Month: September 2020

HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology granted $2.5 million to five local health information exchanges to improve health data interoperability, the agency said Wednesday. According to HHS, the funding will help state and local public health agencies respond to public health emergencies like natural disasters and pandemics. The agency will administer
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Telehealth startup Ro is expanding its partnership with pharma giant Pfizer’s generics arm to offer its generic versions of commonly prescribed blood pressure and cholesterol medications.  Through its virtual mail-order pharmacy, Ro will supply Pfizer-produced generics of Lipitor, a cholesterol drug, and Norvasc, a hypertension medication.  The medications will be made available through Ro’s $5-per-month
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Governor Andrew Cuomo makes an announcement and holds media briefing on COVID-19 response at New Settlement Community Center, Bronx. Lev Radin | Pacific Press | LightRocket via Getty Images New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Tuesday of growing coronavirus clusters in large Orthodox Jewish communities around New York City that he worries could spread uncontrollably if
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LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has become known for its aggressive joint venture strategy over the years. But like any relationship, healthy JVs require ingenuity, commitment and compromise ’ otherwise, they risk going bad. For the Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group, a key secret to success has also been its “all health care is local,” community-first
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Starting Oct. 1, several private health insurers will no longer fully pay for virtual visits under certain circumstances ’ effectively reinstituting costs for patients reliant on the virtual care that has been heralded as a lifeline at a time when Covid-19 is still killing more than 700 Americans each day. The insurance giant UnitedHealthcare is
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The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million on Tuesday, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders’ resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work. “It’s not just a number. It’s human beings. It’s people we love,”
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A municipal worker sanitizes a Roman Catholic Church graveyard after the burial of Covid-19 coronavirus infected people in Ranchi on September 6, 2020. AFP | Getty Images The coronavirus has killed at least 1 million people across the globe, a nightmarish milestone in the world’s fight against the virus that emerged from Wuhan, China, late
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Despite the financial crunch the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on the industry, Ben Breier, president and CEO of Kindred Healthcare, remains bullish on the organization’s growth strategy for the next few years. In some ways, he says, the pandemic has shown that there is a greater need to expand the company’s footprint and partnerships with
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While efforts to flatten the curve of coronavirus infection have meant statewide stay-at-home orders across the nation, American hospitals have faced record numbers of COVID-19 patients and even resorted to surge units and field hospitals to accommodate them. Beyond providing more supplies, equipment and personnel, what can your organization do to support these frontline employees?
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Six months into Louisiana’s coronavirus outbreak, disagreements over how the state should respond to the pandemic and who should make those decisions have reached a fever pitch, culminating in the centerpiece debate of a special legislative session that starts Monday. Republican lawmakers feuding with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards over continued restrictions on business, high
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill on Sept. 10, 2020. Ting Shen/Xinhua via Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said another coronavirus stimulus plan is possible as House Democrats try to forge ahead on a smaller aid package costing about $2.4 trillion, roughly $1 trillion less than their initial
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Jacqueline Dunlap places whole blood samples into a centrifuge to separate plasma for antibody testing at the Bloodworks Northwest Laboratory during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Renton, Washington, September 9, 2020. Lindsey Wasson | Reuters Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans showed signs of a prior coronavirus infection as of late July, suggesting that
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With more than 1,700 locations in 46 states, Kindred Healthcare has a unique perspective on caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its network spans long-term care, rehabilitation and behavioral health. And despite the financial pinch the pandemic has put on the industry, Kindred President and CEO Ben Breier says the organization is well-positioned to
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Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergencies program Mike Ryan speaks at a news conference on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland. Denis Balibouse | Reuters As the global death toll from the coronavirus approaches 1 million people, it’s “not impossible” to consider that number doubling if countries don’t uniformly work to
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(Photo ource: Stock photos) If you are considering a physician practice merger, this guide will provide you with essential information about the key elements and strategic considerations of a well-done due diligence process.  While mergers and acquisitions can be an exciting part of physician practice transformation, however, it’s important not to get too far ahead
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President Donald Trump’s executive order on surprise billing directs HHS to update the Hospital Compare website within six months to inform Medicare beneficiaries about hospital billing practices, but experts said it would take far longer to go into effect. The information would include whether a hospital follows price transparency rules and gives patients an itemized
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In a speech unveiling his health-care “vision” for America, President Donald Trump made a surprise announcement: that cash cards will soon be sent to millions of seniors using the government health insurance program Medicare.  “Under my plan, 33 million Medicare beneficiaries will soon receive a card in the mail containing $200 that they can use
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