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News Article | May 3, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

"The Medicaid program plays a vital role across our nation, however there are aspects of the program that need modernization and improvement.  Nowhere is this as evident as the bias that still exists within the program for institutionalization of individuals who can be served equally well and at much lower cost in their homes and communities.  The basic structure of the Medicaid program makes access to institutional services the default and services in the home and community the exception.   Indeed, Medicaid often still requires that individuals who want to remain in their homes instead be placed in nursing facilities where they are segregated from their friends and families at greater cost to the Medicaid program and taxpayers. "For that reason, the Partnership is proud to urge legislative and administration action that will improve and modernize the Medicaid program and expand access to home-based care and services.  Among the specific ideas advanced by the Partnership are: "By strengthening Medicaid recipients' access to high-quality, lower-cost, consumer-preferred home and community-based services, we are confident these reforms can improve self-determination, outcomes, along with increased quality of life and satisfaction, and significantly reduce program costs.  We look forward to working with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Congress, and State Medicaid Agencies to strengthen and preserve individuals' access to high-quality, high-value home-based care." The Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care (PMHC) is comprised of organizations representing home care agencies, associations, technology vendors and payers who have come together to improve the quality and integrity of Medicaid funded home- and community-based services.  Recognizing the integral role of home- and community-based care in the Medicaid program, the PMHC is dedicated to advancing and supporting public policies that bring accountability to and secure the Medicaid program for care recipients and taxpayers alike. Members of the Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care include  Members of the Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care include: Addus HomeCare, All Metro Health Care, Anthem, BAYADA Home Health Care, CareCentrix, Caring Associates, CellTrak Technologies, Centene, Consumer Direct Care Network, Council of State Home Care Associations, HHAeXchange, Home Care Association of America, Interim HealthCare, LHC Group, Molina Healthcare, ResCare Home Care, Sandata, Sutter Care at Home, VNA Health Group, and WellCare Health Plans. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pmhc-urges-washington-to-make-home-first-300450792.html


In addition to patient convenience, the device is slimmer than currently available ICMs. The Confirm Rx ICM also offers intuitive one-touch indication-based programming, and remote monitoring via the Merlin.net™ Patient Care Network, making the technology convenient for clinicians involved in procedure and follow up. "The Confirm Rx ICM device will be an important tool for diagnosing patients with suspected arrhythmias, such as those who have experienced fainting or palpitations," said Georg Nölker, M.D., head of electrophysiology at the Herz-und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Ruhr-University of Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. Dr. Nölker was one of the first physicians to implant the Confirm Rx ICM after it received CE Mark. "The simple insertion procedure and small device size make this technology convenient for both patients and providers. Patients can record symptoms directly on their smartphone without the need for a bedside transmitter or separate activator." Christopher Piorkowski, M.D., head of the Department of Electrophysiology at the University of Dresden Heart Center in Dresden, Germany, and one of the first implanters, added: "The Confirm Rx ICM will be particularly useful in monitoring for atrial fibrillation in my patients with paroxysmal AF, following AF ablation and with stroke of an unknown cause. It allows an objective way to quantify AF events to guide treatment decisions. The smartphone compatibility engages patients and allows better compliance to remote monitoring through a simple and intuitive user interface. This allows clinic staff to reduce follow-up burden and focus on reviewing transmitted data for AF." The myMerlin mobile app, available in over 35 languages, makes it easy for patients to stay connected to their physicians. Patients can record their symptoms on their own smartphone and specify events such as fainting or if they experience a fast heart rate. Patients can also confirm their data was transmitted to their physician and get automatic alerts when they have missed a scheduled transmission, saving the clinic from having to follow up with the patient. The device also offers secure transmission of patient data. Recently, Abbott's Merlin.net Patient Care Network received one of the medical device industry's first Service Organization Control certifications (SOC2 certification), further confirming the safety and security of the company's remote monitoring network. "Incorporating wireless technology directly into our devices enhances the quality of remote monitoring and patient compliance," said Mark D. Carlson, M.D., chief medical officer of Abbott's cardiac arrhythmias and neuromodulation businesses. "The Confirm Rx ICM addresses a broad range of indications, such as syncope, palpitations and atrial fibrillation. The technology has been designed with robust data privacy and security measures to ensure peace of mind for both patients and providers." Currently the Confirm Rx ICM is available in select countries in Europe, with full European release expected during the second quarter of 2017.  The device is currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The estimated 2017 worldwide insertable cardiac monitor market is approximately $800 million and is growing by more than $100 million a year. About Abbott: At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve. Connect with us at www.abbott.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Abbott and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/abbott-announces-ce-mark-and-first-use-of-the-worlds-first-smartphone-compatible-insertable-cardiac-monitor-300452673.html


