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Medical technology company iCAD Inc. announced on Monday it has signed a commercialization agreement with Google Health to utilize its artificial intelligence (AI) technology for the improvement of breast cancer screenings.

In a statement, iCAD said Google will be licensing its AI tech for “breast cancer and personalized risk assessment.” This marks the first instance in which Google has entered into a commercial partnership to use its AI imaging technology for clinical practice.

Google said in its own statement that its mammography AI technology will be incorporated into iCAD’s products. According to both companies, the ultimate goal of this partnership is to Boost breast cancer detection and assessment of short-term personal cancer risk.

“Joining forces with Google marks a historic milestone for our Company, as leveraging Google’s world-class AI and Cloud technology elevates the caliber of our market-leading breast AI technologies and may also accelerate adoption and expand access on a global scale,” said Stacey Stevens, iCAD’s president and CEO.

The company already uses AI technology in its breast cancer screenings. Stevens said the inclusion of Google’s AI will allow iCAD to “improve the performance of our algorithms for both 2D and 3D mammography.”

Greg Corrado, head of Health AI at Google, called the partnership an “inflection point.”

“After several years of investment and intentional research and testing, we’re now ready to partner with iCAD to take the next steps toward integrating this technology into a real-world clinical setting and work together to make a difference in the lives of millions of people undergoing breast cancer screening,” Corrado said.

In 2020, a study was published that found Google’s AI outperformed radiologists in both the United Kingdom and the U.S. when it came to accurately detecting breast cancers, reducing the rates of false positives and false negatives.

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Killexams : Health care management expert Steven Wartman explains AI’s impact on medical profession

The Warren Alpert Medical School's Healthcare in America elective hosted Steven Wartman, an expert in managing academic health centers, for a talk on the use of artificial intelligence in medical practice titled “The Doctor and the Machine” Tuesday afternoon.

Wartman, an internist and sociologist, is the former president and CEO of the Association of Academic Health Centers and previously served as the Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He also worked at Brown in his career, founding the Division of General Internal Medicine and the General Internal Medicine Residency Program at Rhode Island Hospital, according to a Today@Brown announcement

“Throughout his career, Wartman has been internationally recognized for his work that has included leadership, organization, management, strategic alignment, problem-solving and changing health care,” said Emilija Sagaityte ’22 MD’26, a student co-leader of the Healthcare in America elective and former senior editor at The Herald, in her introduction of Wartman.

During his talk, Wartman focused on how advances in artificial intelligence are transforming medical practice and doctor-patient relationships. In his discussion, Wartman cited the rising performance of machine learning models on pattern-matching in medical imaging, personalized medicine and the use of big data in symptom monitoring as some of the factors leading to a rapidly changing health care landscape.

He pointed to certain estimates which predict there could eventually be as many as 10,000 data points on any patient. “This requires physicians to have a deeper understanding” of statistics and probability than needed in the past, Wartman said at the event. 

It’s not only important for physicians to understand how data works, but also know how to effectively communicate conclusions from the data to their patients and patients’ families, he added.

Wartman said he believes that the increasing prevalence of AI is “an existential threat” to the role of the physician. 

In his speech, he mentioned that he led a seminar at a technology conference on the question of whether physicians would be replaced by AI. There, he asked the audience, consisting of those working in the tech industry, to take a vote: “How many people here think that physicians will be replaced in the next 20, 30, 40 years?” About 90% of those present said yes, he reported. Wartman pointed to the improved accuracy of machines in recognizing patterns in X-ray studies and their ability to interpret big data as reasons why machines might replace certain responsibilities of physicians. 

Wartman also emphasized that although medical technology is transforming medical practice, physicians are focused on compassion and centering people, so their role with patients should remain fundamentally the same despite the increased presence of AI. 

Wartman said that people unfamiliar with AI think of the technology as similar to human thinking, but much faster. “But that's not what machines do, even with deep learning and neural networks. It's data-driven, number-crunching (algorithms) that's going on with machines. It's not the kind of human reasoning that we're talking about,” Wartman said. “So I would define the physician’s role … as providing care that is valued beyond algorithms.”

Wartman concluded his talk by advising audience members that in order to “preserve the patient-physician relationship in the age of AI, physicians must serve as the compassionate humanistic interface between patients and machines.”  

