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    VIRTUAL CARE SERVICES BECOMES MORE MAINSTREAM

    Oct 11, 2019

    Virtual care services are becoming a more favorable option to consumers while there are few affordable and convenient options for healthcare. Based on a study from virtual care provider, Doctor on Demand (DoD), primary care is changing and patients are becoming more interested in the benefits virtua...


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    MHEALTH APP EFFECTIVE IN AUGMENTING LEUKOCORIA SCREENINGS

    Oct 04, 2019

    A mobile health (mHealth) app proved to be an effective tool to augment clinical leukocoria screenings, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances. The app, called CRADLE (ComputeR Assisted Detector LEukocoria), surpassed an 80% sensitivity for children two years old or younger. ...


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    PARKINSON’S STUDY TO USE MHEALTH WEARABLES TO GATHER REAL-TIME DATA

    Oct 03, 2019

    Researchers at the University of Rochester will be using mHealth wearables to gather continuous, real-time data on how people living with Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Disease go through each day. The New York university is partnering with MC10, a Lexington, MA-based developer of the digi...


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    NOVARTIS AND MICROSOFT PARTNER TO TRANSFORM MEDICINE WITH AI

    Oct 01, 2019

    Novartis today announced the founding of its artificial intelligence (AI) innovation lab and a strategic partnership with Microsoft. The collaboration aims to use AI and data science to transform medicine and computational challenges within life sciences. The lab could bolster the Swiss pharmaceutic...


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    BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LAUNCHES CONNECTED PATIENT CHALLENGE, A SEARCH FOR DIGITAL TOOLS TO BETTER MANAGE CHRONIC CONDITIONS

    Sep 30, 2019

    As healthcare shifts from the inpatient setting to outside the four walls of a health facility, innovations allow patients with chronic conditions to manage their health from the comfort of their own homes. Technologies such as mobile health apps and wearables give patients more control over both th...


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    HARMFUL METALS FOUND IN VAPORS FROM TANK-STYLE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

    Sep 27, 2019

    A team of scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has found the concentration of metals in electronic cigarette aerosols—or vapor—has increased since tank-style electronic cigarettes were introduced in 2013. Electronic cigarettes, which consist of a battery, atomizing unit...


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    FITBIT OFFERS HEART MONITORING TOOL THROUGH NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH FIBRICHECK

    Sep 26, 2019

    Fitbit users can now check and share their heart and blood flow data with their doctor thanks to a new partnership with a heart monitoring app. Belgium based FibriCheck allows users to monitor heart rhythm abnormalities including atrial fibrillation – a common condition that causes an irregula...


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    AMAZON TAKES ANOTHER BIG STEP TOWARD GETTING INTO HEALTHCARE

    Sep 25, 2019

    The tech giant recently launched its own virtual and in-person clinic. Here's why it could be a game-changer. The company acquired online pharmacy Pillpack for nearly $1 billion last June. It formed a joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase called Haven, which is aiming to disru...


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    MOUNT SINAI LAUNCHES MEDICAL IMAGING, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTER

    Sep 24, 2019

    Mount Sinai Health System has announced the launch of the Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Institute (BMEII), which will leverage Mount Sinai’s imaging and nanomedicine programs to create medical inventions in the fields of imaging, artificial intelligence, robotics, sensors, and nanomedicin...


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    GEISINGER LAB TAPS INTO IMAGING, EHR DATA TO ADVANCE CARDIOLOGY

    Sep 23, 2019

    A group of engineers, researchers and physician scientists at Geisinger health system are leveraging imaging and image processing technologies to improve outcomes for patients with heart disease. Brandon Fornwalt, MD, co-director of Geisinger’s Cardiac Imaging and Technology Laboratory, says t...


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    GOOGLE HEALTH TIES UP DATA AGREEMENTS WITH NHS TRUSTS

    Sep 20, 2019

    The transition of NHS trusts’ data commitments finalises the transfer of DeepMind’s health team to Google, which was announced in November 2018. It includes agreements relating to Streams, a machine learning system that can detect the early signs of acute kidney failure. The app is curre...


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    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE COMPANY DEEPMIND JOINS GOOGLE HEALTH

    Sep 19, 2019

    DeepMind, a UK-based company, is teaming up with Google Health to tap into expertise in areas like artificial intelligence, app development, data security, and cloud storage. For the last three years, DeepMind has built a team to tackle complex problems in healthcare. Alongside teams at Google, Deep...


