DARZALEX FASPRO ® (daratumumab and hyaluronidase-fihj) Becomes the First FDA-Approved Treatment for Patients with Newly Diagnosed Light Chain (AL) Amyloidosis
January 15, 2021 (HORSHAM, Pa.) – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of DARZALEX FASPRO® (daratumumab and hyaluronidase-fihj), a subcutaneous formulation of daratumumab, in combination with bortezomib, cyclophosphamide and dexamethasone (D-VCd) for the treatment of adult patients with newly diagnosed light chain (AL) amyloidosis.[1] DARZALEX FASPRO® is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for patients with this blood cell disorder that is associated with the production of an abnormal protein, which leads to th...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - January 16, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

CMS streamlines prior authorizations in final rule
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MSN touts new CMS clinical data registry measures ACR urges Congress to stop Medicare cuts CMS grants pass-through status for Detectnet CMS finalizes major cut in radiology reimbursement CMS issues final rule modernizing Stark law (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 15, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Hyperparathyroidism in the Elderly Appears Undertreated Hyperparathyroidism in the Elderly Appears Undertreated
Fewer than a third of elderly Medicare beneficiaries who may benefit from parathyroidectomy because of primary hyperparathyroidism actually receive such treatment, according to a population-based cohort study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - January 15, 2021 Category: Surgery Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicaid Program: Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) withdrawing the November 18, 2019 proposed rule, which would have created new reporting requirements for states to address the financing of supplemental and base Medicaid payments through the non-federal share. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Asians, Hispanics miss out on imaging during pandemic
Hispanic and Asian patients have been significantly less likely to get imaging...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Gaps in lung nodule follow-up linked to racial disparities Change in imaging use shows COVID-19's impact Lack of Medicare CTC coverage affects people of color Medical imaging shrinks during the COVID-19 tidal wave (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 14, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: CY 2021 Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program Requirements for Eligible Professionals; Quality Payment Program; Coverage of Opioid Use Disorder Services Furnished by Opioid Treatment Programs; Medicare Enrollment of Opioid Treatment Programs; Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances for a Covered Part D Drug; Payment for Office/Outpatient Evaluation and Management Services; Hospital IQR Program; Establish New Code Categories; Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Expanded Model Emergency Policy; Coding and Payment for Virtual Check-in Services Interim Final Rule Policy; Coding and Payment for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Interim Final Rule Policy; Regulatory Revisions in Response to the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19; and Finalization of Certain Provisions from the March 31st, May 8th and September 2nd Interim Final Rules in Response to the PHE for COVID-19; Correction
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making technical corrections to theDecember 28, 2020 final rule. This correction is effective upon publication of this notice, which is scheduled for January 19, 2021, and is applicable January 1, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

New data show retail medicine prices fell in 2019
In 2019, retail prescription medicine prices declined by 0.4%, on average, according to National Health Expenditures (NHE)data from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) published recently inHealth Affairs. While retail prescription medicine spending grew 5.7% that same year,this increase was due to more patients getting the medicines they need, not higher prices. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - January 13, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katie Koziara Tags: Let's Talk About Cost Source Type: news

Pharmacy owner 'flips the script' on CVS, ExpressScripts with startup Medicare Part D plan
A Central Ohio pharmacy owner has started a Medicare prescription drug plan to help independent pharmacies take on benefits behemoths. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 12, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

Pharmacy owner 'flips the script' on CVS, ExpressScripts with startup Medicare Part D plan
A Central Ohio pharmacy owner has started a Medicare prescription drug plan to help independent pharmacies take on benefits behemoths. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 12, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

After SPAC merger, Clover Health president eyes membership growth this year
If you're one of the lucky ones, according to Clover Health President, CTO and co-founder Andrew Toy, you'll live long enough to be classified as a senior. And with age comes Medicare, federally subsidized health care. That's good news, and not just for those who live long (and hopefully prosper), but for San Francisco-based Clover, a health-tech insurance business providing Medicare to the elderly and a software data platform the company says helps doctors be better informed and make better decisions.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 8, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Brian Rinker Source Type: news

