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LA County’s nursing home complaint backlog won’t end soon

A rise in complaints and the coronavirus pandemic are delaying resolution of a backlog of complaints involving nursing homes and other health care facilities in L.A. County, officials say. About a quarter of “significantly backlogged complaints” that involve these facilities and are about three years old are expected to still be pending in October, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Public Health made the revelation in a formal response to a final report that raised...
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L.A. County’s nursing home oversight division under scrutiny 

Resident advocates have long called for reform of the Los Angeles County public health division largely in charge of regulating and overseeing local nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Now a recent interim report by the county’s Office of Inspector General about improving oversight and accountability in nursing homes and a final report from the county Auditor-Controller assessing the Department of Public Health’s Health Facilities Inspection Division (HFID)  have raised questions ...
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Experts are worried about the rise of vaccine skepticism

Hello,Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I'm Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and this week in healthcare news:We found out that experts largely think AstraZeneca's vaccine is safe - despite a new side effect warning;An analysis of healthcare CEO compensation found that most made more money in 2020;Investors have poured $169 million into weight loss apps that some experts think are nothing new.If you're new to this newsletter, sign up here. Tips, comments? Email me at [email protected] or tweet ...
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The federal government will not mandate COVID-19 vaccination passports, White House reiterates

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily press briefing on April 6, 2021, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images The White House will not require Americans to carry proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status. "There will be no federal vaccinations database," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. Some states, including Texas and Florida, have banned government-mandated vaccine passports. See more stories on Insider&...
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Biden expands ACA by cutting health insurance costs

By Alexandra Jaffe and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Joe Biden pledged Tuesday that his $1.9 trillion rescue package would build on the promise of the Affordable Care Act, the hallmark legislation of Barack Obama’s presidency that became law 11 years ago. Biden’s COVID-19 relief law pumps up “Obamacare” premium subsidies to address longstanding problems of affordability, particularly for people with middle-class incomes. More taxpayer assistance means, in ...
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Xavier Becerra Confirmed To Head Up The Biden Administration’s Ambitious Health Agenda

WASHINGTON (AP/CBS13) – The Senate on Thursday confirmed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as President Joe Biden’s health secretary, filling a key position in the administration’s coronavirus response and its ambitious push to lower drug costs, expand insurance coverage, and eliminate racial disparities in medical care. The 50-49 vote makes the 63-year-old Becerra the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services. The $1.4 trillion agency encompasses health insurance...
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United States: Health Law Diagnosed — Final Rules Amending The Anti-Kickback Statute And Stark Law Regulations: Part 2 - Mintz

At the end of 2020, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued...
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United States: Final Rules Amending The Anti-Kickback Statute And Stark Law Regulations: Part 2 - Mintz

At the end of 2020, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued final rules modifying and expanding upon the...
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COVID-relief bill to deliver big health insurance savings for many

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | The Associated Press Several million people stand to save hundreds of dollars in health insurance costs, or more, under the Democratic coronavirus relief legislation on track to pass Congress. Winners include those covered by “Obamacare” or just now signing up, self-employed people who buy their own insurance and don’t currently get federal help, laid-off workers struggling to retain employer coverage, and most anyone collecting unemployment. Also, potentially many m...
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United States: Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services Price Transparency Rule Is In Effect - Stites & Harbison PLLC

Although hospitals are still devoting their full attention and resources to responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they are expected to comply with the...
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Biden to pick Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to run Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, sources say

President Joe Biden is expected to nominate Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, two sources familiar with the decision told CNN.
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Biden administration announces at-home COVID test with 95% accuracy

Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Andy Slavitt announced this morning that a new over-the-counter COVID-19 test kit will be available later this month for consumers. Manufactured by Ellume Health in Australia, the nasal swab test claims a 95% accuracy rating with results available in 15 minutes. — Read the rest
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Cases of COVID-19 in nursing homes have steadily fallen since the US rolled out vaccines, the latest data shows

Vera Leip, 88, receives a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at the John Knox Village Continuing Care Retirement Community on December 16, 2020 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images New cases of COVID-19 in nursing homes have fallen steadily since US vaccine rollout, data shows. The US recorded 32,500 new nursing home cases in the week ended December 20.  For the week ended January 17, the figure was 17,584. A drop of 45% in four weeks.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for mor...
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United States: Stark Law Fair Market Value Compensation Exception Expanded To Cover Office Space And Equipment Leases And Clarifies Writing Requirements - Arent Fox LLP

In its first significant Stark Law rulemaking since 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently issued a new final rule intending to provide physicians and designated health services entities ...
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United States: Hospitals, Are You In Compliance? Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services Price Transparency Rule Is In Effect - Stites & Harbison PLLC

Although hospitals are still devoting their full attention and resources to responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they are expected to comply with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ...
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Can California nursing homes avoid the next ‘humanitarian crisis?’

Marisela Muñoz never wanted to see the woman who raised her since birth land in a nursing home. But Evangelina C. Martinez, who was Munoz’s aunt but whom she considered her mother, had Alzheimer’s and needed around-the-clock care that Muñoz and her siblings could no longer provide. So eight years ago, they placed the elderly woman at Astoria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles’ Sylmar community. “Mama Eva” ultimately did well at the 218-bed home, joking with her favorite caregivers ...
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United States: HHS Announces Final Rules Amending Stark Law Regulations And Anti-Kickback Statute - Arent Fox LLP

On November 20, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
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United States: CMS Releases New Podcast Series For Frontline Staff Of Nursing Homes To Prevent Spread Of COVID-19 - Hall Booth Smith, P.C.

