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InnovAge CEO Maureen Hewitt: PACE Tailwinds Stronger Than Ever

InnovAge (Nasdaq: INNV) went public earlier this year with a $350 million IPO. It has since set its sights on expansion. The largest Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) organization in the country, InnovAge is bullish on its ability to do just that, thanks to both internal confidence and also external, regulatory tailwinds. …

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Barriers to biosimilar adoption

When typical drugs lose their period of exclusivity, new generic competitors arrive on the market with drastically lower prices. As patients switch from brand to generic drugs, the price of treatments declines. For biologic drugs, biosimilar uptake, however, is significantly less. In part, this is because biosimilars are difficult to manufacture so the price differences …

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Future Leader: Sofia Koshevatsky, HealthFlex Home Health & Hospice CEO and Founder

The Future Leaders Awards program is brought to you in partnership with PointClickCare. The program is designed to recognize up-and-coming industry members who are shaping the next decade of senior housing, skilled nursing, home health and hospice care. To see this year’s future leaders, visit https://futureleaders.agingmedia.com/. Sofia Koshevatsky, CEO and founder of Oakland, California-based HealthFlex …

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How Seniors Helpers, ComForCare and 24 Hour Home Care Are Building Great Places to Work

At a time when the home care industry is plagued with workforce shortages, Senior Helpers, 24 Hour Home Care and ComForCare have made a name for themselves as best-in-class employers. Among common retention tactics, all three organizations actively elicit feedback by surveying staff on a regular basis. Senior Helpers, 24 Hour Home Care and ComForCare …

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A global focus on ending the COVID-19 pandemic

Today, President Biden convened global leaders to confront the challenges around ending this pandemic. We stand with the president, all governments, organizations and sectors in a shared commitment to:

Housing Affordability, Adequacy, and Access to the Internet in Homes of Medicaid Enrollees

The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic disruption have drawn more attention to longstanding issues related to housing and internet access and how these issues can impact health. As the primary source of health insurance for low-income populations, Medicaid covers a considerable share of people living in homes that are unaffordable, inadequate, or have limited …

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Investors see promise in digital health — the challenge is adoption

VCs at MedCity INVEST Digital Health said there’s no shortage of interesting digital health companies, even ones that can prove their innovations are effective. The challenge is winning over insurers and physicians, and finding payment models that work. 

Five reasons tying VA prices to Medicare Part D misses the mark

Some members of Congress are considering a government “negotiation” plan that would tie medicine prices in Medicare to those in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This misguided approach is just the latest in a series of government price-setting proposals that threaten patients’ access to medicines and future innovation.

Mormon church to mandate masks inside temples

Mormon church leaders on Wednesday announced that masks will be required in its temples, after previously urging followers to wear masks and get vaccinated. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said the mask mandate would…

Canadian police: Man assaulted nurse for vaccinating his wife

Authorities in Quebec are searching for a man who allegedly punched a nurse for giving his wife a coronavirus vaccine without his consent, Reuters reported. Police spokesman Martin Carrier told the outlet the man approached the nurse Monday…

CMS grants quality reporting exceptions for facilities recovering from Hurricane Ida

The agency has granted certain Medicare quality reporting exceptions to healthcare facilities in areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, New York and New Jersey that were battered by Hurricane Ida. By providing the exceptions, CMS aims to enable facilities to direct their resources toward recovery.

What do frontline caregivers want from digitized healthcare?

Technology has proved to be a blessing for consumers who today have a plethora of care options and improved access to care. This is not the case with frontline providers who continue to suffer from burnout and fatigue. 

WHO scientist: Delta variant is ‘predominant worldwide’

A scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that the delta variant of the coronavirus has become “predominant worldwide.”“If delta is identified or starts to circulate in a country where there’s beta, in South Africa for example…

Second hedge fund pushes for change in leadership of GSK

Bluebell Capital takes stake in pharma giant and puts pressure on Emma Walmsley GSK’s chief executive, Emma Walmsley, has come under pressure from a second activist hedge fund, Bluebell Capital Partners, which has taken a stake in the drugmaker to push for change at the top, including forcing her to reapply for her job. The …

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Better late than never? Eczema drug now approved, Incyte says warning unwarranted

Atopic dermatitis patients now have a new option that comes as a topical cream. The FDA approved Incyte’s drug, Opzelura, as a treatment for the inflammatory skin condition, but the regulatory nod comes with a black box warning on the label that broadly covers the entire class of JAK inhibitors.

