Month: February 2021

AHA today released a one-stop web hub for hospitals and health systems to find communication resources related to COVID-19 vaccines. The hub pulls from a number of trusted sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Ad Council, and feature graphics designed for social media, talking points for
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Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will apply an automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy to all clinicians participating as individuals in the Quality Payment Program’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System for the 2020 performance period, the agency announced yesterday. Under the policy, MIPS will score individual clinicians
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Sens. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., yesterday announced they will introduce the Leveraging Integrated Networks in Communities to Address Social Needs Act, AHA-supported legislation that would provide funding for states to create or enhance public-private partnerships to coordinate health and social services. These state or regional partnerships would leverage local expertise and technology
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Dive Brief: Cigna’s health services division Evernorth has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire fast-growing telehealth vendor MDLive, banking on continued demand for virtual care post-COVID-19. The deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter of this year, will mean MDLive’s telemedicine offerings will be available to Evernorth’s third-party clients, along with
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The Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee today recommended the approval of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The panel voted unanimously to recommend that FDA issue an emergency use authorization for the candidate, which is administered as a single dose. Once FDA authorizes the candidate’s emergency use, Johnson &
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Dive Brief: Universal Health Services posted profits for the fourth quarter and full year of 2020 that were up year over year despite rising expenses from COVID-19 patients and labor costs. At acute care hospitals on a same-facility basis, admissions overall were down 15.2% for the year, though revenue was up slightly at $11.6 billion
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Health care disruptors forged ahead in 2020 despite the pandemic, but hospitals and health systems can embrace the opportunities for collaboration and partnership, writes Mital Patel, senior director of market intelligence at the AHA Center for Health Innovation. Patel describes recent “disruption” efforts and discusses how hospitals and health systems can respond. Read more.
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