Month: August 2020

A new analysis finds that most people with individual or fully-insured group market coverage are in plans that waived cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment, though many of those waivers are set to expire in the coming months. About 88% ’ nearly nine in ten ’ enrollees in the individual and fully-insured group markets are covered by
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Dive Brief: The Cleveland Clinic and CVS-owned insurer Aetna are forming an accountable care organization and launching a co-branded health insurance plan for employers in northeast Ohio, the organizations announced Wednesday. A nationwide part of the initiative will offer Aetna commercial plan members access to virtual second opinion services from Cleveland Clinic providers. They are
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SCA Pharmaceuticals has recalled 10 lots of compounded heparin sodium, an anticoagulant packaged in 500 mL or 1000 mL intravenous bags, the Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday. The bags contain the undeclared benzyl alcohol, a preservative that can cause serious adverse reactions in premature and low birth weight infants.
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Dive Brief: The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Republican-led case seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act on November 10, exactly one week after the presidential election, according to the court’s online docket on Wednesday. A hearing post-election was the likeliest choice from the outset. The justices’ October schedule did not include the highly anticipated
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Dive Brief: Rideshare giant Lyft released data it says shows its non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) program improves health access for Medicaid beneficiaries by shifting the reliance on emergency services to upstream preventive primary care. In one example, year-long use of Lyft led to a 40% decrease in emergency room utilization and a 12% drop in ambulance use
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Dive Brief: CMS on Monday released updated guidance for dialysis facilities operating through COVID-19 surges, clarifying that providers should aim to resume planned surgical procedures considered essential or life-sustaining. The guidance came the same day HHS issued a progress report on a U.S. kidney care initiative announced by President Donald Trump last summer that would in
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Dive Brief: Healthcare workers at five HCA hospitals in Las Vegas dropped off almost 500 complaint forms to state hospital regulators late last week alleging untenable working conditions. The union’s so-called Acceptance Despite Objection forms cite instances when staff objected to unsafe or potentially unsafe patient care assignments, most stemming from the past three months
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At Dell Seton Medical Center, clinicians observed that patients with opioid use disorder had a high likelihood of readmission because its underlying causes were not being addressed. In this podcast, Richard Bottner, PA-C, affiliate faculty, Department of Internal Medicine, Dell Medical School; Hospital Medicine PA, Dell Seton Medical Center, University of Texas, reviews Dell Seton
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It’s been more than a century since the last pandemic struck our nation. Through those 100 years, there have been outbreaks that have shaken and surprised our healthcare system, like AIDS, SARS and Ebola. But not since the influenza epidemic of 1918 have our hospitals been as overwhelmed and short-supplied as those in COVID-19 hotspots
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The Food and Drug Administration Saturday issued an emergency use authorization to Yale School of Public Health for a new test to detect SARS-CoV-2 in saliva, which does not require saliva collection tubes containing preservatives or specialized equipment for nucleic acid extraction.  “Providing this type of flexibility for processing saliva samples to test for COVID-19 infection
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Dive Brief: In-person doctor visits plummeted during the start of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States, but have rebounded to a rate somewhat below pre-pandemic levels, according to a new analysis issued by The Commonwealth Fund and conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School, Harvard University and the life sciences firm Phreesia. According to
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Dive Brief: A small study of obstetrical patients at four hospitals in Boston found no meaningful association between the number of in-person visits and the rate of novel coronavirus infection. The study looked at 111 patients with an average of three in-person visits between April 19 and June 27, when all obstetrical patients were tested
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Almost 80 free-standing children’s hospitals will receive $1.4 billion in relief funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, the Department of Health and Human Services today said. To receive funding, children’s hospitals must be exempt under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency Aug. 10 issued a temporary final rule allocating certain health and medical resources exclusively for domestic use to ensure front line healthcare workers’ needs are met during the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy, which will remain in effect through Dec. 31, states that FEMA can review and hold for domestic use the
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AHA Board Chair Melinda Estes, M.D., hosts short conversations on a range of key issues with hospital and health system leaders from across the country. In this third episode in the series, Dr. Estes is joined by Harsh Trivedi, M.D., president and CEO, Sheppard Pratt, to discuss how the health system is navigating the growing
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The National Urban League yesterday released its annual State of Black America report, detailing the state of racial equality in America across economics, employment, education, health, housing, criminal justice and civic participation. This year’s report reflects the urgency to address the historic context of systemic racism and deep-rooted inequities that are exacerbating COVID-19’s human and
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The AHA today urged UnitedHealthcare to forgo a new coverage policy for laboratory tests that the association believes is burdensome and negatively impacts patients’ access to care. UHC recently announced it will require in-network, freestanding and outpatient laboratory claims to contain a laboratory specific, unique code for the overwhelming majority of laboratory testing services. AHA
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The AHA today urged the Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services to not finalize a proposed rule that would allow certain grandfathered health plans to increase patient cost-sharing beyond current limits without losing their grandfathered status. The proposed rule would allow grandfathered plans more flexibility to increase fixed cost-sharing amounts (e.g.,
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