July 4, 2024 | Volume XV | Issue 27

Legislation to grant 4-year coverage of breakthrough medical devices passes Ways and Means

Fierce Healthcare reports:


The House Ways and Means Committee advanced bipartisan legislation on Thursday that would grant Medicare coverage to novel medical technologies for four years while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) makes a national coverage determination.


The new version of the bill that was voted on by Ways and Means reduces the cost of the bill by 75% of the version that the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted favorably on back in November. It allocates $10 million per year over five years to CMS for the project.

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The fight for fairness

Corey S. Powell


Everyone is biased, she says; it’s built into the way we experience the world. But that doesn’t mean that we are slaves to our instincts.


We all have a natural tendency to view the world in black and white—to the extent that it’s hard not to hear “black” and immediately think “white.” Fortunately, there are ways to activate the more subtle shadings in our minds. Kristin Pauker is a professor of psychology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa who studies stereotyping and prejudice, with a focus on how our environment shapes our biases. In this podcast and Q&A, she tells OpenMind co-editor Corey S. Powell how researchers measure and study bias, and how we can use their findings to make a more equitable world. (This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.)

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Optum backs out of deal with Steward

Healthcare Dive reports:


Optum will not bid on Steward Health Care’s physician group, Stewardship Health, during the bankrupt health system’s upcoming auction, a Massachusetts state official has confirmed.


The news is a major setback for Steward, which has repeatedly identified selling Stewardship as critical for its financial stabilization.

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Cyber insurance after the Change cyberattack

Healthcare IT News


The Change Healthcare ransomware attack may not have shaken cyber insurance opportunities, but how chain reaction cyberattacks can aggregate policy claims gives underwriters the shivers, explains Hartmut Mai, president of Cyberwrite.

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