Recent Blogs

For science, for the world – participating in the COVID-19 vaccine trial

By Victoria Hernandez | October 13, 2020

It’s one thing to participate in a scientific study. But to participate in a vaccine trial for a virus in the middle of a pandemic around said virus? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! I’ll be writing a series on my experience participating in a SARS-CoV-2 trial. Since vaccines are one of CareSet’s…

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COVID-19, Data and Nursing Homes

By Victoria Hernandez | July 28, 2020

In my last post, I briefly touched on COVID-19 and older adults. In this post, I will take a short, basic data tour of the skilled nursing home COVID-19 data made available by the CDC.  COVID-19 and Nursing Homes Late February, in Washington state, Stat News reported the first COVID-19 death in a nursing facility,…

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What Does COVID-19 Look Like for Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous People?

By Victoria Hernandez | June 25, 2020

COVID-19 and Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous People Last month, Americans were protesting against the stay-at-home orders in the name of opening the economy as unemployment rates steadily increased. Looking at Twitter, you’ll see many tweets like the one below, pining to reopen. People are aching to go back to “normal.” Looking at data, especially for…

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Which Medicare Physician is the Best Doctor to Educate About Your Medication or Medical Device?

By Ashish | May 22, 2020

While pharma marketers continue to navigate their brand through COVID-19, non-personal promotion appears to be the best approach for the time being. In order to reach optimal efficiency, marketers will want to utilize the best list of providers for their brand. Publicly available datasets, as well as commercially available datasets, are all over the internet.…

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New Open Data Rules Webinar Recap

By Victoria Hernandez | April 2, 2020

On March 9th, 2020, HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized two open data rules: CMS’ interoperability and patient access rule ONC’s Cures Act Hosted by Ogilvy Consulting, several industry leaders discussed the new rules and what they mean for patients, providers,…

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Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19

By Victoria Hernandez | March 26, 2020

People are talking about hydroxychloroquine and coronavirus. And others are looking to grab some for personal use. But what is it, and can it help the thousands of people currently fighting the virus?   What is Hydroxychloroquine? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes chloroquine as a medicine that treats and prevents malaria.…

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CMS, Hospitals, and the Future of CAR T-cell Therapy

By Victoria Hernandez | March 9, 2020

CAR T-cell therapy is immunotherapy. Physicians extract one type of white blood cell, the T-cell, copious amounts of these cells from the patient’s blood. Then, an inactive virus is inserted into the cell, specifically to place a gene in the cell. Next, the T-cell produces chimeric antigen receptors (CARs), which allow them to recognize cancer cells.

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CareSet Leads at Health Datapalooza/National Health Policy Conference

By Victoria Hernandez | February 20, 2020

This year Academy Health co-located the National Health Policy Conference with Health Datapalooza. It was well executed. There were lots of great concurrent break-out sessions. Because of that, people had a hard time choosing which health data and policy sessions to attend. Some chose to divide their time between two. This is a high level summary of events from the conference.

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Commenting on Hospitals Public List of Standard Charges

By Fred Trotter | October 21, 2019

This is my final post in the series covering the Hospital Price Transparency Executive Order. CMS recently proposed guidelines for how hospitals should list their standard charges to the public, as required by the Executive Order. I submitted comments to CMS on this portion of the proposed rule because of its great significance to patients,…

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Establishing a Health Quality Roadmap

By Fred Trotter | September 23, 2019

My last blog in the series was Predicting Out-of-Pocket Patient Expenses. President Trump signed the Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First. CMS is currently requesting comments on its plan for implementing this order in this proposed rule. (Comment period ends 9/27/19) Section 4 of the executive order seeks to…

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