After SPAC merger, Clover Health president eyes membership growth this year
If you're one of the lucky ones, according to Clover Health President, CTO and co-founder Andrew Toy, you'll live long enough to be classified as a senior. And with age comes Medicare, federally subsidized health care. That's good news, and not just for those who live long (and hopefully prosper), but for San Francisco-based Clover, a health-tech insurance business providing Medicare to the elderly and a software data platform the company says helps doctors be better informed and make better decisions.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 8, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Brian Rinker Source Type: news

GAO: Request for Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Nominations
The Government Accountability Office is accepting nominations for appointment to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) by February 12, 2021. Appointments are effective May 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Congress Moves To Fix Medicare Enrollment, But Misses The Biggest Problem
Congress moved to fix some Medicare enrollment problems but missed the biggest one. The government still doesn't have to tell you about Medicare when you turn 65. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 7, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Howard Gleckman, Senior Contributor Tags: Personal Finance /personal-finance Money /money Retirement /retirement Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Editors' Pick editors-pick Decision Maker Content decisionmaker investing personalfinance Source Type: news

With New Majority, Here ’s What Democrats Can (and Can’t) Do on Health Care
Senate control opens up new possibilities, but the party will still need to contend with arcane rules and the challenges of a narrow majority. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 7, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Law and Legislation Health Insurance and Managed Care Medicare Medicaid United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

CMS Issues New Roadmap for States to Address the Social Determinants of Health to Improve Outcomes, Lower Costs, Support State Value-Based Care Strategies
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to state health officials describing how to adopt strategies that address the social determinants of health (SDOH) in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Discusses how SDOH exacerbate health disparities among a variety of populations, including rural communities, and the guidance aims to help states improve population health and reduce costs. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 7, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

ACR introduces new virtual educational programming
The American College of Radiology (ACR) Education Center has unveiled a new...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: COVID-19 relief bill delays USPSTF mammo recommendation Congressional spending bill eases 2021 MPFS cuts ACR urges Congress to stop Medicare cuts ACR opposes new final MPFS rule ACR unveils collaborative imaging research fund (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 5, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Specialty Generics Face A Maze Of Perverse Incentives In Medicare Part D
Specialty generics haven't gained the kind of traction in Medicare Part D that one would expect. This includes specialty generics such as imatinib mesylate and glatiramer acetate. The current set-up of the Medicare Part D benefit sends the wrong price signals. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 4, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joshua Cohen, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation business pharma & Source Type: news

Price Transparency: A Gift To Americans In The New Year
On January 1, a new rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services went into effect requiring hospitals to publish the prices they negotiate with insurers for various medical procedures. This rule will inject some sorely needed transparency into the U.S. healthcare system. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 4, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sally Pipes, Contributor Tags: Policy /policy Business /business Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare sallypipesblog Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment two information collections: 1) Solicitation for Applications for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan 2022 Contracts and 2) CMS Plan Benefit Package (PBP) and Formulary CY 2022 to collect plan bids to establish Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plan benefit package options for the next contract year. Comments are due by February 3, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 4, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Medicare At 60 Is On The Line Tuesday In Georgia Senate Races
Democrats likely need to win both U.S. Senate races in Georgia on Tuesday for President-elect Joe Biden ’s proposal to expand Medicare to Americans as young as 60 to become a reality. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 3, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Decision Maker Content decisionmaker business pharma Source Type: news

Court Injunction Temporarily Upends Most Favored Nation Policy To Lower Prices Of Medicare Part B Drugs
It ’s quite conceivable the Biden Administration would wish to implement some kind of partial realignment of Medicare drug prices based on an international pricing index. This wouldn’t happen, however, by way of an executive order, but rather through Congress. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 2, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joshua Cohen, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation business pharma & Source Type: news

