Policy and Patient Care: A View from Health Care Leaders

Presented April 16, 2021 by the Miami Herbert Business School Center for Health Management and Policy, the 10th annual Business of Health Care Conference focused on Policy, Politics & the Pandemic - U.S. & Beyond. The conference consisted of three panel discussions plus breakout sessions and sponsor presentations. The second panel, entitled Policy and Patient Care: A View from Health Care Leaders, featured heads of the leading US professional health organizations including Susan Bailey, president, American Medical Association; Matthew Eyles, president and CEO, America’s Health Insurance Plans; Joseph Fifer, president and CEO, Healthcare Financial Management Association; Halee...

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Telemedicine Is a Tool — Not a Replacement for Your Doctor’s Touch

Earlier in the pandemic it was vital to see doctors over platforms like Zoom or FaceTime when in-person appointments posed risks of coronavirus exposure. Insurers were forced — often for the first time — to reimburse for all sorts of virtual medical visits and generally at the same price as in-person consultations. By April 2020, one national study found, telemedicine visits already accounted for 13% of all medical claims compared with 0.15% a year earlier. And covid hadn’t seriously hit much of the country yet. By May, Johns Hopkins’ neurology department was conducting 95% of patient visits virtually compared with just 10 such visits weekly the year before, for example. Covid-19 let...

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Constant Companion Partners with Canary Speech to Help Diagnose Behavioral Health Trends

Unique study blends most advanced HIPAA-compliant voice and AI technologies to offer clinicians and families insights into conditions such as anxiety, depression, and Alzheimer’s. SARASOTA/PROVO --Constant Companion and Canary Speech have formed a new strategic partnership to study how voice technology can be used to identify human conditions in specific populations. These pioneering companies have the shared goal of using this cutting-edge technology to provide better patient care and outcomes in older adults. Constant Companion will be utilizing its patented, voice-operated, AI-powered platform used by older adults and their caregivers to facilitate better communication and monitoring....

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Genetic tricks of the longest-lived animals

Some species live unexpectedly long lives. By studying how they do it, researchers hope to pinpoint factors affecting human longevity. Life, for most of us, ends far too soon — hence the effort by biomedical researchers to find ways to delay the aging process and extend our stay on Earth. But there’s a paradox at the heart of the science of aging: The vast majority of research focuses on fruit flies, nematode worms and laboratory mice, because they’re easy to work with and lots of genetic tools are available. And yet, a major reason that geneticists chose these species in the first place is because they have short lifespans. In effect, we’ve been learning about longevity from organisms...

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