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
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
After the Federal Communications Commission awarded $200 million to help healthcare providers purchase telehealth equipment, more than half of the awards went to equipment for providers and staff at clinics and hospitals. Just a quarter of awards were to help patients overcome the digital divide.… Read More »More than half of FCC telehealth awards went to equipment for providers
Unless the Supreme Court strikes down the ACA, it will remain in place for the foreseeable future and will see expansion.
In the final days of the Trump Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services sought to deregulate 83 different types of medical devices, citing a lack of reported adverse events. But the Food and Drug Administration put an end to the sudden reversal, saying… Read More »HHS reverses previous administration’s push to deregulate more than 80 medical devices
After the Food and Drug Administration authorized a swathe of over-the-counter tests for Covid-19, pharmacies are preparing to stock their shelves. But at $20 to $100 a pop, will enough people use them to make a difference?
Trey Keller, VP of Product Management at Edifecs Aaron Fulner, Sr. Director at Edifecs With a new administration looking to reshape healthcare policy and additional special enrollment periods already underway, now is the time to ensure Medicare enrollment systems are ready for the unpredictability, and… Read More »3 Strategies to Up-Level Medicare Advantage Enrollment Before it is Too Late
A Surgical Emergency Exposes the Crisis of the Young and Uninsured When a patient looked anxious before emergency surgery, it turned out he was worried about the hospital bill because he was uninsured. The Doctor Weighs In
President Joe Biden has submitted his discretionary budget for 2022 to Congress. Among its healthcare provisions are funding requests for the CDC, mental health and social determinants of health programs. But there are some unusual requests as well, such as funding for an Office of… Read More »Public health, racial equity, climate action drive Biden’s budget requests for healthcare
In a review of 130 FDA-cleared AI tools, researchers found that the vast majority of them relied on retrospective studies. Most of the developers also didn’t share information on how many sites the algorithms had been tested in, or how they performed in different patient… Read More »FDA-cleared AI devices lack critical information on performance, equity
No matter if Democrats or Republicans are running the show in Washington, here are three solid bets for pharma companies to plan for in the changing drug-pricing landscape
Historically, providers had to meet certain criteria and address three key areas in the patient’s progress notes: patient history, physical exam and medical decision making. CMS has eliminated the history and exam components as required elements for billing purposes, so medical decision making is now… Read More »How CMS final rule will impact E/M coding and documentation requirements
Nonprofit hospitals get substantial tax subsidies with the expectation that they will provide higher levels of charity care to needy patients. But these hospitals spend less on charity care than their for-profit counterparts, a new analysis shows.
Nadine Peters, chief legal officer of Cota Healthcare, shares her journey to leadership in health data privacy law and policy recommendations for the Biden Administration on achieving health equity through data use and education.
To maximize patient access to care, policies should be modernized to enable the broader digital health landscape
Only with proper coverage and access to the modern technologies that made their mark during Covid-19 can we truly democratize healthcare and make the promise of digital health available to all.
The family of Dr. Lorna Breen, an emergency physician working on the front lines of the pandemic who died of suicide, is working with Congress to introduce legislation that would make it easier for phyiscians to seek out mental healthcare. At the state level, licensing… Read More »Family of Dr. Lorna Breen pushes for mental health protections for physicians
People Should Prove They’ve Earned the Right to Have a Gun A consistent feature of many mass murders in the US is easy access to guns. We could fix this without a ban if we would do what Japan does. The Doctor Weighs In
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra may have won a narrow confirmation to be the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, but if his past is any indication, his agenda will be bold when it comes to reining in pharma companies, boosting the Affordable Care… Read More »The “biggest thorn in President Trump’s side” is now HHS Secretary. What’s next?
Researchers are investigating whether a built-in race adjustment in spirometers could further exacerbate health disparities caused by the pandemic. The medical device is commonly used to diagnose breathing conditions.
Areas that have been hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic are falling short when it comes to vaccine access. Community leaders are pushing to bring vaccination sites to their neighborhoods.
The federal price transparency rule for hospitals went into effect Jan. 1, but a new analysis shows that a majority of providers studied were “unambiguously noncompliant.”
President Joe Biden recently signed the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package into law. The American Rescue Plan Act includes several provisions to boost coverage under the ACA, like widening eligibility for premium tax credits.
Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy in Communities of Color [OpEd] The numbers are sobering: In just over a year since the coronavirus first appeared in the United States, global deaths have exceeded 2.5 million, according to Johns Hopkins data, with the US death toll surpassing the grim… Read More »Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy in Communities of Color [OpEd]
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While telehealth use soared last year, the biggest increases were among adults living in metropolitan areas with low poverty levels, according to research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
In an address on Thursday, President Joe Biden directed states to make all adults eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine no later than May 1. To get there, the Administration is buying more doses, and ramping up more vaccination sites in partnership with local clinics and… Read More »Biden directs states to make all adults eligible for vaccine by May
Did Medieval Medicine Pave the Way for Value-Based Payment A new book about Medieval Medicine reveals that many factors that influenced medicine then are the same as what’s in place today. The Doctor Weighs In
Several California counties and Washington state dropped One Medical as a partner in distributing vaccines after reports that it let people who weren’t eligible for the vaccine jump the line. A House panel is also launching an investigation into the company’s practices.
A new CMS rule would require insurers to cover Covid-19 tests, even for asymptomatic patients. It builds on previous legislation requiring payers to cover the cost of both testing and vaccines for their members.
Why Infertility Treatments Should Be Covered by Insurance Although it’s improving, most insurance coverage for infertility treatment doesn’t match that provided for other conditions. Here’s what you need to know. The Doctor Weighs In
President Joe Biden’s pick for CMS administrator, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, is slated to become the first Black woman to hold the post. Her policy priorities will likely center on healthcare access, including expanding insurance coverage, and health equity.
In an alert on Friday, the Food and Drug Administration warmed that pulse oximeters might be inaccurate in some circumstances. The agency listed skin color among other factors that may affect the accuracy of a reading, but didn’t mention research that has demonstrated the devices… Read More »FDA issues warning on pulse oximeter limitations, but says little about racial disparities
Hospital counsel, state advisors, congregate care advocates and university leaders believe that public health ethics must drive the next steps in vaccine distribution and not the constraints of the law.
At a Health Datapalooza session, former HHS head Kathleen Sebelius looked back on lessons learned in 2009 when the Affordable Care Act was moving through Congress. She cautioned the Biden administration against leaning on bipartisanship when restoring the healthcare law.
The Biden administration should recognize that including high quality, patient-centered comprehensive medication management (CMM) services as the national standard of care will improve patient outcomes, reduce health care costs and save lives.
Several states passed recent laws that would require commercial insurance plans to cover more telehealth services on a permanent basis. More states now require health plans to pay the same amount for telehealth as in-person visits.
Two UnitedHealthcare policies have raised several concerns among providers, including that they may display anti-competitive behavior and could block patient access to certain healthcare services. The American Hospital Association is asking the FTC and CMS to review and potentially block these policies.
Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and dozens of other pharmacies will start administering a limited number of vaccines as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. It will offer vaccines in medically underserved areas to healthcare workers, people ages 65 and older, and essential workers, according to… Read More »Pharmacies to start offering a limited number of Covid-19 vaccines
Ellume, whose at-home Covid-19 test was cleared by the FDA in December, got a $232 million contract from the Department of Health and Human Services to deliver 8.5 million tests.
As states begin to roll out vaccines to the broader public, Google will make it easier for people to find out when they are eligible and where they can get a vaccine. The effort is part of a broader push, including $150 million in grants… Read More »Searching for vaccine information? Google wants to make it easier to find
Dr. Fauci stressed that whether humanity can root out the novel coronavirus depends on whether a robust global vaccine campaign can be launched such that cheaper and easily deliverable vaccines can be distributed en masse.
Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks and other retailers are offering to play a bigger role in helping distribute Covid-19 vaccines. In most states, essential workers are still waiting for their first dose.
In an interview with MedCity News, Amwell CEO Dr. Roy Schoenberg shared how attitudes around telehealth have changed and what he’s watching for in future policy.
The agency published its first action plan last week for how it plans to regulate machine learning-based software as a medical device. To start, the FDA said it will issue guidance on how changes to algorithms should be regulated as they “learn.”
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While the ultimate litigation effects of the COVID-19 pandemic remain to be seen, the current high-profile healthcare claims are as varied as product liability and mass tort actions, antitrust and patent cases, and disputes involving the Affordable Care Act.
The scientific adviser who guided U.S. efforts to speed up development of vaccines for Covid-19 is resigning at the behest of the incoming Biden administration.
Flo, a popular period-tracking app, reached a settlement with the FTC over allegations that it misled users about how their health information would be shared. As part of the settlement, the startup is required to conduct an independent review of its privacy practices.
