Month: March 2021

Blue Cross North Carolina will soon begin charging members for COVID-19 treatment, representing one of the nation’s first insurers to end its waiver pausing cost-sharing and out-of-pocket expenses for coronavirus care during the public health crisis. Come April 1, Blue Cross NC’s fully-insured and group members will be responsible for all the copayments, coinsurance and
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Electronic health records are enabling a new generation of health care researchers to study thousands and millions of patients at a time. But scientists can’t easily tap into that promise for transgender and gender diverse populations — because in many cases, the records simply don’t reflect their identities. Up until 2015, most digital health records
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Best Life Brands, the holding company for a handful of senior care companies, is officially entering into the home health space. It is doing so thanks to a new acquisition, which it announced Tuesday. Specifically, Best Life Brands has acquired the home health agency formerly known as “PROHealth Home Care.” The agency provides in-home nursing,
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There’s a lot of confusion within the home health industry regarding Medicare sequestration right now. That’s understandable, considering there have been multiple inaccurate reports about where a continued delay actually stands. To recap, Medicare sequestration is a federal savings mechanism required by the Budget Control Act, which was signed into law in August 2011 with
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Addus COO lands promotion Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has promoted Brad Bickham to the role of president and chief operating officer. Frisco, Texas-based Addus provides personal care, home health and hospice services to about 44,000 consumers, through 212 locations in 22 states. Bickham’s promotion was internal. He first joined Addus in 2017, previously serving
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A joint World Health Organization-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is “extremely unlikely,” according to a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press. The findings offer little new insight into how
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In this article AZN-GB The European Union could open up a “Pandora’s box” if it decides to restrict exports of coronavirus vaccines, a political analyst told CNBC last week. Vaccination drives in the 27-member bloc have been hindered by production issues. Anglo-Swedish firm AstraZeneca earlier this year cut its first-quarter target from 90 million doses
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On March 4, 2020, when there were just 84 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.K., professor Sharon Peacock recognized that the country needed to expand its capacity to analyze the genetic makeup of the virus. The Cambridge University microbiologist understood that genomic sequencing would be crucial in tracking the disease, controlling outbreaks and developing
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The switch to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was always going to be a hurdle for home health agencies, but the onset of the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the woes associated with it. For instance, managing 30-day billing periods and avoiding low-utilization payment adjustments (LUPAs) have been pain points for providers across the country over
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