Month: August 2020

Dive Brief: Google is investing $100 million in Amwell, one of the biggest telehealth companies in the country, in a concurrent private placement with Amwell’s initial public offering, the two companies announced Monday. As part of the multiyear partnership, Amwell will become Google Cloud’s preferred telehealth platform and Amwell will migrate its video capabilities over
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Dive Brief: Hospital operating margins are severely depressed, down 96% since the start of the year through July compared with the first seven months of last year, not including the financial aid from the federal government, according to the latest report from Kaufman Hall. When factoring in federal relief funds, operating margins were down 28%
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Associations Now, the American Society of Association Executives’ magazine for nonprofit professionals, has named AHA to its list of “100 Associations That Will Save the World.” The magazine recognized AHA in the list’s Coronavirus Response category for its 100 Million Mask Challenge nationwide campaign to rapidly produce personal protective equipment on a large scale for
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Dive Brief: Private equity investment appears to have an impact on the way hospitals conduct business, resulting in significantly higher charges and huge surges in profitability, according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers from Harvard Medical School, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital compared the operations of
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Statistics show that doula services ’ which provide help and suggestions on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning ’ are effective in reducing stress and anxiety in expectant mothers, while improving birthing experience and outcomes. In this podcast, two experts from Brookings (S.D.) Health System discuss the impact of the volunteer doula
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Despite the recent attention on health inequities endured by Black, Indigenous and people of color and efforts to close health equity gaps, disparities in behavioral health care persist within these communities, writes Rebecca Chickey, senior director of AHA’s Behavioral Health Services and Field Engagement. This AHA blog shares a variety of resources to aid hospitals
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The AHA today sent letters to the heads of U.S. operations for five large drug companies ’ Merck, Eli Lilly, Sanofi, Novartis and AstraZeneca ’ expressing “profound concern” over actions they are taking to limit the distribution of certain 340B drugs to hospitals and health systems and asking them to “cease this conduct immediately.” These
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The Health Resources and Services Administration yesterday awarded $35 million in grants to support rural hospitals and health care. The funding includes $10 million to provide specialized technical assistance to 30 hospitals in the Mississippi Delta region through the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program; $8.8 million to increase access to rural tele-emergency services; and $8
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UPDATE: Aug. 21, 2020: Riverside Community Hospital said its top priority since day one has been protecting its workers by keeping them safe and employed so they can best care for patients. “Any suggestion otherwise ignores the extensive work, planning and training we have done to ensure the delivery of high-quality care during this pandemic,” the hospital
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In an effort to reduce regulatory burden, the Food and Drug Administration will not require developers to submit a premarket approval application, premarket notification or emergency use authorization for laboratory developed tests, the Department of Health and Human Services announced this week. Laboratories opting to use these tests would not be eligible for Public Readiness and Emergency
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, departments of Housing and Urban Development and Agriculture, Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Health Resources and Services Administration this week released a joint informational bulletin to help states better coordinate federal resources and programs to improve rural health and housing for older
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Jim Skogsbergh, president and CEO of Milwaukee-based Advocate Aurora Health and former AHA chair, Monday participated in a Democratic National Convention roundtable discussion on protecting and strengthening America’s health care system, improving equitable access to quality health care and respecting caregivers. Also participating on the panel were Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., Mary Kay Henry, president
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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday authorized emergency use of a rapid point-of-care antigen test to detect SARS-CoV-2 directly from nasal swab specimens. Laboratories certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment to perform moderate, high or waived complexity tests and health care providers with a CLIA certificate of waiver, compliance or accreditation may use the
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President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden hold widely divergent views on health issues, with the president’s record and response to the coronavirus pandemic likely to play a central role in November’s elections. A new KFF side-by-side comparison examines President Trump’s record and former Vice President Biden’s positions across a wide range of key health
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The following is a guest post from Stefanie Simmons, vice president of patient and clinician engagement at Envision Physician Services. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, front-line healthcare workers have been portrayed as the heroes of the pandemic, and rightfully so. But even heroes face the physical and mental burdens of living and working
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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400 Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270 www.kff.org | Email Alerts: kff.org/email | facebook.com/KaiserFamilyFoundation | twitter.com/kff Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues,
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday published guidance for states on the treatment of third party payers in determining the hospital-specific Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment limits for the state plan rate year 2019 DSH audits. Historically, TPP payments were excluded from the calculation of Medicaid shortfall in determining hospital-specific DSH limits. CMS
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A new issue brief estimates the number of enrollees in individual and fully-insured group market plans that have waived cost-sharing ’ out-of-pocket costs including coinsurance, copayments, and deductibles ’ for COVID-19 treatment. The analysis also estimates the number of enrollees whose insurer is offering various forms of premium payment relief. The brief can be found
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