Despite concerns over broadband access and reimbursement, telehealth still brings many opportunities to care for patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid, panelists said at CES.
The CEOs of Pfizer, Moderna, McKesson and CVS Health explained that the distribution effort has gone well but the administration of the vaccine has now to catch up. They expect it to happen soon.
AI tools increasingly occupy a regulatory gray area in healthcare. For clinicians to assess whether they are trustworthy, they need transparency on how they work, said panelists at CES.
In a wide-ranging discussion at J.P. Morgan’s Annual Healthcare Conference, former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt talked about the future of the ACA, telehealth and Medicare Advantage with a Democrat-led House, Senate and presidency.
In an unusual move, the Food and Drug Administration issued an alert about false negatives in startup Curative’s Covid-19 test. The test was being used by the County of Los Angeles, as well as Congress.
A group of hospitals have sued HHS Secretary Alex Azar, arguing he should reverse a policy that prevents hospitals from getting reimbursed for Medicare-related bad debts pending at outside collection agencies. The policy has raised hospital debt payments by about $1.35 million, the lawsuit claims.
A new variant of SARS-Cov-2 thought to be more transmissible was discovered in Colorado’s eastern plains and San Diego, California. At the same time, federal vaccination rates are lagging far behind projections.
A new variant of SARS-Cov-2 thought to be more transmissible was discovered in Colorado’s eastern plains and San Diego, California. At the same time, federal vaccination rates are lagging far behind projections.
Regence, MultiCare Health System to Deploy HL7 Da Vinci Member Attribution List for Value-Based Care Arrangements
What You Should Know: – Regence and MultiCare ink first-in-the-nation value-based care partnership to deliver improved health outcomes at lower costs. Health insurance provider Regence and MultiCare Health System, an independent accountable care organization (ACO) have partnered to deploy a first-in-the-nation value-based model that delivers… Read More »Regence, MultiCare Health System to Deploy HL7 Da Vinci Member Attribution List for Value-Based Care Arrangements
Dentists: An Untapped Resource for Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Why dentists should be an integral part of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution & administration: broad reach, trust, & they’ve done it before. The Doctor Weighs In
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Hurdle Health, a mental health startup that trains culturally competent therapists, has seen continued growth over the last year. Its founder and others are working to expand access to mental healthcare.
The company’s vaccine is the second approved for emergency use by the FDA. It is expected to pose fewer logistical challenges than the first, which was developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
What lessons can future Covid vaccine candidates take from the FDA’s response to Pfizer and Moderna’s study data?
The HHS has proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule — the biggest in seven years, a healthcare lawyer said. But while the changes aim to improve information sharing, they could also bring about challenges for providers and payers.
The vaccine was developed in record time, a big scientific accomplishment, even though the agency’s move follows an unusual level of pressure from President Trump’s White House, renewing concerns that politics drove the vaccine process even as the first doses are shipped.
The nonbinding recommendation is a final hurdle before an official emergency use authorization for the vaccine, which could be the first shot approved for use in the U.S. Distribution, however, will remain a challenge.
A fiercely liberal state senator from Los Angeles and a moderate Assembly member from the Central Valley are joining forces to pressure Newsom to make California the first state in the nation to cover every income-eligible resident regardless of immigration status.
President-elect Joe Biden named Xavier Becerra, the current California attorney general, as his nominee for HHS secretary. A 12-term congressman and vocal supporter of the ACA, Becerra would become the first Latino to lead the federal agency if confirmed.
The final physician payment rule for next year includes changes to the list of telehealth services covered by Medicare and updated payment policies for remote physiologic monitoring.
In the Face of a Medicaid Tsunami, Telehealth is More Important Than Ever Telehealth utilization under Medicaid surged during the pandemic providing needed services to the vulnerable. Ongoing funding must be ensured The Doctor Weighs In
Rosemarie Day has been a long time health care consultant and operator, most prominently as the COO of the Massachusetts Health Connector–the first real state exchange that was created as part of Romneycare (which with a few twists later became Obamacare!) Following the 2017 Women’s… Read More »THCB Book Club: Rosemarie Day – Marching Towards Coverage
Recent efforts to improve transparency haven’t made much of a difference, one author noted. But earlier reforms made a dent the “most egregious” practices.
A health journalist, a physician and a former foreign correspondent sits down with Dr. Anthony Fauci for a lengthy Q&A about safety during Covid times.
The states are trying to prove they were harmed by the 2010 health law — and thus have “legal standing” to challenge its constitutionality.