Research links sexual assault to later brain damage in women

New research set to be published soon by a professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health found that women who have been sexually assaulted may be at higher risk of developing brain damage connected to dementia and…

Harris unveils $250M commitment to new global health fund

Vice President Harris on Wednesday will call for a new global health security fund at the World Bank to focus on pandemic preparedness, with the Biden administration planning to contribute $250 million in seed funding, a White House official said….

Amnesty says COVID jab producers are causing human rights crisis

Amnesty International has slammed the six pharma companies behind the bulk of COVID-19 vaccine supplies of for not agreeing to waive their intellectual property rights and share the technology behind them. The charity says AstraZeneca, BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Novavax, and Pfizer are fuelling an “unprecedented human rights crisis” as a result and their …

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Survey: Nearly 1 in 5 Americans drinking heavily amid pandemic

Nearly one in five Americans say they have been drinking heavily during the pandemic, according to a new survey by The Harris Poll commissioned by biopharmaceutical company Alkermes.The survey defined “heavy drinking” as having two days a week where…

Ascension’s IT arm outsources another 330 jobs

Ascension has completed “the last major step” in a service delivery transition that resulted in workforce reductions, Chief Information Officer Gerry Lewis information wrote in a blog post.

Delta surge appears to be peaking in US: Analysis

The Delta surge appears to be peaking in the United States, meaning a decline in new infections and deaths may be on the way, according to a new analysis.The COVID-19 Scenario Modeling Hub, a group made up of a team of researchers who produce a…

Slow enrollment delays study of Pfizer vaccine in pregnant women

A Pfizer and BioNTech study to determine how the COVID-19 vaccine affects pregnant women has been delayed due to slow enrollment and new vaccination guidelines.”We have stopped enrollment in U.S. because of recommendations…

Naobios manufactures FluGen Inc’s M2SR influenza vaccine candidate for upcoming clinical trials

Nantes, France, Naobios, a CDMO (Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization) providing bioprocess development and GMP production of clinical batches of viral vaccines BSL2/BSL3, oncolytic viruses and viral vectors, today announces the next phase in its partnership with FluGen, Inc., a clinical-stage vaccine company transforming vaccine efficacy in infectious respiratory diseases. Naobios will initiate the GMP …

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Nomad Health’s Next Move: $63M Raise Takes On-Demand Healthcare Staffing into Workforce Management

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Not all who wander are lost: Nomad Health lands a $63M Series D round after a year of 5X revenue growth for their tech-driven healthcare staffing marketplace that helps hospitals hire nurses on-demand. This round, led by Adams Street Partners with participation from all existing investors, brings the company’s total …

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Execute healthcare claims editing more accurately—with less provider abrasion

Claim editing is generally a health plan’s first line of defense within its prospective payment integrity (PPI) program. It’s a practice based on following guidelines and rules from organizations like the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) and codifying them into claim editing rules—so how hard can it …

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Berkeley opening first RV safe parking program for homeless people

The first RV parking program in Berkeley, Calif. will open at the end of the month in an effort to provide a safe place for homeless residents living in their vehicles. City officials told The San Francisco Chronicle that the site…

How artificial intelligence is making health care more human

Health-care institutions have been anticipating the impact that artificial intelligence (AI) will have on the performance and efficiency of their operations and their workforces—and the quality of patient care.

At an overrun ICU, ‘we are running out of hallways’

What’s different from the early scenes of the pandemic is the public’s response. Not so long ago, the cheers of community support could be heard from the hospital parking lot. Now, tensions are so strained that Billings Clinic is printing signs for its hallways, asking that the staff members not be mistreated.

Sonic hedgehog protein pathway stimulation could help Parkinson’s patients

Levodopa, or L-dopa, is considered the most effective treatment for Parkinson’s disease today. After a few years of treatment, however, almost all patients develop a debilitating side-effect called L-dopa induced dyskinesia, or LID, which causes involuntary movements in the limbs, face, and torso. Deep brain stimulation can alleviate LID, but the procedure is highly invasive …

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Vigeo Reports Completion of VT1021 in P-I/II Study for the Treatment of Recurrent Glioblastoma and Pancreatic Cancer

Shots: The P-I/II dose expansion studies evaluate the safety & preliminary anti-tumor efficacy of VT1021 as monothx. in patients with dose-escalation & expansion cohorts with rGBM & PC. The results of both studies are expected in Q4’21 In the rGBM expansion cohort, the therapy showed a complete tumor regression & PR, patients remain on trial …

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Healthcare Data Breach: What it Means for Companies and the Consumer?

