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Highmark strikes deal with Verily as part of broader Google partnership

Verily’s Onduo, a digital health platform for managing type 2 diabetes, will become part of a broader partnership between Google Cloud and insurer Highmark Health. Photo credit: Verily In December, Google Cloud struck a six-year partnership with insurer Highmark Health, which included plans to improve the health of patients with chronic conditions. Now, sister...

Geisinger Health Plan, Tomorrow Health partner to make getting home care supplies easier

            Danville, Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health Plan and Tomorrow Health announced Tuesday that they have entered into a partnership that will provide patients easy access to medical equipment and supplies at home. This announcement underscores how Covid-19 is spurring insurers to deliver both care and convenience to members in the home. Earlier this month, Humana...

Novavax preps to meet global demand, plans capacity for 2B Covid vaccine doses

  With three Covid-19 vaccines now authorized by the FDA, focus is now turning to manufacturing capacity. As Novavax prepares to add its vaccine to the mix, it is gearing up to meet global demand with the projected capability of producing about 2 billion vaccine doses by the middle of this year. Stanley Erck,...

Digital maturity assessments: Lifting Germany onto the world stage

The University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) is considered to be Europe's first fully digitised hospital. By introducing a closed-loop medication process, UKE reduced the deviation rate in medication administration from 21.5% to 0.7%. Cambridge University Hospital reported a similar story: automatic warning systems prevented 850 cases of severe allergic side effects per year. Sixteen...

Payers are erecting higher hurdles to care: How can hospitals clear them?

If you haven’t paid attention to the financial health of large insurers during the pandemic, it’s never been better. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of hospitals and patients. Both are struggling to hurdle escalating barriers to scheduled care due to prior authorization requirements. While prior authorizations are intended to reduce “unnecessary” procedures, they...

CMS rule requires insurers to cover tests for asymptomatic patients

As the Food and Drug Administration OKs more Covid-19 tests for asymptomatic patients, the Biden Administration is bolstering requirements for insurers to cover them. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued guidance on Friday clarifying that health plans can’t deny coverage for Covid-19 tests, including for patients without symptoms or any known...

Providers look to predictive modeling to help rebuild finances in 2021

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Fluctuating patient demand in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic made it hard for health systems to manage their finances in 2020. To help turn the financial tide this year, health executives are looking to invest in predictive modeling technology. In fact, 74% of health executives responding to a PwC survey last August and...

FDA rejects Athenex’s oral chemotherapy, asks for another clinical trial

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Athenex’s lead drug candidate, an oral formulation of the chemotherapy paclitaxel, is intended to bring patients comparable, if not better, efficacy and fewer side effects than the intravenous version. But the company now faces questions about the drug’s safety in the wake of an FDA rejection. Buffalo, New York-based Athenex announced the rejection of...

Einstein Healthcare Network, Jefferson Health to merge after FTC drops challenge

A healthcare merger saga that began in 2018 is finally drawing to a close. The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that it would no longer challenge the proposed merger of Einstein Healthcare Network and Jefferson Health, clearing the path forward for the deal. The merger, which is expected to close within the next six...

Thirty Madison launches direct-to-consumer health brand for allergies

Thirty Madison, the company behind a growing string of direct-to-consumer health brands, is moving into allergies. Its newest brand, called Picnic, lets users order allergy medications delivered their homes on a subscription basis. The company is specifically focused on treatments for allergic rhinitis or seasonal allergies — not food allergies. Most of the treatments...
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