Affordable Care Act to remain in place during appeals process

Healthcare Finance | December 31, 2018

A federal judge who ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional earlier this month has stayed his decision to allow the law to remain in place during the appeals process. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Texas issued the ruling Sunday saying many Americans would "face great uncertainty" if his decision went into immediate effect. However, he stands by his decision that the lack of an individual mandate and its penalty invalidates the entire law. Open enrollment in the ACA for 2019 coverage just ended on December 15. The judge's move staying his decision stabilizes the market, at least temporarily, for consumers and insurers.

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AngelEye Health Introduces NICU Technology Conversion Team

AngelEye Health | September 08, 2022

AngelEye Health, a leading provider of family engagement solutions for hospital neonatal and pediatric intensive care units announced the introduction of the company's inaugural NICU technology conversion team. Comprised of some of the healthcare organization's most seasoned onboarding specialists, the unit will help new customers navigate the process of converting from existing solutions to the AngelEye CameraSystem™. Members of the dedicated integration team include project managers, clinical specialists, and systems analysts. "Exemplary customer support is the cornerstone of the AngelEye Health service offering and has been since day one. As our team continues to quickly add new hospital partners who are converting from other NICU camera solutions, we realized that some of their onboarding needs were unique. We saw an opportunity to proactively ensure that we had the resources in place to address any technical and clinical needs they may have. We are proud to introduce the industry's first NICU technology conversion team, purpose-built to support these transitions every step of the way." Christopher Rand, CEO of AngelEye Health Patient and family engagement technology for hospital settings has been growing in acceptance as it presents NICUs and other pediatric units with additional opportunities to support families during their child's time in the hospital. It also fosters an instant and lasting bond with family members even when they can't be at the hospital. In response to this need, AngelEye developed a state-of-the-art CameraSystem™, which brings live-streaming video of the patient to family members anywhere, anytime, on any device. Web-camera technologies provide families with a unique opportunity to connect with their hospitalized children through interactive, real-time technologies. Thus, a cost-efficient pediatric webcam program like AngelEye Health's has the potential to improve the quality of life for participating families by relieving anxiety and cultivating a distant bonding experience. While the AngelEye onboarding process is always thorough and well-executed, customers who are already familiar with and reliant on cameras in their NICU can now benefit from a specialized level of solution migration support that is unique to their situation. As AngelEye continues to add conversion customers to its portfolio of hospital partners - and at an increasingly accelerated rate - introducing a team of professionals who are well versed in the technology conversion process can add a layer of technical and clinical support to ensure that the transition is seamless and the hospital's NICU care team is up and running on the system quickly and with minimal downtime. Arkansas Children's Hospital was one of AngelEye’s first NicView conversion projects which involved 90 cameras. Since day one of the technology migration, their hospital team has benefited from the cohesive support from AngelEye’s team of project managers, clinical specialists, and systems analysts, each dedicated to ensuring that the onboarding process was as streamlined and painless as possible. "AngelEye Health has been very accommodating and willing to work with us and tailor the entire camera system conversion to meet our needs," said Luann Jones, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, NE-BC, formerly the neonatal services director, Arkansas Children's Hospital. "Every NICU is in a different place at different times, and there's not really a one size fits all approach. Their team was willing to collaborate with us as an institution and as a unit to figure out what really worked best to meet our needs." For hospitals and health systems interested in learning more about what their own camera system conversion might look like and how the AngelEye NICU technology conversion team can support them through every step of the process, please read the Top 10 Questions from Conversion Partners or schedule a call with one of AngelEye's Account Managers. About AngelEye Health AngelEye Health has a deep understanding of the value that both family engagement and family-centered care bring to the neonatal and pediatric intensive care environment. We provide a complete HIPAA-compliant platform to integrate parents simply and seamlessly into the child's care team. Our approach has a proven, positive impact on the quality of the family experience, care delivery workflows for the dedicated bedside team, and patient outcomes. From admission to discharge, AngelEye positively impacts staff, families, and patients along the journey and ultimately to a successful transition home. From bonding, patient progress and treatment communication, feeding, and focused education, AngelEye offers a portfolio of solutions for supporting the highly specialized needs of the NICU and PICU today and of the future. The company was recently named to the Inc. 5,000 listing of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies.