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    CUSTOM DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM TO IMPROVE HEALTH DISPARITY RESEARCH

    Sep 18, 2019

    An innovative web-based data collection platform used in public health research with multilingual older Chinese Americans and their family caregivers is the focus of a new article published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Researchers at Rutgers developed the platform, which has be...


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    AVIA, DELOITTE EXPAND RELATIONSHIP TO ACCELERATE INNOVATION IN DIGITAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

    Sep 17, 2019

    Deloitte, an audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services organization, and AVIA, the leading partner for digital health insights, strategic guidance, and consulting services, today announced they are expanding their collaboration to increase the speed of innovation and adoption in digital health a...


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    SAP SUCCESSFACTORS PERFORMANCE & GOALS SOLUTION CUSTOMERS SURPASS 5,000

    Sep 17, 2019

    Over 300 new clients chose the solution in the first half of 2019 to help keep their workforces passionate, performing and focused on the right objectives. These customers include Arrocera Los Corrales S.A. (ALCSA), CLAAS Group, Constructora EBCO S.A., Compartamos Banco and TÜV Rheinland Group....

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    SAP LAUNCHES NEW ACCELERATOR PROGRAM IN MUNICH

    Sep 16, 2019

    SAP.iO Foundry Munich is part of SAP’s innovation strategy and is designed to provide the startups with access to curated mentorship, exposure to SAP technology and application programmable interfaces (APIs), and opportunities to collaborate with SAP customers.The startups in the Munich cohort...

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    MOODY'S: HOSPITALS HIGHLY VULNERABLE TO CYBERATTACKS

    Sep 16, 2019

    The primary reason for the high risk is hospitals' reliance on technology. Banks and securities firms are in a similar situation. Moody's believes cyber threats can be neutralized by hospitals that devote resources to their security. However, smaller facilities — and especially critica...


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    GREAT POTENTIAL IN PRECISION MEDICINE FOR HEART FAILURE, AHA SAYS

    Sep 13, 2019

    Advances in precision medicine for patients with heart failure are likely to have a major impact on treatment and outcomes, according to a statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). Individualized heart failure pharmacotherapy on the bases of genetic info embedded in the electronic health ...


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    SMALL DATA APPROACHES PROVIDE NUANCE AND CONTEXT TO HEALTH DATASETS

    Sep 12, 2019

    The trend of tracking health and well-being using digital technologies has permeated mainstream culture. The real-time monitoring capabilities, interactive decision-support algorithms and diagnostic testing features of digital health devices have drawn the interest of users everywhere, including the...


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    SAP INTEGRATED DELIVERY FRAMEWORK EASES MOVE TO SAP S/4HANA FOR CUSTOMERS

    Sep 12, 2019

    SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the continued momentum of its SAP Integrated Delivery Framework, which helps streamline the move to SAP S/4HANA for SAP customers on partner-led projects. With SAP Value Assurance service packages and SAP Model Company services acting as the foundation for the deli...

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    'SIRI, HOW'S THE RESEARCH GOING?' APPLE LAUNCHES NEW APP TO STUDY HEALTH.

    Sep 11, 2019

    The Apple Watch received FDA clearance last year for its electrocardiogram feature, officially classifying it as a medical device capable of alerting its user to abnormal heart rhythms. With the Apple Heart Study, we found that we could positively impact medical research in ways that help patients t...


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    MAYO CLINIC SELECTS GOOGLE CLOUD TO POWER ITS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

    Sep 10, 2019

    Mayo Clinic, today announced it has selected Google Cloud to be the cornerstone of its digital transformation efforts as part of a 10-year strategic partnership. Mayo Clinic will leverage Google Cloud’s advanced cloud computing, data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI)...


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    SAP AND CUSTOMERS INNOVATE NEW WAYS FOR INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC PARTS PLANNING

    Sep 10, 2019

    These are the result of SAP’s intelligent supply chain for assets customer initiative, which brought together SAP and more than 45 customers to co-innovate in this mission-critical area. The announcement was made at the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit in Chicago.“Every busin...

