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National Average Charge for a Complex Hospital Stay for COVID-19 Is $317,810, FAIR Health Finds

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 3:03pm

Separately, in October, FAIR Health will launch a free COVID-19 cost tracker on its website using data from FH Total Treatment Cost.

Key Points: 
  • Separately, in October, FAIR Health will launch a free COVID-19 cost tracker on its website using data from FH Total Treatment Cost.
  • Users can browse and compare the median and average charge amounts and estimated allowed amounts for the bundled services by state.
  • FAIR Health is a national, independent nonprofit organization that qualifies as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code.
  • An allowed amount (which FAIR Health estimates) is the total fee paid to the provider under an insurance plan.

Texas Firm Helps Small Businesses Get More From Their Website With the Power of People

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 3:00pm

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Hands-On Hosting is a fully managed solution for building, launching, and maintaining a professional small business website.

Key Points: 
  • AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Hands-On Hosting is a fully managed solution for building, launching, and maintaining a professional small business website.
  • Everything from initial setup through launch and ongoing maintenance is handled by a real human rather than automated one-click installers.
  • All plans include installation and configuration, ongoing cms and plugin maintenance, technical support, premium hosting, and concierge service to help users make the most of their online venture.
  • Catch Light Productions, a creative firm specializing in small business branding, has been providing turnkey print, web, and advertising design since 1989.

El Camino Health Announces $3.5 Million in Grants and Sponsorships to Support Local Health Initiatives in Fiscal Year 2022

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 3:00pm

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- El Camino Health is using its Community Benefit Program to providefoundational support for local health initiatives byinvesting$3.5 million in grantsand sponsorships in fiscal year 2022.

Key Points: 
  • MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- El Camino Health is using its Community Benefit Program to providefoundational support for local health initiatives byinvesting$3.5 million in grantsand sponsorships in fiscal year 2022.
  • As El Camino Health celebrates its 60thanniversary ,it is continuing to act on the belief that a healthy community benefitsall.
  • Every three years, El Camino Health collaborates with other local not-for-profit hospitals and health systems to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).
  • El Camino Health has earned four consecutive American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognitions for nursing excellence and quality patient care.

B. Braun Launches CARESAFE™ IV Administration Sets With Optional AirStop

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 1:32pm

BETHLEHEM, Pa., Sept. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --B. Braun Medical Inc. (B. Braun), a leader in infusion therapy and pain management, announced today the launch of its new CARESAFE IV Administration Sets with Optional AirStop component.

Key Points: 
  • BETHLEHEM, Pa., Sept. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --B. Braun Medical Inc. (B. Braun), a leader in infusion therapy and pain management, announced today the launch of its new CARESAFE IV Administration Sets with Optional AirStop component.
  • CARESAFE IV Sets are the first robust portfolio of IV administration sets in the US market that are not made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP).
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    In addition to reducing patient exposure to toxic substances, CARESAFE IV Sets with Optional AirStop component also help to protect patients from the risks associated with air infusion and helps prevent the line from running dry.
  • B. Braun Medical is headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and is part of the B. Braun Group of Companies in the U.S., which includes B. Braun Interventional Systems, Aesculapand CAPS.

New Salesforce and Slack Innovations Empower Companies to Create Their Digital HQ

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 1:00pm

Organizations around the world build their digital HQs on Salesforce and Slack so they can work better and grow faster."

Key Points: 
  • Organizations around the world build their digital HQs on Salesforce and Slack so they can work better and grow faster."
  • And a host of enhancements to Slack Connect make it easier than ever to create and manage connections, even for customers and partners who don't already use Slack.
  • Engage more customers with Slack-First Digital Experiences: Slack-First Digital Experiences helps companies deliver personalized digital experiences fast.
  • Salesforce, the global CRM leader, empowers companies of every size and industry to digitally transform and create a 360 view of their customers.

Brother International Corporation and TroyRx Form Strategic Partnership to Streamline the Healthcare Discharge Experience

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 1:00pm

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. and CANONSBURG, Pa., Sept. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Brother International Corporation (Brother) and TroyRx , an industry leader in prescription software solutions, announce today a strategic partnership for TroyRx's prescription platform, DischargeRx.

