Month: July 2021

Boston EMS medics work to resuscitate a patient on the way to the ambulance amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Boston, Massachusetts, April 27, 2020. Brian Snyder | Reuters About three-fourths of people infected in a Massachusetts Covid-19 outbreak were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to new data published Friday by the Centers
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The federal government intervened in six lawsuits alleging that Kaiser Permanente upcoded claims for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, the Justice Department said Friday. The Oakland, Calif.-based integrated health system allegedly pressured its physicians to augment medical records often months after the care was provided to boost its Medicare reimbursement. Doctors added risk-adjusting diagnoses that patients did
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The federal government intervened in six lawsuits alleging that Kaiser Permanente upcoded claims for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, the Justice Department said Friday. The Oakland, Calif.-based integrated health system allegedly pressured its physicians to augment medical records often months after the care was provided to boost its Medicare reimbursement. Doctors added risk-adjusting diagnoses that patients did
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Elon Musk, Founder and Chief Engineer of SpaceX, speaks during the Satellite 2020 Conference in Washington, DC, United States on March 9, 2020. Yasin Ozturk | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Elon Musk’s brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, has raised $205 million from investors including Google Ventures, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. 
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Researchers are trying to unravel why some COVID-19 survivors suffer “brain fog” and other problems that can last for months, and new findings suggest some worrisome overlaps with Alzheimer’s disease. One study of older adults in Argentina found a surprising amount of dementia-like changes in memory and thinking for at least six months after a
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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Mack-Lehigh Valley Operations Manufacturing Facility in Macungie, Pensylvania, U.S., July 28, 2021. Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters President Joe Biden on Thursday will call on state and local officials to offer residents $100 cash payments as an incentive to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, his administration’s latest
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You’re reading the web edition of STAT Health Tech, our guide to how tech is transforming the life sciences. Sign up to get this newsletter delivered in your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday.  The acquisition race heats up in telehealth Amwell is spending $320 million to acquire a pair of companies — the digital mental health provider SilverCloud Health and Conversa, which uses
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Modern Healthcare Insurance Reporter Nona Tepper and Finance Reporter Tara Bannow talk about primary-care practice mergers and acquisitions and why private equity firms are investing in the sector. Subscribe to Beyond the Byline Subscribe to Modern Healthcare Follow us on Twitter Music Credit: Coffee by Cambo Nona Tepper:    Hello, and welcome to Modern Healthcare’s Beyond the
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Dive Brief: Tenet posted a $120 million profit in the second quarter of this year, up from $88 million during the same time last year, following HCA as the second for-profit system to post a rebound, according to financial results released Wednesday. The Dallas-based hospital chain beat Wall Street expectations on earnings and revenue, posting
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Exclusion monitoring is a critical tool for ensuring compliance, program integrity, and patient safety. Healthcare organizations can’t afford not to monitor their populations for exclusions, however, because there are several lists at both the federal and state levels that need to be continuously monitored, exclusion monitoring can be complicated. Read on for a summary of
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Dive Brief: An inexpensive, scalable and easy-to-implement way to nudge more unvaccinated healthcare workers to get their COVID-19 shot is through employers sending targeted emails, patient portal messages, text messages and other communications designed with behavioral science in mind, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Network Open. Researchers looked at healthcare workers across
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The state of Connecticut is embarking on a plan to dedicate Medicaid funds to help address the problem of gun violence and other violent crimes. Under new legislation, financially challenged community-based violence prevention services will eventually be able to receive state and federal Medicaid funds. These programs, which are growing around the U.S., typically involve
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Ascension employees will have to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the 146-hospital system announced Tuesday. Ascension’s mandate follows many health systems across the country that have also required employees to get vaccinated. The St. Louis-based chain’s new policy applies to all employees, including administrative and remote workers, as well as those employed by Ascension subsidiaries. “As
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Californians who are at least 50 and living in the country without permission are newly eligible for state healthcare coverage under legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday, part of a record state budget that includes major investments in mental health, homelessness and housing. The legislation to expand Medi-Cal coverage to low-income adults regardless of
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A Springfield, Mo., hospital announced Tuesday that it expanded its morgue capacity amid an increase in COVID-19 deaths, while St. Louis began offering immunization incentives for some city employees and the county where Kansas City is located said it would require many workers to get immunized or undergo weekly testing. Missouri has the nation’s fourth-worst
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The state of California. New York City. Hospitals and nursing homes. Colleges and universities. Employers are putting COVID-19 vaccine mandates into place and it’s getting attention. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden said a requirement is under consideration for all federal employees. But what happens if workers refuse? Federal legal
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The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Board of Directors has tapped Leslie Davis to be president and CEO. Davis will take over for longtime president and CEO Jeffrey Romoff, who transformed the company over nearly five decades at UPMC, including 29 years as its top leader, on Aug. 1. Romoff will remain as president emeritus
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HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Sequoia Project released a draft framework Wednesday that outlines technical requirements for health information networks that participate in a nationwide data-sharing network known as TEFCA. ONC plans to launch the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) network in the first quarter of
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