• Which biotech company has the most promising coronavirus vaccine? July 21, 2020
    The U.S. Congressional Budget Office projects that the COVID-19 pandemic will cause more than $16 trillion worth of damage to the U.S. economy over the next decade. More than 140,000 Americans have already died from the coronavirus, meaning that in the span of six and a half months, SARS-CoV-2 has killed more people than the […]
  • AMGA calls for Medicare Shared Savings Program changes amid COVID-19 July 21, 2020
    CMS should keep the 2021 application cycle for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) open and implement other changes to the program to protect providers from excessive costs incurred during the pandemic, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) recently urged. "CMS has instituted a number of changes to support providers and their patients during the […]
  • Critical considerations for condition-based alternative payment models: A multi-stakeholder perspective July 21, 2020
    Reaching the critical mass of participants in alternative payment models (APMs) necessary to move our health care system away from fee-for-service will require a significant increase in specialist participation. Currently, the two most common approaches to payment reform struggle to do this, despite their distinct approaches. Primary care-based models such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) […]
  • The many mental health benefits of nature July 21, 2020
    Did you know that getting outside and enjoying a little fresh air is scientifically proven to be good for your health? Of course, most of us are trying to stay home due to COVID-19, but that doesn't mean you can't get some fresh air. Here are a few things we know about why fresh air […]
  • Why COVID-19 has put records management in the spotlight for healthcare insurers July 21, 2020
    Although the importance of comprehensive records management programs is not a new phenomenon, over the last few months, events surrounding COVID-19 have brought records management into increased focus. The current pandemic has required most Healthcare Insurers to change their normal ways of working. This has frequently included asking employees to work from new locations and […]
  • New way of studying genomics makes deep learning a breeze July 21, 2020
    Researchers from the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine have developed a new tool that makes it easier to maximize the power of deep learning for studying genomics. They describe the new approach, Janggu, in the journal Nature Communications. Imagine that before you could make dinner, you first had to rebuild the kitchen, specifically designed […]
  • Invest in community-based organizations to put health dollars where they are really needed July 21, 2020
    Eric Letsinger and Alison Rein write: "If it wasn't already clear that the U.S. does a poor job of investing in things that keep people healthy, the coronavirus crisis and its disproportionate effects on people of color have made this abundantly clear — even though we spend more per capita on health care than any […]
  • Adolescent mental health issues magnified by COVID-19 July 21, 2020
    Nearly one in five adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and nearly one-third of them show signs of depression. That's according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, using data compiled before the pandemic. But fewer than 300 psychiatrists are available to serve Ohio's 2.6 million kids, and behavioral health services struggle […]
  • 1st end-to-end DNA sequence of a human chromosome — 'new era in genomics research' July 21, 2020
    Researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have produced the first end-to-end DNA sequence of a human chromosome. The results, published recently (July 14, 2020) in the journal Nature, show that generating a precise, base-by-base sequence of a human chromosome is now possible and will […]
  • Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, importance for minorities July 21, 2020
    June is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and with some still practicing social isolation due to COVID-19, loneliness can impact communities in many ways. Some experts say Black Americans are more likely to report persistent symptoms of emotional distress than white Americans. According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, only one […]