Attendees span the leading payers and providers, systems and hospitals, urban and rural delivery system organization across all provider types and all payer lines of business including representatives from Abbeville General Hospital, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Baptist Health, BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan, BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, BlueCross BlueShield of North Dakota, BlueCross BlueShield of Rhode Island, Bright Health, Independent Health, Carle, Cambia, CareMore, Carolinas HealthCare System, Centene Corporation, Central Georgia Medical Care Network, FullWell, Gateway Health, Geisinger, George Washington University, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Care Service Corporation, The Health Collaborative, Health Net, Humana, Indiana University Health, Johns Hopkins Medicine, KentuckyOne Health, Mercy, MetroHealth, Molina Healthcare, MVP Healthcare, Norton Healthcare, Navient Health, BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska, Northwestern Medicine, Ochsner Health System, Passport Health Plan, Quartet, Quest Diagnostics, Rothman Institute, SIH Medical Group, Spectrum Health, St. Joseph Health, St. Jude Children's Hospital, Urgent Care Association of America, United Healthcare, and U.S. News and World Report. The May session of the Institute for the Delivery of High-Value Care Best Practice Vignettes cover success stories and challenges in delivering high-value care in the realistic operating environments and include the topics: "The Mandate: Payment Vs. Know-How"; "Clinician to Clinician: A High-Value Conservation"; "System Frenemies? Hospitals Vs. Groups"; "Flowing Downhill: PCPs Vs. Specialists"; "West Coast Vs. Fly-over Country"; "Mandate: Market and Momentum"; "Clinician to Clinician: High-Value Hang Ups and Solutions"; "Tying the Knot: High-Value Care Model as a Payer Strategic Advantage"; "Commercial Vs. Government Programs"; and "The Tactics: Competition Vs. Tough Cultures". Interactive Game-Based Workshops feature payers and providers across functional areas working together to better understand, communicate and operationally support the delivery of high-value care and include the topics: "Moneyball: An MBA for Healthcare"; "Comm. 101: Culture and Consensus"; "Clinicians to Clinicians: Behind Closed Doors"; "Comm. 101: Talking to Physicians"; "Translation: Talking to Clinicians"; "Comm. 101: Talking to Actuaries"; "Comm. 101: Talking to Analysts"; "Healthcare and/Vs. High-Performing Leadership"; "Hot Takes and Trends: Real Vs. Hype"; "Behind Closed Doors: Clinicians to Clinicians"; "Comm. 101: Talking to Your ELT"; "Comm. 101: Talking to Sales"; and "Pulling This All Together: What Are We Doing Here and What Are You Going to Do About It on Monday." For more information, please see https://instituteofhighvaluecare.org/. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/leaders-across-the-country-embark-on-high-value-care-with-the-institute-for-the-delivery-of-high-value-care-300458766.html