Medicare For All May Die In 2021
A closely divided Congress and a moderate Democrat in Joe Biden in the White House doesn ’t bode well for a government-run single payer version of Medicare for All. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 1, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Money /money Election 2020 /election-2020 Decision Maker Content decisionmaker business pharma Source Type: news

IHS: Reimbursement Rates for Calendar Year 2021
Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) announcing the calendar year 2021 reimbursement rates for inpatient and outpatient care provided to Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal program beneficiaries by IHS facilities. The updated rates apply to all qualifying services provided on or after January 1, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 31, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Secure Electronic Prior Authorization For Medicare Part D
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) adopting a new standard for the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit program's (Part D) e-prescribing program as required by the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act). This rule amends regulations to require Part D plan sponsors to support a National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) SCRIPT standard for use in certain electronic prior authorization transactions. This rule is effective February 1, 2021. (Source: Federal R...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 31, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicaid Program: Establishing Minimum Standards in Medicaid State Drug Utilization Review and Supporting Value-Based Purchasing for Drugs Covered in Medicaid, Revising Medicaid Drug Rebate and Third Party Liability Requirements
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding regulatory changes to support state flexibility to enter into value-based purchasing arrangements (VBPs) with manufacturers. This rule also implements provisions of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act designed to reduce opioid-related fraud, misuse, and abuse through the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review (DUR) program. This rule is effective March 1, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 31, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Medicare Eligibility, Age, Qualifications And Requirements
En espa ñol | For more than 55 years, Medicare has provided health insurance to Americans 65 and older as well as to people with disabilities. ... But qualifying for the program is not automatic. ..... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - December 30, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

What to Know About Medicare Health Insurance Coverage
How the federal insurance program helps older Americans afford the health care vital to their well-being ... En espa ñol | What is Medicare? ... For more than 55 years, it's been the program that ol... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - December 30, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on the following information requests: 1) State Permissions for Enrollment in Qualified Health Plans in the Federally-Facilitated Exchange& Non-Exchange Entities and 2) Transparency in Coverage. Comments are due by March 1, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 30, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program; Secure Electronic Prior Authorization For Medicare Part D
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) adopting a new standard for the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit program's (Part D) e-prescribing program as required by the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act). This rule amends regulations to require Part D plan sponsors to support a National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) SCRIPT standard for use in certain electronic prior authorization transactions. This rule is effective 60 days after public...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 30, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CHART Model Community Transformation Track Application Deadline Extension
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Community Transformation Track application deadline to March 16, 2021. The Community Transformation Track will provide funding to up to 15 rural communities to design systems of care that improve access to high quality care that is sustainable and value-based. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - December 30, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Spotlight on Policy: Will the Election Change PALTC Practices?
With 2020 now over — thank goodness — the thinking now shifts to what the rest of the COVID-19 pandemic and the post-pandemic world will look like. In the midst of unpredictable change due to the pandemic, there also will be a changeover in the White House and the federal agencies. That means there will be a new s ecretary for the Department of Health& Human Services (HHS) as well as a new administrator for the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS). (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - December 29, 2020 Category: Health Management Tags: News From the Society Source Type: news

To Prescribe or Deprescribe Statins, That Is the Question
The treatment of elevated cholesterol, particularly with β-hydroxy β-methylglutaryl-CoA (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors, commonly known as statins, is measured by the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services in various different ways. Statin Use in Persons With Diabetes (SUPD), a new Medicare Part D star measure in 2019, was listed as measure D14 in 2020; it calculates the percentage of patients between 40 and 75 years old who received at least two diabetes medication fills and also received a statin medication during the measurement period. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - December 29, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: Jeanne Manzi Source Type: news