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    MEDICAID EXPANSION RESULTED IN MORE ER VISITS, STUDY FINDS

    Sep 09, 2019

    New Medicaid patient in states that expanded the program under the Affordable Care Act increased hospital visits on average by about 20%, mostly with outpatient visits to the emergency department for deferrable conditions, according to new research from the Brookings Institution. Expansion did end u...


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    CIGNA LAUNCHES NEW BENEFITS SOLUTION AIMED AT MAKING GENE THERAPY MORE AFFORDABLE

    Sep 06, 2019

    Cigna is launching a new solution as part of its health services business aimed at mitigating the high cost of emerging gene therapy treatments.  The Embarc Benefit Protection platform brings together expertise on medical management, health services and specialty pharmacy from Express Scripts, ...


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    WALMART LAUNCHES DIGITAL HEALTHCARE SITE

    Sep 05, 2019

    On the heels of Walmart offering health clinics in certain locations, the big-box retailer is adding on a digital healthcare site WalmartHealth.com so consumers can make doctor, dentist, and behaviorial health medical appointments, in addition to scheduling hearing tests and immunizations. This deci...


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    BIGTINCAN TAKES AIM AT REVENUE ENABLEMENT WITH ASDEQLABS ACQUISITION

    Sep 05, 2019

    Bigtincan (ASX:BTH), the leader in mobile, AI-powered sales enablement automation,  today announced the acquisition of AsdeqLabs, whose platform provides support for field-based employees and mobile service capabilities, helping to usher in the next evolution of service enablement and customer ...

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    TUFTS HEALTH PLAN, HARVARD PILGRIM HEALTH CARE INTEND TO MERGE

    Sep 04, 2019

    Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan, both based in Massachusetts, intend to combine their nonprofit organizations into a new entity, which will become one of New England’s largest nonprofit health services organizations. The yet unnamed organization will provide health coverage i...

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    WALMART TESTS THE WATERS FOR DIGITAL HEALTHCARE

    Sep 02, 2019

    The world’s biggest chain retailer apparently isn’t ready to cede digital healthcare to the globe’s biggest online retailer Amazon.com and any other big drugstore chains just yet. Walmart Inc., which operates more than 11,200 stores in 27 countries and ecommerce sites in 10 countri...


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    REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS AND EXAGGERATED DRAWBACKS OF HEALTHCARE APPS

    Aug 30, 2019

    Smartphone users now think of their device not just as a means of communication, but a method of staying healthy. According to ITProPortal, the wellness mobile application market grew by 61 percent in 2018 and, thanks to these apps, users can lose weight, read their blood pressure, and perform other...


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    SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE’S NEW FLU VACCINE POLICY WILL AFFECT EVERYONE IN EVERY FACILITY

    Aug 29, 2019

    A new influenza vaccination policy announced Wednesday by Louisville, KY-based Signature HealthCARE will apply to all employees, residents, patients, volunteers, vendors and others in any of the organization’s assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities. Signatu...


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    HEALTHCARE SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT AND AI

    Aug 28, 2019

    Better supply chain management can enable health systems to reduce their supply expenses by an average of 17.7% or $11 million annually per hospital, according to a new report. The report, from Syft, a healthcare supply chain management company based in Stratford, Connecticut,  cites secondary ...


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    PHISHING SCAM AT PRESBYTERIAN EXPOSES 183K PATIENTS' DATA

    Aug 27, 2019

    Presbyterian Healthcare Services is notifying 183,000 patients and health plan members that some of their protected health information has been exposed in a phishing attack on the email accounts of several employees, according to a press release from the New Mexico-based integrated health network. N...


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    BIGTINCAN NAMED IN GARTNER’S MARKET GUIDE FOR SALES ENGAGEMENT PLATFORMS, MEETING ALL IDENTIFIED CAPABILITIES

    Aug 27, 2019

    Bigtincan (ASX:BTH), the leader in mobile, AI-powered sales enablement automation,  today announced it has been recognized as a Representative Vendor of Sales Engagement Platforms in all of the capabilities defined by Gartner as part of the August 2019 Market Guide for Sales Enablement Platform...

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    PATIENTS DON'T THINK PAYERS, PROVIDERS CAN PROTECT THEIR DATA, SURVEY FINDS

    Aug 26, 2019

    Patients are skeptical of healthcare industry players’ ability to protect their data—and believe health insurers to be the worst at doing so, a new survey shows.  Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Politico surveyed (PDF) 1,009 adults in mid-July and found that just 17% h...