Key Points: 
  • BRIDGEWATER, N.J. and CANONSBURG, Pa., Sept. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Brother International Corporation (Brother) and TroyRx , an industry leader in prescription software solutions, announce today a strategic partnership for TroyRx's prescription platform, DischargeRx.
  • "Brother printers will play a key role in TroyRx's patient-centred communications, and aid healthcare staff by reducing complexity throughout the prescription process," said Joe Ashcraft, Vice President, Brother International Corporation.
  • "Our new strategic partnership with Brother International Corporation grows TroyRx's patient-centric network, improving prescription experiences and outcomes," said Craig Baldassare, General Manager, TroyRx.
  • Brother International Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries Ltd. With worldwide sales exceeding $6 billion, this global manufacturer was started more than 100 years ago.

HealthLynked Announces Subsidiary ACO Health Partners, LLC, will receive $2.4M in Medicare Shared Savings, a 213% Increase from $768k Prior Year Shared Savings

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 1:00pm

This represents a 213% increase over the $768k in Shared Savings ACO Health Partners received the previous year.

Key Points: 
  • This represents a 213% increase over the $768k in Shared Savings ACO Health Partners received the previous year.
  • HealthLynked purchased ACO Health Partners in May 2020 and since has seen substantial increases in both shared savings (213% growth this year) and the number of attributed Medicare lives.
  • The payment for the annual Shared Savings from CMS is expected at the end of September or early October.
  • George O'Leary, Chief Financial Officer and head of M&A for HealthLynked, stated, "We are very pleased with the performance in ACO Health Partners since we acquired the company.

Simplify Healthcare supports Maker’s Merci in donating $5K to the American Diabetes Association to improve the lives of diabetics

Monday, September 20, 2021 - 7:43pm

By partnering withthe American Diabetes Association, Makers Merci hasonce againshownits commitmenttowardsthe betterment ofits people, their families, andthe national community.The donation is an endeavor to bolsterthe fight against the undesirable consequences of diabetesandsupportthose affected by it.

Key Points: 
  • By partnering withthe American Diabetes Association, Makers Merci hasonce againshownits commitmenttowardsthe betterment ofits people, their families, andthe national community.The donation is an endeavor to bolsterthe fight against the undesirable consequences of diabetesandsupportthose affected by it.
  • The American Diabetes Association Illinois and Wisconsin teamsproudly thank our partners at Simplify Healthcare and Makers Merci for their support of our annual fundraising campaign, the Chicagoland Tour de Cure.
  • The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nations leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive.
  • Simplify Healthcare is one of the fastest-growing healthcare technology solutions providers offering end-to-end solutions to address the pain points for healthcare payers.

Physician-Led Steward Health Care, Nation’s Largest Accountable Care Organization, Achieves CMS’ 100% Quality Ranking

Monday, September 20, 2021 - 5:24pm

Steward Health Care, through its subsidiary Steward National Care Network, ranked first in membership, tied for first in quality, and earned the second highest shared savings payout out of 513 participants in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), according to recently released CMS data.

Key Points: 
  • Steward Health Care, through its subsidiary Steward National Care Network, ranked first in membership, tied for first in quality, and earned the second highest shared savings payout out of 513 participants in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), according to recently released CMS data.
  • As the nations largest physician-led health care network and accountable care organization (ACO), Steward generated more than $68 million in total 2020 Medicare cost savings while receiving a perfect 100% quality rating amid the challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
  • This model of care has been proven to lower costs while markedly increasing quality of care and patient satisfaction in communities across the country.
  • Founded in 2010, Steward Health Care is the largest physician-led health care network with more than 5,500 providers and 43,000 health care professionals caring for 12.3 million patients a year through its global network of hospitals, urgent care centers, skilled nursing facilities and behavioral health services.

Dr. Mark Garcia: CMS Must Eliminate Cuts and Reform the Physician Fee Schedule

Monday, September 20, 2021 - 2:00pm

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule change that, if adopted, would result in a 20% across-the-board cut.

Key Points: 
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule change that, if adopted, would result in a 20% across-the-board cut.
  • The new clinical labor data results in massive cuts of more than 15 to 20 percent to critical services in the PFS.
  • And with these cuts, it is the patients who are feeling the painmake no mistake about it.
  • CMS must eliminate the cuts and work on fundamental reform of the Physician Fee Schedule.