Data and analytics today are playing a major role in the organization’s growth. Stakeholders in a business environment such as companies, investors, and individuals deal with some or other kind of data in their day-to-day life. The data is key to the business prediction that helps to analyze consumer behavior. Companies stores a large amount …

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Average daily COVID-19 deaths highest since early March

The average number of daily COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. has increased to its highest level since early March, as the highly contagious delta variant infects individuals nationwide.The U.S. is seeing an average of more than 1,900 COVID-19…

Takeda Enters into an Exclusive License Agreement with Mirum to Develop and Commercialize Maralixibat for Rare Pediatric Liver Diseases in Japan

Shots: Takeda will lead the regulatory approval and commercialization of maralixibat in Japan & will also be responsible for the development, including conducting clinical studies in cholestatic indications The collaboration will utilize Takeda’s leadership in rare disease, gastroenterology, and hepatology to advance the product in Japan Mirum has submitted a maralixibat’s NDA to the US …

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Addressing the HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Working in partnership will be key, says Alex Kalomparis, vice president, public affairs, international at Gilead Sciences. 2021 marks 40 years since the first cases of HIV were reported. In that time, over 79 million people have been diagnosed with HIV, with more than 36 million dying from AIDS-related illnesses, more than any other infectious …

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Boehringer buys Abexxa, bolstering its immuno-oncology pipeline

Boehringer Ingelheim says it has agreed to buy US biotech Abexxa Biologics, its second acquisition in the cancer immunotherapy area in the space of a year. Texas-based Abexxa has been on the Boehringer’s radar since it was set up, as it provided seed funding for the preclinical-stage company in 2016, buying into its approach of …

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Big pharma fuelling human rights crisis over Covid vaccine inequity – Amnesty

Six companies warned not to put profit before lives as report shows less than 1% of almost 6bn doses have gone to low-income countries Amnesty International has accused six pharmaceutical companies that have developed Covid-19 vaccines of fuelling a global human rights crisis, citing their refusal to sufficiently waive intellectual property rights, share vaccine technology …

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Exelixis Presents Results of Cabometyx (cabozantinib) in P-III COSMIC-311 Trial for the Treatment of Radioactive Iodine-Refractory DTC at ESMO 2021

Shots: The P-III COSMIC-311 trial evaluates Cabometyx (60mg, qd) vs PBO in a ratio (2:1) in 258 patients aged ≥12yrs. with previously treated radioactive iodine-refractory DTC across 164 sites globally An updated analysis showed ORR (11% vs 0%) as assessed by BIRC in ITT population including 1 CR, m-OS (19.4mos.) for Cabometyx but not estimable …

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2nd Applied Biocatalysis Summit 2021

Advancing Sustainable, Streamlined Small Molecules, API and Fine Chemical Production using Enzyme Engineering & Scalable Industrial Biotransformations Attending the 2nd Applied Biocatalysis Summit is the perfect opportunity to understand the most recent developments in enzyme-catalyzed processes, computational technologies, and cutting-edge methodologies in biocatalytic cascade reactions to help the API and chemical industries apply biocatalysis more …

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US to purchase 500M more vaccine doses for world

President Biden will announce Wednesday that the United States is purchasing an additional 500 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to donate to the world, as he seeks to boost the global vaccination effort.The announcement comes as part of a…

Cyberattacks can extend length of stay, delay procedures, survey says

Fifty-six percent of IT and security professionals said cyberattacks have affected patient care, according to a new survey from Ponemon Institute. Nearly one-quarter of those respondents said such attacks resulted in an increased mortality rate, among other consequences.

Study finds 10% of medicines in England are overprescribed

An alarming number of people in England are being prescribed medicines unnecessarily, which could harm their health, according to a UK government review. The study, led by the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England Dr Keith Ridge, estimates that 10% of items dispensed in primary care are inappropriate or could be better served with alternative treatments. …

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Incyte leads JAK push into eczema as FDA clears Opzelura cream

The FDA has approved Incyte’s Opzelura cream for atopic dermatitis, commonly called eczema, becoming the first and only topical JAK inhibitor registered in the US. Opzelura (ruxolitinib) – which has been cleared to treat atopic dermatitis in adolescents and adults whose symptoms cannot be treated using other topical therapies – has beaten its orally-administered rivals …

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At an Overrun ICU, ‘the Problem Is We Are Running Out of Hallways’