News Article | May 16, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

"PMHC has consistently condemned fraud, abuse, and neglect and has called for targeted and enforceable measures to strengthen program integrity.  In our letter to the Secretary, we urged the adoption of reforms that we believe would do much to strengthen the integrity of Medicaid home-based care and safeguard those who receive and depend upon it.  Specifically, we recommend Medicaid program improvements that relate to the newly-enacted Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) system, direct care safeguards, and payment integrity reforms. "We are confident that these targeted policies will protect Medicaid consumers, taxpayers, and providers while also improving our nation's ability to prevent fraud and abuse before it occurs." The Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care (PMHC) is comprised of organizations representing providers, associations, payers and business affiliates who have come together to improve the quality and integrity of Medicaid funded home- and community-based services (HCBS).  Recognizing the integral role of home- and community-based care in the Medicaid program, PMHC is dedicated to advancing and supporting public policies that bring accountability to and secure the Medicaid program for care recipients and taxpayers alike. Members of the Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care include Addus HomeCare, Inc., All Metro Health Care, Anthem, BAYADA Home Health Care, CareCentrix, Caring Associates, Inc., CellTrak Technologies, Inc., Centene Corporation, Consumer Direct Care Network, Council of State Home Care Associations, HHAeXchange, Home Care Association of America, Interim HealthCare Inc., LHC Group, Inc., Molina Healthcare, Inc., ResCare Home Care, Sandata, Sutter Care at Home, VNA Health Group, and WellCare Health Plans. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pmhc-supports-attorneys-general-call-for-program-integrity-action-300458537.html


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas and current Twitter comedian, is back with another pitch-perfect burn — this one aimed at CNN in the aftermath of President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey. No one is safe from Huckabee's famous spoofs, goofs, and gags. The bigwigs at CNN are surely reeling from this one. SEE ALSO: I am Donald Trump's history tutor and everything is going great Before we get to the joke, let's set the stage. President Trump fired FBI director James Comey on Tuesday, in the midst of a criminal investigation by the FBI into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Here's where Huckabee comes in, pulling no punches, not afraid to offend or ruffle some feathers. After more than two hours, Huckabee's immaculate quip is still on Twitter. And why wouldn't it be? There is nothing wrong with it. It is one of the best jokes that has ever been written. A perfect joke. Perhaps the perfect joke. Nothing to see here — nothing to talk about at all. CNN is now the Cardiac Care Network, because their ppl are having heart attacks. CNN = Cardiac Care Network. Let that sink in. That is now fact throughout this land.