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    WEARABLES HELP DETECT DEMENTIA

    Aug 23, 2019

    A blend of consumer devices and mobile apps could help detect early signs of dementia, according to results of a new study. The study, by Eli Lilly & Co., Apple, and Evidation Health, showed that remote patient monitoring via iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple-acquired sleep monitoring device Beddit...


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    WHAT CONSUMERIZATION MEANS FOR HEALTHCARE

    Aug 22, 2019

    Between new regulations and shifting models, healthcare is constantly changing. Perhaps the greatest change currently facing healthcare—even in the face of the shift to value-based care, new transparency rules, EHR problems, and a host of other financial and technological changes—is cons...


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    HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGES SERVE 92% OF U.S.

    Aug 21, 2019

    Health information exchanges (HIEs) serve the vast majority of those in the U.S.: approximately 92% of the population, according to a new survey. The results were released by the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) at the opening of its 5th annual national conference, on Mond...


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    CONSUMERS HAVE POSITIVE VIEW OF HEALTHCARE, CONCERNS OVER PRICE

    Aug 20, 2019

    While people believe that their healthcare experiences are positive, they admit to having very little control over their journeys, according to a new study. Maestro Health’s new data study, “The Consumer Healthcare Paradox,” surveyed 1,000 consumers aged 25+, and explores the Ameri...


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    MARKETERS SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE DATA SCIENTISTS

    Aug 20, 2019

    Over the past decade, the rise of Data-Driven Marketing and Account-Based Marketing (ABM) have both followed steep trajectories, and that’s no coincidence. After all, the best ABM programs are the ones built on rich data and insights. However, the meteoric rise of data-fueled ABM has had an un...

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    STRATEGIES FOR OPTIMAL PHYSICIAN PRACTICE ONBOARDING

    Aug 19, 2019

    The merger and acquisitions frenzy gripping the healthcare field is alive and well. A key indicator is the fact that hospitals continue to acquire physician practices at an impressive rate. According to 2018 research from the Physicians Advocacy Institute, hospitals acquired 5,000 physician practice...


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    PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS HAVE HIGHEST LEVELS OF BURNOUT. HERE'S WHAT YOUR HEALTH SYSTEM CAN DO

    Aug 16, 2019

    Despite specialists reporting high levels of burnout, it appears the levels among primary care providers surpassed that of specialists. In fact, primary care providers in the U.S. have near 80% burnout levels, according to a recent survey by InCrowd, a Massachusetts-based life science market company...


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    DEMENTIA CARE PROGRAM IMPROVES PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH OF PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS

    Aug 14, 2019

    UCLA-led research finds that a comprehensive dementia care program staffed by nurse practitioners working within a health system improves the mental and emotional health of patients and their caregivers. While the program did not slow the progression of dementia, it did reduce patients' behavior...


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    HEALTHCARE IT INFRASTRUCTURE REMAINS VULNERABLE

    Aug 13, 2019

    Despite the millions of patient digital health records that are breached every year, healthcare isn’t doing enough to shore up vulnerabilities. A new study demonstrates just how large the problem remains. Bugcrowd, a crowdsourced security company located in San Francisco, recently released the...


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    BIGTINCAN RECOGNIZED BY KEY INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS AS LEADER IN SALES ENABLEMENT

    Aug 13, 2019

    Bigtincan (ASX:BTH), the leader in mobile, AI-powered sales enablement automation, was presented with the MarTech Breakthrough Award for “Best Sales Enablement Software for SMBs” for the second year in a row. Additionally Bigtincan was recently named a “Sales Automation Solution&rd...

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    TELEHEALTH SUPPORTS THE MOST INNOVATIVE ASPECT OF YOUR HEALTHCARE COMPANY: THE PATIENT

    Aug 12, 2019

    The healthcare companies currently providing the most effective customer experience have a few things in common, and the companies that will come out on top in the years ahead will be as savvy as their patients. Successful healthcare companies will: Change the way people access and communicate with ...


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    COULD HORMONE INFUSIONS HELP PEOPLE WITH OBESITY SHED WEIGHT?

    Aug 09, 2019

    A small-scale trial explored the effects of 4 weeks of daily hormone infusions on people with obesity and type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. The infusions lasted for 12 hours per day and contained three gut hormones, the levels of which increase in people who undergo gastric bypass surgery. The hormone...


