Becker’s Hospital Review posted that CMS issued various regulatory changes on March 30 to further support hospitals’, physicians and other healthcare organizations capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including expanding Medicare coverage of telehealth visits. On March 17, the Trump administration announced CMS will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries during the pandemic. CMS is now expanding Medicare coverage of 85 additional services provided via telehealth, including emergency department visits and initial nursing facility and discharge visits. Here are the 85 additional services, and their respective codes, that CMS will cover when provided via telehealth through the duration of the pandemic: 1. 77427: radiation management 2. 90853: group ...
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Medscape published great article discussing the science behind social distancing and the NPI guidelines. “Social distancing and other non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) have proven to be effective tools in most pandemics. But their effect on the spread of the novel coronavirus is not yet clear, experts say. The goal of NPIs which include personal actions, such as staying at home when sick and washing hands, and communal ones, including school closures and canceling mass gatherings is to flatten the height of the infection curve and build herd immunity, thus buying time to increase hospital capacity and to come up with drugs or vaccines to treat the illness. State ...
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An employee of Hawthorne-based SpaceX, as well as an on-site health care provider at the SpaceX headquarters, have tested positive for COVID-19, sending a number of employees into quarantine, according to a report from CNBC. Accordnig to CNBC, SpaceX is asking the employees it sent home to remain in quarantine for 14 days. The on-site health care provider, One Medical, reportedly is asking all of its healthcare providers showing symptoms to stay home and get tested immediately. The development comes as SpaceX announced a delay of a March 30th launch of a satellite on the request of the Argentine space agency, also due to the virus.
San Diego-based Design Therapeutics, which is developing therapies for patients with serious degenerative disorders caused by nucleotide repeat expansions, has raised $45M in a Series A financing round. The round was led by SR One, and also included Cormorant Asset Management, Quan Capital and WestRiver Group. The company said the funding will be used to to advance its lead therapeutic candidate into clinical development for the treatment of Friedreich's ataxia, and support advancement of its discovery programs for multiple other degenerative diseases, including fragile X syndrome and myotonic dystrophy. Design Therapeutics' founders are Pratik Shah, Ph.D., and Aseem Ansari, Ph.D.
Santa Monica-based Aparavi, which develops data automation software and services, says it is opening up its platform for an early access release. The company said its customers and partners can join a new Early Access Program (EAP), which will enable them to access the company's software platform before it becomes generally available to the market, and also will qualify them for special pricing. Aparavi is led by foudner and CEO Adrian Knapp; the company says its software is used for data challenges such as governance, compliance, consolidation and scale, analytics, and machine learning.
Culver City-based Feet First Events, which runs corporate team building events, says it has launched a new "virtual game" aimed at helping businesses adapt their teams to working remotely. According to the company--which normally runs in-person, corporate team building events--its new "Cyber Sleuths" virtual game uses video and web-conferencing platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Team, Google Hangouts learn the tools to succeed working remotely for the first time. The company said its team building activity is run virtually on a web-conferencing platform. Each participant connects remotely from their home office to solve puzzles and clues in hopes of helping their team succeed. The event incorporates mastering skills needed to work on web-conferencing, including screen-sharing, file transfer, and using whiteboards.
Irvine-based Thirdwayv, a developer of connectivity and security products for the IoT industry, said it has named a new advisory board, adding five people to help guide the company. The group includes David C. Klonoff, M.D., the founder of Diabetes Technology Society; David Kleidermacher; Google's Vice President of Engineering and former Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry; Raafat Fahim, Ph.D, president of REFF Consulting and former president and CEO of Nabi Biopharmaceuticals; Michale L. Levitz, most recently CFO and SVP and Insulet Corporation; and Yoshi Noguchi, President and CEO of InterBusiness Corporation.