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Health Alliance Improves Outcomes and Reduces Costs Using CareSignal’s Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring

CareSignal, Health Alliance | June 27, 2022

Health AllianceTM, the health plan of Illinois-based Carle Health, is leading the way for rising-risk populations by launching a remote patient monitoring program powered by CareSignal. This program is part of Hally® health, the member-facing telehealth app Health Alliance uses to give its members access to tools and resources for their well-being. The partnership between Health Alliance and CareSignal aims to reduce readmissions, reduce spending, and improve members’ experience while increasing health literacy and empowering members to better self-manage their chronic conditions. The partnership is serving shared Medicare and Commercial populations and is expanding to Carle Health’s Accountable Care Organization. CareSignal’s scalable remote patient monitoring technology sends evidence-based questions directly via phone call or text message to the member. Questions focus on the member’s health status and encourage adherence to their health management plan through reporting of symptoms and daily habits while monitoring changes in risk status. Indications of worsening symptoms can trigger real-time alerts to allow for intervention, including proactive health coaching and escalation of care. Health Alliance is currently prioritizing Chronic Obstructive Respiratory Disease congestive heart failure, hypertension, asthma, and post-discharge care, and is hoping to add additional populations. Health Alliance is also bolstering its care coordination team with CareSignal’s virtual care navigators enabling them to manage a larger member population without needing additional staff. VCNs are the first to intervene with members before escalating to the Health Alliance care coordination team and/or primary care physician. By handling routine review, education and scheduling tasks when needed, the VCNs enable the Health Alliance care coordination team to work at the top of their license. The program provides increased support for members without increased touch points from providers. “Our team selected CareSignal as the best fit for our Health Alliance remote patient monitoring strategy due to its clinically validated pathways, ability to scale, and ease of use for our members. We believe by adding remote patient monitoring to our population health services, we will improve quality of care and health outcomes, expand access to care management, reduce disparities in health outcomes, enhance the member experience, and reduce hospitalizations, ED visits, and readmission rates.” Margie Zeglen, MBA, FACHE, Vice President of Population Health at Health Alliance and Carle Health “The expansion of this relationship is a result of the clinical and strategic vision that Carle and Health Alliance teammates bring to our partnership,” said Blake Marggraff, CEO of CareSignal, a Lightbeam Company. “Given the ongoing, nationwide staffing challenges that healthcare organizations face, the CareSignal team is particularly proud to be able to support Health Alliance with both the technology and clinical resources required for success. I look forward to serving even more individuals’ clinical needs while simultaneously serving a terrific client-partner.” About Health Alliance Based in Champaign, IL, Health Alliance operates in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, and Washington with additional licenses in Nebraska and Missouri. Health Alliance is part of Carle Health, an integrated system of healthcare services, which includes a five-hospital system as multi-specialty physician groups, as well as Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the Stephens Family Clinical Research Institute. In Illinois, Health Alliance offers employer group plans, individual plans, Medicare plans, State of Illinois Employee plans, and State of Illinois Retiree plans through Total Retiree Advantage Illinois. In Iowa, Health Alliance offers employer group plans and Medicare plans. In Washington, we offer Medicare plans and public individual plans. And in Indiana and Ohio, Health Alliance offers Medicare plans. About CareSignal – a Lightbeam Health Solutions Company CareSignal offers Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring® which is specifically designed for value-based care by leveraging real-time, self-reported patient data and artificial intelligence to produce long-term patient engagement while identifying clinically actionable moments for proactive care delivery. Together, Lightbeam and CareSignal align best-in-class population health capabilities with proven remote engagement and monitoring solutions serving more than 42 million patient lives across the United States. Lightbeam’s vision is to shine a light on health data using analytics, and to provide the insight and capabilities healthcare clients need to ensure patients receive the right care at the right time. Learn more about solutions specific to your organization and population by visiting our website or trying a self-guided demo.