BILLINGS, Mont. — Nurses fill the hospital room to turn a patient from his stomach to his back. The ventilator forcing air into him is most effective when he’s on his stomach, so he is in that position most hours of the day, sedated and paralyzed by drugs. Lying on his stomach all those hours …

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Public Health Experts ‘Flabbergasted’ That Biden Still Hasn’t Picked an FDA Chief

President Joe Biden’s failure to name someone to lead the Food and Drug Administration, more than 10 months after the election, has flummoxed public health experts who say it’s baffling for the agency to be without a permanent leader during a national health crisis. The pandemic has taxed the FDA, an 18,000-person agency whose chiefs …

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Home Births Gain Popularity in ‘Baby Bust’ Decade

In a back-to-the-future twist on birth trends, California is seeing a sustained rise in the number of women choosing to deliver their babies in settings other than a hospital, a shift that accelerated as the pandemic created more risky and onerous conditions in many hospitals. About 5,600 people gave birth outside a hospital in California …

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Will ‘Dr. Disinformation’ Ever Face the Music?

Earlier this month, Dr. Rashid Buttar posted on Twitter that covid-19 “was a planned operation” and shared an article alleging that most people who got the covid vaccine would be dead by 2025. His statement is a recent example in what has been a steady stream of spurious claims surrounding the covid vaccines and treatments …

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Serum Institute to invest $68 million in UK vaccine maker Oxford Biomedica

Serum Life Sciences Ltd, a unit of India-based SII, will pick up a 3.9% stake in Oxford Biomedica as part of the deal. Oxford Biomedica, spun off from Oxford University in 1995, said it would use the funds to develop the fallow area at its Oxbox plant into a manufacturing space expected to come online …

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Seagen and Genmab’s Tivdak (tisotumab vedotin-tftv) Receive the US FDA’s Accelerated Approval for the Treatment of Recurrent or Metastatic Cervical Cancer

Shots: The approval is based on the P-II innovaTV 204 clinical trials evaluating tisotumab vedotin in 101 patients with r/mCC who had received no more than two prior systemic regimens in the recurrent or metastatic setting, including one prior Pt-based CT regimen The results showed an ORR (24%) as assessed by IRC using RECIST v1.1 …

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FDA clears AI-powered prostate cancer detection software

Software that can help pathologists detect prostate cancer from slides of biopsies more effectively has been approved by the FDA. The software – called Paige Prostate – is the first artificial intelligence-based to be approved by the FDA for this purpose, according to the US regulator. It is used to screen for signs of cancer …

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Boehringer Ingelheim Acquires Abexxa to Expands its Immuno-oncology Research

Shots: The acquisition includes upfront, milestones, and other consideration payments. Abexxa will continue to operate in the Arlington The acquisition will allow Boehringer to access Abexxa’s expertise and capabilities in targeting cancer-specific proteins by using its technology to develop cancer immunotherapies and Abs for solid cancers The acquisition also bolsters Boehringer’s commitment to identifying the …

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Incyte’s Opzelura (ruxolitinib) Receives the US FDA’s Approval for the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis

Shots: The approval is based on the TRuE-AD clinical trial program which consists of two P-III studies i.e., TRuE-AD1 & 2 evaluating the safety and efficacy of Opzelura cream (1.5%, bid) vs vehicle (non-medicated cream) in 1200+ adolescents & adults aged ≥12yrs. with mild to moderate AD The results showed that the patients achieved IGA-TS …

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4 Best Practices to Deliver Virtual Palliative Care for Providers

Michael Fratkin, MD, FAAHPM, Chief Medical Officer at Vynca More and more people are living with serious illnesses such as cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and liver disease. The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) reports that 60 percent of U.S. adults have a chronic disease, which is the …

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Healthcare leaders share lessons learned addressing social determinants of health

Leaders with insurers and health systems said that taking a holistic approach and partnering with community organizations is key to standing up a successful social determinants of health program at a panel discussion hosted by MedCity INVEST Digital Health. 

Biden launches investigation into Texas school mask mandate ban

The Biden administration has launched a civil rights investigation into Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) executive order prohibiting school mask mandates, the latest in a series of probes by the Department of Education into whether the statewide bans…

MetroHealth names leaders for equity initiatives

Alan Nevel, who has served as MetroHealth’s chief diversity and human resources officer since 2018, will become its first chief equity officer. Dr. Charles Modlin has been named MetroHealth’s first medical director of inclusion, diversity and equity.