What You Should Know: – White house coronavirus task force doubles down on rapid testing strategy to fight the coronavirus as some states say they don’t have the supplies to comply with the federal government’s advice. – This article was originally published by the Center for… Read More »White House Coronavrius Task Force Doubles Down on Rapid Testing Strategy
Now with a 6-3 conservative majority, the nation’s highest court still seems reticent to throw out the Affordable Care Act altogether. If the law stays in place, it would be the foundation for many of President-elect Biden’s planned healthcare policies.
The news sent the stock market soaring as it represents a key milestone in developing and distributing a vaccine for the virus. Still public confidence in vaccines need to be boosted, an expert noted.
Physician Compensation 2020: How Much Money Do U.S. Doctors Make Per Year? Doximity’s Physician Compensation report revealed that income growth slowed and the gender wage gap grew in 2020 due to the pandemic.. The Doctor Weighs In
Conservative vs. Liberal Views of Social Change: Who’s Right? Can conservative vs. liberal views be married in order to come up with social policies that benefit society as a whole? The Doctor Weighs In
States are trying to strengthen their hand over drug prices in light of stalled federal efforts and their own budget crunches. The wildcard is whether the efforts will survive legal scrutiny.
The final rule requires insurers to disclose information on prices for healthcare services and cost-sharing with patients. The government says it will help lower prices, but insurers aren’t so sure.
Scrutiny of drug prices will continue whether Trump or Biden wins. But pharma can take steps to address critics and cut costs before they reach a crisis point, according to a panel of industry experts.
MedCity Pivot Podcast: A conversation with Mark Bertolini about healthcare policy, Covid-19 and 5G in healthcare
Expanding Medicaid and then adjusting Medicare coverage based on financial and income status would be one way to improve healthcare policy and make sure that more Americans have healthcare when they need it.
What You Should Know: – Intermountain Healthcare and Sanford Health sign a letter of intent to merge that will created a combined health system employing more than 89k people at 70 hospitals and 435 clinics across seven states. Intermountain Healthcare and Sanford Health, one of… Read More »Intermountain, Sanford Health Signs Intent to Merge
Vanessa Kuhn, Director of Health Policy, PatientPing The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) created the Direct Contracting Model to expand opportunities for more diverse providers and healthcare organizations to participate in value-based care arrangements for Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries. The goal of the… Read More »CMS Direct Contracting Model Options for Value-Based Care
After Nebraskans cast their vote for Medicaid expansion in 2018, the state is finally expanding coverage to more residents. As part of the state’s rollout, it split its expanded Medicaid plans into two tiers, with work and other requirements to access dental and vision coverage.
Starting in January, Medicare will pay $75 for tests that take longer than two days, and will only pay $100 per test to laboratories that process most of their Covid-19 tests in less than two days.
With a new nominee as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case that could determine the future of the Affordable Care Act, the health law’s future has been thrown into question. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the number of uninsured could increase… Read More »Report: 21M people could lose insurance if ACA is overturned
HLTH aimed to reflect on the success of the decade-old Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) by a panel discussion with its directors. Except the first director was never included while his successor tried claiming the mantle of the “inaugural director” riling former colleagues… Read More »A “bald-faced lie” on LinkedIn followed by revisionist history of CMMI at HLTH panel
San Diego-based diagnostics startup Cue Health won a $481 million from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense to produce more coronavirus tests. The company received an emergency use authorization in June for its rapid molecular test.
Medicare doesn’t currently cover drugs approved under emergency use designations. But CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the agency was coming up with a plan to make sure Medicare beneficiaries were covered once a coronavirus vaccine is developed.
Fake Health News: How to Recognize It So You Can Stay Safe Fake health news stories are flooding the internet. Here’s how you can determine the credibility of the information and its publisher. The Doctor Weighs In
Resources to Help You Get Out (and Protect) the Vote The election is just weeks away, and we’re grateful to Dr. Pat Salber for giving us this opportunity to address you directly. As physicians concerned about the health of the public, we know that the… Read More »Resources to Help You Get Out (and Protect) the Vote
Humana, Fresenius Medical Care Expand Partnership to Improve Care Coordination for Medicare Advantage Members
What You Should Know: – Humana Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) today announced an agreement to broaden their collaboration toward improving the health of eligible Humana Medicare Advantage members – The agreement between Humana and Fresenius Medical Care North America goes into… Read More »Humana, Fresenius Medical Care Expand Partnership to Improve Care Coordination for Medicare Advantage Members
The guidance calls for a median two months’ worth of follow-up safety data from well-designed Phase III studies as a precondition for a vaccine receiving an EUA. The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House had backed down in its opposition to the guidance,… Read More »FDA issues Covid-19 vaccine guidance as White House reportedly relents
What You Should Know: – Walmart announced it will begin selling Medicare insurance plans during this year’s annual enrollment period, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Today, Walmart announced the launch of Walmart Insurance Services, LLC, a licensed insurance brokerage, which will assist people with enrolling… Read More »Walmart to Offer Medicare Insurance Plans During 2020 Open Enrollment
HHS will renew its contract with TeleTracking Technologies for another $10.2 million. Earlier this year, HHS controversially shifted Covid-19 data collection to the company from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which would normally handle data collection.
