Payer Roundup—Judge to allow hearings on CVS-Aetna deal

CVS-Aetna | April 09, 2019

A federal judge reviewing the completed merger between CVS Health and Aetna said he will allow witnesses who oppose the deal to testify at a series of hearings on the matter. District Judge Robert Leon of Washington, D.C., is taking a second look at the Department of Justice’s approval of the mega-merger. The two companies have been allowed to move forward with integration as Leon reviews the deal. Hearings would allow industry groups that opposed the deal—notably the American Medical Association—to weigh in. “This is a matter of great consequence to a lot of people,” Leon said. (The Wall Street Journal). Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma has come under fire for hiring outside communications agencies to manage her public image. Democrats have called for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to investigate the matter, and the agency has agreed to an inquiry. OIG will investigate whether Verma’s use of outside public relations broke ethics rules.

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BD Acquires Scanwell Health, Inc. to Expand and Scale Digital At-Home Testing

BD | December 22, 2021

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, today announced it has completed the acquisition of privately held Scanwell Health Inc., a leader in smartphone-enabled at-home medical tests.BD collaborated with Scanwell to develop the app used with the recently launched BD Veritor™ At-Home COVID-19 Test, the first at-home COVID-19 test that uniquely uses a smartphone camera and app to capture and interpret results, eliminating the human subjectivity in other visually read at-home antigen tests. Scanwell will become the foundational digital platform upon which BD plans to develop at-home diagnostic tests for a range of infectious diseases including COVID-19/influenza A+B, group A strep and additional menu for detecting infections and managing chronic disease. "The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to new care settings, and BD is ready to deliver a smart, connected at-home diagnostic ecosystem to support traditional and telehealth providers and consumers. This acquisition will enable us to expand and scale our digital capabilities in-house to speed time to market for transformative at-home solutions now and in the future." Dave Hickey, president of Life Sciences for BD The Scanwell app is a key differentiator in the market for at-home COVID-19 testing. To date, no other company uses the phone's camera to capture the image of the test that is then analyzed and interpreted by the app. Other COVID-19 home tests use smartphones as part of their process, but BD Veritor™ At-Home COVID-19 Test is the first and only test to use the smartphone as the analyzer to digitally interpret the test results and provide a definitive POSITIVE or NEGATIVE digital display of testing results. The app also has the capabilities to securely store and report test results to organizations, including businesses, public health authorities and schools. The results of tests are stored in the app and can be referenced and displayed at any time by simply logging into the app. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to be immaterial to BD's fiscal 2022 financial results. Scanwell financial results will be reported under the Integrated Diagnostic Solutions business within the Life Sciences segment. About the BD Veritor™ At-Home COVID-19 Test The BD Veritor™ At-Home COVID-19 Test has not been FDA cleared or approved; but has been authorized by FDA under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). This product has been authorized only for the detection of proteins from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. The emergency use of this product is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of IVDs for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the declaration is terminated or authorization is revoked sooner. About BD BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of health care by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for health care providers. BD and its 70,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of clinicians' care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease and advance researchers' capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. By working in close collaboration with customers, BD can help enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety and expand access to health care.

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

CareView Communications Selected to Exhibit Patient Safety System at Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange

CareView Communications, Inc. | June 22, 2022

CareView Communications, Inc. an information technology provider to the healthcare industry, has been selected to exhibit the CareView Patient Safety System®, including its patented, predictive Virtual Bed Rails® and Virtual Chair Rails® technology, at the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange. Vizient, Inc., the nation’s largest member-driven health care performance improvement company, will hold the Exchange on October 17 at the Renaissance, Dallas. The annual Innovative Technology Exchange offers selected suppliers the unique opportunity to demonstrate their technologies to supply chain and clinical leaders from Vizient’s member hospitals and subject matter experts who serve on its supply councils. Each technology will showcase how it improves clinical outcomes, enhances safety, or drives incremental improvements to health care delivery or business models. The CareView Patient Safety System leverages CareView’s patented Virtual Bed Rails and Virtual Chair Rails, which use machine learning to differentiate between normal patient movements and behaviors of an at-risk patient. Exclusive integrations with the health system’s electronic health record (EHR) and nurse communication systems allow for enhanced clinical workflows and improved response times. With CareView’s system, one staff member can safely monitor and interact with up to 40 patients, resulting in fewer false alarms, quicker staff interventions, and a significant reduction in patient falls. “We are very excited to bring our CareView Patient Safety System to the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange. CareView’s latest equipment will address hospital staffing shortages, ease care burdens, and improve care efficiency by having a virtual sitter in every at-risk and high acuity patient room.” Sandra McRee, CareView’s Chief Operating Officer “Suppliers come to the Exchange hoping to be awarded an Innovative Technology contract, which signals health care providers of their product’s unique qualities,” said Kelly Flaharty, director of contract process, Vizient. “We are pleased to include CareView’s technology in the group selected to participate.” The annual Innovative Technology Exchange is part of Vizient’s Innovative Technology Program that includes product review of supplier-submitted technologies by member-led councils and task forces. Since 2003, Vizient has reviewed over 1,600 product submissions as part of its Innovative Technology Program. About CareView Communications, Inc. As a leader in turnkey patient video monitoring solutions, CareView is redefining the standard of patient safety in hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country. For over a decade, CareView has relentlessly pursued innovative ways to increase patient protection, providing next generation solutions that lower operational costs and foster a culture of safety among patient, staff and hospital leadership. With installations in more than 150 hospitals, CareView has proven that its innovative technology is creating a culture of patient safety where patient falls have decreased by 80% with sitter costs reduced by more than 65%. Anchored by the CareView Patient Safety System, this modular, scalable solution delivers flexible configurations to fit any facility while significantly increasing patient safety and operational savings. All configurations feature HD cameras, high-fidelity 2-way audio/video, LCD displays for the ultimate in capability, flexibility, and affordability. Corporate offices are located at 405 State Highway 121 Bypass, Suite B-240, Lewisville, TX 75067.