CMS Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; New Categories for Hospital Outpatient Department Prior Authorization Process; Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule: Laboratory Date of Service Policy; Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating Methodology; Physician-owned Hospitals; Notice of Closure of Two Teaching Hospitals and Opportunity To Apply for Available Slots, Radiation Oncology Model; and Reporting Requirements for Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to Report COVID-19 Therapeutic Inventory and Usage and to Report Acute Respiratory Illness During the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Notice of final rule with comment period and interim final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The final rule revises the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ACS) payment system for calendar year 2021, updates and refines the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program and the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program, and establishes and updates the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating beginning with the 2021 calendar year, among other things. The interim final rule modifies the Radi...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 29, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Judge Delays Rule That Cuts Pay for Drugs in Docs' Offices Judge Delays Rule That Cuts Pay for Drugs in Docs' Offices
A judge criticized Trump's hurried bid to overhaul of Medicare reimbursement for drugs given in physicians'offices. But US lawmakers likely will consider other ways to cut Medicare's drug costs.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - December 29, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Medicare Buy-In Would Lower Uninsured By Just 67,000: Report
Most buying into Medicare under Democratic proposals would already have coverage. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 29, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Graison Dangor, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicaid Program: Establishing Minimum Standards in Medicaid State Drug Utilization Review and Supporting Value-Based Purchasing for Drugs Covered in Medicaid, Revising Medicaid Drug Rebate and Third Party Liability Requirements
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding regulatory changes to support state flexibility to enter into value-based purchasing arrangements (VBPs) with manufacturers. This rule also implements provisions of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act designed to reduce opioid-related fraud, misuse, and abuse through the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review (DUR) program. This rule is effective 60 days publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for December 3...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 28, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2021 Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program Requirements for Eligible Professionals; Quality Payment Program; Coverage of Opioid Use Disorder Services Furnished by Opioid Treatment Programs; Medicare Enrollment of Opioid Treatment Programs; Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances for a Covered Part D Drug; Payment for Office/Outpatient Evaluation and Management Services; Hospital IQR Program; Establish New Code Categories; Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Expanded Model Emergency Policy; Coding and Payment for Virtual Check-in Services Interim Final Rule Policy; Coding and Payment for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Interim Final Rule Policy; Regulatory Revisions in Response to the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19; and Finalization of Certain Provisions from the March 31st, May 8th and September 2nd Interim Final Rules in Response to the PHE for COVID-19
Notice of final rule and interim final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The final rule includes changes to Medicare Part B payment policies to ensure that payment systems are updated to reflect changes in medical practice, relative value of services, and changes in the statute; Medicare Shared Savings Program requirements; Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program requirements for Eligible Professionals; updates to the Quality Payment Program; Medicare coverage of opioid use disorder services furnished by opioid treatment programs; Medicare enrollment of Opioid Treatment Programs; payment for off...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 28, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The Autopsy, a Fading Practice, Revealed Secrets of COVID-19
By MARION RENAULT Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has helped revive the autopsy. When the virus first arrived in U.S. hospitals, doctors could only guess what was causing its strange constellation of symptoms: What could explain why patients were losing their sense of smell and taste, developing skin rashes, struggling to breathe and reporting memory loss on top of flu-like coughs and aches? At hospital morgues, which have been steadily losing prominence and funding over several decades, pathologists were busily dissecting the disease’s first victims — and finding some answ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 27, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

The Autopsy, a Fading Practice, Revealed Secrets of COVID-19
By MARION RENAULT Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has helped revive the autopsy. When the virus first arrived in U.S. hospitals, doctors could only guess what was causing its strange constellation of symptoms: What could explain why patients were losing their sense of smell and taste, developing skin rashes, struggling to breathe and reporting memory loss on top of flu-like coughs and aches? At hospital morgues, which have been steadily losing prominence and funding over several decades, pathologists were busily dissecting the disease’s first victims — and finding some answ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 27, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

The Autopsy, a Fading Practice, Revealed Secrets of COVID-19
By MARION RENAULT Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has helped revive the autopsy. When the virus first arrived in U.S. hospitals, doctors could only guess what was causing its strange constellation of symptoms: What could explain why patients were losing their sense of smell and taste, developing skin rashes, struggling to breathe and reporting memory loss on top of flu-like coughs and aches? At hospital morgues, which have been steadily losing prominence and funding over several decades, pathologists were busily dissecting the disease’s first victims — and finding some answ...
Source: JEMS Latest News - December 27, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