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    COMPASS STUDY SITE SHARES POST-STROKE CARE FINDINGS WITH PATIENTS, CAREGIVERS, CLINICIANS.

    Aug 08, 2019

    Post stroke recovery is exactly what the COMprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS) study, led by Wake Forest Baptist Health, is all about. It compares the health status of stroke patients who receive conventional post-hospitalization treatment to that of patients who receive comprehensive c...


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    MADISON LOGIC ANNOUNCES ORACLE ELOQUA INTEGRATION

    Aug 07, 2019

    Madison Logic, the leading global account-based marketing (ABM) platform, today announced bi-directional integration with market-leading marketing automation platform Oracle Eloqua. This cutting-edge integration allows B2B marketers to combine best-in-class campaign management tools with Madison Log...

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    VIZIENT- HEALTH SYSTEMS SHOULD EXPECT A NEARLY 5% SPENDING JUMP ON DRUGS

    Aug 06, 2019

    Health systems can expect a nearly 5% increase in the cost of their pharmaceutical purchases in 2020, according to a new report. Based on a drug pricing forecast from Vizients pharmacy program, which compiled member participants purchases in hospital and non-acute care settings, pharmaceutical costs...


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    HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY IS A MAJOR SOURCE OF HARMFUL EMISSIONS

    Aug 02, 2019

    Climate change presents an unprecedented public health emergency and the global healthcare sector is contributing to the worldwide crisis, argues Jodi Sherman, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology at the Yale School of Medicine in a commentary published Aug. 2 in the Journal of the American M...


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    ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS (EHR) SOFTWARE MARKET 2019 FORESEEN TO GROW EXPONENTIALLY BY 2026

    Aug 01, 2019

    The Electronic Health Records EHR Software Market Report considers current scenarios for the market and market trends for 2019-2026. Here is a detailed overview of the drivers, constraints, and trends of various market growth. This study includes both the demand side and the supply side of the marke...


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    ACCESS TO TELEHEALTH SERVICES STILL LOW, WITH MANY QUESTIONING ITS VALUE

    Jul 31, 2019

    Nearly three quarters of Americans said they are unaware of, or unable to access telehealth services, even though one in 10 said they had previously used telehealth technology. These were among the findings of a J.D. Power survey of 1,000 Americans, which also found patients between the ages of 18 a...


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    DIRECTTRUST ALLIANCE DEVELOPING STANDARD FOR TRUSTED HEALTHCARE INSTANT MESSAGING

    Jul 30, 2019

    DirectTrust, a non-profit, vendor-neutral alliance initially created by and for participants in the Direct communications standard, has announced the development of Trusted Instant Messaging, or TIM, an industry-first standard to enable real-time communication of health information that incorporates...


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    KAMALA HARRIS USELESS MEDICARE FOR ALL COMPROMISE

    Jul 29, 2019

    After proposing the most complicated student debt relief program in history, Kamala Harris is out with her healthcare plan, which she is describing as Medicare for All despite it not being that. Whatever. The major difference between her plan and Medicare for All- Private insurers would be allowed t...


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    VERMA ATTACKS PUBLIC OPTION WITH SAME FEROCITY AS ATTACKS ON MEDICARE FOR ALL

    Jul 26, 2019

    Top administration official Seema Verma has typically criticized Medicare for All, but she trained her fire this past week on another Democratic healthcare reform  the public option. Verma, who runs the Centers for Medicare and  Medicaid Services, said that the public option has been brand...


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    THE 2.8 TRILLION DOLLARS PATH TO UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE - AND ITS NOT MEDICARE FOR ALL

    Jul 25, 2019

    The divide over whether to support Medicare for Allhas dominated Democratic presidential candidates health care platforms over the past few months, but according to a Washington-based think tank, there could be an alternative path to universal coverage. On Tuesday, the Center for American Progress, ...


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    BIGTINCAN EXPANDS TECH MARKET PRESENCES WITH ACQUISITION OF VEELO INC.

    Jul 25, 2019

    Bigtincan (ASX:BTH), the leader in mobile, AI-powered sales enablement automation, today announced the acquisition of Veelo Inc., a pioneer in sales enablement, to expand Bigtincan’s presence and offerings in the technology market vertical. The combination of Bigtincan’s solution, design...