Silas Monje ’21 MD’25 said his most important takeaway from the talk was hearing about all the impacts AI already has. “It’s surprising to see that (some) data scientists believe that physicians will be replaced. I don’t think it’s actually going to happen, but it’s interesting to hear that point of view,” Monje said.

The Healthcare in America elective, which gives medical students, Program in Liberal Medical Education students and Medical Science Masters’ students an opportunity to hear from a variety of perspectives in public health that can better inform them as members involved in the health system, Sagaityte wrote in an email to The Herald. The organizing team of the elective felt that Wartman’s experiences, including at Brown, aligned with the perspectives that the course aimed to offer, she added.

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Killexams : Gynecologists practice minimally invasive hysteroscopy on innovative simulator with tactile feedback

Researchers from Skoltech and KU Leuven have developed a gynecological training simulator with tactile feedback for in-office hysteroscopy. This outpatient diagnostic procedure involves examining the inside of the uterus with an endoscope, which is introduced through the cervix without or with local anesthesia and without any other medical instruments.

Presented in IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics, the solution is intended to close the gap in gynecologist training that prevents this minimally from being used more widely where in-patient hysteroscopy is not necessary.

In-office hysteroscopy is a for diagnosing intrauterine pathologies and sometimes doing minor operations, such as polyp removal, by inserting a thin tube called a hysteroscope through the vagina and cervix. A hysteroscope carries a camera and thicker ones can accommodate a tool for minor surgical manipulations inside the hollow tube.

If done right, this outpatient variety causes less discomfort and inconvenience than doing the procedure in the operating room in a hospital under general anesthesia with cervical canal dilation and possibly other manipulations with the uterus.

"Despite a number of clear advantages for the patient, hysteroscopy in an in-patient setting poses serious challenges to the medical professional," the study's lead author, Skoltech Ph.D. student Vladimir Poliakov, commented. "The gynecologist has to monitor the level of patient discomfort in real time, carefully guiding the endoscope through the vaginal canal and—which is particularly difficult—the undilated cervix with its narrow and curved anatomy, all of this without the use of a speculum or other additional instruments."

In the absence of adequate training platforms for exercising the skills required in this professionally demanding procedure, clinics tend to favor in-patient hysteroscopy, because it is easier to perform and there are available training systems for it. That means patients have to settle for the more invasive operation at a hospital instead of a quick appointment with the gynecologist, even where it could be avoided.

"By proposing our simulator, my colleagues and I seek to fill this vacuum in training experience and ultimately minimize invasivity and patient discomfort," Poliakov went on. "As far as we know, our first prototype has no commercially available analogs with haptic [tactile] feedback."

In designing the training system, the researchers were guided by the results of a poll they conducted among practicing hysteroscopists, who pointed to the importance of feedback and highlighted the crucial aspects of the procedure—and hence the simulator's essential degrees of freedom.

The training system consists of a silicone mock vagina and a set of hysteroscopic tools: The trainee inserts the endoscope with one hand and controls the built-in forceps with the other. The exercise involves finding and collecting points scattered around the uterine cavity in the simulation. This enables the student to work on passing through the cervical canal, which is arguably the most important skill involved, while also exercising coordinated manipulations with two hands.

The opposite end of the practice hysteroscope is connected to a haptic interface, Force Dimension's high-precision Omega.7 robot, which provides . A computer displays the visual input from the endoscope camera, generating the image in real time based on a simulation of the tool's interaction with the virtual uterus model.

The team validated its training system on 17 allocated to three groups based on their prior experience with hysteroscopy: beginners, intermediate-level practitioners, and experts. The subjects' scores in the exercise proved sufficient for classifying them with relative reliability into the three proficiency groups initially outlined. "What's more, we saw the scores for five out of six indicators Boost among the beginners after five attempts. This leads us to conclude that the device has potential for cultivating the skills necessary for in-office hysteroscopy."

The head of the Skoltech Laboratory of Intelligent Space Robotics, Associate Professor Dzmitry Tsetserukou from the Center for Digital Engineering, who co-authored the study, added, "Cervicoscopy and hysteroscopy are essential methods for diagnosing the reproductive system of women. They are widely used in modern clinics, such as Hadassah Medical Moscow, an Israeli health center in Skolkovo. However, there are currently no modern training systems available on the market that would provide a realistic experience of working with the instrument.

"We managed not just to reproduce the visual feedback in a lifelike manner but also to ensure that the trainee has a tactile perception of passing through the cervical canal with a hysteroscope. Our solution has a lot of potential for commercialization on the European and Russian market, and clinics are showing much interest toward the technology. Much credit for the success of this project is due to KU Leuven Professor Emmanuel Vander Poorten, who is among Europe's leading experts on medical robots."