Researchers use exosome-based strategy to block HIV in mice

Researchers used exosomes, tiny nanoparticles capable of being taken up by cells, to deliver novel protein into the cells of mice infected with HIV. The protein attached to HIVs’ genetic material and prevented it from replicating, resulting in reduced levels of HIV in the bone marrow, spleen, and brain. The study paves the way for …

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Walgreens Boots Alliance Invests $970B in Shields to ‘Further Expand Its Health Care Reach in Communities’

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) plans to invest $970 million in Shields Health Solutions, which aids both hospitals and health systems with specialty pharmacy services. It’s another major move for Walgreens, which is trying to position itself as an all-encompassing health care behemoth prepared for the sector’s near- and long-term trends. The deal, which is …

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Papa Partners with Milliman’s HealthIO to Create More Touch Points in the Home for Seniors

The senior companionship company Papa has made another partnership that will accelerate its impact on seniors aging in place across the country. Milliman Inc. — a global consulting and actuarial firm — and Papa are teaming up to provide hands-on help to Milliman’s HealthIO program members. HealthIO is a mobile platform that helps seniors with …

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Right at Home CEO Brian Petranick: Strategic Buyers Will Drive Future Home Care M&A Activity

Since last spring, home care companies have had to battle through an ongoing pandemic and a worsening labor crisis. They’ve had to face those challenges, too, while trying to meet the needs of a rapidly growing U.S. senior population. In many ways, it has felt like trying to stay afloat in an endless wave pool, …

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Unite Us acquires NowPow to bulk up SDOH screenings, referrals platform

Unite Us will integrate NowPow’s tools and community partners into its closed-loop referral system, which can be used to screen for social factors that negatively affect health, like food or housing insecurity, and then electronically refer patients to resources in their community.

Gary Kaplan says honesty can improve healthcare

After more than 20 years as CEO of one of the most well-known systems for quality and safety, Gary Kaplan is leaving Virginia Mason Franciscan Health to spearhead efforts at parent company CommonSpirit Health.

Gary Kaplan leaving Virginia Mason post

Gary Kaplan is stepping down from his role as CEO at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health as of Jan. 2022, but will continue advising the new sole CEO Ketul Patel.

Unite Us Acquires NowPow’s Personalized Community Referral Platform

What You Should Know: – Unite Us, a New York City-based technology company connecting health and social care services, today announced the acquisition of NowPow, the Chicago-based referral platform grounded in science and community. – This combination will create the nation’s leading integrated health and social care network connecting people to the resources they need …

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Novel method of bioprinting neuron cells

Researchers have developed a new method of bioprinting adult neuron cells. They’re using a new laser-assisted technology that maintains high levels of cell viability and functionality.

Pager Secures $70M to Expand Virtual Care Navigation & Journey Platform

What You Should Know: – Pager, a New York City-based virtual care navigation and collaboration platform, today announced it has raised $70 million as part of an equity and debt financing round led by Susquehanna Private Equity Investments and included new and existing financial and strategic investors, including an affiliate of Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc., …

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Xealth Secures $24M to Scale Digital Prescription Platform

What You Should Know: – Xealth, a Seattle-based provider enabling digital health at scale, today announced that the company has secured $24 million in Series B funding led by Advocate Aurora Enterprises, a subsidiary of Advocate Aurora Health. Seven additional health systems – Banner Health, ChristianaCare, Cone Health, Memorial Hermann, Nebraska Medicine, Novant Health and …

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eVisit Nabs $45 Million to Scale Virtual Care Platform

What You Should Know: – eVisit, a Phoenix-based virtual care platform for large healthcare providers, today announced that it has closed a $45M in Series B financing round led by the Growth Equity business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management (Goldman Sachs), with participation from Texas Health Resources, Tom Burton and Steve Barlow (Co-founders of Health …

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Alpha Medical Lands $24M for Women’s Virtual Primary Care Platform

What You Should Know: – Femtech company Alpha Medical, today announced it has raised $24M in Series B funding to expand its market share in women’s virtual primary care. Alpha Medical recognizes that women’s healthcare needs reshaping to include reproductive health, primary and urgent care, and mental health services. – Alpha Medical leverages a unique …

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Nomad Health Secures $63M for Digital Marketplace for Temp Healthcare Jobs

What You Should Know: – Nomad Health, a digital marketplace for temporary healthcare jobs, today announced the completion of $63M in new equity and debt financing led by Adams Street Partners and all existing investors participated, including Icon Ventures, Polaris Partners, RRE Ventures, .406 Ventures, First Round Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank. With this financing, …

