VA & DOD Launch Study on TBIs

The Veterans Administration (VA) https://www.va.gov and the Department of Defense (DOD) have launched the “Long-Term Impact of Military-related Brain Injury Consortium” (LIMBIC). The two organizations have pledged to fund up to $50 million to research mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) or concussions. Each agency will contribute $25 million depending on the availability of funds. (more…)

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Addressing Health & Social Needs

The Center for Health Care Strategies’ (CHCS) https://www.chcs.org with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) http://www.rwjf.org, is developing a national, multisite demonstration called “Advancing Integrated Models” (AIM). AIM is promoting innovative, person-centered strategies to improve care for adults and children with complex health and social needs in order to improve health outcomes and also to foster health equity. (more…)

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Views on Telehealth & the Market

Recently, Credit Suisse https://www.credit-suisse.com hosted Tom Meier, Vice President of Market Solutions, and Carl McDonald, Senior VP, Treasurer and Finance Division at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) https://www.hcsc.com at a small group investor dinner meeting in Chicago. (more…)

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Telehealth for Maternal Fetal Medicine

More patients in the Northern part of Alabama can now see medical specialists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The Appalachian Regional Commission is providing $200,000 to enable UAB’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine team to see high risk patients remotely. (more…)

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Grant to Advance Computer Vision

About 1.3 million Americans are legally blind, most of them affected by late onset diseases such as glaucoma and age related macular degeneration. To help the blind, a cortical visual prosthesis can be life-changing, partially restoring sight, improving mobility, and even helping to recognize some objects. (more…)

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State’s Virtual Pharmacist Program

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) https://www.okhca.org is expanding a pilot program statewide to improve the health of SoonerCare (Oklahoma Medicaid) members with chronic conditions by optimizing their medication. (more…)

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Texas Releases HIT Plan

CMS required the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) https://hhs.texas.gov  to develop a “Health Information Technology (Health IT) Strategic Plan” in order to renew the Texas Medicaid 1115 Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program demonstration waiver. (more…)

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