Finished with the last meeting of the day in New York, Joe Crowley, the fourth most senior Democrat in the House of Representatives, was headed to an intimate fundraiser in a private home on the Upper West Side when the news, and his jaw, dropped: Trump fires Comey. The guests had been promised an evening of song from the musically inclined Crowley, whose district encompasses large chunks of Queens and the Bronx. But first he felt the need to express his befuddlement about what had just occurred. “I can’t figure out what this White House is up to half the time,” he said. A voice at the back cried, “Half? You’re doing well then.” Trump agrees to arm Kurds in hugely significant move for Syria Theories about the Comey dismissal – the reasons for it, the timing of it and the likely fallout – multiplied quickly enough to plug the hole in the ozone layer. Television pundits writhed in pain, their bloviatory bladders threatening to explode if they were not allowed to say Trump and Nixon in the same sentence. CNN became the “Cardiac Care Network because their ppl are having heart attacks over Trump,” former Governor Mike Huckabee quipped in a cheeky Tweet. (Never mind that his CNN is suddenly CCN.) The only thing making sense to his critics was that Trump had become so fearful of the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between his campaign last year and Russia that he, along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, had concluded he had to sabotage it. Fire Comey! How brilliant is that? All you need to do next is find a poodle to run the FBI. Problem over. Video not available for syndication Vladimir Putin responds to James Comey firing: 'We had nothing to do with it' Pressed at the fundraising party, Crowley said he really didn’t know what had been in Trump’s head but quickly added that two words instantly came to his lips. They were “cover” and “up”. He added hastily that he had never considered himself prone to conspiracy theories. Trump loyalists were plumbing, with varying amounts of desperation, for more innocent scenarios, including the White House claim that the President was displeased with the way Comey had handled the email allegations against Hillary Clinton last year and believed the FBI needed new leadership. But even in super-contorted Trumpworld this is not quite believable. Comey, by some accounts, did more than anyone to help Trump win the presidency, notably with his bombshell letter to Congress days before the vote revealing he was looking again at the Clinton case even after saying months before he was done with it. Each time Comey did something to hurt Clinton’s chances, Trump praised him. Now, suddenly, he feels sorry for Clinton and wants him punished? The timing is weird too. Actually, it’s awful. Trump has returned the spotlight to the whole Russia-collusion fandango at the very moment when the early constipation of his administration was starting to ease, notably with the House getting over the hump with replacing Obamacare. As if to add a little icing, he does it the evening before a scheduled meeting with Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, in the Oval Office. Why, if not because there was a real reason to panic about what Comey and his team of investigators were getting close to finding? This is what lies behind the screeching comparisons of what Trump wrought here with the Saturday Night Massacre when Nixon sacked the special prosecutor responsible for probing Watergate which triggered the resignations of the Attorney General and his deputy at the Justice Department. These are probably overblown for a number of reasons. Above all, we should not forget that, as yet, we have seen no evidence of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election. And while Nixon faced a Democrat-controlled Congress already convinced at the time he had done wrong, Trump has the backing of his party on the Hill. Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me! May 10, 2017 Mostly, he has their backing. But the other result of putting Comey in the ejection seat and pulling the lever is that demands for a more aggressive investigation into the alleged Trump-to-Kremlin axis have roared back to the fore just when they had been fading. For Democrats that means appointing a special prosecutor, an outcome that Trump surely cannot want. As yet no Republicans have called for that, but some, including Senator John McCain, are now arguing that it’s time for a special congressional committee to look into the issue. If such an amped-up investigation were to begin and if it were to find that indeed crimes were committed last year that deformed the electoral process and impacted on the outcome of the election and that Trump, or people close to him, were involved both in those doings and in subsequently trying to cover them up, the consequences for this young presidency would be catastrophic. But notice the string of “ifs”. For now, at least, I prefer an explanation that derives from two other ingredients: stunning incompetence and sheer, base nastiness. Add to that a self-destructive love of drama. Trump forged a whole reality TV career priming ratings by firing people. He may be suffering from a lingering addiction to that simple act. Since becoming President he has fired one national security adviser as well as the former, and highly influential, attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara (after telling him he was safe in the job). He fired Sally Yates, the acting Attorney General before Sessions was confirmed, and now he has fired an FBI chief who was in the midst of investigating possible malfeasance by his campaign last year – lest we forget, that last, rather salient, point – who also had been told he was safe in his job and would hold it for another six and a half years. The incompetence barely needs commenting on. For all the reasons discussed, it is looking already like this will backfire on the President in all manner of ways. That there has been such a pounding backlash from all quarters, even from some Republicans, seems to have caught this White House by surprise. Comey, meanwhile, was given no prior warning and found out through news alerts on TV screens playing at the back of a room of his own agents he was addressing in Los Angeles at the time. FBI directors deserve a bit better than that, surely. That comes from the playground nastiness that fills this Oval Office. Possibly, someone told the President that Comey would be unprepared for what was coming and grinned. We do know the tenor of the Twitter spats he has engaged in in the hours since. He has lashed out at “cryin’ Chuck Schumer”, the top Senate Democrat leading the calls for a special prosecutor, and laid into Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, another leading figure in the special prosecutor camp, resurfacing old reports suggesting he once lied about his record in Vietnam. “When caught, he cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness,” Trump jabbed. Edifying stuff. In time we’ll know if “cover-up” properly applies to the latest Washington doings. But what does, however the dust finally settles, is “cock-up”. Nobody wins from this and certainly not Trump.


