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Providers, tech companies to advocate for expanding clinical care at home

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Demand for home care accelerated during the Covid-19 pandemic, and though regulations were passed to support this shift, they remain temporary. A group of providers, technology firms and home healthcare companies have joined forces to establish an alliance that aims to make those changes permanent. Launched on Wednesday, the founding members include Amazon Care,...

Ways pharma marketers can boost physician engagement via telehealth

The physician marketing sector was driven predominantly by in-person communications, until the Covid-19 pandemic, which spurred a reported 90% of physicians treating patients remotely. This presented a challenge for pharmaceutical marketers to efficiently connect with physicians across telehealth platforms. The shift in marketing dynamics to engage physicians has accelerated the adoption of digital...

In rebuke of One Medical’s alleged vaccine antics, CA counties sever relationship

Providers administer Covid-19 tests at a drive-thru testing site run by One Medical in San Francisco. The county stopped sending vaccine doses to One Medical in February after reports that it had been letting ineligible patients get vaccines ahead of healthcare workers. Photo credit: One Medical As lawmakers call for an investigation of One...

Clinical data quashes experimental Covid-19 therapies from Brii, Vir & Apellis

  Drug developers are still trying different approaches to treating Covid-19 but clinical trial results this week halted several potential therapies, including two that are part of a National Institutes of Health program evaluating treatments for hospitalized patients. The NIH’s Accelerating Covid-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) program launched to speed up the development...

My advice to surgeons-in-training during Covid-19

Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of being involved in the education of hundreds of surgeons-in-training and I’ve seen how medical education has slowly evolved over time. Right now, however, the pandemic is triggering radical shifts in the delivery of medical education. In this article, I offer advice to surgeons-in-training as they...

Meet Circulo, the insurtech firm on a mission to disrupt Medicaid managed care

The insurtech market, which is characterized by fierce competition, recently saw a new entrant: Circulo. Co-founded by Sean Lane — CEO of another health tech startup Olive — the new Medicaid managed care company launched last month with $50 million in new funds. Drive Capital and General Catalyst lead the Series A funding round,...

Amgen’s $1.9B Five Prime deal adds to cancer drug pipeline and Asia strategy

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  Amgen, which is looking to bolster its cancer drug pipeline and build its presence in Asia, is acquiring Five Prime Therapeutics in a $1.9 billion deal that checks off both goals. On Thursday, Amgen announced it has agreed to pay $38 cash for each share of Five Prime, a more than 70 percent...

Survey: HR administrators, employees disagree on mental health coverage

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Since the start of the pandemic, many companies looked for ways to bolster mental health coverage, but there’s still a disconnect between HR administrators and employees, according to a recent survey conducted by mental health startup Lyra Health. About half of benefits leaders said their mental health benefits adequately addressed employees’ needs, according...

Generics companies face risk as SCOTUS questions patent tribunal’s constitutionality

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday questioned lawyers for Arthrex Inc., Smith & Nephew and the U.S. government on the constitutionality of the country’s patent tribunal, in a case that could eradicate a key tool for generic and technology companies seeking to challenge patents. While listening to oral arguments by rival medical device companies,...

Hillrom faces lawsuit after dropping planned $375M Bardy Diagnostics deal

Hillrom is calling off a planned acquisition of cardiac monitor-maker Bardy Diagnostics, saying the closing conditions of the deal had not been satisfied. The Chicago-based medical technology company announced its decision on Monday after Medicare Administrative Contractor Novitas Solutions slashed reimbursement for long-term cardiac monitoring. Bardy Diagnostics filed suit in the Delaware Court of...
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