More information: Vladimir Poliakov et al, An In-Office Hysteroscopy VR/Haptic Simulation Platform for Training in Spatial Navigation and Passage of the Cervical Canal, IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics (2022). DOI: 10.1109/TMRB.2022.3188438

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Killexams : Tarsus Medical Launches New Conference Supporting Aesthetic Medicine Businesses Across the US No result found, try new keyword!MAP Meeting, backed by The Aesthetic Mentor School and Tarsus Medical, is structured as a Medical Aesthetics Conference that will combine both basic and advanced education from experts in the industry ... Fri, 09 Dec 2022 04:31:00 -0600 Killexams : Optum, Amazon look to physicians: 5 practice deals to know in 2022

Five major physician practice deals to know in 2022:

1. In March 2021, Optum agreed to acquire Newton, Mass.-based Atrius Health, which employs 645 physicians and primary care providers, for $236 million. Although the acquisition came under scrutiny by the Massachusetts attorney general, the deal was confirmed in 2022. 

2. In April, Optum acquired Houston-based Kelsey-Seybold for around $2 billion. Kelsey-Seybold is a multispecialty physician group with cancer and women's health centers, two ASCs and a sleep center. 

3. In July, Optum acquired Healthcare Associates of Texas, a Dallas-based physician practice management company, for $300 million. Healthcare Associates of Texas offers family medicine, physical therapy, sleep medicine, a wellness clinic, pharmacy, and lab and imaging services. 

4. Also in July, Amazon said it would acquire virtual and in-person primary care company One Medical in a cash deal valued at $3.9 billion. The deal will combine One Medical's technology and team with Amazon to offer more convenient and affordable healthcare in-person and virtually.

5. In September, DuPage Medical Group in Downers Grove, Ill., made a strategic investment in a Quincy, Ill.-based physician group to expand a partnership between the two organizations.

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Killexams : Deloitte Names Pete Lyons National Sector Leader for Life Sciences Practice

Lyons brings more than 25 years of experience to the role, including helping life sciences companies drive significant transformations across the strategy, operations, and technology spectrum

BOSTON, Dec. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Deloitte has appointed Pete Lyons as national sector leader for the life sciences practice in the U.S. Lyons succeeds Mike DeLone, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, who is moving to a new position as customer and marketing portfolio leader and U.S. head of Deloitte Digital.

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In his new role, Lyons will lead a multi-disciplinary team serving clients across the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical technology, and consumer health care segments through consulting, advisory, audit and tax services.

"Pete has the background and talent to bring together our people and capabilities across audit, advisory, consulting and tax and our world-class ecosystem to drive digital transformation of the sector and meet our clients more pressing challenges," said Asif Dhar, M.D., vice chair and U.S. life sciences and health care industry leader, Deloitte LLP. "Consumers and clinicians put their trust in life sciences companies to help navigate challenges like the pandemic, find cures for disease and Boost health and wellness, and I am thrilled to have Pete lead our practice and guide our clients who are at the forefront of improving lives around the world." 

Lyons will be responsible for the overall strategic direction of Deloitte's life sciences practice as well as its go-to-market strategies and resources. He also will continue to serve as the U.S life sciences consulting leader. 

"Life sciences has never been more in the spotlight, and I continue to be energized by organizations who are addressing some of the world's most pressing health challenges as they navigate the convergence of people, process and technology," said Lyons. "Our job is to help them focus on what they do best — bringing therapies, treatments, devices, and cures to market — and through our talented teams, our commitment to innovation and our dedication to an equitable future I am confident we will help our clients succeed."

With 25 years of experience, Lyons' past positions include U.S. consulting client excellence leader where he was responsible for managing the full client portfolio and how to effectively bring Deloitte services to market through its client leaders. He earned a B.S. in economics and information systems from Boston College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Killexams : Click Therapeutics Announces Collaboration with the Massachusetts Medical Society to Enable Advancement in Medical Innovation

NEW YORK, December 06, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Click Therapeutics, Inc. ("Click"), a leader in Digital Therapeutics™ as prescription medical treatments, today announced their partnership with The Massachusetts Medical Society ("MMS"), a statewide professional association for physicians and medical students, supporting more than 25,000 members.

