Month: July 2020

Adm. Brett Giroir, director of the U.S. coronavirus diagnostic testing, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 30, 2020. Kevin Dietsch | Reuters A report claiming the Trump administration scrapped plans for a national coronavirus testing strategy to make Democratic governors in some of
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As states and cities shatter their old coronavirus records due to the current summer resurgence, health care officials and policymakers are once again shining a spotlight on high-risk populations, which include older adults in the community, individuals living in long-term care facilities and the immunocompromised. One vulnerable group, however, is getting overlooked. Between the worsening
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President Donald Trump on Thursday continued his push for schools to reopen as fall approaches regardless of the state of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, adding that keeping schools closed “is causing death also.”  Trump called on Democrats to work with Republicans to pass the latest coronavirus relief bill, which currently includes $105 billion to help schools
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Advocates of protecting consumers from surprise medical bills using a market-based payment benchmark are pushing to include their fix in the next COVID-19 relief package, but they face significant hurdles. Two key House committees have revived discussions on surprise medical bill fixes, but it’s unclear whether they will be able to reach consensus in time
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A federal judge in New York on Wednesday halted the Trump administration from enacting its controversial rule penalizing legal immigrants for using Medicaid or other public programs. U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels in Manhattan refused to throw out a lawsuit challenging the so-called “public charge” rule and granted an injunction to hold off on
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About five months into the COVID-19 crisis, Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) believes that it’s better positioned for the future than it was before COVID-19 landed on U.S. soil. The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and COVID-19 have presented challenges to the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company’s home health business, just like almost everyone else’s. But Amedisys bested
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Virtual care and digital health tools are soaring in popularity amid the Covid-19 pandemic. A growing number of patients are forgoing face-to-face visits and instead calling, texting, and video chatting with their clinicians. The rapid change could bring clear benefits, including making care more convenient and seamless care and easier to access. But what are
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Home-based care providers are at the forefront of the nation’s fight against the coronavirus; yet they still lack the full federal help they need to succeed.  Meanwhile, regulatory flexibilities for hospitals and other health care providers are creating newfound competition for home health and home care agencies. “So far, it has been difficult to measure
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Health and well-being company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has spent the past few years adding to its health care services portfolio while aggressively investing around a home-based care strategy. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company has now revealed its latest step in that direction. On Wednesday, Humana announced a wide-ranging strategic partnership with Heal, the in-home primary
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Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems recorded a profit in the second quarter even as revenues and hospital admissions fell. The 97-hospital investor-owned system reported a net income attributable to shareholders of $70 million on net operating revenues of $2.5 billion, up from a $167 million net loss on net operating revenues of $3.3 billion in
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President Donald Trump said Tuesday he still thinks hydroxychloroquine works against Covid-19, despite mounting evidence that the malaria drug is ineffective in treating the virus.  Trump was asked by a reporter about a video Trump shared on Twitter that went viral across social media platforms that claimed hydroxychloroquine is “a cure for Covid” and “you don’t need
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