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Eric Trump to speak at conference led by prominent anti-vaxxers

Eric Trump will be a keynote speaker next month at a conference organized by a couple who have called the COVID-19 vaccine “abominable” and a “COVID kill shot,” The Daily Beast reported. “I am not there to talk about vaccines,” the…

Antibiotic levels measurable in breath

A team of engineers and biotechnologists has shown in mammals that the concentration of antibiotics in the body can be determined using breath samples. The breath measurements also corresponded to the antibiotic concentrations in the blood. The team’s biosensor — a multiplex chip that allows simultaneous measurement of several specimens and test substances — will …

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Access to essential cancer medicines unequal across countries

Patients in most countries of the world do not have access to basic cancer medicines, according to new research. Their article asked oncologists worldwide to list the most important cancer medicines and to describe whether patients could access these medicines in their home country.

Scientists find a key to hepatitis C entry into cells

Scientists describe the structure of a key protein on the surface of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and how it interacts with its receptor found on some human cells. The findings provide new leads for developing an HCV vaccine.

Seagen, Genmab antibody drug conjugate gets FDA approval in cervical cancer

The Seagen and Genmab antibody drug conjugate (ADC), named Tivdak, is approved to treat cases of cervical cancer that have returned or spread following treatment with chemotherapy. Tivdak is Seagen’s third ADC; for Genmab, the drug will become its first commercialized product.

PhRMA awards $150,000 to community-based projects aimed at tackling inequities in access to COVID-19 testing, vaccines and therapeutics

The COVID-19 pandemic has widened health disparities, including the gap in average life expectancy and outcomes for many chronic diseases. These inequities in health status and outcomes among racial and ethnic groups often are rooted in community-level factors like where and how we live, work, and play; inherent bias; lack of adequate coverage and access …

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Why Moving Enterprise Data Management to the Health Cloud Is Worth The Investment

Abhinav Shashank, CEO and Co-founder of Innovaccer Mike Sutten, Chief Technology Officer at Innovaccer Accelerated digitalization is a boon for the healthcare industry. With electronic healthcare records (EHRs), provider organizations can more easily manage population health and meet the needs of stakeholders. However, the increased use of electronic records also means that providers need to …

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Many Medicare Beneficiaries Face High Out-of-Pocket Costs for Dental and Hearing Care, Whether in Traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage

Many Medicare beneficiaries face high annual out-of-pocket costs for dental and hearing care — services that generally aren’t covered in traditional Medicare, but typically are covered by Medicare Advantage plans though the scope and value of these benefits vary, finds a new KFF analysis. The analysis shows that, among beneficiaries who used each type of…More

Voices: Myra Norton, CEO, Arena Analytics

This article is sponsored by Arena Analytics. In this Voices interview, Home Health Care News sits down with Arena Analytics CEO Myra Norton to learn how her team is reshaping the labor and talent landscape for home-based care, along with other industries. Norton explains how organizations can improve the hiring process to match open positions …

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Dental, Hearing, and Vision Costs and Coverage Among Medicare Beneficiaries in Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage

This analysis builds on our prior work – Medicare and Dental Coverage: A Closer Look – by analyzing hearing and vision use, out-of-pocket spending and cost-related barriers to care among Medicare beneficiaries as well as hearing and vision benefits in Medicare Advantage plans. It also incorporates top-level findings from the analysis of dental services to …

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Immunity Is Redefining COVID-19

Boghuma Kabisen Titanji was just 8 years old when the hyper-contagious virus swept through her classroom. Days later, she started to feel feverish, and developed a sparse, rosy rash. Three years after being fully dosed with the measles vaccine, one of the most durably effective immunizations in our roster, Titanji fell ill with the very …

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Healthcare Expert and Former Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz Joins FTI Consulting as Senior Advisor

An exciting addition to the FTI team. Below is the press release: Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2021 — FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN) today announced that former Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz has been named a Senior Advisor within its Strategic Communications segment. A nationally recognized leader in healthcare policy, Congresswoman Schwartz will advise clients on …

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How Health IT Leaders’ Roles Have Evolved During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed health IT leaders into the spotlight on internal, community and national issues guiding patient care, population health and equitable access. “IT leaders are now business leaders. We are able to really stand out during this time in terms of leading change,” says David Chou, CIO of Harris Health System in …

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Biden bets on rapid COVID tests but they can be hard to find

President Joe Biden is betting on millions more rapid, at-home tests to help curb the latest deadly wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is overloading hospitals and threatening to shutter classrooms around the country.