The Autopsy, a Fading Practice, Revealed Secrets of COVID-19
By MARION RENAULT Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has helped revive the autopsy. When the virus first arrived in U.S. hospitals, doctors could only guess what was causing its strange constellation of symptoms: What could explain why patients were losing their sense of smell and taste, developing skin rashes, struggling to breathe and reporting memory loss on top of flu-like coughs and aches? At hospital morgues, which have been steadily losing prominence and funding over several decades, pathologists were busily dissecting the disease’s first victims — and finding some answ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 27, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

The Autopsy, a Fading Practice, Revealed Secrets of COVID-19
By MARION RENAULT Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has helped revive the autopsy. When the virus first arrived in U.S. hospitals, doctors could only guess what was causing its strange constellation of symptoms: What could explain why patients were losing their sense of smell and taste, developing skin rashes, struggling to breathe and reporting memory loss on top of flu-like coughs and aches? At hospital morgues, which have been steadily losing prominence and funding over several decades, pathologists were busily dissecting the disease’s first victims — and finding some answ...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 27, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

The Autopsy, a Fading Practice, Revealed Secrets of COVID-19
By MARION RENAULT Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has helped revive the autopsy. When the virus first arrived in U.S. hospitals, doctors could only guess what was causing its strange constellation of symptoms: What could explain why patients were losing their sense of smell and taste, developing skin rashes, struggling to breathe and reporting memory loss on top of flu-like coughs and aches? At hospital morgues, which have been steadily losing prominence and funding over several decades, pathologists were busily dissecting the disease’s first victims — and finding some answ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 27, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

Can I Get Medicare After Retiring And Taking Early Social Security?
Can I enroll in Medicare if I claim Social Security retirement benefits at age 62? ... You can only enroll in Medicare at age 62 if you meet one of these criteria: ... You ’ve already been on Social... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - December 26, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Independence Blue Cross waiving cost-sharing fees for members getting a Covid-19 vaccine
Independence Blue Cross, the region's largest health insurer, is waiving all cost-sharing fees for its commercial group and individual members receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. That means no co-payments, deductibles, co-insurance or other costs associated with the administration of the vaccine. Costs of the Covid-19 vaccine and its administration will be covered for Independence' Medicare Advantage members by Medicare. The Food and Drug Administration has authorized th e emergency use of vaccines… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Medicare Coverage of Kidney Transplant Drugs Is Extended Medicare Coverage of Kidney Transplant Drugs Is Extended
A 20-year effort has prevailed in a new US law that lengthens Medicare coverage of antirejection drugs for kidney transplant patients beyond the current 36 months, a win-win situation for all involved parties.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - December 24, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Trump plan to curb drug costs dealt setback in court
A late-term maneuver by President Donald Trump to use lower drug prices paid overseas to limit some of Medicare’s costs suffered has a legal setback that appears likely to keep the policy from taking effect before the president leaves office (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Trump commutes prison sentence of Esformes, convicted of $1B Medicare fraud
Esformes was convicted in 2019 in one of the biggest Medicare fraud cases on record. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 23, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Brian Bandell Source Type: news

Duke University takes federal agency to court over Medicare payments
Duke University has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services regarding Medicare payments it says are being withheld in violation of court rulings. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Seth Thomas Gulledge Source Type: news

Trump comments throw fate of spending bill into doubt
President Donald Trump late Tuesday night said he wants changes to the amount...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Congressional spending bill eases 2021 MPFS cuts ASTRO lauds delay of radiation therapy payment reform Lawmakers seek to offset MPFS cuts with $3B injection Groups urge action on Medicare cuts CMS finalizes major cut in radiology reimbursement (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 23, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news