More than 206,000 people selected a 2021 health plan through the federally facilitated marketplace Feb. 15-28, the first two weeks of a special enrollment period created in response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reports. The total includes selections by state for the 36 states that use the federally facilitated marketplace. CMS plans
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A research letter published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine looks at delayed injection-site skin reactions to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine four to 11 days after 12 people received the first dose. All 12 received a second dose, since delayed injection-site or hypersensitivity reactions are not contraindications for subsequent vaccination. Three of them
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Dive Brief: The Federal Trade Commission has closed its investigation of the merger between Atrium Health Navicent and Houston Healthcare System following news the two have abandoned their plans for a deal. FTC staff had recommended commissioners challenge the merger on grounds that it would have led to “significant harm” for area residents and businesses
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Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Todd Young, R-Ind., Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., today introduced the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, AHA-supported legislation that aims to prevent suicide, burnout and behavioral health disorders among health care professionals. Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa., also introduced the legislation in the House of Representatives. Named for a
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Cyber attackers are using Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities to access Exchange server email accounts on an organization’s premises and install malware to facilitate long-term access to victim environments, the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center announced yesterday. It suspects a potentially state-sponsored group out of China called HAFNIUM is behind the campaign. According to Microsoft, Exchange Online
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Dive Brief: Congressional support for permanently expanding access to telehealth seems to be rising, though thorny questions persist around payment, timing and which flexibilities should be retained after the COVID-19 public health emergency expires. In a House subcommittee panel on telehealth Tuesday, lawmakers on both side of the aisle were supportive of the modality, especially
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The National Institutes of Health has halted a clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of COVID-19 convalescent plasma in emergency department patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 symptoms and at least one risk factor for severe COVID-19 after an independent board concluded from the data that the treatment was unlikely to help such patients. Forty-seven U.S. hospital EDs
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Majorities Favor Provisions to Expand Marketplace Tax Credits and Encourage States to Expand Medicaid As Congress considers an additional $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, more than a third (37%) of Americans say that someone in their household has had trouble paying basic living expenses over the past three months, the latest KFF Health Tracking Poll
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At a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing today, health care stakeholders urged Congress to consider how to ensure flexibilities remain for patients and health care providers in telehealth beyond the public health emergency. “It is critical to the health, safety and equitable access of our patients to ensure we can continue to
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