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Jun 29, 2020 by Melinda L. Estes, M.D.
“I just can’t imagine going back because people recognize the value of this.” That’s what Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma said recently about the increased use of telehealth, signaling that doctoring from a distance — which has shown itself to be a lifesaving tool during the COVID-19 pandemic — could be here to stay. 
Jun 26, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will extend the Medicare Care Choices Model by one year, through Dec. 31, 2021; already participating hospices can enroll eligible beneficiaries through June 30, 2021.
Jun 26, 2020
The Department of Health and Human Services through June 26 has reduced by 43% its backlog of Medicare appeals at the Administrative Law Judge level, according to a status report the agency provided today to a federal court.
Jun 26, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined the World Health Organization to declare the end of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Jun 26, 2020
The Department of Justice urged the Supreme Court to strike down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, including its protections for pre-existing conditions and expansion of the Medicaid program.
Jun 26, 2020
As many front-line health care workers move beyond the immediate pandemic crisis, now is the time to reflect on the psychological toll, writes Jesse Burgard, a regional chief mental health officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and AHA Behavioral Health Services Council member.
Jun 26, 2020
The Food and Drug Administration added the AustinP51 emergency-use system to its list of ventilator authorized for emergency use in health care settings to treat adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jun 26, 2020
More than 892,000 consumers in states using the HealthCare.gov platform gained 2020 coverage since the end of open enrollment through May by using a Special Enrollment Period, a 27% increase from the same period last year, according to a report released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Jun 26, 2020
A therapeutic, two-antibody COVID-19 treatment “cocktail” from Regeneron and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority moved to its first clinical trial, the developers earlier this month announced.
Jun 26, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated and expanded its list of people at risk of severe COVID-19 illness, the agency said.