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    PREVENTION GREEN PAPER PUBLISHED – ADVANCING OUR HEALTH- PREVENTION IN THE 2020S

    Jul 24, 2019

    The Cabinet Office and Department of Health and Social Care have published their Prevention Green Paper, Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s. It sets out plans to tackle the causes of preventable ill health in England. The introduction to the consultation sets out a more personalised appro...


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    2019 CONTENT MARKETING AWARD WINNERS & TOP FINALISTS REVEALED

    Jul 24, 2019

    The Content Marketing Institute (CMI) just announced the 85 category winners as well as the finalists for the top seven prizes in the prestigious 2019 Content Marketing Awards. The Content Marketing Awards, produced by the Content Marketing Institute, is the largest and longest-running international...

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    MISSOURI FIRM WITH SILICON VALLEY TIES FACES MEDICARE BILLING SCRUTINY

    Jul 23, 2019

    ST. LOUIS In many ways, Essence Group Holdings Corp. is a homegrown health care success story. Founded locally, it has grown into a broader company backed by a major Silicon Valley investor. Essence now boasts Medicare Advantage plans for seniors with some 60,000 members in Missouri and across the M...


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    HOW THE EASTERN CHEROKEE TOOK CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH CARE

    Jul 22, 2019

    CHEROKEE, N.C. — Light pours through large windows and glass ceilings of the Cherokee Indian Hospital onto a fireplace, a waterfall and murals. Rattlesnake Mountain, which the Cherokee elders say holds ancient healing powers, is visible from most angles. The hospital’s motto — &ldq...


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    BIDEN’S ‘INCREMENTAL’ HEALTH PLAN STILL WOULD BE A HEAVY LIFT

    Jul 22, 2019

    The headlines about presidential candidate Joe Bidens new health care plan called it a nod to the past and Affordable Care Act 2.0. That mostly refers to the fact that the former vice president has specifically repudiated many of his Democratic rivals calls for a Medicare for All system and instead ...


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    HEALTH INSURERS MUST GET CREATIVE WITH BENEFITS TO FILL CRITICAL VACANCIES

    Jul 19, 2019

    In the healthcare labor market, there is a shortage of talented staff and a critical need to fill data, analytics and other administrative positions outside the roles of physicians and nurses. The nation is operating under an overall low unemployment rate of about 3.7%, while the rate for hospitals ...

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    CMS HAS 2019 MEDICARE ACO CLASS

    Jul 19, 2019

    This week, the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations lent its congratulations to new ACOs that joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program effective July 1. About 40 new ACOs entered the program, which is less than the 100-plus new ACOs the program averaged in its first seven years. ...

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    CLIMATE GRIEF: FEARS ABOUT THE PLANETS FUTURE WEIGH ON AMERICANS MENTAL HEALTH

    Jul 18, 2019

    Therapist Andrew Bryant says the landmark United Nations climate report last October brought a new mental health concern to his patients. I remember being in sessions with folks the next day. They had never mentioned climate change before, and they were like, ‘I keep hearing about this report,...


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    OPTUMS JOHN MUIR HEALTH DEAL PROVIDES A NEW MODEL FOR HEALTH SYSTEM COLLABORATION

    Jul 18, 2019

    UnitedHealth Groups Optum division has become a major provider in its own right, vacuuming up independent practices and physician groups nationwide. The companys recently closed acquisition of DaVita Medical Group makes the company one of the top employers of clinicians in the country. Much of the g...


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    IN RESPONSE TO PATIENT DEMAND, PHYSICIAN INTEREST IN TELEMEDICINE DOUBLES

    Jul 16, 2019

    When it comes to telemedicine, more physicians are getting on board, with interest doubling over a three-year period.In the first-ever analysis of physician interest in telemedicine, the number of physicians who self-reported telemedicine as a skill doubled between 2015 and 2018 and continues to inc...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—4 WAYS TO MINIMIZE COSTS THROUGH SAFE PATIENT HANDLING

    Jul 16, 2019

    When thinking of dangerous jobs, fields like construction and manufacturing likely come to mind.
    But a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that hospital workers actually have a higher rate of injury and illness than workers in these industries. This can be extremely costly for...

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    BIDEN RELEASES PLAN THAT STRENGTHENS ACA WHILE DINGING 'MEDICARE FOR ALL'

    Jul 15, 2019

    Former Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a healthcare plan Monday that boosts the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by adding a public option among other proposals, a sharp departure from several competitors in the Democratic primary for president pushing Medicare for All.
    In addition to the public o...