This collaboration between Click and the MMS will support medical students and physician scientists by fostering innovation in medical practice, research, and education. Beginning this year, Click will sponsor the MMS Information Technology in Medicine Award, which is given annually to a medical student and to a resident, or fellow that uses technology to assist physicians in the practice of medicine, in teaching medicine, or in the pursuit of clinical research.

Click’s specialized expertise in developing novel digital interventions in combination with MMS’s leading voice in health care policy, public health, and clinical medical education will promote collaborations that will shape the future of digital therapeutics (DTx) integration into the practice of care.

"We at Click are thrilled to partner with the MMS as we share a common desire to advance the practice of medicine and democratize access to high-quality care. We are not developing prescription digital therapeutics to solely create a new category of medicine. Rather, we find that responsibly leveraging technology is vital for our systems of care to overcome the pain points experienced by our patients and fellow physicians," said Shaheen Lakhan, MD, PhD, FAAN, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Click Therapeutics.

For more information on the partnership and the IT awards see

About The Massachusetts Medical Society

The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) is the statewide professional association for physicians and medical students, supporting 25,000 members. We are dedicated to educating and advocating for the physicians of Massachusetts and patients locally and nationally. A leadership voice in health care, the MMS contributes physician and patient perspectives to influence health-related legislation at the state and federal levels, works in support of public health, provides expert advice on physician practice management, and addresses issues of physician well-being. Under the auspices of the NEJM Group, the MMS extends our mission globally by advancing medical knowledge from research to patient care through the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Catalyst, NEJM Evidence and the NEJM Journal Watch family of specialty publications, and through our education products for health care professionals: NEJM Knowledge+, NEJM Resident 360, and our accredited and comprehensive continuing medical education programs. For more information about the MMS visit:

About Click Therapeutics

Click Therapeutics, Inc. develops and commercializes software as prescription medical treatments for patients with unmet medical needs. Through cognitive and neurobehavioral mechanisms, Click’s Digital Therapeutics™ enable change within individuals, and are designed to be used independently or in conjunction with biomedical treatments. The Clickometrics® adaptive data science platform continuously personalizes user experience to optimize engagement and outcomes. Following a groundbreaking clinical trial, Click’s industry-leading smoking cessation program is available nationwide through a wide variety of payers, providers, and employers. Click’s lead prescription program has entered a pivotal, fully remote, randomized, controlled trial on the Verily platform for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in up to 360 adults. Click is progressing a broad pipeline of Digital Therapeutics™ across a variety of high-burden therapeutic areas, including MDD, Schizophrenia, Migraine, Chronic Pain, Atopic Dermatitis, Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), Obesity and more. For more information on Click, visit

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Killexams : XR in Health Care: How Michigan Medicine Provides a Safe Space to Practice High-Stress Environments

Disclosure: University of Michigan is an HP customer and has received loaned and/or donated equipment from HP.

XR projects can provide cost savings, increased access, and better feedback for users, transforming in-person trainings at medical centers and institutions at large.

Case Study
Credit: Muslianshah Masrie / © 2022

Institutional Profile

One of the nation’s top public universities, the University of Michigan (U-M) has been a leader in research, learning, and teaching for more than 200 years. With the highest research volume of all public universities in the United States, U-M is advancing new solutions and knowledge in areas ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to driverless vehicle technology, social justice, and carbon neutrality. Its main campus in Ann Arbor comprises 19 schools and colleges; there are also regional campuses in Dearborn and Flint and a nationally ranked health system, Michigan Medicine.

The Challenge/Opportunity

When a patient in a medical center experiences cardiac arrest, an interprofessional team of healthcare professionals come together to help, including doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and others. This group can sometimes include as many as fifteen people, and these professionals must work together to make quick decisions in a very intense environment with someone’s life on the line. A lot of skills are put to the test, and without training it can be difficult for medical teams to work together effectively to deliver the right treatment at the right time. “The problem isn’t the medicine. These healthcare professionals know the medicine. The problem is on the nontechnical side,” said Michael Cole, associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School (Michigan Medicine). The people in these situations are dealing with an incredibly high-stress and high-stakes environment that requires important cognitive and behavioral skills that are not typically emphasized in conventional healthcare curricula, skills such as situational awareness, leadership, and interprofessional communication.

