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Michigan provider uses ‘recharge rooms’ to alleviate staff stress, prevent burnout

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Michigan Medicine has opened three “recharge rooms” at its 1,043-bed Ann Arbor medical center in an effort to alleviate staff stress and reduce burnout that a recent survey found was widespread before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Michigan Medicine and the University of Michigan School… Read More »Michigan provider uses ‘recharge rooms’ to alleviate staff stress, prevent burnout

Will health plan outreach increase take-up by enrollees that are healthier or sicker?

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Why don’t people eligible for health insurance exchange plans (i.e., Obamacare plans) enroll? One reason could be that they value the health insurance benefit at less than the cost. Another reason could be behavioral frictions; informational search costs and psychological frictions are costly and may… Read More »Will health plan outreach increase take-up by enrollees that are healthier or sicker?

US COVID-19 aid flights to begin arriving in India Thursday

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U.S. aid flights will begin arriving in India on Thursday, the White House said, detailing supplies from oxygen to tests to vaccine materials it will be sending to the hard-hit country. The White House said the aid is worth over $100…

Humana purchases remaining 60% stake in Kindred at Home for $5.7B

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After initially purchasing a 40% stake in Kindred at Home for $2.4 billion in 2018, Humana is now fully acquiring the home health and hospice provider for an additional $5.7 billion. The provider will transition to Humana’s payer-agnostic healthcare services brand CenterWell.

Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Scented Hand Sanitizers Due to the Presence of Methanol (Wood Alcohol), Benzene and Acetaldehyde

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Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc., is voluntarily recalling 5 lots of Scentsational Soaps & Candles scented Hand Sanitizers from the Black and White Collection and Photo Real Collection and 3 lots of Ulta Beauty Collection scented Hand Sanitizer Spray packaged in 3.38 and 3.4 fluid… Read More »Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Scented Hand Sanitizers Due to the Presence of Methanol (Wood Alcohol), Benzene and Acetaldehyde

Cigna covers Ginger’s mental health app as in-network benefit 

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Insurer Cigna plans to cover mental health startup Ginger’s coaching services as a covered benefit. Investors are pouring more funds into mental health startups as they companies and insurers alike look for more ways to meet people’s care needs during a challenging year. 

Chicago mayor mulls ‘vaccination passes’ for events

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) is considering implementing so-called vaccination passports that would allow city residents to gain preferred seating and access to events as a way to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19….

Choosing the Right Identity and Access Management Solution for Healthcare

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Healthcare organizations increasingly find themselves in the crosshairs of sophisticated attackers. From high-profile ransomware attacks to the insidious compromise of network monitoring tools, healthcare cybersecurity leaders face a dizzying array of threats and must focus their efforts on building a defense-in-depth approach to addressing those… Read More »Choosing the Right Identity and Access Management Solution for Healthcare

Cigna to offer digital behavioral healthcare

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Cigna has partnered with Ginger to expand mental health offerings to its 14 million members, reflecting increasing demand for behavioral health services by employers and individuals.

CMS proposes putting $2.5B into hospitals’ coffers, eliminating part of price transparency rule

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CMS has released its proposed inpatient payment rule for fiscal year 2022, which includes a payment bump that could increase reimbursement for hospitals by $2.5 billion. Further, in a win for hospitals, the proposal aims to repeal a part of the price transparency rule related… Read More »CMS proposes putting $2.5B into hospitals’ coffers, eliminating part of price transparency rule

Votive Health Raises $2.5M to Help Home-Based Care Providers Make Value-Based Arrangements

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Votive Health — a technology startup that facilitates payer-provider integration — formally announced its launch and first funding round on Wednesday. The company raked in $2.5 million in a round led by Flare Capital Partners, with Chrysalis Ventures and OCA Ventures as co-investors. San Luis… Read More »Votive Health Raises $2.5M to Help Home-Based Care Providers Make Value-Based Arrangements

Experts to come together for compliance event ‘validation ready’ global labeling systems  

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Experts to come together for compliance event  exploring ‘validation ready’ global labeling systems      Wokingham, United Kingdom — 27 April 2021 — A group of industry experts is set to explore how medical device, clinical trial and pharmaceutical companies can proactively manage labeling risk. The complimentary online event, hosted by… Read More »Experts to come together for compliance event ‘validation ready’ global labeling systems  

North Carolina nixes outdoor mask mandate

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) plans drop the state’s outdoor mask mandate days after federal health experts released new guidance on mask-wearing for those vaccinated against the coronavirus.Cooper said in a news conference on Wednesday he’s…

AavantiBio and Catalent Announce Partnership to Support Development and Manufacturing of Gene Therapies for Rare Genetic Diseases