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Alcon Strengthens Leadership in IOL Innovation with Launch of Clareon Portfolio in the U.S.

Alcon | March 07, 2022

Alcon the global leader in eye care dedicated to helping people see brilliantly, announced the launch of the Clareon®family of intraocular lenses (IOLs) in the U.S. Utilizing Alcon’s most advanced IOL material, Clareon can deliver consistent visual outcomes and exceptional clarity that lasts.°,1-7The Clareon clarity is born out of a glistening-free§IOL material that has among the lowest levels of haze and subsurface nanoglistenings compared to leading competitor IOLs.†,*,1-3 “We are proud to offer our latest IOL technology in the U.S. and other countries across the globe. At Alcon, we are consistently pushing the boundaries to deliver transformational innovation to cataract surgeons and their patients. Clareon is the result of robust R&D efforts at every level—inventive material science, advanced manufacturing techniques and novel delivery systems—to deliver exceptional, long-lasting clarity.” Ian Bell, President, Global Business & Innovation, Alcon The Clareon portfolio leverages many of the same design characteristics and optics as Alcon’s leading IOLs to help deliver the outcomes surgeons expect.8,9Clareon offers sharp, crisp vision with a proprietary edge designed to help reduce glare and posterior capsular opacification.7The lens’ unique and proven STABLEFORCE®Haptics provide superior axial and rotational stability.*,β,8-14Clareon has been extensively researched, with inclusion in 30 published studies worldwide. Clareon Monofocal and Clareon Toric IOLs have already been implanted in more than one million eyes across more than 70 countries.15 Clareon IOLs are inserted using the next-generation, reusable Clareon Monarch®IVDelivery System, which provides precise and controlled implantation and that was designed specifically for the new Clareon material.15,16Clareon Monofocal is also available in the next-generation automated, single-use delivery system, AutonoMe™. “As one of the investigators for the Clareon pivotal trial, I was immediately impressed with the clarity of the new IOL material, delivery system and the consistent refractive outcomes,” said Dr. Samuel H. Lee, MD, Ophthalmologist, Sacramento, CA.** “Today, the clarity of Clareon persists four years later in my trial patients, with the optic performance that I expect from Alcon IOLs, as well as continued high patient satisfaction.” Clareon Monofocal, Clareon PanOptix®, Clareon PanOptix Toric, Clareon Vivity®and Clareon Vivity Toric IOLs are now available in the U.S. Clareon PanOptix offers patients the possibility of 20/20 vision at distance (far), intermediate (at arm’s length) and near (up close), with continuous vision of 20/25 or better.¥,14,17Clareon Vivity is a non-diffractive extended depth of focus lens with wavefront-shaping X-WAVE™ technology, delivering monofocal-quality distance with excellent intermediate and functional near vision and with a monofocal visual disturbance profile.13,18 Clareon Toric will be available in the U.S. later this year. Alcon will be rolling out the Clareon family of IOLs in international markets throughout 2022 and 2023. There are more than 28 million cataract surgeries performed each year in the world. With the aging population and increased life expectancies, these surgeries are expected to increase 3-4% per year for the next 30 years, leading to an estimated 60 million global cataract surgeries annually by 2045.19 About Cataracts A cataract is a cloudy area in the natural lens of the eye that affects vision. As a cataract develops, the eye's lens gradually becomes hard and cloudy, allowing less light to pass through, which makes it more difficult to see. The vast majority of cataracts result from normal aging, but radiation exposure, taking steroids, diabetes and eye trauma can accelerate their development. Cataracts are the most common age-related eye condition and the leading cause of preventable blindness.20Cataracts are treated by removing the eye's cloudy natural lens and surgically replacing it with an IOL. More than 92% of cataract surgeries are considered successful, and patients typically can return to their normal routines within 24 hours.21 About Clareon IOLs and Delivery Systems The family of Clareon intraocular lenses (IOLs) includes the Clareon Aspheric Hydrophobic Acrylic and Clareon Aspheric Toric IOLs, the Clareon PanOptix Trifocal Hydrophobic IOL, Clareon PanOptix Toric, Clareon Vivity Extended Vision Hydrophobic Posterior Chamber IOL and Clareon Vivity Toric IOLs. Each of these IOLs is indicated for visual correction of aphakia in adult patients following cataract surgery. In addition, the Clareon Toric IOLs are indicated to correct pre-existing corneal astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery. The Clareon PanOptix lens mitigates the effects of presbyopia by providing improved intermediate and near visual acuity while maintaining comparable distance visual acuity with a reduced need for eyeglasses, compared to a monofocal IOL. The Clareon Vivity lens mitigates the effects of presbyopia by providing an extended depth of focus. Compared to an aspheric monofocal IOL, the lens provides improved intermediate and near visual acuity while maintaining comparable distance visual acuity. All of these IOLs are intended for placement in the capsular bag. Careful preoperative evaluation and sound clinical judgment should be used by the surgeon to decide the risk/benefit ratio before implanting any IOL in a patient with any of the conditions described in the Directions for Use that accompany each IOL. Prior to surgery, physicians should provide prospective patients with a copy of the Patient Information Brochure available from Alcon, informing them of possible risks and benefits associated with these IOLs. Reference the Directions for Use labelling for each IOL for a complete listing of indications, warnings and precautions. About Alcon Alcon helps people see brilliantly. As the global leader in eye care with a heritage spanning over 75 years, we offer the broadest portfolio of products to enhance sight and improve people’s lives. Our Surgical and Vision Care products touch the lives of more than 260 million people in over 140 countries each year living with conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases and refractive errors. Our more than 24,000 associates are enhancing the quality of life through innovative products, partnerships with Eye Care Professionals and programs that advance access to quality eye care.

