Dive Brief: Private-equity backed Envision Healthcare and Cigna have reached a deal to retain the physician services group in the insurer’s network in Florida.  Envision has a network of more than 6,000 clinicians including anesthesia, emergency medicine, radiology, neonatology, surgical and office-based healthcare in the state, the company said Wednesday. The multi-year agreement ensures that
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A new KFF analysis examines leading causes of death and mortality rates in the United States and comparable countries. The U.S. has a higher COVID-19 mortality rate than many of its peer countries, with COVID-19 ranking as the nation’s third-leading cause of death in 2020, behind only heart disease and cancer. Among similarly large and
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday approved a five-year Medicaid waiver for Nebraska that allows newly covered adults who are not medically frail or pregnant to access additional benefits if they participate in certain wellness, work, volunteer or training activities. The additional benefits include vision and dental services and over-the-counter medications for beneficiaries
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Dive Brief: The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout are reshaping how people approach healthcare services, with costs among their top concerns, according to data analytics firm TransUnion Healthcare’s annual patient survey. Almost half of patients — 49% — say the economy shapes how they seek medical care, the survey of more than 3,000 recent
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Dive Brief: Federal regulators Tuesday approved a controversial plan to create a two-tiered Medicaid program in the state of Nebraska that will take effect April 1. Opponents argue the complicated system will deprive some enrollees of benefits. In exchange for completing certain “engagement activities” — including eventually working 80 hours per month — enrollees in
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Rural hospitals are well accustomed to working through challenges. They typically operate under tight resource and staffing constraints, and they make hard choices in order to keep their doors open, even in the best of times. Despite this tall order, rural providers remain stalwarts of their communities, deeply tied to their mission and the people
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In its third year, the HLTH conference transitioned online as the coronavirus pandemic surges once again in outbreaks across the country, sparking discussion about the future of digital health. Amid other headlines, merging virtual care players Teladoc and Livongo made their first cross-sale; retail pharmacies announced plans to revamp pharmacist workflow; payer, hospital and telehealth execs
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On June 12th, the Trump Administration released a final regulation implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, and revising an Obama era rule. In it, the administration removed explicit nondiscrimination protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation in health care. In light of a recent Supreme Court decision, and based on other legal
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