[Morning Consult] GOP Lawmakers Expected to Draft Bill to Expand Telehealth Services Under Medicare

The House Ways and Means Committee is drafting legislation that would expand the coverage of telehealth services under Medicare, according to a House GOP committee aide, with the goal of addressing a big inefficiency in the U.S. health care system – expensive, unnecessary hospital visits.

A broad coalition of health care stakeholders who are lobbying for the measure says it could save the government a lot of money while improving care for many Medicare beneficiaries.

The bill has yet to be completed. Supporters are optimistic that the legislation could gain leverage on Capitol Hill in spending negotiations this fall because of its potential to save money.

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Call9 Hires Healthcare Industry Veteran Executive Rachel Amalfitano as CFO

Call9, a quickly growing Brooklyn startup, announced today the hiring of Rachel Amalfitano as its new chief financial officer. Amalfitano was formerly chief financial officer at VillageCare, driving growth at one of the city's largest elder care organizations. Amalfitano has also held financial leadership positions at large New York-based managed care organizations over the past 17 years. She is expected to serve Call9 well as the company seeks to realize its value-based care vision to improve care for nursing home patients.

[Built In NYC] Productivity hacking: 7 developers share their best tips

As a software engineer at Call9, Tapley Stephenson helps build technology used to treat elderly patients in emergencies. He recommends people invest in helpful tools for avoiding distractions.

How do you stay productive throughout the day?

I’m most productive when I can focus deeply on a task, so I use tools that minimize distraction. My favorite tools are my noise-canceling headphones, an ErgoDox EZ keyboard, Spotify for music and Vim configuration. If things go well, I can code for hours without realizing any time has passed. If I get stuck, I go for a walk and then try again.

Any advice for fellow developers?

Find a community you want to serve and then make something people want — the rest is just details.



[Hudson Valley News Network] New Program at ArchCare to Reduce Trips to ER


RHINEBECK – When a 78-year-old nursing home resident with chronic lung disease and other long-term health problems experienced sudden shortness of breath in late-January, her sister assumed she would require a trip to the emergency room and probably a stay in the hospital. That’s what usually happened. 

But not this time, thanks to a new program at ArchCare of Ferncliff Nursing Home that is using a novel combination of people and technology to deliver emergency medical care directly to the bedsides of residents who experience sudden medical issues, speeding their treatment and significantly reducing trips to the emergency room.

[Long Island Weekly] Central Island Debuts Call9 To Rep. Tom Suozzi


Rep. Tom Suozzi visited Central Island Healthcare, a nursing home facility in Plainview, to observe how Call9, an emergency care company, has been improving the lives of Central Island residents. Michael Ostreicher, executive director of Central Island, and Dr. Timothy Peck, a Westbury native and Call9 co-founder and CEO, sat with Suozzi on Feb. 12 to answer his questions and then took him on a tour to meet with patients and nurses to see how the technology works in real time.

[News 12 Bronx] Rep. Joe Crowley Visits Bronx Nursing Home

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Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY-14), Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, visited Beth Abraham Center in the Bronx on Wednesday, February 21, to see how Call9, a Brooklyn-based technology and medical services startup, is delivering acute care to elderly patients in a way that improves quality of care and decreases costs. Beth Abraham is one of 42 nursing homes and rehab centers in the Centers Health Care network. Centers provides health care delivery to nearly every aspect of the post-acute health care continuum.

[CNBC] This founder lived in a nursing home for 3 months to get his start-up off the ground


Most technology entrepreneurs get their new ventures off the ground by relocating to Silicon Valley. 

Dr. Timothy Peck instead moved from Silicon Valley into a nursing home in Long Island, New York. For three months in 2015, Peck, a Harvard-trained physician, lived in a cot in the conference room of Central Island Healthcare.

In return for the lodging, Peck treated the sickest residents, and got time with the nursing home's busy staff so he could better understand their needs. That meant coffee runs with the administrator, or errands with the chief executive. When he needed a shower, Peck — who was 35 at the time — would drive to his parents' home, which happened to be nearby. 

All of that proved to be invaluable knowledge to get Peck's start-up, Call9, off the ground.