Hepatitis Cases in Children, Issues New Guidance for Adenovirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing new guidance to clinicians on testing for adenovirus in children as the cause behind the recent cases of pediatric hepatitis around the world remains uncertain. Via The Hill

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Mayo Clinic News

Rochester Hospitals Score Top Grades in Safety

The Leapfrog Group assigned ‘A’ safety ratings to both Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center. Only 33 percent of the 3,000 hospitals reviewed received the top rating. Via Post-Bulletin

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Mayo Clinic breaks ground on $155M Minnesota hospital expansion

Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic Health System broke ground May 5 on its $155 million hospital expansion project in Mankato, Minn., a spokesperson for the system confirmed to Becker's. The 121-bed expansion will add three floors above the emergency department, cancer center and specialty clinic foyer, the system said in a February news release.  Via Becker's Hospital Review

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Meghann Southwick

Meghann Southwick is a marketing specialist for Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2021.