Month: July 2021

In this Photo illustration a World Health Organization(WHO) logo seen displayed on an Android phone. Avishek Das | Getty Images World Health Organization officials said they are still trying to understand why the delta variant is more transmissible and potentially makes people sicker than the original coronavirus strain. “We’re really trying to get a better
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Boston EMS medics work to resuscitate a patient on the way to the ambulance amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Boston, Massachusetts, April 27, 2020. Brian Snyder | Reuters About three-fourths of people infected in a Massachusetts Covid-19 outbreak were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to new data published Friday by the Centers
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Kaiser Foundation Health Plan sued pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., alleging it conspired with an Indian drug manufacturer to prevent a pair of generic drugs from entering the market. Kenilworth, N.J.-based Merck did not immediately respond to an interview request. But Kaiser’s lawsuit accused Merck of engaging in “pay-for-delay” behavior. Kaiser alleges the lack of
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The federal government intervened in six lawsuits alleging that Kaiser Permanente upcoded claims for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, the Justice Department said Friday. The Oakland, Calif.-based integrated health system allegedly pressured its physicians to augment medical records often months after the care was provided to boost its Medicare reimbursement. Doctors added risk-adjusting diagnoses that patients did
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You’re reading the web edition of STAT Health Tech, our guide to how tech is transforming the life sciences. Sign up to get this newsletter delivered in your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday.  The acquisition race heats up in telehealth Amwell is spending $320 million to acquire a pair of companies ’ the digital mental health provider SilverCloud Health and Conversa, which uses
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The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined how health care is delivered as well as how people pay for it. On the delivery side, patients and doctors offices have embraced telehealth appointments; on the financial side, patients have turned to contactless payment modalities and phone apps to handle their balances.  Zotec Partners, a healthcare payment vendor, reports that the
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Dive Brief: An inexpensive, scalable and easy-to-implement way to nudge more unvaccinated healthcare workers to get their COVID-19 shot is through employers sending targeted emails, patient portal messages, text messages and other communications designed with behavioral science in mind, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Network Open. Researchers looked at healthcare workers across
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You’re reading the web edition of STAT Health Tech, our guide to how tech is transforming the life sciences. Sign up to get this newsletter delivered in your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday.  A glimpse behind Epic’s AI firewall Epic Systems has mounted an aggressive push in recent years to spur the adoption of algorithms to predict everything
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Editor’s note: A livestream of the conversation will be embedded below at 1 p.m. ET. Every week, STAT+ subscribers get access to exclusive conversations with biotech, pharma, and health tech leaders. This week, STAT news editor Megan Thielking will be joined by STAT’s national technology correspondent, Casey Ross. They will be discussing the findings of
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Exclusion monitoring is a critical tool for ensuring compliance, program integrity, and patient safety. Healthcare organizations can’t afford not to monitor their populations for exclusions, however, because there are several lists at both the federal and state levels that need to be continuously monitored, exclusion monitoring can be complicated. Read on for a summary of
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Several artificial intelligence algorithms developed by Epic Systems, the nation’s largest electronic health record vendor, are delivering inaccurate or irrelevant information to hospitals about the care of seriously ill patients, contrasting sharply with the company’s published claims, a STAT investigation found. Employees of several major health systems said they were particularly concerned about Epic’s algorithm
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Clinical decision support is one of digital health’s great promises. Faced with a surplus of information about a patient’s history and symptoms, algorithms built into electronic health records can provide important alerts and reminders, automated prescription suggestions, and even diagnostic support ’ hopefully, helping patients receive the right care. But those systems don’t always hold
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Dive Brief: Tenet posted a $120 million profit in the second quarter of this year, up from $88 million during the same time last year, following HCA as the second for-profit system to post a rebound, according to financial results released Wednesday. The Dallas-based hospital chain beat Wall Street expectations on earnings and revenue, posting
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With the advent of cheap genetic sequencing, the world of biology has been flooded with 2D data. Now, artificial intelligence is pushing the field into three dimensions. On Thursday, Alphabet-owned AI outfit DeepMind announced it has used its highly accurate deep learning model AlphaFold2 to predict the 3D structure of 350,000 proteins ’ including nearly
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A shorter version of this column has been published by Axios. Presidents Biden’s Executive Order instructing agencies to develop policies to promote competition in the economy hasn’t received much attention, but could lead to new efforts to control health costs if his administration and Congress respond with measures to stem consolidation in the health care
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Leveraging Food and Drug Administration regulations loosened during the pandemic, Happify Health, which is best known for its consumer wellness app, will launch new prescription-only software to treat depression. Happify, founded in 2019, recently announced it had raised $73 million to bolster its efforts in digital therapeutics, a space that is rapidly growing as well-funded
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Dive Brief: Healthcare facilities must be in full compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Temporary Standard as of Wednesday, including requirements around ventilation, physical barriers and training. The American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges and other groups had pushed the agency to delay compliance dates, contending providers needed more time
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CMS is proposing to hike penalties on hospitals that don’t abide by price transparency requirements from $300 daily to potentially thousands of dollars for larger facilities, part of an outpatient payment rule that’s a mixed bag of potential wins and losses for providers. In the proposed 2022 Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule released Monday, the
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After a tumultuous year of unpredictable COVID-19 changes to utilization and spending, a review of early rate filings for individual market insurers participating in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace finds that most are expecting a return to normal in 2022 without the pandemic playing a large role. The review of insurers’ preliminary rate filings in
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So God created mankind in his own image,    in the image of God he created them;    male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 New International Version Years ago, when I was a freshman at Stanford, I acted in a few college plays. One of my favorite roles was E.K. Hornbeck, the cynical wise-cracking reporter in Jerome Lawrence and Robert E.
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The recent approval of Aduhelm (aducanumab), which treats Alzheimer’s disease and carries an expected annual price tag of $56,000, has brought increased attention to high-cost drugs approved through the FDA’s accelerated approval pathway. While Medicare and its beneficiaries likely will be most impacted by the costs of the drug, as Alzheimer’s disease is most prevalent among
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As they get older, many people worry about the condition of their brain. They fear their brain will no longer be as sharp as it once was. The thought of losing the cognitive ability they had in their youth feels like losing themselves. You may have noticed, though, that it does not happens to everyone.
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