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Gist Healthcare Daily

Mar 31, 2021

Health officials warn of a fourth COVID surge. Tensions between therapists and a virtual mental health app play out in Reno, NV. And more expensive outpatient care is driving spending growth in Massachusetts.

Mar 30, 2021

Dr. Deborah Birx tells CNN a more aggressive COVID response could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Regulators are looking into UnitedHealth Group’s acquisition of Change Healthcare. And the JAMA’s editor-in-chief is on leave after a controversial podcast episode about racism in medicine.

Mar 29, 2021

Kristen McGovern, a partner at healthcare consulting firm Sirona Strategies, discusses the next evolution of value-based payment: Medicare’s Direct Contracting model. The first group of participating organizations starts the demonstration this week.  

Mar 26, 2021

Price transparency in New Hampshire didn’t lead consumers to get cheaper care, according to a Health Affairs study. Uber is expanding its pharmacy delivery business. And hospitals are struggling to balance patient care, staffing shortages, and higher expenses amid the pandemic.

Mar 25, 2021

The pandemic is accelerating medical schools' shift to virtual dissections. Epidemiologists say scaling up testing is the key to controlling the pandemic in the long term. And lawmakers agree on a plan to delay Medicare payment cuts.