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Dozens of Orgs Urge CMS to Keep Next-Gen Genetic Testing in Medicare

February 8, 2019 - More than 60 leading healthcare organizations representing patients, providers, and academic medical centers have called on CMS to revise its interpretation of the National Coverage Determination (NCD) for next-generation sequencing (NGS) within Medicare. In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, 63 organizations said they were concerned that the broad interpretation would limit...


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CMS Aims to Address Senior Poverty, Social Determinants of Health

by Jessica Kent

To drive down healthcare costs for Medicare beneficiaries, CMS is expanding policies to reduce prescription drug prices, increase community partnerships, and foster technological innovations that will address poverty and other social...

CMS Announces Awards for Care Disparities, Population Health

by Jessica Kent

HealthPartners, a consumer-governed healthcare organization, and Centene Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, have received the 2019 CMS Health Equity Award for their work in improving care disparities and healthcare access. CMS presented...

Deep Learning Tool Matches Human Experts at Sleep Test Scoring

by Jessica Kent

A deep learning tool was able to replicate diagnostic scores for sleep staging, sleep apnea, and limb movements at a level of accuracy comparable to that of human clinicians, a study published in JAMIA revealed. Common sleep disorders...

Social Determinants of Health, Value-Based Care Key for Medicaid Success

by Jessica Kent

Value-based care incentives and broader collaborations to address the social determinants of health will be required to reduce spending and improve outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries, according to a report from the Association for...

CMS: Data-Driven Strategies Can Improve Population Health for Minorities

by Jessica Kent

To improve population health and increase care access among minority patients, organizations should implement data-driven strategies and identify the unique challenges within specific communities, Cara V. James, PhD, Director of the Office...

AMA Updates Population Health Tool to Improve Patient Care Access

by Jessica Kent

The American Medical Association (AMA) has enhanced its Health Workforce Mapper tool with updated population health data to further improve patient access to care. The tool, which allows users to see the distribution of providers in each...

CMS Disability Index Identifies Care Disparities, Access Issues

by Jessica Kent

Physical and mental disabilities have a significant impact on individuals’ ability to access healthcare, obtain quality services, and manage associated social determinants of health, a recent report from CMS reveals. According to...

Health Literacy Education Key to Rural Population Health, Care Access

by Jessica Kent

Improving patient health literacy and reducing out-of-pocket healthcare costs can support improved rural population health, according to a recent report from the National Quality Forum (NQF). More than 59 million people currently live in...

AHA Honors Atrium Health for Care Quality, Reducing Disparities

by Jessica Kent

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has recognized Atrium Health for its efforts in increasing healthcare quality and reducing care disparities in communities. Atrium Health ranked in the top five for the Quest for Quality prize,...

Emory, Kaiser Permanente Form Population Health Partnership

by Jennifer Bresnick

Emory Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente have announced a partnership aimed at improving population health management and expanding care access while supporting patients within their communities. The collaboration will turn Emory University...

CMS Strategy to Focus on Rural Healthcare Access, Quality

by Jessica Kent

CMS has announced a new Rural Health Strategy, which will help ensure that the nearly one in five individuals living in rural areas have access to quality healthcare. “For the first time, CMS is organizing and focusing our efforts...

Updating PA Practice Laws May Improve Rural Healthcare Access

by Jessica Kent

Physician assistants (PAs) have the potential to help combat the shortage of physicians in rural communities and improve patient access to healthcare, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) stated in a recent policy brief....

Minority Health Disparities Impacting Care Access, Management

by Jessica Kent

Minority health disparities continue to impact several quality metrics, including care access, provider communication, chronic disease management, and mental health treatment, according to a new CMS report. CMS stated that in order to...

CMS Recognizes Kaiser Permanente for Reducing Care Disparities

by Jessica Kent

CMS has named Kaiser Permanente as the first recipient of the Health Equity Award, which recognizes Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to reduce care disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. “Kaiser Permanente’s physicians...

VA to Get “Aggressive” with Hospital Quality Improvement Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking an “aggressive new approach” to improving hospital quality at more than a dozen of its lowest-performing healthcare facilities, officials announced this week. Fifteen medical...

LA Housing Program Improves Mental Health, Cuts Hospital Costs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providing stable housing for homeless residents of Los Angeles produced both financial and mental health improvements for the city and its homeless populations, a new report on the Housing for Health initiative found. A three-year study...

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Gets Cheaper and Quicker

by Jennifer Bresnick

The use of artificial intelligence in healthcare has surged throughout 2017 as developers work industriously to turn machine learning into actionable clinical decision support for providers.  While AI still has a long way to go in an...

Online Map Reveals Geographic Disparities in Care for Autism

by Thomas Beaton

Research from the Journal of Medical Internet Research used crowdsourcing and data scraping methods to create an online map that revealed significant geographical disparities in care for individuals with autism. The interactive GapMap,...

CVS Retail Clinics, VA Partner for Care Coordination, Access

by Jennifer Bresnick

Phoenix-area veterans who typically receive care through the Department of Veterans Affairs will have a new option for minor ailments: a local CVS Minute Clinic.  In an effort to improve care coordination and expand access to care...

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