CMS Releases E&M Updates, Expands Telehealth, Makes ACO Changes

August 04, 2020 11:00pm

Among the changes announced this week include the expanded use of telehealth in Medicare, giving payment parity to hospital outpatient surgery centers, simplifying evaluation and management codes, and changing performance measures for accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Experts Highlight COVID-19 Vaccine Developments and Remaining Challenges

By Laura Joszt

How Can Big Data Help to Triage Ophthalmology Patients?

By Gianna Melillo

Value-based Considerations of CDK4/6 Inhibitors in the Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer
Current and Future Treatments for the Management of Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Comorbidity Burden for HFpEF, HFrEF on the Rise Among Women and Men

August 04, 2020

Article

Evidence may support a greater comorbidity burden among patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) or reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), although this finding was shown to be worse among women with HFpEF.

How Do State Policies Impact Life Expectancy?

August 04, 2020

Article

Life expectancy trends in the United States "paint a trouble portrait of life and death," according to a new study published in The Milibank Quarterly. State policies have played an important role in the stagnation and recent decline in life expectancy.

Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia be Effectively Delivered Via Telemedicine?

August 04, 2020

Article

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia delivered via telemedicine was found to be noninferior to in-person delivery in managing severity, with similar improvements in daytime functioning exhibited between the 2 methods, according to study findings.

What We’re Reading: Rural Hotspots Lack ICU Beds; Legal Immunity for NY Hospitals Rescinded; NJ Students Must Wear Masks

August 04, 2020

Article

A Health Affairs study found 49% of all rural low-income communities have no intensive care unit beds; New York loosened its restrictions granting hospitals and care facilities some legal immunity during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic; all students in New Jersey will be required to wear masks in school.

Global Incidence of Premenopausal, Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Rising

August 03, 2020

Article

Higher-income countries are seeing their rates of premenopausal breast cancer increase faster, whereas cases of postmenopausal breast cancer are increasing in number faster in lower-income studies.

Hospitals Vow to Fight Court of Appeals 340B Ruling

August 03, 2020

Article

The ruling reversed a lower court ruling regarding the drug discount program for hospitals that serve patients covered by Medicaid.

Stress Hormone Cortisol Associated With Increased Blood Sugar in T2D Population

August 03, 2020

Article

Throughout the country, rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 prove stressful for individuals most at risk of dying from the disease, including those with underlying conditions such as diabetes. Compounding this issue, new results from a study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology show the stress hormone cortisol is associated with higher blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes (T2D), suggesting cortisol plays a detrimental role in contributing to glycemia in this population.

What Emerging Drug Therapies Are in the Clinical Trial Pipeline for Parkinson Disease?

August 03, 2020

Article

Overall, there are 145 registered and ongoing clinical trials for therapies targeting Parkinson disease, of which 28 are currently in phase 3, according to review findings.

Is Ranibizumab Monotherapy Superior to Combination Therapy in Treating Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy?

August 03, 2020

Article

Ranibizumab, in combination with prompt verteporfin photodynamic therapy, is more effective in treating polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy compared with ranibizumab monotherapy, according to a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Evolent Health: Data: Remote Care Management Lowered Hospital Visits, Health Costs for High-Risk Medicare Beneficiaries with Chronic Conditions

August 03, 2020

Article

Inpatient admissions and medical spend were reduced by more than 40% for the most engaged patients in Evolent's population health program.