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AavantiBio, a gene therapy company focused on transforming the lives of patients with rare genetic diseases, and Catalent, the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies, development, and manufacturing solutions for drugs, biologics, cell and gene therapies, and consumer health products, today announced a partnership… Read More »AavantiBio and Catalent Announce Partnership to Support Development and Manufacturing of Gene Therapies for Rare Genetic Diseases

CPhI post-pandemic executive pharma survey: COVID-19 driving manufacturing and CDMOs driving growth

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Ahead of CPhI Discover (17th-28th May, 2021) – global pharma’s largest ever virtual gathering – the CPhI executive post-pandemic pharma survey[i] predicts that pandemic supply chain issues have further cemented a push for repatriated manufacturing globally. The findings suggest that over the next five years, governments and companies will gradually… Read More »CPhI post-pandemic executive pharma survey: COVID-19 driving manufacturing and CDMOs driving growth

Cigna Becomes First Plan to Reimburse for Behavioral Health Coaching Via Ginger

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What You Should Know: – Cigna just announced that they’re the first national plan to reimburse for behavioral health coaching, a new covered benefit available now to 14M members through Ginger. Essentially, Cigna customers with employer-sponsored or individual and family (IFP) insurance plans (14M of their… Read More »Cigna Becomes First Plan to Reimburse for Behavioral Health Coaching Via Ginger

The expected COVID baby boom may be a baby bust

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Births for all of 2020 were down 4.3% from 2019. Births in December 2020 and in January and February 2021—nine months or more after the spring 2020 lockdowns—were down 6.5%, 9.3% and 10%, respectively, compared with the same months a year earlier.

Russian Vaccine Behavior

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In the last post, I mentioned the Twitter response to the Brazilian rejection of the Gamaleya vaccine. I believe that the official blue-check-marked “Sputnik V” Twitter account is run by the Russian Direct Investment Fund, the sovereign-wealth part of the Russian state that is in… Read More »Russian Vaccine Behavior

Researchers identify a psychedelic-like drug without the hallucinogenic side effects

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Psychedelic drugs have shown promise for treating neuropsychiatric disorders like depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. However, due to their hallucinatory side effects, some researchers are trying to identify drugs that could offer the benefits of psychedelics without causing hallucinations. Researchers now report they have identified… Read More »Researchers identify a psychedelic-like drug without the hallucinogenic side effects

Digital Therapeutics Startup Kaia Health Raises $75M to Optimize MSK & COPD Care

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What You Should Know: – Digital therapeutics company, Kaia Health, has raised $75M Series C round (total: $125M) to expand clinical capabilities and transform the treatment path for Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care in the U.S. and Europe. – The Series C round was led… Read More »Digital Therapeutics Startup Kaia Health Raises $75M to Optimize MSK & COPD Care

ViewPoints Interview: Zealand Pharma’s Emmanuel Dulac Shares Insights on Zegalogue for Severe Hypoglycemia in Pediatric and Adult Patients with Diabetes

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In an interview with PharmaShots, Emmanuel Dulac, Pharm.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of Zealand Pharma shares insight on the US FDA’s approval of Zegalogue and its availability in both an auto-injector and a prefilled syringe in June 2021. He also highlighted the importance of approval for… Read More »ViewPoints Interview: Zealand Pharma’s Emmanuel Dulac Shares Insights on Zegalogue for Severe Hypoglycemia in Pediatric and Adult Patients with Diabetes

ISPE announces its manufacturing Facility of the Year Awards winners

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The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) has announced 2021’s Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) winners. The award programme, established in 2004, recognises state-of-the-art facility design, construction and operation projects utilising innovative technologies to improve the quality of products, reduce the cost of producing… Read More »ISPE announces its manufacturing Facility of the Year Awards winners

The role of data science and text mining in the search for new therapies

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Today, most drug discovery programmes begin with the identification and validation of disease modifying biological targets. The primary way to uncover these targets is through searching and reviewing published scientific literature. Eric Gilbert explores how data science techniques like text mining are speeding up research… Read More »The role of data science and text mining in the search for new therapies

InveniAI Collaborates with Shionogi on AI-Based Drug Discovery

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Shots: InveniAI is eligible to receive up to $200M/ program as up front, development, and commercial milestones along with royalties The collaboration integrates InveniAI’s AI platform AlphaMeld to identify, evaluate, optimize novel targets with Shionogi’s expertise in developing and commercializing therapeutic modalities Shionogi will synthesize… Read More »InveniAI Collaborates with Shionogi on AI-Based Drug Discovery

Biden plan omits major health care measures pushed by Democrats

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President Biden’s American Families Plan unveiled Wednesday leaves out two major health priorities pushed by congressional Democrats: reducing the cost of prescription drugs and lowering the eligibility age for Medicare.The major legislative package…

