Nineteen provider organizations asked Congressional leaders to lower some Quality Payment Program requirements. The letter, sent on Thursday, claims many clinicians can’t meet key thresholds in the Quality Payment Program going into effect Jan. 1, 2021, and will drop out of the program as a result. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,
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The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a pilot program with five states to introduce the rapid, point-of-care Covid-19 test, using the same diagnostics the National Basketball Association employed to finish its season, the agency announced Thursday. The pilot program — adopted by Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, Texas and Alaska — is expected
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The launch of Amazon Pharmacy on Tuesday sent shockwaves through the pharmacy pipeline, with industry observers speculating that the shipping giant’s latest move would spur major competition across the sector. Above all else, Amazon’s new service — which lets customers buy prescription drugs online and have them delivered — further centralizes the home as a
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With hopes that a COVID-19 vaccine or vaccines will be proven safe and effective soon, state and local public health authorities will play a critical role in ensuring the efficient distribution and administration of the vaccine. To assess the readiness of these local governments to take on these responsibilities, KFF reviewed the preliminary vaccine distribution
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As the United States braces for a bleak winter, hospital systems across the country are ramping up their efforts to develop AI systems to predict how likely their Covid-19 patients are to fall severely ill or even die. Yet most of the efforts are being developed in siloes and trained on limited datasets, raising crucial
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Medtronic this week continued its expansion into the artificial-intelligence surgery space, a push it’s mainly pursued through acquisitions. The newly acquired company, Medicrea, uses AI to ease pre-operative planning and tailor implants for spine surgeries. It marks Medtronic’s seventh acquisition this year. The purchase is part of a strategy to drive revenue growth through so-called
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During the COVID-19 crisis, senior living communities and long-term care facilities have sometimes been wary about letting outsiders onto their premises, including home health and hospice clinicians. That has repeatedly been a major challenge and point of concern for home health providers over the past several months, at times even leading to significant dips in
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In a Tuesday evening interview on “The News with Shepard Smith,” President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisory board member Michael Osterholm emphasized that Americans would receive government support in the case of a shutdown.  “If we’re going to ask anyone in America, whether it’s an individual or company, to close down or to lose a job
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Home health providers continue to make serious progress in reducing improper payments under fee-for-service Medicare, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday. Since 2016, improper payments to home health providers have dropped by an estimated $5.9 billion, according to CMS. All improper payments in fee-for-service Medicare are down by an estimated
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AccentCare Inc. and Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care are merging. Dallas-based AccentCare — owned by global private equity firm Advent International — is among the five largest home health providers in the country, according to industry data. The Rosemont, Illinois-based Seasons holds the same distinction in the U.S. hospice market. “Accentcare is doing very, very
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