News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Arizona Mother-Baby Care offers concierge-type care that combines the unique expertise of specialists around Arizona to provide exceptional services for mother and baby. The program utilizes evidence-based treatment protocols to guarantee a greater patient experience while also focusing on reduction in preterm delivery and superior quality outcomes. "Maternal fetal medicine and pediatric providers in the program offer excellent pre- and post-natal care for mothers all within their network," added Robert L. Meyer, President and CEO of Phoenix Children's Hospital. "Working together with top-rated pediatricians and specialists, this program ensures that babies and mothers receive excellent care and a streamlined, consistent experience throughout the process." The network brings together nearly 1,500 clinicians practicing in obstetrics, perinatology, neonatology and pediatrics, offering expectant mothers access to an extensive group of doctors and specialists throughout pregnancy and ensuring a seamless transition to pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists after their babies are born. "Our priority is to provide exceptional coordinated care for mothers and their babies. The Arizona Mother-Baby Care alliance gives our patients greater access to highly qualified specialists who provide personalized care and advanced medical services,'' said Frank Molinaro, Abrazo Community Health Network Market CEO. "Through the use of evidence-based clinical practices and quality standards, we will provide the best outcomes for patients.'' "Our goal is to build a center of excellence that will become the preeminent choice for expectant and new mothers, referring physicians, employers and health plans," said Linda Hunt, Senior Vice President of Operations for Dignity Health in Arizona. "We believe we can have great impact on quality outcomes for mothers and infants." For high-risk and complicated pregnancies, there are no better options than Phoenix Children's Hospital and Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital. Both offer Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units, which is the highest level in the state. Among other services available through Arizona Mother-Baby Care, mothers experiencing high-risk pregnancies work directly with care coordinators who help them schedule specialist consultations, ensure they understand diagnoses and treatment options, and provide ongoing support throughout pregnancy and after birth. To learn more about Arizona Mother-Baby Care, visit arizonamotherbaby.org or call (602) 933-BABY. Phoenix Children's Care Network is a physician-led, pediatric-focused and clinically-integrated organization that represents a valuable alliance between and among community pediatricians and subspecialists, with the collective focus on improving quality of care while effectively managing associated costs. It is the first pediatric network in the U.S. to achieve Utilization Review Accreditation Committee (URAC) accreditation as a clinically-integrated network. With more than 1,000 providers, it is the largest pediatric clinically-integrated organization in Arizona. A total of 85 percent of specialists and 65 percent of primary care providers in the state participate in the care network. For more information, visit www.pccn.org. Arizona Care Network is a physician-led and governed accountable care organization, with more than 5,000 clinicians providing a broad range of clinical and care coordination services to adult and pediatric patients in Maricopa and Pinal counties. ACN is a partnership between Dignity Health and Abrazo Community Health Network, and also includes Phoenix Children's Hospital, one of the largest children's hospitals in the nation, and Maricopa Medical Center, part of Maricopa Integrated Health System. The network is comprised of primary care and specialty physicians, along with skilled nursing and home health agencies, imaging centers, retail clinics, urgent care and emergency centers, two children's hospitals, and 14 acute care and specialty hospitals. For more information, visit www.azcarenetwork.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/arizona-mother-baby-care-offers-streamlined-services-300452665.html


Patent
INC Research, Hitachi Ltd., Care Network and Aska Pharmaceutical Co. | Date: 2013-01-02

Demyelinated axons were remyelinated in the demyelinated rat model by collecting bone marrow cells from mouse bone marrow and transplanting the mononuclear cell fraction separated from these bone marrow cells.


A system for providing healthcare includes an examination room having a controller configured for communication with a remote healthcare provider, such as a primary care physician, via a telecommunications network, a medical examination chair or table for supporting a patient, and a digital display in communication with the controller and facing the medical examination chair or table. The digital display is configured to display the remote healthcare provider to the patient on the digital display in substantially life size and with direct eye-to-eye contact with the patient. A plurality of digital medical instruments is in communication with the controller for selectively providing diagnostic information of the patient to the remote healthcare provider. An input device is in communication with the controller so that a clinical care coordinator, such as a registered nurse, can selectively control communications between the examination room and the remote healthcare provider.


Patent
INC Research, Care Network and Aska Pharmaceutical Co. | Date: 2015-05-28

Demyelinated axons were remyelinated in the demyelinated rat model by collecting bone marrow cells from mouse bone marrow and transplanting the mononuclear cell fraction separated from these bone marrow cells.

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