MSD in talks with Medicines Patent Pool for additional licenses for molnupiravir

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MSD entered into a voluntary licensing agreement with five Indian drug makers including Sun Pharma, Cipla, Dr. Reddy’s, Emcure and Hetero for molnupiravir, an experimental drug that is currently tested to treat Covid-19 infections. Merck is running the clinical trials for molnupiravir with its partner… Read More »MSD in talks with Medicines Patent Pool for additional licenses for molnupiravir

The US FDA Grants Priority Review to Takeda’s Mobocertinib (TAK-788) for EGFR Exon20 Insertion+ Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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Shots: The US FDA has granted PR for mobocertinib’s NDA to treat adult patients with EGFR Exon20 insertion+ mNSCLC, as detected by an FDA-approved test, who have received prior Pt-based CT. The anticipated PDUFA date is Oct 26, 2021 The NDA is based on a… Read More »The US FDA Grants Priority Review to Takeda’s Mobocertinib (TAK-788) for EGFR Exon20 Insertion+ Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

In fight against virus, Biden looks for path back to normal

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Ending the coronavirus pandemic will require not only putting shots into arms — a task now growing more difficult as demand sags — but also a robust plan to help the nation emerge from a year of isolation, disruption and confusion.

Healthcare tech is failing patients

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The problem is that we’re approaching technology from a clinical and billing perspective, with little input from patients. We must demand and implement technology that is designed for the population you are serving.

Lyniate Acquires Datica Integration Business to Deliver Interoperability

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What You Should Know:– Lyniate announced the acquisition of Datica Integrate and the subsequent launch of Lyniate Envoy, the company’s new cloud-based data integration solution. – Powered by the Datica Integration team, Lyniate Envoy provides healthcare organizations with the support necessary to rapidly integrate their healthcare IT solutions with… Read More »Lyniate Acquires Datica Integration Business to Deliver Interoperability

Some proposed HIPAA changes could inadvertently expose the data it’s supposed to protect

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The government’s proposed changes to HIPAA aim to provide guardrails against data breaches and misuse, but some of the modifications may not work as intended. Three healthcare experts delved into the ways in which certain proposals could provide inappropriate access to health data during a… Read More »Some proposed HIPAA changes could inadvertently expose the data it’s supposed to protect

Arizona no longer requiring appointments at vaccine sites

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Arizona’s Department of Health Services announced on Tuesday that the state will no longer require appointments at state-run COVID-19 vaccination centers.The department said that the decision was made based on the fact that the state now has more…

DispatchHealth Makes First Acquisition, Acquires Mobile Imaging Company

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DispatchHealth has officially transitioned from “up-and-coming startup” to “active acquirer.” The company announced Tuesday that it has made its first-ever purchase by landing Professional Portable X-Ray (PPX), a mobile imaging provider. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Denver, Colorado-based DispatchHealth offers hospital-at-home and… Read More »DispatchHealth Makes First Acquisition, Acquires Mobile Imaging Company

Tennessee gov: COVID-19 now a ‘managed public health issue’

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) ended the state’s pandemic public health orders on Tuesday, including the option for local governments to impose mask mandates for public spaces, and declared that the coronavirus is no longer a public health crisis…

5 takeaways from Centene’s $699 million Q1

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The continued pause on Medicaid redeterminations and the marketplace special enrollment period helped push Centene’s profits to $699 million for the first quarter of 2021.

White House: No decision yet on vaccine patent waiver

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President Biden has not made a decision yet on whether to support a waiver of COVID-19 vaccine patents that backers say would help increase global access to vaccines, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.Biden has been under pressure…

Wireless carriers wade into telehealth

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Mobile carriers like Verizon and T-Mobile are dipping their toe into telehealth through partnerships and acquisitions. Earlier this month, Verizon rolled out a telehealth platform based on video conferencing software BlueJeans

Biden touts new mask guidance

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President Biden on Tuesday used new guidance from federal health officials about outdoor mask wearing to urge young people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.”The bottom line is clear: if you’re vaccinated, you can do more things, more safely, both…

Direct Pay Healthcare Marketplace Sesame Nabs $24M to Expand its Nationwide Telehealth Offerings

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What You Should Know: – Sesame, a New York City-based direct-pay healthcare company, announced that it has raised an additional $24 million, bringing Sesame’s total capital raised to just under $50 million since its founding in 2019. New investments come from Giant Ventures, Industry Ventures… Read More »Direct Pay Healthcare Marketplace Sesame Nabs $24M to Expand its Nationwide Telehealth Offerings

Narrow Margins, Low Patient Volumes Fuel Ongoing Financial Instability for Hospitals

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What You Should Know: – Narrow margins, low patient volumes, and high costs fuel ongoing financial instability for U.S. hospitals, health systems, and physician groups, according to two new reports from Kaufman Hall. – U.S. hospitals and health systems saw mixed performance in March, as national COVID-19 metrics… Read More »Narrow Margins, Low Patient Volumes Fuel Ongoing Financial Instability for Hospitals