Month: May 2020

Primary care physicians can play an important role by considering systemic sclerosis and referring to a specialist early in the disease. (Photo source: iStock) Systemic sclerosis is also known as scleroderma. It is one of the most fatal of the autoimmune disorders. It affects up to 75,000 people in the United States each year.  An
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From a financial perspective, home health agencies nationwide are struggling to provide care amid the coronavirus. Providers are juggling lower patient volumes and a lack of telehealth reimbursement while also navigating astronomical personal protective equipment (PPE) prices and increased low utilization payment adjustment (LUPA) rates. In New York, those factors and others are expected to
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At deadline, it was announced that Tom Jackiewicz, CEO of Keck Medicine of USC, was leaving the organization to become president of the University of Chicago Medical Center and chief operating officer its parent health system. Prior to that transition, which will happen in late August, Jackiewicz said his boldest move helped put USC in
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(AP) Five insurance companies were awarded contracts worth nearly $8 billion a year to manage most of Kentucky’s Medicaid business, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday. Landing the contracts were Aetna, Humana, Molina Healthcare, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare, Beshear said. About 1.4 million people in Kentucky receive health coverage through Medicaid. Aetna, Humana and WellCare hold existing
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The past few months have created incredible challenges and changes in the healthcare supply chain. Since late January, unprecedented global demand and other factors have strained the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical products. Many non-acute facilities have either stopped seeing patients because of government guidance to pause patient visits or surgeries
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1. Dow futures flat ahead of Trump’s China news conference Dow futures were pointing to a relatively flat open after President Donald Trump knocked the wind out Thursday’s solid gains on Wall Street when he said he would hold a news conference Friday on China. JPMorgan strategist Marko Kolanovic, who called the market comeback in
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The flight of joint replacements and other lucrative procedures from acute care hospitals to ambulatory surgery centers was happening before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the crisis may prove to accelerate the trend. “That shift was underway, but not very quickly: things never are in healthcare,” said Tim van Biesen, head of Bain & Company’s global
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An assistant director at a Chicago nursing home and long-term care facility alleges in a whistleblower lawsuit that she was fired in retaliation for “objecting to, reporting and refusing directives to participate in unsafe and unlawful conduct in violation of her professional nursing obligations” in relation to COVID-19 care and precautions. The complaint comes at
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The Italian national aerobatic team, the Frecce Tricolore, flies over the Piazza Duomo of Milan on May 25, 2020 in Milan, Italy. Restaurants, bars, cafes, hairdressers and other shops have reopened, subject to social distancing measures, after more than two months of a nationwide lockdown meant to curb the spread of Covid-19. Pietro D’Aprano Italians
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