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Tulane University School of Medicine placed on probation amid racism allegations

During probation, a school risks losing its accreditation if it does not resolve issues in the next review cycle, the Accreditation Council for Higher Medical Education, which issued the citation, previously said. Aetna, Cleveland Clinic, UnitedHealth and more are also in the news.

New Orleans Times-Picayune: Tulane Medical School placed on probation by accrediting agency after bias complaints

Tulane University School of Medicine’s graduate medical program, which trains newly minted doctors during their residencies at New Orleans hospitals, was placed on probation by a national oversight committee last week. last. The court did not specify the reason for the probation. But the rare step was taken after allegations of racial and gender discrimination surfaced at the institution earlier this year. Tulane gained national attention after firing Dr. Princess Dennar, a black female doctor, four months after she filed a discrimination lawsuit against the school. (Woodruff, 7/7)

The goal: Tulane medical school placed on probation by accreditor amid allegations of racism and lack of diversity

Tulane University School of Medicine’s graduate medical education programs were placed on probation by a national accrediting body, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) last week. The probation follows a public fight over allegations of racism in the school’s graduate program in February, stemming from the suspension of Dr Princess Dennar, who is black, from her position overseeing a residence. The school was notified of the decision on July 2, according to an email sent to the School of Medicine by Lee Hamm, the school’s dean. In the email, Hamm wrote that “given privacy concerns, we are limited in the information we can share about the ACGME decision.” (Kiefer, 7/6)

In other health industry news –

Modern healthcare: Aetna adopts pre-authorization rule for cataract surgery

Aetna now requires all patients to receive pre-approval for cataract surgery. The Hartford, Connecticut-based insurer said it has spent the past several months reaching out to eye doctors in its networks to let them know of the policy change, which went into effect July 1. “We also contacted the American Ophthalmological Society and the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery to explain and discuss the rationale for this new policy, assuring them that we would work collaboratively to ensure that their patients and our members would have timely access to appropriate and necessary care, with special attention during the first few weeks of this new policy,” a spokesperson said in a statement. (Tepper, 7/7)

Modern Healthcare: Cleveland Clinic to Pay $21 Million in Settlement of False Claims

The Cleveland Clinic has agreed to pay $21.25 million to settle a lawsuit alleging its Akron General Health System improperly paid physician groups for patient referrals and submitted false claims to Medicare, according to the Ministry of Justice. Former Akron General internal audit director Beverly Brouse acted as a whistleblower, suing the healthcare system under the False Claims Act in 2015 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District from Ohio. The DOJ and the Cleveland Clinic reached a settlement in May. (Christ, 7/7)

Modern healthcare: UnitedHealth limits on out-of-network care react to surprise billing ban

UnitedHealth Group’s decision to end some out-of-network coverage has taken providers by surprise, with many speculating the move is part of a broader set of policies by the nation’s largest insurer aimed at controlling costs and reducing patient reimbursement. suppliers. Effective July 1, UnitedHealthcare no longer pays out-of-network claims when fully insured customers seek non-emergency care outside of their local coverage area. Patients seeking treatment at “descent” facilities far from where they live, including skilled nursing homes, residential treatment facilities, inpatient rehabilitation programs and more, are subject to the new rule. . Coverage areas typically include the entire state and surrounding states where patients reside. (Tepper, 7/7)

AP: scholarship programs to help science and health students

Tennessee State University and two other historically black colleges and universities will benefit from scholarship and grant programs launched by a medical products company. Baxter International Inc. is donating $1.2 million to support black students pursuing health and science education, the state of Tennessee has said. (7/8)

KHN: A family welfare check: California invests in treating parents and children together

When a parent takes a baby to San Francisco Children’s Health Center for a routine checkup, a pediatrician checks the baby’s vital signs and asks how the child is doing at home. Then Janelle Bercun, a licensed clinical social worker, who’s also in the room, will look at mom or dad and say, How’s it going for you? Your frustrations? Joys? Challenges? And she remains working with the parent long after the pediatrician has left. (Youth, 7/8)

And in health tech news –

Stat: Probe voice health tracking is coming to Qualcomm’s smartphone chips

Voice biomarker startup Sonde has quietly plotted a way to make tracking respiratory and mental health as easy as chatting with a smartphone voice assistant. The Boston-based company, founded in 2015, has raised $19 million for its technology that uses brief voice recordings to reveal the progression of health conditions. On Thursday, Sonde announced a new partnership with chipmaker giant Qualcomm that could potentially bring the tech to millions of smartphones, which could prove a crucial test of whether its tech is ready for prime time. listen. (Aguilar, 7/8)

Modern Healthcare: Innovation Institute Incubator to Co-Develop Automation Tools with Olive

The Innovation Institute, a for-profit company owned by six nonprofit health systems, has entered into a co-development agreement with robotic process automation company Olive. The partnership, announced Tuesday, is managed by the Innovation Institute’s healthcare incubator subsidiary, called Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab will work with Olive to co-develop and bring to market new products using Olive’s existing automation toolset, building on issues identified by clinicians, staff back office and other employees who work in the Health Systems Innovation Institute network. The innovation lab will also support pilots of new products in health systems. (Kim Cohen, 7/7)

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