Month: March 2021

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit alleging Cigna underpaid behavioral health providers for out-of-network claims and passed big bills on to patients. U.S. District Judge Edward Davila in the Northern District of California tossed the proposed class-action lawsuit brought by four behavioral health providers against Cigna, rejecting allegations that the Bloomfield, Conn.-based insurer
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President Joe Biden is trying to make good on one of his main campaign promises. The Biden administration on Wednesday unveiled a new $2 trillion infrastructure proposal to create jobs, build roads, fix bridges and more. On top of that, the proposal — officially dubbed the American Jobs Plan — would substantially increase funding for
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Blue Cross North Carolina will soon begin charging members for COVID-19 treatment, representing one of the nation’s first insurers to end its waiver pausing cost-sharing and out-of-pocket expenses for coronavirus care during the public health crisis. Come April 1, Blue Cross NC’s fully-insured and group members will be responsible for all the copayments, coinsurance and
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Mirimus lab scientists preparing to test COVID-19 samples from recovered patients on April 8, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. Misha Friedman | Getty Images A type of T-cell responsible for destroying cells infected with virus was able to recognize three Covid-19 variants in a small U.S. study, a promising sign that the vaccines should still
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Electronic health records are enabling a new generation of health care researchers to study thousands and millions of patients at a time. But scientists can’t easily tap into that promise for transgender and gender diverse populations — because in many cases, the records simply don’t reflect their identities. Up until 2015, most digital health records
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Best Life Brands, the holding company for a handful of senior care companies, is officially entering into the home health space. It is doing so thanks to a new acquisition, which it announced Tuesday. Specifically, Best Life Brands has acquired the home health agency formerly known as “PROHealth Home Care.” The agency provides in-home nursing,
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Cleveland Clinic and IBM have announced a 10-year partnership to establish a joint center, dubbed the discovery accelerator, to advance the pace of discovery in healthcare and life sciences through the use of high performance computing on the hybrid cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing technologies. By combining the clinic’s expertise in health care
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There’s a lot of confusion within the home health industry regarding Medicare sequestration right now. That’s understandable, considering there have been multiple inaccurate reports about where a continued delay actually stands. To recap, Medicare sequestration is a federal savings mechanism required by the Budget Control Act, which was signed into law in August 2011 with
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Addus COO lands promotion Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has promoted Brad Bickham to the role of president and chief operating officer. Frisco, Texas-based Addus provides personal care, home health and hospice services to about 44,000 consumers, through 212 locations in 22 states. Bickham’s promotion was internal. He first joined Addus in 2017, previously serving
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Medical liability insurance premiums have started to tick up after holding relatively steady over the past decade, a new report found. More than a quarter of physician practices’ malpractice premiums increased in 2019 and 2020, up from around 13% to 15% from 2011 to 2018, according to the American Medical Association’s annual rate surveys that
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Nearly four months after coronavirus vaccinations began, Louisiana is seeing fewer people clamoring for the surging supply of shots, and that fall-off in interest is happening far too soon to contain the spread of the virus. Talk of waiting your turn has ended, replaced with pleas for people to sign up for available vaccine appointments
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill on March 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. Susan Walsh | Pool | Getty Images The latest rise in new Covid-19 infections can’t be
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