While the White House and doctors at Walter Reed have sought to reassure the public that Trump’s condition is improving, he has received numerous drugs for Covid-19, including the steroid dexamethasone, which is typically administered only to those who are critically ill.
The company said it was meeting real-time supply demands for Veklury (remdesivir) in the U.S. and anticipated meeting global demands for the drug worldwide. AmerisourceBergen will continue acting as sole U.S. distributor.
In the latest video installment from INVEST Digital Health, venture capitalist Michael Yang, Managing Partner, OMERS Ventures, and healthcare entrepreneur Shawn Wagoner, Chief Revenue Officer, Bind Benefits, go head to head to debate the future of health insurance.
What You Should Know: – Molina Healthcare acquires New York-based Medicaid managed care organization Affinity Health Plan for $330M in cash serving members in New York City, Westchester, Orange, Nassau, Suffolk, and Rockland counties. – As of August 31, 2020, Affinity served approximately 284,000 Medicaid… Read More »Molina Healthcare Acquires Affinity Health Plan for $380M
Reuters reported Wednesday that U.S. regulators would look at data from previous clinical trials that came from the same scientists who created the vaccine, AZD1222, which originated at the University of Oxford and is also known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19.
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will update data measuring physician use of health IT systems, as well as physician burden and interoperability.
A review published in JAMA found that bills introduced into the House and Senate don’t go nearly as far as existing drug pricing regulations other countries. The researchers listed eight key lessons from six nations.
The FDA commissioner took to Twitter Monday night to defend his performance at the agency, which came under sharp criticism amid accusations that the authorization of a plasma treatment for Covid-19 was politically motivated and that he stood by while President Trump unfairly maligned FDA… Read More »Stephen Hahn and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad FDA weekend
The biotech company reached a deal with the European Commission to supply an initial 80 million doses, while European Union member states will have the option to purchase 80 million more.
While the emergency use authorization granted Sunday was not seen as scientifically unwarranted, it drew concerns from some experts that it could hinder enrollment in clinical trials, while the timing and circumstances of the FDA’s move fueled suspicions that political pressure – rather than science… Read More »FDA’s emergency authorization for convalescent plasma in Covid-19 sparks controversy
Trump launches baseless attack on FDA; agency controversially authorizes plasma treatment for Covid-19
Over the weekend, Trump called the agency, without evidence, part of a “deep state” that was slow-walking vaccines and drugs for Covid-19. The next day, the agency authorized convalescent plasma despite having turned it down shortly before due to insufficient evidence.
In a survey of 730 parents, 31% of them plan to keep their child home if schools open for in-person instruction, according to a survey published in JAMA Pediatrics. Many schools are still developing plans for remote and in-person instruction.
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The New York Times reported that the FDA was prepared to issue an emergency use authorization for the treatment last week, but NIH Director Francis Collins and NIAID Director Anthony Fauci intervened, arguing that data were too weak.
Some healthcare startups that offer at-home prescription deliveries and test kits have experienced delays with the USPS. They shared how they’re navigating the changes.
A U.S. district judge blocked a rule by the Department of Health and Human Services that would end anti-discrimination provisions protecting transgender patients. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Frederic Block said that the rule violated a recent Supreme Court decision protecting LGBTQ workers’ rights.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued fines to more than 3,400 nursing homes either for infection control noncompliance or for failing to report Covid-19 data.
Earlier this month, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine received a false-positive result from a rapid antigen test for Covid-19, raising concerns about the tests’ accuracy. The assay’s maker, Quidel, said it is investigating the case.
HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator will allocate $2.5 million in CARES Act funding to health information exchanges to support public health uses of information from health information exchanges (HIEs). Five recipients will each get $500,000.