In order to train personnel for the medical and nontechnical skills needed in these situations, medical centers typically send their healthcare professionals to simulation centers or purchase a medical training mannequin, which can cost upwards of $150,000. Cole was looking for options to replace this expensive and resource-intensive process, which requires learners to gather in the same location at the same time and requires a costly mannequin, a simulation center, and technical staff to run the event. After examining the potential outcomes and benefits, Cole believed that a virtual reality (VR) solution might offer a cheaper and more effective approach to training personnel for these high-stress situations. It’s much less expensive to purchase VR equipment and contract with a vendor to develop an application than to purchase the medical equipment and incur other expenses associated with running in-person simulations. Additionally, VR headsets increasingly include capabilities that can deepen the experience and expand the data collected. The Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition headset from HP, for example, provides a data stream on users’ attention, cognitive load, eye tracking, and other sensory information that can help provide more tailored feedback for trainers and trainees.

After conducting a needs assessment, the stated goal for this VR project was to “develop a multi-user, VR-based app that allows healthcare professionals to train in cardiac arrest care in a collaborative manner that provides them feedback on both their clinical decision-making skills as well as the cognitive and behavioral science—based skills necessary to optimally run a high-performance team.”


Cole approached this challenge in a planned and collaborative manner, working internally with colleagues at Michigan Medicine, as well as collaborating with Jeremy Nelson, senior director of XR, Media Design & Production at the University of Michigan, and external vendors. Initially, Cole sought the current resources available at the institution to help identify the initial steps required to bring his VR cardiac arrest training simulation to life. He made efforts to have conversations—not just email threads—with the medical IT group, the main campus IT group, procurement, and the legal department. Those conversations led Cole to begin an official RFP process to help identify the right technology necessary for the training simulation, and during that process, Nelson and other IT professionals evaluated and recommended the most promising headsets. The in-person conversations also helped ensure project stakeholders were on the same page and following the relevant institutional policies. Throughout the process, Nelson was able to help bring essential expertise to the project and act as an advocate between Cole and the various stakeholders across and outside the institution. Cole and Nelson were able to create a multidisciplinary team that brought together essential skills across areas including medicine, analytics, vendor management, procurement, and business operations.

As part of the procurement process, Michigan staff interviewed several potential vendors for the creation of the two necessary aspects of their VR setup: the actual application that users would interact with in VR, and the processing of the attentional/cognitive load data based on the sensory output from the HP Omnicept headsets, which the team had chosen for this project. The sensors provide data on eye gaze and pupillary size, as well as heart rate and heart rate variability, all aspects that are much more difficult or impossible to track in a traditional training setting (see figure 1). The sensory output allows for reporting statistics not just on the cognitive load the headset already measures but also millisecond-by-millisecond statistics on where the users’ attention is during the simulated training experience and their natural responses to that experience. The app and the analytics aspects required Cole and Nelson to work with various IT stakeholders on campus to manage challenges such as data privacy, security, and headset approval. According to Cole, one of the most valuable groups of people he worked with during this project was a subgroup in IT focused on educational research: “These people were willing to understand the innovative nature of these activities and work with us instead of just saying no.” This group provides a network reserved to connect only preliminary devices for between six months and a year before they’ve gained full IT approval, which helps staff and faculty like Cole to both test and showcase their projects, reducing the wait time as they are being developed and approved.

Figure 1. User View inside the VR Application
A screen shot of the VR application showing a member of the medical staff treating a patient, with the staff member’s current heart rate superimposed.

Nelson not only helped Cole select the headsets, but he also helped test the app and the VR systems with users (see figure 2). He ensured they conducted user experience research, including users across various levels of technological literacy, from novices totally new to VR to experienced VR gamers and medical experts. This helped ensure the best end-user experience possible and proper collection and use of sensory data. With the data collected from the live VR project, the team at Michigan Medicine has been able to provide detailed feedback to medical trainees, helping them better understand their experiences and optimal practices during a cardiac arrest. Users receive individualized feedback after completing the training, including feedback on clinical decision-making and a cognitive load score. The team is also using these data to inform the future development of infrastructure for cardiac arrest codes, as well as the creation of new guidelines and policies for these situations.

Figure 2. Third-Person View of the Users in the VR Application
A screen shot of the VR application showing three members of the medical staff treating a patient.

