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When will primary care docs get the COVID vaccine? Many still in the dark

January 7, 2021 - While frontline health workers across the country began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine last month, many primary care doctors and their staff are left in the dark about their turn in line.

"Generally speaking, unaffiliated community practices are having tremendous challenges obtaining vaccines for the physicians and care teams at those sites," Shawn Martin, executive vice president and chief executive officer for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), told Fierce Healthcare. [ more ]

Doctor On Demand, Harvard study finds telehealth surge driven by behavioral health, chronic illness visits

January 5, 2020 - It's not surprising that the COVID-19 pandemic drove a huge surge in telehealth visits as patients avoided in-person care in favor of remote consultations. But what is unexpected? The growth in telehealth was not fueled by COVID-19 concerns but by visits for behavioral health issues and chronic conditions, according to a new study of Doctor On Demand data. [ more ]

Congress mitigates radiologist pay cuts, passing year-end spending bill with $3B cash infusion

December 21, 2020 - After months of fierce fighting on Capitol Hill, Congress on Monday night signed legislation that will avert millions in Medicare pay cuts for radiologists and other physician specialists. President Donald Trump was expected to soon sign the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which also includes a long-discussed ban on surprise medical bills. [ more ]

Cityblock Health Reaches $1B Valuation, Raises Major Funding Round to Address Healthcare Inequity

December 10, 2020 - Cityblock Health, a healthcare provider focused on marginalized populations with complex needs, has raised $160 million in an investment that values the company at more than $1 billion. [ more ]

41% of Radiologists Separated from at Least One Practice Recently, Underscoring Specialty’s Growing Mobility

December 7, 2020: More than 41% of radiologists separated from at least one practice over a recent four-year period, underscoring the specialty's increasingly mobile nature, experts wrote Friday. [ more ]

Walgreens, VillageMD to open 40 more joint primary care clinics by summer 2021

December 3, 2020: Walgreens and VillageMD will open their next 40 primary care clinics by the end of next summer, the latest step toward their goal of opening at least 500 such clinics over the next five years.

The Walgreens Boots Alliance invested $1 billion in VillageMD in July and announced plans to open as many as 700 Village Medical at Walgreens primary care clinics across 30 markets in the next several years. [ more ]

Pandemic Will Accelerate AI Adoption, Healthcare Leaders Predict

November 20, 2020: An Intel survey of healthcare decision-makers suggests great excitement for more widespread artificial intelligence and machine learning adoption, but also some skepticism.  In a survey of hundreds of healthcare decision-makers, Intel found that the percentage of respondents whose company is currently – or will be – using artificial intelligence nearly doubled after the onset of COVID-19. [ more ]

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