California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the state to provide health coverage to low-income young adults who are in the country illegally, but his plan would siphon public health dollars from several counties battling surging rates of sexually transmitted diseases and, in some cases, measles outbreaks.
A federal judge late Monday blocked the Trump administration’s Medicare cuts to 340B hospitals, saying the new rates aren’t lawful for 2018 and 2019.
However, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras did not grant hospitals the permanent injunction against the cuts that they wanted. Instead, he ordered the department to take “first crack” at a remedial measure with a status update due Aug. 5.
“The secretary’s deficiencies here were substantial,” the judge wrote in a decision late Monday.
Two Republican senators on Tuesday issued sharp warnings to the pharmaceutical industry about price controls.
The GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday showed that the Trump administration’s idea of an international reference model, aimed at just a subset of Medicare drugs, has transformed at least some Republican thinking on the drug-pricing policy debate.
The so-called international price index demonstration hasn’t been officially proposed yet, but congressional GOPers are skeptical of the policy.
The CMS approved state plans to amend Medicaid 16% faster last year than they did in 2016, according to new federal data.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma said that the agency will improve the waiver process that allows states to make changes to Medicaid such as eligibility requirements and rates.
“When this process doesn’t work, it can create bureaucratic headaches that hinder their ability to effectively manage their program,” Verma wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday called for the Trump administration to give providers more time to implement part of a major rule to promote interoperability in healthcare.
The CMS and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT issued two rules in February that target information blocking, implement interoperability and require all health IT companies to use the same application programming interface two years after the policies are finalized. Hospitals also will be required to send doctors notifications when a patient is discharged.
ONC was asked to consider slowing down the two-year implementation window, but one committee member blasted a ‘dysfunctional’ healthcare system as technology laggards.
A Senate committee during a status update Tuesday on the proposed rules for electronic health records under the 21st Century Cures Act offered mixed messages to policymakers charged with implementing those provisions.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, repeatedly raised concerns about past mistakes with HIT adoption under the Meaningful Use initiatives and warned that the pace of implementation under the 21st Century Cures Act was too hasty. He urged policymakers to proceed with caution.
Hundreds of women die preventable deaths of complications from pregnancy each year in the United States, even weeks or months after childbirth, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health experts say recognizing contributing factors such as racial disparities and working toward solutions are key in saving lives.
The CDC confirmed in a report released Tuesday that about 700 women die each year in the United States from cardiovascular conditions, infections, hemorrhages and other complications related to their pregnancies — up to a year after delivering their babies. In about 60 percent of the cases, the deaths could have been prevented, in part, with proper medical intervention, as well as better access to it, the researchers noted.
Three out of five pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. are preventable, and federal health officials want providers to keep a watchful eye for factors that could lead to maternal mortality.
Approximately 700 women in the U.S. die each year due to pregnancy- or birth-related complications up to a year after delivery, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report on Tuesday.
From 2011 to 2015, nearly 31% of maternal deaths happened during pregnancy compared with 36% that occurred on the day of delivery and up to one week after, while 33% happened one week to one year after delivery.
Kim had been wine tasting with a friend in Sonoma, Calif. They got into an argument in the car that night and Kim thought someone was following them. She was utterly convinced. And she had to get away.
“I jumped out of the car and started running, and I literally ran a mile. I went through water, went up a tree,” she said. “I was literally running for my life.”
Kim was soaking wet when she walked into a woman’s house, woke her from bed and asked for help. When the woman went to call the police, Kim left and found another woman’s empty guesthouse to sleep in — Goldilocks-style.
The 50-something man with a shaved head and brown eyes was unresponsive when the paramedics wheeled him into the emergency room. His pockets were empty: He had no wallet, no cellphone and not a single scrap of paper that might reveal his identity to the nurses and doctors working to save his life. His body lacked any distinguishing scars or tattoos.
Almost two years after he was hit by a car on busy Santa Monica Boulevard in January 2017 and was transported to Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center with a devastating brain injury, no one had come looking for him or reported him missing. The man died in the hospital, still a John Doe.
Brooke Wagen didn’t have a typical third-year medical school experience.
Instead of going through the clinical rotations students usually are exposed to, Wagen spent the year interviewing elderly residents who lived in the housing developments close to her home in Austin, Texas. Wagen talked to 30 residents over age 65 to try to understand how they viewed their health and social situation.
Employers are increasingly focused on improving access and quality of care for their workers, according to a new survey.
Within the next three years, nearly half of employers plan on implementing high-performance networks (HPN), centers of excellence (COE), onsite or nearby health centers and accountable care organizations (ACO) as ways to provide quality and affordable healthcare options, according to a Willis Towers Watson (WTW) survey released Wednesday morning.
Eighty percent of respondents intend on having COEs within a health plan, a 29% jump year-over-year, and the number of employers who plan on including HPNs more than doubled to 65%.
Connected healthcare is not about technology, says a Partners HealthCare expert; changing physicians’ culture, attitudes, and training could diminish burnout and enhance humanity.
For more than a quarter century, Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, vice president of Connected Health at Partners HealthCare in Boston, has led novel initiatives, testing and piloting new models of healthcare that involve emerging technologies. The organization he helms focuses on connected healthcare, which moves the point of care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients.
According to Kvedar, connected healthcare encompasses the following concepts:
LifeCare Holdings, a Plano, Texas-based operator of long-term acute-care hospitals, filed for bankruptcy on Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., blaming declining Medicare rates for its need to seek Chapter 11 protection.
Private-equity owned LifeCare, which operates 17 healthcare facilities in nine states, claimed that Medicare’s establishment of patient criteria to qualify as a compliant long-term acute-care facility in 2015 led to reductions in reimbursement rates in 2015 and 2016, according to CEO James Murray’s declaration of bankruptcy filed with the court on Tuesday.
Adventist Health is launching a new platform that could light up some of the shadows around the costs of health care.
The Roseville-based health system is one of four organizations that are launching cost-tracking software called Analytics for Risk Contracting, or ARC. Adventist Health said last week that it formed a joint venture for ARC, alongside New York-based Montefiore Health System, Los Angeles-based consulting firm Cope Health Solutions and Heritage Provider Network, which manages nine Southern California medical groups.