Policy

A “bald-faced lie” on LinkedIn followed by revisionist history of CMMI at HLTH panel

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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

Cue Health gets $481M to expand production of rapid coronavirus test

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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.

CMS promises a plan for Medicare to cover coronavirus vaccine

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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.

Humana, Fresenius Medical Care Expand Partnership to Improve Care Coordination for Medicare Advantage Members

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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

HHS renews $10.2M TeleTracking contract for Covid-19 data collection

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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.

FDA’s emergency authorization for convalescent plasma in Covid-19 sparks controversy

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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

Managing Cultures During Physician Practice Merger

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Managing Cultures During Physician Practice Merger Culture is the most common reason why practice mergers fail. However, there are steps you can take to end up with a supportive culture. The Doctor Weighs In

District judge blocks HHS rule that would end transgender health protections

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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.

Trust, privacy, and our American pandemic 

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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.

Congress, states hold the keys to telehealth expansion

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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.

Trump executive order targets rural telehealth expansion

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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.

FDA guidance eases some Covid-19 vaccine concerns, but others remain

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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.

House bill would cement Medicare telehealth changes

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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.

Why Medical Translation and Medical Interpretation Services are Key in Quality Healthcare

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

BARDA, DoD give Regeneron $450M contract for Covid-19 antiviral drug

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.

Reflections on Death with Dignity

Reflections on Death with Dignity Facing a painful death from incurable cancer, Brittany Maynard had to move to Oregon so she could control her destiny & die with dignity. Why do so few states allow this? The Doctor Weighs In

Can You Believe in Science and Still Vote for Trump?

Can You Believe in Science and Still Vote for Trump? Most people understand the primacy of scientific facts in ordering our personal and public life, but a more primal imperative, tribalism, often wins out. The Doctor Weighs In