Health Care Service Corp. has signed a contract with Epic for a data platform that links its health plans with provider organizations, the health insurance giant said Wednesday. With the new platform, HCSC’s health plans will be able to share and receive health data from provider organizations that use Epic Systems Corp.’s electronic health record
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A recently introduced federal bill aims to dramatically reduce red tape for Medicare-certified home health providers ’ at least for now. In May, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez ’ a Democrat from New York ’ introduced a bill that would allow home health providers to be reimbursed for services without adhering to the in-person face-to-face Medicare
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A new chart collection examines where changes in health care employment have been concentrated amid the coronavirus pandemic, and what these changes might tell us about short-term health spending. Health care employment decreased 9.5% from February through April 2020, as more than 1.5 million healthcare workers lost their jobs. While the health care sector added
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Dive Brief: Dallas-based Tenet told investors Tuesday patient volumes at its hospitals have dramatically ramped back up following steep declines throughout March and April. Hospital surgeries, which were down 55% in April compared to pre-COVID-19 levels, returned to about 95% pre-COVID levels during the first half of June. Recovery efforts include securing personal protective equipment
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Smart pill maker Proteus Digital Health on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the latest sign of trouble at the Silicon Valley company that was once seen as a showcase for how technology can revolutionize how patients take their medicine. The filing, first reported by CNBC, marks a dramatic turning point for Proteus, which was
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A new chart collection explores the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. health care workforce, and finds that between February and April 2020, nearly 1.5 million health care jobs were lost. While more than 300,000 health services jobs were recovered in May 2020, mainly in dental offices, employment in some health care settings continued to
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Key policy changes could significantly improve the integration of care for people that are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission said Monday in its annual report to Congress. MACPAC said CMS should loosen enrollment restrictions for so-called “dual-eligibles” by creating an exception to the special-enrollment period so
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President Trump’s top Medicare official said Tuesday that expanded access to telemedicine should continue after the coronavirus pandemic recedes and that officials are examining ways to act without waiting for legislation from Congress. “I can’t imagine going back,” said Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told STAT during a live
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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus R speaks at a daily briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 2, 2020. Chen Junxia | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images The World Health Organization said on Monday that more scientists globally should investigate disease clusters to analyze what is driving infection and causing further spread, in
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With multiple drugmakers in a push for a Covid-19 vaccine, countries are preparing for when it is finally available and putting deals in place with companies to prepare for the eventual distribution. AstraZeneca, which has a vaccine under development at Oxford and is expected to complete the experimental phase by the fall, agreed to deals with
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Somerville’s Division St., a usually bustling pedestrian street, pictured from Main Street. In the front of the image is a sign for Somerville’s weekly cruise nights, which are “on hiatus due to Covid-19.” June 9, 2020. Will Feuer Somerville, New Jersey has enjoyed a rising tide in recent years. Main Street is usually bustling, drawing
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For Brittney Linder’s infant son Khalil, blood donations are a matter of life and death. He was diagnosed with sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder, in the womb and suffered a stroke when he was just one day old. Khalil recovered, but before he was six months old he was hospitalized again. Brittney knew
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The Trump administration Friday overturned an Obama-era rule that banned discrimination against patients based on gender identity. The regulation from the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights drops protections based on gender identity from the ACA’s chief anti-discrimination provision. OCR similarly ended nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people by modifying other CMS rules, including standards for qualified
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Photo source: iStock Kids love trampolines. Look at any neighborhood where kids live and you will find a multitude of trampolines in different shapes and forms. Parents also love trampolines. What better way to get kids to burn off excess energy and give parents some breathing space? But, if trampolines are not set up and
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This week saw a few major leadership shake-ups that in-home care professionals should keep their eyes on. First, Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) announced Thursday that former CFO Joshua Proffitt is being promoted to president. Robert Williams ’ an executive joining LHC Group from the senior primary care space ’ will take over
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Dive Brief: Former nurses and employees at Tenet-owned Detroit Medical Center’s Sinai-Grace hospital filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court alleging they were fired for bringing attention to staffing and patient safety concerns at the facility during the pandemic. A DMC spokesperson told Healthcare Dive it doesn’t comment on pending litigation, but defended the
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