Do you want to know the latest healthcare happenings around you? QWay Health is ready with hot trending news on healthcare, business, technology and medical billing for this week. Go through the phenomenal changes healthcare is heading through despite the global pandemic. Let’s have a peek!

HEALTH

  • Looks like the Delta Variant of the coronavirus has changed the entire Covid-19 pandemic situation in the United States.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also warned the severity of coronavirus than before.
  • The risk of virus attacking even the vaccinated people has increased due to social gatherings.
  • The Delta Variant is causing breakthrough infections more than the other variants, according to the CDC reports.
  • The estimated breakthrough cases are 125,682 in 38 states out of around 164 million people fully vaccinated, according to NBC News.
  • Vaccinated people who have contracted the virus are still capable of spreading it.
  • However, CDC claims that vaccinated people make a smaller ratio in spreading the virus.
  • Flu shots are ready to begin in the month of August and continue till November of this year.
  • When influenza was almost disappearing in the year 2020, healthcare professionals and authorities have prepared in the United States to gear up for a flu season that coincides with the circulation of the Delta strain of COVID-19.
  • Experts revealed that having influenza and Delta variant could possibly pose few challenges this fall.
  • “We infectious disease people and public health folks are very concerned. We’re anxious because COVID-19, Delta, or the other strains, and influenza are certainly in their clinical presentation initially, indistinguishable. We will be doing, I anticipate, a great deal of testing to try and distinguish flu from COVID-19,”  William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, told Healthline.
  • The CDC estimates about 50 to 55 percent of adults in the United States got the Flu vaccination last year.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Telehealth, remote patient monitoring, eICU, and virtual rounding are all included and considered in the Virtual Care workshop.
  • Now, CDW is constantly evaluating new and existing products and partners to find the one that can meet healthcare organizations’ needs or requirements.
  • All the healthcare organizations that are trying to optimize, standardize, or begin a virtual care program could benefit from this particular workshop.
  • Few organizations use a patchwork of technologies across various departments, and others might have an advantage of HIPAA requirement waivers while implementing telehealth technology.
  • This workshop aims to help healthcare organizations identify their areas within the workflow that’s made even more efficient.
  • This change can bring telehealth programs into compliance and prepare for the inevitable end to those waivers.
  • Jvion’s CMIO said, “AI has the potential to be the mechanism by which we achieve rapid and accurate understanding of new problems and challenges in the clinical environment.”
  • Artificial Intelligence helps in refining new data and present knowledge in the areas like ICU settings and separates clinically relevant information from the noise in a data-rich environment.
  • “From an operational standpoint, you can achieve better outcomes and prevent complications, while enabling staff to be more efficient and effective in their care by focusing the right resources on the patients at greatest risk of deteriorating,” said Frownfelter, who is about to discuss the impact of AI on predicting ventilator utilization next week at HIMSS21.
  • In the concept of Covid-19, AI can help triage patients by predicting who is at greater risk and is in need of ventilator support or intensive respiratory support in the next 24 hours.

BUSINESS

  • SOPHiA Genetics and GE Healthcare announced their collaboration for cancer care with an aim to go for better treatments to each patient’s genomic profile and cancer type.
  • The partnership entails that GE Healthcare has deep expertise in clinical workflows, deep learning AI algorithms for image reconstruction and image segmentation, analytics, and standardization.
  • SOPHiA GENETICS, a Swiss firm, is a pioneer in data-driven medicine. Both companies aim to break down the data silos across instruments and sites that so often delay or even prevent patients from getting the most appropriate treatment both in cancer and in other diseases.
  • It was revealed that both companies and their combined solution would provide healthcare professionals and biopharmaceutical companies access to cancer patients’ electronic health records, lab test results, genomics sequencing data, and information.
  • The massive asset manager is about to offer $1000 for its employees to get the vaccine for Covid-19.
  • The eligible employees 16,500 in number have time until October 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • The other employees who are about to receive similar from their firms to get vaccinated include Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.
  • “Vanguard recognizes vaccines are the best way to stop the spread of this virus and strongly encourages crew to be vaccinated,” says Charles Kurtz, a spokesperson for Vanguard.
  • The number of employees could rise as the Food and Drug Administration gives complete approval, compares to the emergency use of authorization, to the vaccines, which it aims to do for the Pfizer vaccine the upcoming month.

MEDICAL BILLING

  • According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, it has released its projections for average basic monthly premiums for standard Medicare Part D coverage in 2022.
  • The expectations turn out to be $33, a 4.9% increase from the $31.47 average premium in 2021.
  • The average basic premium is calculated depending on the plan’s expectations of per capita drug spending in the coming year.
  • The main aim of Medicare Part-D is to help patients with Medicare payments for brand-name and generic prescription drugs.
  • CMS also revealed that it has continued to analyze the changes made to the Part-D program by engaging with the stakeholders to identify opportunities for reducing costs in particular.
  • As a part of the announcement, CMS also explained Part D national average monthly bid amount in order to help Part D plan sponsors finalize their premiums and prepare for Medicare open enrollment.
  • Two Mississippi residents who own houses more than worth $1 Million have been receiving Medicaid, which is targeted to help low-income residents.
  • Auditor Shad White revealed the examples of waste that can be curbed and the amount of money that could be saved by allowing the Division of Medicaid to communicate directly with the state Department of Revenue to verify information that people provide when applying for Medicaid coverage.
  • Under current state law, the Division of Medicaid must rely on people to report their own income and to supply documents such as tax returns.
  • The law does not encourage the Division to request information from the state Department of Revenue.
  • “Such verification could save the state money by revealing possible false reporting by recipients,” White said.

There are many trends and changes happening in the healthcare industry every day. Most of them target development while some of them remain constant in their area without any upgraded version. Healthcare needs to revive and get back to its impeccable stamina to treat patients with more improved and advanced procedures like never before.

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