While this VR project took several years to come to fruition and encountered a few barriers and obstacles, the payoff in training for the low-frequency but high-risk event of a cardiac arrest has the potential to save lives and has helped pave the way for other VR projects at U-M and Michigan Medicine.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

Plan your VR projects to best utilize the specific benefits VR can provide. One of the reasons this project has been successful is that the planners spent time vetting cardiac arrest training as the type of project that would benefit from the specific capabilities that VR technologies provide. The alternative to a virtual training is far more resource-intensive, the purchase of VR headsets instead of a $150,000 mannequin is an easy choice, and the VR training provides more standardized and better feedback to the users. The VR training has the potential to offer better equity and access as well—users can be training together in different countries, but they all experience the same simulation and aren’t depending on the quality of the instructor to assure a beneficial learning experience. Lastly, cardiac arrest training was best for VR because it doesn’t require as many complex, tactile sensations during the training as other procedures. No one has to practice intubating the patient or putting in an IV in these situations.

Find or create an advocate role between IT and XR business cases. Having an advocate or some kind of bridge role to help work with faculty, staff, and other educators or researchers is well worth the investment. “It takes resources to develop and dedicate this type of position,” said Cole, “but those resources will pay you back tenfold if your institution is serious about supporting XR technologies.” There are many reasons this role can be useful because that person can maintain a view of the bigger picture of XR use at the institution. Researchers and faculty are often siloed in the work they do to plan an XR project, following parallel paths of vendor approval and procurement, contract negotiations, data privacy and security issues, and device use and approval. An XR advocate can help alleviate a lot of undue burdens and common challenges that researchers and faculty face in their development process, helping document application pathways, approved devices, and important staff contacts.

Shop around to find the right developer or vendor for your project. The first step to finding the right vendor or internal developer for your VR project is to conduct a needs assessment and list exactly what will be required. This will enable potential vendors to speak specifically about their ability to meet the needs of any applications or analytics necessary for the project. Cole discovered that no single vendor was able to meet both the app development and attention/cognitive-load data needs, so the team worked with two vendors, one for each aspect of the project. In fact, an initial vendor candidate for app development recommended the attention/cognitive data vendor. “If a vendor can’t provide what you need, your last question of the conversation should be, ‘Who else do you recommend I talk to about this project?,’” said Cole. One other important part of the vetting process was looking at vendors’ previous project successes and outputs instead of listening to potential timelines and promises for the current project. “It always takes longer than what they’ll tell you; almost no one can get one of these projects done in less than 90 days,” added Nelson.

Michael Cole is an Associate Professor and the Co-Director of Interdisciplinary Trauma Team Training at Michigan Medicine.

Jeremy Nelson is the Senior Director of XR, Media Design & Production at the University of Michigan.

Sean Burns is Corporate Researcher at EDUCAUSE.

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Killexams : The disability tax: Medical bills remain inaccessible for many blind Americans

A Missouri man who is deaf and blind said a medical bill he didn’t know existed was sent to debt collections, triggering an 11% rise in his home insurance premiums.

An insurer has suspended a blind woman’s coverage every year since 2010 after mailing printed “verification of benefits” forms to her California home that she cannot read, she said. The issues continued even after she got a lawyer involved.

And another insurer kept sending a visually impaired Indiana woman bills she said she could not read, even after her complaint to the Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights led to corrective actions.

Health insurers and health care systems across the U.S. are breaking disability rights laws by sending inaccessible medical bills and notices, a KHN investigation found. The practice hinders the ability of blind Americans to know what they owe, effectively creating a disability tax on their time and finances.

More than 7 million Americans 16 and older have a visual disability, according to the National Federation of the Blind. Medical information and bills delivered in an accessible manner is a right protected under various statutes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Affordable Care Act, and the Rehabilitation Act, disability rights legal experts said.

But blind patients told KHN that the letters they receive can be impossible to read if they are not in large print, depending on their level of vision impairment. Some websites have coding incompatible with screen reader technology, which reads text aloud. Some health care systems and insurers fail to mail documents in Braille, which some blind people read by touch.

“I tell them sending me small-print mail is like hiring a mime to communicate to me from outside my window,” Stuart Salvador said over Skype instant messaging. The 37-year-old lives in Greene County, Missouri, and has only residual sight and hearing after a case of shingles when he was 28. “I can tell something is there, but I have no idea what I’m supposed to be getting from that.”

Salvador said it can take up to six hours for him to effectively convert a printed medical bill into Braille. He said he has been sent to collections multiple times by CoxHealth and Mercy hospital systems through their automatic medical debt referral systems after they sent him bills he could not read. As a result, he said, his home insurance carrier raised his annual premium by 11%, costing him an additional $133.51 and hassle.