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Aidoc partners with Novant Health, providing imaging AI to expedite treatment for patients in the emergency department

Aidoc | January 25, 2022

Aidoc,the leading provider of enterprise-grade AI solutions for medical imaging, announces a partnership with Novant Health, a health network of over 1,800 physicians with 15 medical centers across three states. By incorporating Aidoc's AI platform, which includes seven FDA-cleared solutions for triage and notification of patients with acute medical conditions, Novant Health is taking proactive steps to improve patient outcomes and reduce emergency department (ED) length of stay amid resource constraints inflicted by the Omicron variant. With a dedication to digital transformation for improving workflow efficiencies and patient outcomes, Novant Health is one of the first health networks inNorth Carolinato adopt Aidoc's AI platform. Novant Health has integrated multiple technologies and has been recognized by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives'(CHIME) "Digital Health Most Wired" program five years in a row for effectively applying "core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities." "When diagnosing and treating critical pathologies like pulmonary emboli and hemorrhagic strokes, every second counts," said Dr. Eric Eskioglu, Executive Vice President Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Novant Health. "We are thrilled to partner with Aidoc to bring yet another leading-edge AI-technology to Novant Health. For years, we've been committed to harnessing innovative technologies to improve patient safety and outcomes through the Novant Health Institute of Innovation and Artificial Intelligence. With Aidoc's technology, our physicians will be able to more quickly identify and prioritize these patients and provide rapid life-saving treatments." From Aidoc's AI platform, Novant Health will be utilizing the intracranial hemorrhage (brain bleeds), pulmonary embolism (lung blood clots), incidental pulmonary embolism, c-spine fracture, and abdominal free air AI solutions. In one example, a studyconducted by the Yale New-Haven Health System found that Aidoc's intracranial hemorrhage AI solution was able to reduce ED length of stay by approximately one hour. "With rapidly rising numbers of people infected with the highly contagious Omicron variant, we can see the hard impact on hospital emergency room capacities and resources across the U.S. We're proud to partner with a leading, innovative hospital network like Novant Health, which serves a large portion of the population in the three states its facilities are located in. Together, through our AI solutions and their state-of-the-art facilities, we will enable radiologists and related hospital providers to expedite care for tens of thousands of patients, contributing toward a mitigation of the current emergency room situations and setting an example for integrating innovation during turbulent and non-turbulent periods." Elad Walach, CEO and co-founder of Aidoc About Aidoc Aidoc delivers the most comprehensive and widely-used portfolio of AI solutions, supporting providers by flagging patients with suspected acute conditions in real-time, expediting patient treatment and improving quality of care. Aidoc's healthcare AI platform is currently used by thousands of physicians in hospitals and radiology groups worldwide and across multiple care coordination service lines, having analyzed over 10.3 million scans in the past year. About Novant Health Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities inNorth Carolina,South Carolina, andGeorgia. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,800 physicians and over 35,000 employees who provide care at nearly 800 locations, including 15 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2021, Novant Health was the highest-ranking healthcare system inNorth Carolinato be included onForbes'Best Employers for Diversity list. Diversity MBA Magazineranked Novant Health first in the nation on its 2021 list of "Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work." In 2020, Novant Health provided more than$1.02 billionin community benefit, including financial assistance and services.

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