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Interdisciplinary approach to COVID-19 
has roots in lessons learned 100 years ago

Reflecting on Virginia Mason Health System’s 100-year history and navigating the present reality, there have been key lessons foundational to our work that have been tested and affirmed by COVID-19. Reflecting on Virginia Mason Health System’s 100-year history and navigating the present reality, there have been key lessons foundational to our work that have been […]

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Pharmacists in Ohio managing care as providers—and getting paid for it too

An insurer-led experiment adds community pharmacists to care teams in the hope of controlling chronic conditions and reducing hospital readmissions. An insurer-led experiment adds community pharmacists to care teams in the hope of controlling chronic conditions and reducing hospital readmissions.

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California health plan crafts handmade cards for nursing home residents

A California health plan has found a colorful way to reach out to its members in skilled-nursing facilities, with a drive to create and distribute handmade greeting cards. A California health plan has found a colorful way to reach out to its members in skilled-nursing facilities, with a drive to create and distribute handmade greeting […]

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Kindred Health CEO staying focused on growth strategy

Despite the financial pinch the pandemic has put on the industry, Kindred President and CEO Ben Breier says the organization is well positioned to keep growing. Despite the financial pinch the pandemic has put on the industry, Kindred President and CEO Ben Breier says the organization is well positioned to keep growing.

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Mental health startups help providers monitor patient symptoms at home

Providers are trying app- and web-based tools to track anxiety, depression and other behavioral health symptoms between appointments. It’s been particularly helpful with patients postponing some care because of COVID. Providers are trying app- and web-based tools to track anxiety, depression and other behavioral health symptoms between appointments. It’s been particularly helpful with patients postponing […]

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Miami’s diverse community challenges effort to fight COVID-19

Miami’s identity as an international city with a diverse population has steered its response to the pandemic, health officials say. Miami’s identity as an international city with a diverse population has steered its response to the pandemic, health officials say.

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Data Points: Upcoming flu season a big question mark

Flu season typically begins around week 40 of a given year (early October), 
but hospitalizations don’t peak until the start of the next year. Average rate of hospitalizations per 100,000, 2010-11 to 2019-20, by week of the year. Flu season typically begins around week 40 of a given year (early October), 
but hospitalizations don’t peak […]

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Tracking patients’ COVID-19 vaccinations likely to challenge providers long after vaccines arrive

Providers won’t be able to track who has received a COVID-19 vaccine, when available, without an accurate way to identify patient immunization records across care settings. Providers won’t be able to track who has received a COVID-19 vaccine, when available, without an accurate way to identify patient immunization records across care settings.

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Trump's surprise billing order calls for naming and shaming aggressive billers

Under the surprise billing executive order, CMS’ Hospital Compare website would include information on hospital billing practices. Experts say that won’t happen anytime soon. Under the surprise billing executive order, CMS’ Hospital Compare website would include information on hospital billing practices. Experts say that won’t happen anytime soon.

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Blue Cross NC to spend $200 million in legal winnings on members

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will use the legal recoveries from a successful lawsuit over unpaid Affordable Care Act funds to help members with health, wellness and household expenses. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will use the legal recoveries from a successful lawsuit over unpaid Affordable Care Act funds […]

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