Nancy Dixon, a spokesperson for Mercy, said that the health system could not find a bill for Salvador that was sent to collections in its records within the past 10 years, and that its policy is to make reasonable accommodations for any patient who requests them. CoxHealth did not respond to requests for comment.

Salvador noted that it’s challenging for him and other visually impaired patients to fight for access to their billing information. If they realize a problem exists, he and other patients told KHN, communicating with the medical systems and insurers can be difficult. But often they may not be aware of the problem until it’s too late. Like Salvador in this instance, some blind patients don’t keep track of written documentation they cannot see, which otherwise might help with a possible legal challenge when overdue billing issues escalate.

Disability rights attorney Albert Elia, who is blind, said blind people stuck with inaccessible bills often are left with two options: to hope for government action or pursue long, costly lawsuits. The National Federation of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind have sued and won public settlements regarding inaccessible medical information.

Meredith Weaver, a senior staff attorney for Disability Rights Advocates, who helped monitor the implementation of a blind accessibility settlement agreement with health care giant Kaiser Permanente, said her clients often ask for documents to be sent in Braille or be readable by online screen readers. They then typically receive one document that works for them before the cycle begins anew.

“It felt like whack-a-mole to continually make those requests,” she said.


After the terms of the settlement agreement with Kaiser Permanente expired in 2018, Weaver said, she began to hear from clients who faced the same barriers yet again.

Kaiser Permanente spokesperson Marc Brown said that the health system conducted an accessibility review after KHN informed it of Weaver’s comments, and he said the company found “no significant defects in the platform, nor do we know of any inaccessibility issues” that would limit someone from paying their bill or using its website. (KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.)

KHN found multiple accessibility issues on the public-facing webpages of Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and UnitedHealthcare, major insurers that visually impaired and blind customers flagged as having accessibility problems. The errors, which KHN identified with the help of a tool created by WebAIM, a nonprofit web-accessibility organization, include webpage coding that would make it difficult for a blind customer using screen reader technology to shop for a health plan or find an in-network doctor.

After he learned of KHN’s findings, Andrés J. Gallegos, chairman of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the White House and Congress, said the council should look more deeply into the issue.

“It’s shocking to the conscience,” he said, noting the law clearly provides for such accessibility protections.

All three insurance companies said they work hard to make their services accessible and strive to fix member issues.

“It’s the year 2022. Everything is being done electronically; everything is being done online,” said Patrick Molloy, a blind 29-year-old in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. “It shouldn’t in theory be terribly difficult to make websites and billing platforms accessible to customers with visual impairments. But it’s the world we live in.”

Getting a lawyer involved doesn’t always solve the problem, said Lucy Greco, a web-accessibility specialist at the University of California, Berkeley. The blind 54-year-old sought legal help in early 2020 to stop Anthem Blue Cross from mailing her printed notices she cannot read — which sometimes resulted in lapsed benefits because she could not read the request to sign and return them. She now receives some but not all communication through email, which she had requested, and the company’s online portal.

Greco employs an aide to read her mail to help fill in the gaps every other month, but she has still missed insurance notices and bills. She recently raised the aide’s wages to $30 an hour, as Greco wants to ensure she can retain a trustworthy person with all her personal information. But not everyone can afford to hire an aide.


“It makes you feel helpless and it makes you feel dependent on people you might not want to feel dependent on,” she said.

And even when federal entities step in to fix such issues, they persist. Kate Kelly, a 61-year-old in Greenwood, Indiana, who is visually impaired and has hearing loss stemming from multiple sclerosis, was so fed up with receiving multiple bills in standard-sized text from her insurer, Aetna, that she filed a complaint with the HHS Office for Civil Rights in early 2020.

But after the office came to an agreement with Aetna to stop sending her bills in standard-sized text that fall, she said, Aetna soon resumed sending some documents in text too small for her to read. Kelly pushed HHS to reopen her case. This July, records show, the office closed it due to what it said was a lack of jurisdiction, despite its involvement in obtaining the previous resolution.

She said her large-print bills still get delayed — one from March just came in August — and she is now required to sign for them when they’re delivered. When she tried to use the online portal, she said, her screen reader could not read certain numbers and other information.

“It’s hard to fight back; it’s hard to participate in the system,” she said. “You see why insurance companies get away with it, as it’s not easy to enforce these laws.”

