Payer Roundup—Stakeholders start push to get Medicaid expansion on ballot in Florida

FierceHealthcare | February 08, 2019

Following successful Medicaid expansion ballot measures in other red states, stakeholders in Florida are beginning a quiet campaign to follow suit. A significant number of Floridians would be eligible for Medicaid coverage if the state expanded the program. As many as 700,000 additional people could enroll, with only Texas having a larger population of newly eligible enrollees under expansion. However, expansion is still a long shot, as the Republican-controlled legislature is not likely to back a measure. Newly instated Gov. Ron DeSantis also campaigned on opposing expansion. In addition, a ballot measure needs at least 60% of the vote in Florida to pass. “What our approach has been on these ballot initiatives is you don’t usually take it to the ballot unless you feel you’re going to win,” Patrick Willard, senior director of state and national strategic partnerships for Families USA, an advocacy group, said.

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Hospitals have experienced improvements in uncompensated care revenue due to the Affordable Care Act. But reform and economic uncertainty are creating a perfect storm that could erase this momentum, according to a new infographic by Navigant. The infographic examines the factors that could reverse the improvements in uncompensated care and what this means for hospitals and health systems.


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SandboxAQ and Mount Sinai Health System Collaborate on Data Protection

Sandbox AQ | March 24, 2022

Sandbox AQ, an enterprise SaaS company leveraging quantum tech and AI, announced a collaboration with Mount Sinai Health System to launch Post-Quantum Cryptography solutions, a broad security technology solution to protect patient data against current and future cybersecurity threats. Sandbox has developed SaaS-based enterprise modules that incorporate the latest encryption protocol standards recently ratified by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). Through Sandbox AQ, Mount Sinai Health System will incorporate PQC protocols into its network to provide increased security for millions of customers and their sensitive data. "Our collaboration with Sandbox AQ propels our security and technology strategies forward, enabling us to deliver advanced, secure cutting-edge products to our patients. Protecting patient data against cyber threats is incredibly important to us." Kristin Myers, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Mount Sinai Health System and Dean for Information Technology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai "Quantum technology will quickly render today's RSA-based encryption obsolete, which is why it's imperative that we protect the world's sensitive data now against the next generation of cyberattacks," said Jack D. Hidary, CEO of Sandbox AQ, which officially launched today. "Mount Sinai is one of the first healthcare systems planning to implement PQC protocols into its health network to protect its customers and transform its business. We look forward to collaborating with them on this project." About SandboxAQ Sandbox AQ is an enterprise SaaS company delivering solutions at the nexus of quantum tech and AI. Based in Palo Alto, the inspiration for Sandbox AQ and some of the team originated at Alphabet Inc. in 2016. Sandbox AQ launched as an independent, venture-backed entity in 2022. About Mount Sinai Health System The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. We advance medicine and health through unrivaled education and translational research and discovery to deliver care that is the safest, highest-quality, most accessible and equitable, and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 free-standing joint-venture centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the top 20 U.S. hospitals and among the top in the nation by specialty: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Urology, and Rehabilitation. Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Children's Hospitals" among the country's best in four out of 10 pediatric specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked among the Top 20 nationally for ophthalmology. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and No. 14 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding. Newsweek's "The World's Best Smart Hospitals" ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside as top 20 globally, and "The World's Best Specialized Hospitals" ranks Mount Sinai Heart as No. 1 in New York and No. 4 globally and the Division of Gastroenterology as No. 3 globally, and the Division of Pulmonary Medicine as No. 6 globally.

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Microbot Medical Announces Strategic Collaboration with Stryker Corporation to Develop the LIBERTY® Robotic System for Neurovascular Applications

