How State Medicaid Programs Are Responding to the Behavioral Health Crisis

New research shows that 33 states do not provide Medicaid coverage for all three core crisis services that should be available to those in need of behavioral health support: crisis hotlines, mobile crisis units and crisis stabilization. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) identified these as necessary services for those in a … Read more

How Hospitals Are Reducing Gun Violence, Protecting Patients and Staff

From left to right: Parthi Desai, Angelique Richard, Andra Medea, Elizabeth Sheesley Martin, and Jose Prince Clinicians are on the front lines in caring for gunshot victims. The continuous flow of these victims to emergency departments has sparked the medical community to speak out on ways to reduce the violence. Dr. Jose Prince, vice president … Read more

Why Medicare Should Treat Obesity as a Disease

Obesity rates among older Americans are sharply rising. By 2030, nearly half of Medicare beneficiaries will have obesity, up from 28% in 2010. Even more concerning, the number of people over the age of 65 with severe obesity (BMI over 40) is expected to double in the twenty-year period from 2010 to 2030. The increasing … Read more

MedCity Pivot Podcast: It’s Time To Talk About Responsible AI

Suchi Saria, CEO of Bayesian Health and Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University It’s hard to get away from the topic of large language models, chatGPT and more broadly, artificial intelligence in healthcare. It’s all over the news, on social media, in the conferences we go to (including MedCity’s own INVEST conference that concluded … Read more

AI/ML: Considerations of Healthcare’s New Frontier

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) is bringing healthcare into a new frontier with vast potential to improve clinical outcomes, manage resources, and support therapeutic development. They also raise ethical, legal, and operational conundrums that can, in turn, amplify risk. Where does AI and ML stand today? Go, stop, go. 2023 has brought a … Read more

Most Medicaid Enrollees Are Unaware About the Return to Eligibility Renewals

About 65% of Medicaid enrollees are unsure if states are allowed to now disenroll people from Medicaid if they aren’t eligible anymore or didn’t renew coverage, and 7% incorrectly believe  that states can’t do this, a new analysis showed. During the Covid-19 pandemic and under the continuous enrollment provision, states were barred from disenrolling people … Read more

FDA Nod Makes Pfizer’s Paxlovid the First Approved Oral Covid-19 Antiviral Drug

Pfizer’s Paxlovid now has full FDA approval for treating mild-to-moderate Covid-19, a regulatory decision that makes the pill the first oral antiviral for the novel coronavirus. The approval announced Thursday covers the treatment of adults who are at high risk of progressing to severe Covid-19 that could lead to hospitalization or death. Paxlovid’s emergency authorization … Read more

How Should Providers Deploy Large Language Models? Experts Weigh In

Now that large language models (LLMs) are the hottest new category of AI to enter the healthcare world, stakeholders are watching closely to see how providers will embed these tools into their workflows and what it will take to do that successfully.  The use of LLMs in healthcare is still quite new, so health systems … Read more

Omada Launches Program To Support Patients on GLP-1s

Demand for GLP-1 drugs — which help patients feel fuller for longer and lose weight — is skyrocketing. In response, virtual healthcare provider Omada Health is launching a program that offers lifestyle and behavior support to patients who are struggling with chronic obesity and taking GLP-1s, the company announced Wednesday. San Francisco-based Omada Health serves … Read more

No, Your Job Is Not Going To Be Replaced by AI

  It seems the question on many people’s minds of late is, will my job be replaced by artificial intelligence? While for some, the answer may be yes, for most, the answer is likely to be no, especially in the healthcare field. Human-agent teaming will prevail The more plausible scenario is human-agent teaming, which will … Read more