How Are Employers Addressing Back-to-School, Leave-Related Concerns Amid the Pandemic?

August 08, 2020


Beyond telework, some notable strategies that employers should consider when managing back-to-school and other leave related concerns among employees include child care benefits and flexible work options, said David Weisenfeld, JD, legal editor and host of a XpertHR podcast.

Hinge Health Announces Expansion to Become the First Digital Musculoskeletal Clinic

August 05, 2020


Hinge Health announced the expansion of its clinical and technical musculoskeletal (MSK) capabilities to cover the full continuum of MSK care. The move will provide the most complete back and joint health solution to employers and health plans.

Experts Highlight COVID-19 Vaccine Developments and Remaining Challenges

August 04, 2020


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines that are leading the pack are utilizing a new vaccine technology that has never been approved for human use by the FDA. As a result, there are a lot of unknowns.

How Can Telehealth Promote Care Coordination, Value-Based Outcomes in Cardiovascular Disease?

July 29, 2020


Through GoMo Health’s partnership with the Center for Health Technology and Innovation (CHTI) at the American Heart Association (AHA), GoMo, in collaboration with the AHA, has launched the telehealth care coordination solution, known as Concierge Care, a behaviorally-based, patient-centric care solution that can lead to measurable and sustainable population health, said Patrick Dunn, program director of CHTI at the AHA, and Bob Gold, chief executive officer of GoMo Health.

What We're Reading: COVID-19 Vaccine in Phase 3; Employers, Liability Waivers; Flu, Pneumonia Vaccines Reduce Alzheimer Risk

July 27, 2020


In beginning the first phase 3 clinical trial to examine a vaccine candidate for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Moderna Inc announced that the Trump administration increased funding to expand the trial to 30,000 US participants; employers have considered and some have made it a requirement for employees to sign a waiver to not sue the organization if they are infected by COVID-19 or suffered any injury while working; study finds 1 flu shot can reduce the risk for Alzheimer disease by 17% and 1 pneumonia vaccine before age 75 can reduce the risk by 25%.

How Can Integrating Data, Population Health Optimize Employer Health Care Delivery Amid COVID-19?

July 24, 2020


In addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, a more active-based approach is warranted among employers to optimize care. Through detailed databases and a greater focus on population health, Paladina Health has promoted this transition to a more informed, value-based health care delivery system, said Kirk Rosin, chief revenue officer of Paladina Health.

PwC Issues Midyear Deals Report for US Health Services, Global Life Sciences, and Pharmaceutical Sectors

July 23, 2020


In 2 midyear deals reports issued today by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), total US health services deal value and volume were down in the first half (H1) of 2020 compared with H1 2019, with overall global pharma and life sciences sectors also down in H1 2020 compared with the second half of 2019.

Readying for Interoperability, Patient Access Compliance Amid COVID-19

July 17, 2020


Karen Kobelski is the vice president and general manager of clinical surveillance, compliance & data solutions at Wolters Kluwer. She brings more than 25 years of experience to her position, which expands her previous leadership role over the Safety & Surveillance group to also include the Health Language portfolio of data normalization solutions.

How Can Employers Safely Return Employees to the Workplace?

July 15, 2020


Recognizing trends in health care that align with the COVID-19 pandemic and related racial disparities can improve the design of timely and effective strategies by employers to safely return employees to the workplace. Some of these efforts include less wait time for testing results, an improved focus on social determinants of health, and greater accessibility to care, said Lauren Vela, MBA, senior director at Pacific Business Group on Health.

How Can Congress Optimally Address the Financial Uncertainty Impacting the US Health Industry?

July 08, 2020


There are 3 key issues that, if addressed by Congress, can optimally assist medical groups and health systems dealing with financial struggles amid the pandemic. These include continued funding to the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, reinstating the Medicare Accelerated and Advanced Payment program, and permanently lifting waivers on telehealth, said Jerry Penso, MD, MBA, president and CEO of the American Medical Group Association.