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Zynx Health Introduces Complimentary Monkeypox Order Set and Care Plan Bundle

Zynx Health | September 20, 2022

Zynx Health announced that it has published new order set and care plan guidelines to aid clinicians in the treatment of patients diagnosed with monkeypox. Created by the Zynx Clinical Team and based on recommendations from World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the content is available as a single, downloadable PDF on the Zynx Health website. Given the public health emergency, this content is being made available at no cost. “As monkeypox cases continue to rise, and with hospitals still facing shortfalls in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Zynx clinicians have developed and deployed this comprehensive order set and care plan bundle to alleviate the burden of researching the underlying evidence and then building the associated clinical decision support from scratch,” said Chuck Tuchinda, MD, president of Zynx Health. “The monkeypox content on the Zynx site is comprehensive, evidence-based, and ready for use.” The Zynx Clinical Team will continue to update its monkeypox care guidance as new evidence emerges and best-practice recommendations evolve. About Zynx Health Zynx Health, a market leader in providing evidence- and experience-based clinical improvement solutions since 1996 and part of the Hearst Health network, provides healthcare professionals with vital information and processes that guide care decisions and reduce complexity across the entire patient journey in a way that leads to healthier lives for all. Named the “Best in KLAS” Category Leader for Clinical Decision Support – Care Plans and Order Sets in 2021 and 2022, Zynx is a pioneer and market leader in evidence- and experience-based clinical solutions that help health systems improve patient outcomes, financial outcomes, clinical engagement, and technology performance. With Zynx Health, healthcare organizations exceed industry demands for delivering high-quality care at lower costs under value-based reimbursement models. About Hearst Health The mission of Hearst Health is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from Hearst Health reaches 85% of discharged patients, 205 million insured individuals, 103 million home health visits, and 3.2 billion dispensed prescriptions. The Hearst Health network includes FDB Zynx Health, MCG, Homecare Homebase, and MHK. Hearst also holds a minority interest in the precision medicine and oncology analytics company M2Gen.

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RefleXion Announces Multi System Contract with Select Healthcare

RefleXion Medical | August 22, 2022

RefleXion Medical, a therapeutic oncology company pioneering biology-guided radiotherapy* a new modality that uses emissions generated from the cancer itself to direct radiotherapy, announced a three-system contract with Select Healthcare, a developer of affiliated cancer facilities throughout the United States. The multi-year, multi-site contract will create new free-standing treatment centers that showcase the dual modality of the RefleXion® X1 platform for treating all stages of cancer with external beam radiotherapy. “The creation of these initial three new free-standing radiotherapy centers will bring RefleXion’s novel BgRT to local communities so that patients with solid tumor cancers can receive state-of-the-art cancer care near their home. The X1 is the only system to offer breakthrough motion management for moving tumors using biological guidance and anatomic guidance for earlier stage cancers. We envision that this future capability will be attractive to our physician partners because it brings radiotherapy as a new treatment option to patients with late-stage cancer.” Matthew Cutler, CEO, president and founder of Select Healthcare Solutions The RefleXion X1 machine with BgRT is designed to overcome the technical limitations that restrict radiotherapy to one or two tumors. Instead, it will one day allow radiotherapy to reach more tumors during the same treatment session, even those tumors that move due to patient motion, such as breathing or digestion. “We applaud the Select Healthcare vision of bringing advanced cancer care to patients being treated at the community level through the establishment of these new centers,” said Todd Powell, president and CEO of RefleXion. “As we move forward commercializing the X1 and our future release of BgRT, we are proud to count Select Healthcare among our early customers.” BgRT uses emissions from a patient’s cancer cells created by injecting a small amount of a targeting molecule carrying a positron-emitting radioisotope, known as a PET tracer, to guide EBRT. As the PET tracer binds to the tumor cells, it produces emissions that signal the cancer’s location. The RefleXion X1 machine design integrates PET arcs with a linear accelerator to detect these emissions and then direct radiotherapy to each tumor. About Select Healthcare Select Healthcare provides capital-intensive and leading-edge medical technologies and services to local medical communities for the direct benefit of their patients in a cost-effective manner and has successfully led the development and/or acquisition of over 25 healthcare projects in California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and the New England area. The first Select Healthcare center offering BgRT is expected to open in late 2023. About RefleXion Medical RefleXion is a privately held medical device company founded in 2009. RefleXion’s biology-guided radiotherapy is the first and only technology that uses a single radiotracer injection to transform cancer cells into real-time biological beacons that guide radiotherapy delivery. Granted Breakthrough Device designation by the FDA for use in lung tumors, BgRT is designed to expand radiotherapy from single to multiple tumor therapy for all stages of cancer. The RefleXion X1 is currently cleared for stereotactic body radiotherapy stereotactic radiosurgery and intensity modulated radiotherapy for tumors located anywhere in the body.

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