Care Delivery

The American Medical Association has adopted a handful of new policies to guide its future policy work during its interim meeting, including supporting bans on conversion therapy, inclusive electronic health records, racial pay equity in medicine and medical training related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Medicare Part B premiums will be higher in 2020 than in 2019, while deductibles in Part A, which typically doesn’t have a premium, will also rise, according to CMS.

The healthcare joint venture between JPMorgan Chase, Amazon and Berkshire Hathaway is testing out its first health plan, Bloomberg reported.

CMS is launching a new behavioral health pilot in a Medicaid demonstration project in Washington, D.C., the agency announced Nov. 6. The pilot expands treatment services for Medicaid beneficiaries diagnosed with severe mental illnesses or serious emotional disturbance.

In an effort to boost primary care, Geisinger and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine will provide debt-free medical school and living assistance to its students who plan to work in primary care at the health system after graduating.

CVS Health is closing nearly two dozen stores that are underperforming, the company announced in its third quarter earnings released Nov. 6. The store closings also coincide with a 10% jump in profit for the quarter for CVS, of $1.52 billion.

CMS has chosen 25 participants to advance to Stage 1 of its AI Health Outcomes Challenge, an initiative aimed at developing AI-driven healthcare predictions for providers and clinicians.

CMS has finalized changes to Medicare payment methodologies that aim to improve care for kidney care patients.

The healthcare space has seen an influx of investment from private equity groups looking to innovate the market, but the role of these investors could also be pushing healthcare prices higher.

Social media giant Facebook has announced its new Preventive Health Tool aimed at prompting users of its site to connect with healthcare services and organizations.

Walgreens is switching up its approach to in-store clinics, closing the clinics it operates and keeping those run by other health systems.

Cerner Corporation, one of the nation’s largest electronic health records platforms, has partnered with Uber Health to improve non-emergency transportation that can be included in the patient record.