The CMS has announced a final rule to update the HHS risk adjustment data validation program with amendments to the error rate calculation methodology and how the HHS-RADV results are applied. The rule modifies how medical conditions within the same hierarchical condition category coefficient estimation groups are grouped to determine failure rates, among other changes, and it applies the HHS-RADV results to adjust the risk scores and transfer amounts for the benefit year being audited instead of for the subsequent benefit year, as was the previous practice.
At least six additional health care entities are suing Blackbaud over a data breach earlier this year that exposed the data of over 10 million individuals. The lawsuits allege the breach occurred three months before Blackbaud's customers were told and Blackbaud's cybersecurity flaws led to the breach.
Artificial intelligence and other technologies will lead to "almost free" health care as the costs for developing medicines will be drastically lower, says Tim Draper, a venture capitalist. CloudMedx has created technology that uses patient data to diagnose medical conditions in some cases more accurately than doctors, according to Draper.
A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research showed that about 10% of adverse drug interactions would have been detected by a unique patient identifier such as a National Patient Identifier. "Although progress is being made in US health care systems toward more comprehensive interoperability, fragmented information silos remain the status quo," researchers wrote.
A San Diego Workforce Partnership report titled "Discarding Ageism to Harness the Experience of Older Workers" found structural barriers prevent older adults from entering or re-entering the workforce. The report offered solutions for the local business community, such as removing age bias from job descriptions, and recommendations for older workers, such as getting training on transferrable skills and looking for challenging assignments.
Older adults are finding new purpose and meaning in life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nancy Aure in Madison, Wis., is contributing to GoFundMe campaigns for people who have unexpected health challenges or tragic events, and John and Debbie Stratz help their neighbors in Palm Springs, Calif., by picking up groceries for people who can't go out on their own.
Researchers found a significant and inverse association between retinal amyloid count and hippocampal volume, especially in the proximal mid-periphery, among older adults with cognitive decline, with those having amnestic mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease having significantly elevated retinal amyloid count and area in the proximal mid-periphery, compared with those with normal cognition. The findings, published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, suggest that retinal amyloid screening may help identify the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, said researcher Dr. Maya Koronyo-Hamaoui.
LeadingAge highlighted the impact of COVID-19 on older adults, calling on Congress to pass a new federal relief package and writing an open letter to the public asking people to wear a mask, socially distance, and practice handwashing. LeadingAge Wisconsin CEO John Sauer said ignoring a virus that attacks and kills older adults is a form of ageism.
Researchers used a predictive analysis platform to forecast which patients with COVID-19 symptoms would die or need additional care within seven days. The study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine assessed emergency room visits of 26,000 patients with COVID-19 symptoms between March 1 and April 30 and developed a score based on sex, comorbidities, weight, age and vital signs.
The Council for Outbreak Response: Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens developed guidance for releasing information about patients with COVID-19 that goes beyond the utilitarian and duty-based ethical frameworks. The "Interim Framework for Healthcare-Associated Infection Outbreak Notification" discusses privacy laws and how to publicize notifications in light of media interest in the virus.
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