In early 2019, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services created a podcast entitled "CMS Beyond the Policy," describing podcasts as a "modern, user-friendly"
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President-elect Biden picks Xavier Becerra as health secretary, the 1st Latino in the role

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable Care Act in a leading role to oversee his administration’s coronavirus response. If confirmed by the Senate, Becerra, 62, will be the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services, a $1-trillion-plus agency with 80,000 employees and a portfolio that includes drugs and vaccines, leading-edge medical research and health ins...
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United States: More Value, Less Volume – CMS Makes Significant Changes To Clarify The Stark Law Regulations And Incentivize Provider Participation In Value-Based Arrangements - Ballard Spahr LLP

Publication of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recent final rule on the Physician Self-Referral Law...
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Why are telehealth companies treating healthcare like the gig economy?

Oliver Kharraz, MD Contributor Share on Twitter Oliver Kharraz, MD is the CEO and founder of Zocdoc, a digital healthcare marketplace for in-person or virtual care. Telehealth has taken off. Spurred by the pandemic, many doctors in the U.S. now offer online appointments, and many patients are familiar with getting live medical advice over the internet. Given the obvious benefits, many experts have concluded that telehealth is ...
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Dozens of pharmacies, including those inside Walmart, Costco, and Kroger stores, will now be able to administer COVID vaccines when they're available

HHS: Pharmacists in CVS, Costco, Walmart, and Rite Aid will be able to provide the eventual COVID-19 vaccine. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images The US Department of Health and Human Services just announced a partnership with large pharmacy chains to distribute an eventual COVID-19 vaccine.  The list of chain pharmacies includes CVS, Costco, Walmart, Rite Aid, Publix, Walgreens and Kroger.  There is not currently an approved vaccine for the new coronavirus. Pfizer this week sai...
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We're getting closer to an effective COVID-19 vaccine. Here's what it will cost to get a shot.

A photo illustration show a syringe. Argentina was selected to test a vaccine against COVID-19, it is estimated that the clinical phases will begin in August. Carol Smiljan/NurPhoto via Getty Images The US is getting closer to having an effective COVID-19 vaccine, after drug company Pfizer said Monday that its experimental vaccine is 90% effective at preventing the disease caused by coronavirus. A vaccine won't be effective if most people don't take it, and that will depend on whether peop...
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We Might Be About To Find Out Who Was On Trump’s Second-Term Purge List—Even If He Loses

It now seems possible that, win or lose the election, President Trump is thinking about firing a number of top officials who have long been within his crosshairs. There have been murmuring for several weeks about who Trump might replace if he wins a second term. But as the odds that former Vice President Joe Biden will win the election steadily increase, some of that chatter has only gotten louder. Earlier Thursday, NBC News reported that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper — a top name on...
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Fact check: Will private insurance be required to cover a Covid vaccine if Obamacare is overturned?

On Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced rules for insurers to cover the cost of administering a Covid-19 vaccine when one is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
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US says it will pay for any future vaccine for all Americans

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it will pay for any Covid-19 vaccine that is authorized or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to allow for "broad vaccine access and coverage for all Americans."
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Nursing home workers say they were kept in the dark as COVID-19 engulfed their facilities. Now uncertainty looms as the pandemic drags on.

Jim Siteman talks to his 98-year-old mother, Anna Siteman through an opening in a window at the Daggett-Crandall-Newcomb Home in Norton, MA on May 9, 2020. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Nursing homes have been badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Workers in these facilities have encountered myriad challenges, including limited PPE, inconsistent testing, and fear of potential exposure.  Many have avoided seeing their families and quit side gigs to keep themselves, their re...
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Prop. 23 plays politics with patients’ lives

Politics is a cynical business. You can’t help but be a bit cynical when you see how laws are really made. It is frequently based on power politics, special-interest influence and pettiness, not the sanitized, romanticized versions of democracy or how a bill becomes a law described in grade school social studies textbooks. But even for a cynic like me, who has covered California politics for about 20 years, Proposition 23 is among the worst examples I have seen of putting politics over people’s ...
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Medicare annual election period: 5 things to know

By Scott Welsh Each year, the frenzy begins in September and reaches a dizzying crescendo by the end of November with millions of pieces of direct mail, newspaper ads, radio, ads in every digital space and website, and even celebrities hawking on TV. It’s inescapable, it’s overwhelming — and it’s everywhere. It’s the Medicare Annual Election Period. Welcome to what has, for many years, been one of the busiest times of the year for those already in a Medicare health plan. For Medicare beneficiari...
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Top Trump official Seema Verma 'abused' government rules by spending $3.5 million in taxpayer money to boost her own profile, according to a congressional investigation

Seema Verma, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Seema Verma, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services chief, "abused the federal contracting process" and "wasted millions of taxpayer dollars," according to a new congressional investigation.  Verma paid a team of expensive media consultants to help her land high-profile interviews, meet with journalists and lawmakers, and craft written materials.  In one instance, Verma paid consul...
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