Microbot Medical | December 28, 2021

Microbot Medical Inc.announced that it has entered into a strategic collaboration agreement with Stryker, a leading global medical technology company. The company will collaborate with Stryker’s Neurovascular division to integrate its neurovascular instruments with Microbot’s LIBERTY Robotic System to develop the world’s first dedicated robotic procedural kits for use in certain neurovascular procedures. “We have already ensured that the LIBERTY Robotic System has a strong and sustainable competitive advantage, and the collaboration with Stryker will allow us to further expand in the neurovascular space. I believe the similarities in our innovation culture, as well as our complementary core capabilities, will allow us to establish a truly differentiated solution that will benefit all stakeholders and accelerate our goal of changing the way robotic surgery is viewed and adopted.” Harel Gadot, Chairman, CEO and President of Microbot Medical The company will continue to develop the LIBERTY Robotic System independently for use in peripheral and coronary procedures. The animal feasibility studies to date support the company’s assertion that it will potentially allow physicians to safely and efficiently conduct remote catheter-based vascular procedures, and reduce the risk for radiation exposure, physical strain on the user and Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), without the need for cumbersome and expensive capital equipment. About Microbot Medical Microbot Medical Inc.is a pre-clinical medical device company that specializes in transformational micro-robotic technologies, focused primarily on both natural and artificial lumens within the human body. Microbot’s current proprietary technological platforms provide the foundation for the development of a Multi Generation Pipeline Portfolio (MGPP). Microbot Medical was founded in 2010 by Harel Gadot, Prof. Moshe Shoham, and Yossi Bornstein with the goals of improving clinical outcomes for patients and increasing accessibility through the use of micro-robotic technologies.

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AMIH Announces Expansion of EPIQ MD’s Telehealth Platform and Services

Epiq MD | January 21, 2022

American International Holdings Corp., adiversified holding company that develops, acquires and operates technology-based health and wellness companies, today announced that its subsidiaryEPIQ MD, Inc.,has expanded the availability of its telehealth service offerings to thirteen (13) states across the United States. EPIQ MD, Inc., the convergence of primary care, mental health, preventative, and wellness programs through an online healthcare platform, announced its original launch and arrival in four statesback in September of 2021. Now with the introduction of their platform throughout the Southern U. S. border, EPIQ MD is directly on pace to achieve its goal of covering all 50 U. S. states by the year-end 2022 “This expansion of EPIQ MDs telehealth services and offerings across the Southern border of the United States further cements the sentiment that EPIQ MD has held since its official launch in September 2021”, comments Jacob Cohen, President and CEO of American International Holdings Corp. "Our vision is to be an essential service for millions of working families and individuals who currently don’t have any other viable options. Having access to a doctor or mental health professional 24/7/365 represents a crucial advancement in overall quality of life and we simply believe that the more eyes that are opened to EPIQ MD, the more we will be able to grow and expand.” EPIQ MD Director, Michael Ladner EPIQ MD is not simply bringing their expansive array of healthcare services to additional states, but are excited about their most recent introduction of Epiq PAWsand Epiq LUX. Epiq PAWs being EPIQ MD’s virtual care add-on tailored towards furry family members (a/k/a pets), and Epiq LUX being a wide-ranging discount program offering savings on a variety of ancillary medical services, including but not limited to, Laboratory Services, Dental, Vision, Chiropractic, Imaging and Diabetes/Home Medical Supplies. The Company believes that this current footprint represents a great mix of both urban and rural geographic locations, filled with demographics ripe for our primary care and mental health services. Seven of the states listed herein as our coverage area are also within the “top 10 states with the highest percentage of uninsured Americans”, according to the U.S. Central Bureau. While EPIQ MD envisions its platform spreading steadily throughout the United States as the year 2022 progresses, our strategy is to target the areas wherein we can make the biggest difference via our service offering. About EPIQ MD, Inc. EPIQ MD believes that everyone deserves to live an epic life. It is the convergence of primary medical and mental health care, preventative care and wellness programs - on one digital platform, in a single offering. Conceived as a digital telemedicine-based business from the start, its core mission is to bring these services and knowledge to the 80 million Americans who are uninsured or underinsured. Its telemedicine platform provides services such as primary care, medical advisory, ask a medical expert, mental health services, discounted diagnostic lab services, prescription discount program, nutritional counseling and much more. Today Epiq MD is active and operational in Alaska, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Nevada and Utah. About American International Holdings Corp. American International Holdings Corp. is an investor, developer and asset manager of diversified, synergistic health and wellness businesses. Today, the AMIH portfolio encompasses telemedicine and other virtual health platforms, affordable subscriber-based primary care and concierge medicine plans, preventative care solutions and wellness related assets such as mental & behavioral health services, as well as its own proprietary life coaching platform. AMIH markets its various services through direct-to-consumer and business-to-business distribution channels. AMIH’s focus is on bringing to market technologies and solutions that advance the quality of life for the global community.

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Iris Telehealth Engages Amendola for Strategic PR and Media Relations Services

Amendola Communications | April 27, 2022

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Hospitals have experienced improvements in uncompensated care revenue due to the Affordable Care Act. But reform and economic uncertainty are creating a perfect storm that could erase this momentum, according to a new infographic by Navigant. The infographic examines the factors that could reverse the improvements in uncompensated care and what this means for hospitals and health systems.

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