Tag Archives: Data

OIG says $2.6B paid out under MA risk adjustment with scant encounter data

Dive Brief: Medicare Advantage health plans billed the federal government $ 2.6 billion in 2016 for more than 617,000 patients whose risk-adjusted medical conditions were diagnosed without their physician present, a new report from the HHS Office of the Inspector General concludes. Further, the OIG report showed that 80% of those health risk assessments were… Read More »

Gilead’s Veklury wins expanded FDA nod for moderate COVID-19 patients despite mixed data

Amid daily headlines about COVID-19 vaccines and trends, Gilead’s Veklury, also known as remdesivir, remains the only antiviral drug authorized to treat the illness. With a new move from the FDA, the medicine’s emergency green light is a little broader—despite some lingering questions about its efficacy. Under the expanded emergency use authorization (EUA), all hospitalized… Read More »

Blacks are hospitalized for COVID-19 at four times the rate of whites, Medicare claims data shows

Medicare claims data shows blacks were hospitalized with COVID-19 at a rate nearly four times higher than whites. Blacks had the highest hospitalization rate, with 465 per 100,000. Hispanics had 258 hospitalizations per 100,000. Asians had 187 per 100,000 and whites had 123 per 100,000. The disparities go beyond race and ethnicity and suggest the… Read More »

WHO urges caution on ‘breakthrough’ coronavirus drug dexamethasone, citing early data

A pharmacist displays an ampoule of Dexamethasone at the Erasme Hospital amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium, June 16, 2020. Yves Herman | Reuters The World Health Organization is urging the public to be cautious about dexamethasone as information on the use of the steroid treatment for Covid-19 is still in the… Read More »