February 2021

CMS identifies billing codes for Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody therapy

By Katie Adams for Becker’s Hospital Review CMS published specific codes for billing Medicare for Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody cocktail. The FDA granted emergency use authorization Feb. 9 to the antibody cocktail, a combination of antibodies bamlanivimab and etesevimab. The agency granted emergency use authorization to bamlanivimab Nov. 9. The new approval is based on phase…

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A new machine learning approach may find treatment options for COVID-19

By Jeff Lagasse for Healthcare Finance News When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020, doctors and researchers rushed to find effective treatments, and since developing new drugs takes time, there was little of it to spare. In the short term, the most expedient option was to repurpose existing drugs. The subject drew the interest…

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Who profits from medical records?

By Paul W. Glimcher, Ph.D. for Medical Economics Medical records, which most patients think are private and protected, are in reality lucrative commodities in a multibillion-dollar industry. As hospitals and health networks assemble these records, they routinely strip away names and other identifiers and sell millions of HIPAA-compliant files to massive aggregator corporations. Aggregators in…

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Researchers underestimated the toll of EHR-related clinician burnout, study finds

By Hannah Mitchell for Becker’s Hospital Review The informatics community did not accurately predict the major role EHRs would play in the clinician burnout crisis today, according to a study published Feb. 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. In 2009, the American Medical Informatics Association met to discuss possible consequences associated…

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10 best cities for women in tech

By Kaite Adams for Becker’s Hospital Review Arlington, Va., is the most accommodating U.S. city for women working in tech, according to research released Feb. 18 from finance tech company SmartAsset. SmartAsset compared 63 U.S. cities for which full U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data was available on gender and salary in the tech workforce. It…

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