• A renaissance of genomics and drugs is extending human longevity June 29, 2020
    The causes of aging are extremely complex and unclear. But with longevity clinical trials increasing, more answers — and questions — are emerging than ever before. With the dramatic demonetization of genome reading and editing over the past decade and Big Pharma, startups, and the FDA starting to face aging as a disease, we are […]
  • Mental health matters: Behavioral health issues don't discriminate June 29, 2020
    West Michigan Community Mental Health (CMH) serves consumers from every ethnic background, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender because CMH knows behavioral health issues don't discriminate. Unfortunately, as a nation, we've recently witnessed discrimination and unfathomable acts of abject cruelty and violence against people of color.
  • CMS: Value-based reimbursement key to addressing health disparities June 29, 2020
    Health disparities proven by Medicare claims data during the COVID-19 crisis underscore the need to transition to value-based reimbursement, according to CMS. Recently, the federal agency announced COVID-19 outcomes based on Medicare claims data from Jan 1 through May 16, 2020. The data revealed that Medicare spent $1.9 billion in fee-for-service payments on 81,227 COVID-19 […]
  • New rapid genomic testing can improve therapy selection for colorectal cancer patients June 29, 2020
    Genomic mutation testing is critical to therapeutic selection and management of patients with colorectal cancer. In a new multicenter study, researchers compared a new cartridge-based laboratory testing device called the Idylla automated system (Biocartis) to current standard-of-care testing methods. They found that average turnaround time for test results could be cut by more than 65% […]
  • The healthcare holy grail: A health plan's guide to succeeding with their value-based care strategy June 29, 2020
    There is broad consensus across the healthcare industry that value-based care (VBC) is a positive step towards achieving the "triple aim" of healthcare: better healthcare experiences and improved health outcomes at lower costs. However, as health plans move towards quality over quantity-based reimbursement models, they are under immense pressure to ingest and operationalize new datasets […]
  • MaineHealth ACO execs show how they used predictive analytics to reduce ED utilization June 29, 2020
    MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization is a network of 10 hospitals, 378 practice locations and 1,600 healthcare providers dedicated to measurably increasing the quality and decreasing the cost of care for 380,000 patients in Maine and northern New Hampshire. MaineHealth's coverage area has one of the highest emergency department utilization rates in the country.
  • 4 ways PBMs are changing June 29, 2020
    Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) argue that they play a vital role in the labyrinth of U.S. healthcare as pharmaceutical company intermediaries, serving purchasers (such as employers) and payers (such as Medicare and commercial health insurers). Critics, however, contend that PBMs serve the needs of pharmaceutical companies at the expense of purchasers, payers and, ultimately, patients.
  • AI to combine with imaging and genomics in precision medicine project June 29, 2020
    A Canadian healthcare AI company is partnering with a DNA analytics outfit in California to explore how genomics can help advance the science of precision medicine. Montreal-based Imagia announced the collaboration on June 22, stating it will work with San Diego-based Illumina to create a unified source of genomic and health data. Streams feeding the […]
  • Locumtenens, SE healthcare partnership offers solution to physician burnout crisis June 29, 2020, a leading physician and advanced practitioner staffing agency, recently announced a strategic partnership with SE Healthcare to offer a comprehensive, systems-based solution that confidentially measures the level of physician burnout within healthcare organizations. The solution pinpoints impacted areas and leverages specialized locum tenens staffing services to support clinicians who are suffering from stress, anxiety […]
  • Mental health challenges you might not realize are pandemic-related June 29, 2020
    We are all struggling right now (even therapists). Here's how to identify challenges that you might not realize are pandemic-related. During this pandemic, nobody is safe! We are experiencing all sorts of risky situations. One of the most challenging ones is not visible and may not be on many people's radar: our mental health.