Alex Kepnes, an Aetna spokesperson, said company staffers had reached out to Kelly after KHN’s questions and they “regret the inconvenience that this has caused her.” Kelly said she missed Aetna’s call, and although she called the next day and tried once more, she had yet to hear back as of Nov. 28. She did receive a complaint form from the company — in small print she cannot read.

Meanwhile, Kelly said, her utility company manages to get her a bill in large type every month. And she promptly pays it.

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Killexams : Dental Care Alliance expands its Virginia Footprint with multi-location practice Cross, Lavinder, Quinn & Park Family Dentistry

Dental Care Alliance (DCA) is proud to announce the expansion of its Virginia Footprint with a three-location practice, Cross, Lavinder, Quinn & Park Family Dentistry. With offices located in Roanoke, Daleville, and Vinton, the doctors of Cross, Lavinder, Quinn & Park Family Dentistry provide personalized, gentle care to patients aged three and up in the Roanoke community.

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Dental Care Alliance (DCA) is proud to announce the expansion of its Virginia Footprint with a three-location practice, Cross, Lavinder, Quinn & Park Family Dentistry. With offices located in Roanoke, Daleville, and Vinton, the doctors of Cross, Lavinder, Quinn & Park Family Dentistry provide personalized, gentle care to patients aged three and up in the Roanoke community.

The collaborative team of doctors and staff at Cross, Lavinder, Quinn & Park pride themselves in delivering an empowering experience where patients can achieve and maintain a smile they can be proud of. With a passion for providing the utmost comfort and optimal oral health care, each patient is viewed as a unique individual, with care and treatment tailored to specific and individualized needs.

Providing the area's best in preventative, children's, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, periodontics, orthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, TMD therapy, and sleep apnea treatment, the practice consistently receives "Best of" awards from area publications, including Roanoker Magazine, Botetourt County View, Macaroni Kids, and Virginia Living, to name a few.

The four partners, Dr. Lisa Lavinder, Dr. Griffin Cross, Dr. Stephen Quinn, and Dr Adam Park, are committed to offering the cutting-edge technology and patient-focused amenities of big city practices, with the atmosphere and hospitality of small-town neighborhood offices. Each office is distinctively appointed and equipped with the latest in technology.

Dr. Griffin Cross is a Salem, Virginia native and graduate of Virginia Tech and Medical College of Virginia. He is also a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Cross has been awarded ‘Top Doc', Best Chairside Manner and Best Dentist for multiple years in local polls.

Dr. Lisa Lavinder is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. She obtained her B.S degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Chemistry from Virginia Tech. In 2006 she graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. After dental school, she completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Through this program, she spent an entire year focusing her training on cosmetic dentistry, restoring implants, and creating removable and fixed prosthodontics (crowns, bridges, dentures, and partial dentures) for her patients. She has volunteered in dental projects such as Mission of Mercy in Wise, VA, and has worked at the Botetourt Free Clinic. She has been awarded "Best of Botetourt' several times in local polls.

Dr. Stephen Quinn, a Roanoke native, is a graduate of Roanoke College and Medical College of Virginia. His gentle and caring manner has helped him achieve ‘Best Dentist' in local polls.

Dr. Adam Park received an engineering degree from Virginia Tech and his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Park enjoys spending many hours above and beyond national requirements to further his knowledge in dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry, sleep training, study of the TMJ, Laser dentistry, occlusion, implants, root canals, and more.

"We are very excited to partner with the best-in-class dental support organization that will allow us to continue providing the highest quality dental healthcare for our community," shared Dr. Adam Park. "The alignment of values and the synergy of our combined strengths made this a perfect fit."

This affiliation continues the rapid growth and momentum for the organization and brings DCA's footprint in Virginia to 57 allied practices, and DCA's total footprint to over 400 allied practices across the US.

"It has been an absolute pleasure working with the partners at Cross, Lavinder, Quinn & Park on this affiliation," commented Andrew Clarke, Vice President, Business Development. "They have built an incredibly strong, growing practice focused on patient care and employee culture. We are thrilled to have them anchor DCA's entrance into southwestern Virginia," he added.

Dental Care Alliance's mission is to advance the practice of dentistry by partnering with and supporting dental professionals to create a lifetime of healthy smiles. DCA currently supports over 400 allied practices with more than 775 dentists across 22 states. DCA's allied practices represent all dental specialties and treat patients under more than 140 brand names.

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