A new report shows that more than half of the hospital facilities that responded to the flu pandemics were closed in the months after the pandemic, leaving some patients without proper care.
More than 40% of hospitals in the Phoenix area closed for a period of up to six months or more, and that percentage is expected to rise as the flu season progresses.
The report comes as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to adjust its emergency management plan.
More:Health officials in Phoenix are hoping to ease the strain on hospitals in an effort to stem the spread of the virus.
They’re trying to make it easier for people to come in and get care.
Some hospitals are working with the state Department of Health Services and the Arizona Department of Public Health to create a system for getting people to emergency rooms quickly and efficiently.
But the health department is concerned about what it calls “emergency care delivery challenges,” which are the fact that people are unable to get into the hospital quickly or safely.
There are other reasons hospitals might not be able to open as quickly as expected.
For instance, some patients have been waiting for two to three weeks for an appointment with a specialist.
The report comes after CMS announced last month that it will require more hospitals to provide flu shot coverage to more people.
The new rules, which are expected to take effect on March 1, are aimed at making it easier to get flu shots for people in urgent need.
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