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    HEALTH TIP: STAYING SAFE ON THE SUBWAY

    Jul 15, 2019

    (HEALTHDAY NEWS) -- Riding on the subway alone, especially at off hours, can be a nerve-wracking experience.To help you stay out of harm's way, Hunter College suggests:
    Keep purses and backpacks secure at all times.
    Do not display money or jewelry in public places.
    Never car...

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    SOOM LAUNCHES MOBILE APP THAT ALERTS PATIENTS TO MEDICAL DEVICE RECALLS

    Jul 15, 2019

    Healthcare technology company Soom has launched a mobile app that provides patients, nurses, and caregivers medical device recall information directly from the device manufacturer and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.The company says it is the first mobile app to close the information gap between t...

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    SIEMENS, UM SYSTEM, MU HEALTH CARE LAUNCH $133M PRECISION MEDICINE ALLIANCE

    Jul 15, 2019

    German healthcare technology company Siemens will provide $133 million worth of medical technology and equipment to boost the University of Missouri's precision medicine efforts.
    Three organizations-Siemens Healthineers, the University of Missouri System and the University of Missouri Hea...

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    HEALTHCARE LIMITS STOCK GAINS; OIL PRICES DROP ON WEAK DEMAND FORECAST

    Jul 12, 2019

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A broad index of stocks around the world pared gains slightly on Thursday as healthcare shares limited Wall Street's rise, while oil prices turned lower on a forecast for weaker demand.

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    WHITE HOUSE DROPS PROPOSAL TO ELIMINATE DRUG REBATES. HEALTH STOCKS SOAR

    Jul 11, 2019

    The Trump administration has withdrawn its proposal to eliminate rebates from government drug plans, a key component of the president’s blueprint to lower prescription drug prices, a White House spokesman confirmed.

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    23ANDME IS MOVING INTO APPLE’S TERRITORY WITH A PILOT TO PULL IN MEDICAL DATA, NOT JUST DNA

    Jul 11, 2019

    The company is now asking a subset of customers if theyd be willing to incorporate their lab results, prescription information and medical history, after they ve received the results from the genetic test. 23andMe, which has sold about 10 million at-home DNA testing kits, will be able to access that...

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    AI ALGORITHM TO FIGHT HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS GETS SUPPORT WITH NIH AWARD

    Jul 10, 2019

    Day Zero Diagnostics, an infectious disease diagnostics company using genome sequencing and machine learning to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections, has received a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research award from the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease of the N...

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    CALIFORNIA GOV SIGNS HEALTH CARE BILL EXTENDING COVERAGE TO SOME UNDOCUMENTED RESIDENTS

    Jul 10, 2019

    Washington (CNN)California has become the first state to extend health care coverage to some undocumented young adults through its Medicaid program.Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed SB-104, which extends health care benefits to individuals 19 to 25 years of age, regardless of their immi...

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    SHOULD U.S. HEALTH CARE DEPEND ON CHINA?

    Jul 10, 2019

    Two new books expose the health dangers posed by the import of pharmaceuticals from the Peoples Republic of China. The dependence of Americas medical system on products of questionable quality does not just endanger patients today, but risks long-term problems as the push for Medicare for All or som...

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    MEDICARE GOING IN ‘RIGHT DIRECTION’ ON OPIOID EPIDEMIC

    Jul 10, 2019

    Prescriptions for two drugs used to treat opioid addiction increased significantly from 2016 to 2018 for people on Medicare, according to a federal report out Wednesday.About 174,000 Medicare beneficiaries received such a medication - either buprenorphine or naltrexone - to help them with recovery i...

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    SMARTPHONE-BASED TELEMEDICAL DR SCREENING COULD IMPROVE OPHTHALMIC CARE

    Jul 10, 2019

    About one in ten people in southern India is diabetic. Around one in three suffers from a so-called diabetic retinopathy (DR), a disease of the retina caused by diabetes. Untreated, DR is often the cause of visual impairment and blindness. However, many of those affected have symptoms only in the la...

