Let’s Not Kid Ourselves About Acute Care Bed Supply

Some parts of the country, I’m looking at you Northern California, have so effectively squeezed all excess acute care bed capacity out of the system pre-Covid-19, that I don’t know what the New York Times could possibly mean:

Hospitals across the country are operating near or above capacity … With so many hospitals facing the same problems, the elasticity in the health care system is gone, and medical workers are being run ragged.

What elasticity? “Hospital Realignment” (a.k.a.merger activity) has long been praised for its ability to squeeze excess capacity out of the system.

Be careful what you ask for. You may get it.

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Available Yet?

I discussed the reports of Americans arriving at CVS and Walgreens for a COVID-19 vaccination. I asked my students to send me a picture of any sign warning no COVID-19 vaccine is yet available if they came across one. It took the first student to locate one only three days to send the picture on.

I can’t make up my mind whether this is a hopeful sign concerning take up rate once there is a COVID-19 vaccine or a harbinger of doom over Thanksgiving plans made dependent upon a vaccine-generated immunity.

Challenge to CDC COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium

Brown v. Azar, 2020 WL 6364310 (N.D. Ga. Oct. 29, 2020)
The CDC issued a temporary eviction moratorium to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Plaintiffs, landlords seeking to evict tenants, sued and sought a preliminary injunction. The court found the moratorium was within the delegated authority of the CDC Director under the plain language of the statute. The court also rejected plaintiffs’ arguments that the agency’s determination that the order was reasonably necessary was arbitrary and capricious, finding the agency did not need to further consider state and local measures. Finally, the court found the order did not unconstitutionally infringe plaintiffs’ rights to access the courts. Finding no irreparable harm, and harms to the public interest, the court denied the motion for a preliminary injunction.