Month: October 2020

Dr. Philip Lee, who was a leading force in the implementation of the Medicare program as the nation’s first assistant secretary of health, died earlier this week, according to a notice from the University of California San Francisco, where he served as chancellor. Lee, who formed the Health Policy Program at UCSF’what would come to
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Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned that the United States is only “at the beginning of the steep part of the epidemic” as the number of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations across the country break grim records. In an interview on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” on Friday, the former FDA chief said, “You’ll see cases start
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COVID-19 sped up the demand for telehealth. But the more progressive systems had already been investing in ways to offer care and monitor patients from afar. Among the trailblazers in this arena is Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare and its CEO, Howard P. Kern. What was your riskiest decision? In 1999, Sentara Healthcare partnered with a
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images) The U.S. is reporting an “extremely high and quite unacceptable” daily number of Covid-19 cases ahead of the winter season when people will be spending more time indoors and threatening to spread the virus even more, White
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Health insurance can be expensive, and is therefore often out of reach for lower and moderate income families. To make coverage obtainable for families that otherwise could not afford it and to encourage broad participation in health insurance, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes provisions to lower premiums and out-of-pocket costs for people with low
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When there are challenges in any industry, the organizations that hurdle them quickly and efficiently end up gaining an advantage. Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq:AMED) feels like it has done that. After a census bounce-back from COVID-19, a successful transition to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and an identification of new ways to accelerate its home health
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Hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of monthly personal protective equipment (PPE) costs. Nationwide lockdowns of assisted living communities. Continued restrictions on elective surgeries in most markets. These remain just a few of the major pain points that Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) and its home health business face amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With 40
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Performer Marc Anthony wanted the Trump administration to agree ’ in writing ’ that it wouldn’t use his comments for a public service campaign on the coronavirus to be used for President Donald Trump’s reelection. Actor Dennis Quaid and singers CeCe Winans and Shulem Lemmer taped their PSAs before withdrawing their consent to participate. Rapper
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CMS on Thursday made permanent changes to telehealth flexibilities for home health providers. In its home health payment rule for 2021, the agency signed off on changes to allow providers to use telehealth for related skilled services if they’re outlined in a patient’s care plan and tied to a specific goal to improve treatment. It
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A lab technician inspects filled vials of investigational coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug remdesivir at a Gilead Sciences facility in La Verne, California. Gilead Sciences Inc | Reuters Gilead Sciences reported stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings on Wednesday with revenue rising 17% from a year earlier, driven by sales of coronavirus treatment remdesivir. Gilead’s antiviral drug remdesivir,
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Pinterest has built its massive brand around its identity as a cheery, curated hub of health and wellness content ’ complete with a widely praised, hardline policy against medical misinformation. But behind the scenes, Pinterest’s battle against misinformation has been just as much a fight inside the company’s own doors. A STAT investigation has found
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In response to ongoing opposition from both lawmakers and providers, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced it has made changes to its rules surrounding COVID-19 relief funding. The department’s amended rules now allow providers to use Provider Relief Fund (PRF) money toward lost revenue that’s potentially unrelated to COVID-19. “After reimbursing
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Medicare will cover the yet-to-be approved coronavirus vaccine free for older people under a policy change expected to be announced shortly, a senior Trump administration official said Tuesday. The coming announcement from CMS aims to align the time-consuming process for securing Medicare coverage of a new vaccine, drug or treatment with the rapid campaign to
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Commuters wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walk past a London underground tube train at Victoria station, during the evening ‘rus hour’ in central London on September 23, 2020. TOLGA AKMEN | AFP via Getty Images LONDON ’ Antibodies against the coronavirus fall as people recover from the disease, according
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has offered further clarification on its COVID-19 testing strategy for home health agencies. According to an online “index” of its distribution efforts, HHS is sending tests to the “largest 100+” home health and hospice agencies, with those providers then tasked with distributing COVID-19 tests to locations
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