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Dozens of Oregon healthcare companies have committed to boosting their value-based payment models as the state looks to reduce healthcare expenses. Forty healthcare organizations, including some of state’s largest health systems and insurers, signed a voluntary compact Thursday that aims to tie 70% of their payments to capitation and other alternative payment models by 2024.
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U.S. Anesthesia Partners sued UnitedHealth Group in two states on Wednesday, calling the nation’s largest insurer a “boa constrictor” that allegedly squeezed the 4,000-member physician practice out of so much business it went to the courts to regain its clients. “United and its affiliates have extended their tentacles into virtually every aspect of healthcare, allowing
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Bothered by pain in the neck? You’re not alone. A 2017 population-based study determined the prevalence of neck pain in a population of adults aged 20 and above was 20.3% or 1 in 5 people. Although a variety of risk factors for neck pain have been identified, including your posture/positioning while at work, one risk
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Deepfakes, an emerging form of manipulated photo and video content, could be the next frontier that businesses have to tackle in cybersecurity. Deepfakes recently have been the subject of entertainment news, such as viral videos of a fake Tom Cruise or a newly trending app that transforms user’s photos into lip-syncing videos, but more sophisticated
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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, at its meeting on Thursday, approved several Medicare policy recommendations that will appear in its June report to Congress. Alternative Payment Models The congressional advisory panel will recommend that CMS simplify its approach to alternative payment models. Commissioners approved an updated version of the recommendation presented by MedPAC’s staff at
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She was President Trump’s top Medicare official. Now, Seema Verma, the former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid administrator, is taking a seat on the board of directors at Lumeris, a health tech company that uses software to help health systems manage value-based reimbursement requirements. To some, the appointment could come as a surprise: Verma, a
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Securing a billion dollars of yearly funding was once considered a landmark achievement in health tech. But with the pandemic fueling a resurgence in interest for virtual care, those days are long gone. Since late last year, activity in the digital health sector has broken virtually every financial record, from funding to acquisitions and deals
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Across the country, states are granting vaccine access to more and more individuals, with some even offering the opportunity to anyone over the age of 16. But for home-based care agencies, the fight to inoculate clients and seniors is still very much ongoing. Additionally, addressing hesitancy and stomping out misleading or false claims about the
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President Joe Biden is trying to make good on one of his main campaign promises. The Biden administration on Wednesday unveiled a new $2 trillion infrastructure proposal to create jobs, build roads, fix bridges and more. On top of that, the proposal — officially dubbed the American Jobs Plan — would substantially increase funding for
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