Month: August 2020

CMS is proposing for Medicare to cover all medical devices designated by the Food and Drug Administration as breakthrough devices. The proposed rule, released Monday, is in response to a Trump administration executive order from late 2019 that tasked CMS with streamlining coverage for breakthrough medical devices. Manufacturers can voluntarily participate in FDA’s Breakthrough Devices
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Actinium Healthcare Holdings — a Dallas, Texas-based private equity firm — has acquired Central Home Health Services of Texas Inc. The PE firm announced the acquisition last week, touting it as a stepping stone toward building a broader health care platform company. The financial terms were not disclosed. Houston, Texas-based Central Home Health Services of
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After voters expanded Medicaid in conservative states like Missouri and Oklahoma, health care advocates are renewing a push for expansion in Mississippi and other Southern states where Republican leaders have long been opposed. They say the changing tide has followed rising income inequality, joblessness and pressure from hospitals in economic turmoil — issues exacerbated by
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A lot of parents consider education within schools to be purely academic. Whereas students often see school as a mix of academia and socializing. Very few of us really consider the practical lessons that also take place. While there’s no doubt that English, Math, and Science are important, health education classes can also have a
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Spending on home health care services is down substantially under the Patient-Driven Grouping Model (PDGM), a recently unveiled analysis suggests. While the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 requires PDGM to be budget neutral, spending on home health care has actually been about 21.6% lower than projected, according to a detailed analysis from Dobson DaVanzo &
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Scott Gottlieb, former Commissioner of the FDA Adam Jeffery | CNBC Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA chief under President Donald Trump, said on Sunday that the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to not test asymptomatic people for Covid-19 was  “unfortunate” because those people could be at high risk of contracting the infection.  “We should
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Research is slowly but surely fitting together the pieces of the puzzle that is Alzheimer’s Disease. (Photo source: iStock) Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) in particular, is widely recognized as the next global health crisis. There are more than five million Americans of all ages living with Alzheimer’s – and, unfortunately, that number is growing. The
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During his physician residency training about 15 years ago, Dr. Chris Colbert doesn’t recall health equity ever being acknowledged or discussed. “There was just African American residency (training) and the thought that this wasn’t right,” said Colbert, who is African American and serves as assistant emergency medicine residency director and director of health disparities at
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A Detroit resident is tested for free for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and antibodies at the Sheffield Center in Detroit, Michigan, April 28, 2020. Rebecca Cook | Reuters Coronavirus cases in the Midwest are beginning to increase following warnings from top U.S. health officials that the country’s heartland could be vulnerable to new outbreaks.  Coronavirus
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Elon Musk on Friday unveiled a coin-sized prototype of a brain implant developed by his startup Neuralink to enable people who are paralyzed to operate smartphones and robotic limbs with their thoughts — and said the company had worked to “dramatically simplify” the device since presenting an earlier version last summer. In an event live-streamed on
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Amid one of the worst public-health crises in history, a record number of Americans are without health insurance. John Fedele Amid historic levels of unemployment, as many as 12 million Americans may have lost their health insurance since February, according to a study by the Economic Policy Institute.  “Because most U.S. workers rely on their
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