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Care Management Weekly News Update - 11/11/20

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 11:06 AM

Coronavirus Vaccines From Pfizer, BioNTech Prevents COVID-19, Early Results Show

The coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech was strongly effective in preventing COVID-19 among study volunteers given the shot, early results announced by the companies Monday show, giving a pandemic-wracked world a glimpse of life after quarantines, travel restrictions, masks and school closures.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 11/4/20

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Nov 04, 2020 @ 01:00 PM

CMS Requires Government, Most Private Plans to Cover COVID-19 Vaccines

CMS said Wednesday that "most private health plans" will be required to cover an approved COVID-19 vaccine and its administration with no cost-sharing from in-network and out-of-network providers once the shot is recommended by a CDC panel. This was mandated by Congress in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed in March. Medicare will also cover a future vaccine at no cost to beneficiaries and...

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 10-28-20

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 @ 11:57 AM

VA Launches New Electronic Health Record System in Pacific Northwest in Mission to Modernize Care for Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began using its new electronic health record (EHR) system Oct. 24 at select VA facilities in the Pacific Northwest and Las Vegas, marking the beginning of a transformation in how VA delivers care to Veterans.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 10/21/20

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Oct 21, 2020 @ 11:43 AM

CMS Expands Medicare Emergency Telehealth Coverage With 11 New Services

CMS said Wednesday it is ​adding 11 new virtual care services for the first time in five months, including cardiac and pulmonary rehab. Since the emergency was declared in March, the agency has added more than 135 new virtual care services to what's covered under fee-for-service Medicare, including ER visits and initial inpatient and nursing facility visits.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 10/14/20

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 12:36 PM

USDA Grants $72M for Telemedicine Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering $72 million in grants to support telemedicine and distance learning opportunities in rural parts of the U.S.  USDA will fund 116 projects through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program, which helps healthcare and educational institutions purchase the equipment and software needed to rollout virtual health and learning services.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 10/07/20

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Oct 07, 2020 @ 12:55 PM

FDA Launches Years-in-the-Making Digital Health Center

FDA on Tuesday announced the creation of a digital health center within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health where it will coordinate policy and regulatory approaches tailored for the technologies. Bakul Patel, who has led the agency's digital health regulatory and scientific efforts for the past decade, was named the center's first director.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 9/30/20

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Sep 30, 2020 @ 11:46 AM

CMS Announces $165 Million to Support Home Care, Reduce 'America's Over-Reliance' on Nursing Homes

On Wednesday, CMS announced the availability of up to $165 million in supplemental funding to states currently operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs. MFP programs allow certain Medicaid users, including older adults, to more seamlessly transition from a nursing home or institution back into the home, only if they desire to do so.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 9/23/20

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Sep 23, 2020 @ 12:38 PM

Big Medicare Bundled Payment Changes Could Cut Participation

Medicare recently told participants in its largest bundled payments program about big changes that will go into effect in less than four months. The changes may lead some to drop out, advisers warn.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 9/16/20

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Sep 16, 2020 @ 11:41 AM

A New Effort Creates a Coordinated Mental Health Delivery System for Veterans and Their Families

The North Texas Collaborative, a new organization formed by five D-FW agencies, aims to expand access to mental health care for area veterans and their family members.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 9/9/20

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Sep 09, 2020 @ 01:28 PM

CMS Finalizes $3.5 Billion Boost in Acute Hospital Spending in New Rule

The Trump administration finalized a rule that increases payment rates for general acute care hospitals by up to 2.9% and boosts add-on payments for new technologies in the next federal fiscal year

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