The agreement, which includes 100 million doses of mRNA-1273 and an option to acquire 400 million more, brings the total amount of money the biotech company has received from the federal government for its vaccine efforts to nearly $2.5 billion.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said a vaccine developed at a Moscow research institute that appears to still be in Phase I development among fewer than 100 participants had undergone all necessary tests.
MedCity Pivot Podcast: A conversation with Zeke Emanuel on policy, politics, Covid-19 and what we can learn from other nations
In this episode of MedCity Pivot podcast, we discuss Zeke Emanuel’s book where he asks the question – which country has the best healthcare in the world – and of course policy, politics, Covid-19. And his grandmother.
Health information exchanges know about the hard work of building trust by delivering value in healthcare. They have been in these trenches. They need a seat at the table with our state public health leaders as America works to safely reopen.
Under the agreement with BARDA and the Department of Defense, the drugmaker would supply 100 million doses of its vaccine, for which it published preclinical data last and is currently running a first-in-human clinical trial.
Several federal agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, have indicated their interest in expanding telehealth coverage after the federal emergency period ends. But to do that, they’ll need the help of states and Congress.
The executive order would call on the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a new pilot payment model for rural hospitals, and would set up a task force to improve broadband infrastructure in rural communities.
Three of the companies making drugs used in the Phase II I-SPY COVID-19 study – Amgen, AbbVie and Takeda – announced the patient enrollments Monday. The study, which will enroll up to 1,500 critically ill patients, could test around 10 drugs.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it follows a $1.95 billion contract between the two companies and the U.S. government. Assuming clinical trial success and regulatory approval, they would supply the vaccines in early 2021, ahead of the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.
The companies will provide 100 million doses of their jointly developed vaccine. But with a Phase I/II study planned in September, it is behind in development compared with those of Moderna and Pfizer and BioNTech, which have already started late-stage clinical testing.
The company had received $483 million from BARDA in April to fund the development of the vaccine, mRNA-1273, through Phase III, but that amount was based on a smaller anticipated number of participants than the 30,000 it now plans to enroll into the trial, named… Read More »Moderna snags another $472M from BARDA, launches Phase III Covid-19 vaccine trial
Google has reportedly pledged not to use Fitbit’s user data for its advertising business. With the deadline quickly approaching, is it enough that European regulators will approve the deal?
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Several states have enacted changes to make it easier for patients to access mental health services via telehealth during the pandemic. Here’s a summary of what has changed so far.
New Long-Term Care Benefits Added to Medicare Advantage Plans Medicare’s coverage of long-term care is limited, but new benefits added to some Medicare Advantage plans will help more seniors to continue to live at home The Doctor Weighs In
Amid fears of a premature emergency use authorization for a Covid-19 vaccine granted for political reasons, the guidance that the FDA released at the beginning of the month sets much tougher standards. But trial enrollment, anti-vaccine sentiment and other potential problems persist.
A bill introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday would permanently lift site restrictions for Medicare patients to access telehealth. During the pandemic, several restrictions on where telehealth visits could be conducted and what services were eligible were temporarily lifted.
A joint report by cybersecurity agencies in the U.K. and Canada, endorsed by their U.S. counterparts, states that the hacker group Cozy Bear had been targeting organizations involved with Covid-19 vaccine development efforts.
Researchers at the Urban Institute found that up to 10 million people could lose their job-based insurance due to Covid-19 by the end of the year.
The FDA’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee will convene Tuesday to discuss the drug, belantamab mafodotin. Despite the drug’s first-in-class potential, the briefing document for the meeting raised concerns about eye toxicity and questions about its risk-benefit profile.
Why Medical Translation and Medical Interpretation Services are Key in Quality Healthcare All industries need translators and interpreters who are trained in different languages. Although some items, symbols, and/or actions may be universally understood, you still need to convey subtle meanings and instructions across cultures.… Read More »Why Medical Translation and Medical Interpretation Services are Key in Quality Healthcare
The NIAID create the Covid-19 Prevention Trials Network by combining four existing ones, primarily focused on HIV and AIDS, which will continue that work in addition to their new focus on Covid-19.
A proposed rule by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would expand payments for new dialysis machines when used at-home.
The contract covers manufacture and supply of the two-antibody drug cocktail REGN-COV2. The company had announced Monday that it entered the drug into three late-stage clinical studies, both as a treatment for existing SARS-CoV-2 infections and a preventive treatment for healthy exposed people.
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