New Bill to Invest in Telehealth

Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), have introduced the “Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act of 2019” (ECHO 2019 Act) legislation. (more…)

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New Bill Would Expand Telehealth

Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), have introduced the “Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act of 2019” (ECHO 2019 Act) legislation. (more…)

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Caring for High Need Patients

Alan R. Weil Health Affairs https://www.healthaffairs.org Editor-in-Chief, opened the Health Affairs Forum “Community Care for High-Need Patients” to discuss articles appearing in the June 2019 issue of Health Affairs. The conversation centered on the best ways to provide care outside of traditional medical settings for people with advanced illness. (more…)

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Foundation Awards Millions to UNC

A team of clinical researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill https://www.unc.edu received $14 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation https://www.gatesfoundation.org to conduct two studies aimed at improving pregnancy outcomes in the world’s poorest countries. (more…)

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Creating Robotic Trauma Care

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine https://www.upmc.com and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) https://www.cmu.edu each have been awarded four year contracts totaling more than $7.2 million from DOD https://www.defense.gov. The plan is to create an autonomous trauma care system to fit in a backpack to treat and stabilize soldiers injured in remote locations. (more…)

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CMS Presents Model for ET3

Currently, Medicare regulations only allow payment for emergency ground ambulance services when individuals are transported to hospitals, critical access hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and dialysis centers. This creates the incentive to bring beneficiaries to high acuity and high cost settings even when a lower acuity lower cost setting may more appropriately meet an individual’s needs. (more…)

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Telemedicine: Takeaways at Symposium

Industry experts, executives, and consultants presented their thoughts and ideas at the Credit Suisse https://www.credit-suisse.com 2019 Health Insurance Symposium held in New York on May 22, 2019. The symposium covered a variety of topics and was well attended by many investors. (more…)

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