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    INSTITUTE FOR ACCOUNTABLE CARE DIRECTOR: HOME HEALTH PROVIDERS, ACOS NEED TO GET ON SAME PAGE

    Jul 10, 2019

    For many Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), having a strong presence in the home has been a vital strategy for improving care management and identifying patient needs. Even so, many ACOs carry out that strategy with in-home visits from primary care practitioners - and not necessarily dedicated h...

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    LIONBRIDGE WINS EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AWARD FROM THE CONFERENCE BOARD

    Jul 10, 2019

    Lionbridge, the world's most trusted global communications platform, is pleased to announce that it has won the Technology division award for Employee Engagement in the Conference Board's Excellence in Marketing & Communications Awards Program. This prestigious program honors organizatio...

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    EXERCISE DURING PREGNANCY CAN PROMOTE BONE HEALTH OF BOTH MOTHER AND CHILD

    Jul 09, 2019

    Vitamin D is important to enable calcium to be absorbed into the intestine. During pregnancy, vitamin D is especially significant because extra calcium is needed to build the baby's skeleton.
    Low vitamin D levels in pregnancy can therefore be negative for the bone health of both mother an...

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    ONLINE TRAINING PROGRAM HELPS MANAGERS TO SUPPORT EMPLOYEES' MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS

    Jul 09, 2019

    An online training program called HeadCoach increases managers' confidence in their ability to prevent and manage mental health issues among their staff, reports a trial in the July Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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    BLOCKCHAIN IN HEALTHCARE MARKET REPORT DISCLOSING LATEST TRENDS AND ADVANCEMENT 2019 TO 2025

    Jul 09, 2019

    In this report, Marketinsightsreports studies the present scenario (with the base year being 2018) and the growth prospects of global Blockchain In Healthcare market for 2019-2025.
    The report titled Global Blockchain In Healthcare Market provides an in-depth analysis of the key development st...

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    IS AUSTRALIAS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM PREPARED FOR INCREASES IN CHRONIC ILLNESS?

    Jul 08, 2019

    Australia has an aging population, which means more people are developing chronic conditions related to older age, such as diabetes, heart disease or arthritis.Lifestyle factors may also be contributing to the increase in these conditions too.So, is our healthcare system equipped to deal with this r...


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    3 EXCITING SMALL CAP ASX HEALTHCARE SHARES TO WATCH IN FY203 EXCITING SMALL CAP ASX HEALTHCARE SHARES TO WATCH IN FY20

    Jul 08, 2019

    Because of positive tailwinds such as ageing populations, increased chronic disease burden, and better technologies, I believe demand for healthcare services will grow strongly over the next decade.
    In light of this, I think the healthcare sector could be a great place to look for small cap s...


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    2020 ELECTIONS HEALTHCARE DEBATE TRUTHS, HALF-TRUTHS, AND FALSEHOODS

    Jul 08, 2019

    Healthcare may emerge as the number one issue in the 2020 election. In itself this isnt surprising, given that for many decades the electorate has considered healthcare a key issue.And, the truth is healthcare access continues to be a major problem in the U.S., along with inequalities in outcomes, r...


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    5 KEY HEALTHCARE ISSUES PENDING IN CONGRESS 'NEW RULES' THAT COULD CHANGE HOW YOU GET HEALTHCARE

    Jul 07, 2019

    In this Gallup poll from late 2018 and in almost every other national research poll on the concerns of American voters healthcare ranks as the No. 1 issue. Of course, healthcare is a complex, multifaceted issue, and voter concerns include the cost, quality, and availability of care as well as the av...


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    HEALTHCARE FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS WOULD DRIVE MIGRATION OF FOREIGNERS WITH SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS TO U.S

    Jul 05, 2019

    A plan endorsed by nearly every Democrat running for president that would give free taxpayer-funded healthcare to all illegal aliens would drive a migration of people with serious health problems to the United States, a health insurance expert tells the New York Times.As Breitbart News has chronicle...


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    LOCAL ROCHESTER MAN FIGHTING FOR HEALTHCARE AFTER SERVING ON 9/11

    Jul 05, 2019

    A local Army National Guard member who responded on September 11, 2001, is watching the battle on the capital hill over health care for first responders closely.The 9/11 victim compensation fund is only good through 2020 and that could mean trouble for the 95,000 survivors and responders enrolled in...


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    A DIGITAL PATH TO HEALTH FOR ALL

    Jul 05, 2019

    The world is just beginning to recognize the potential of digitally enhanced data to improve health. Increased use of digital technology and artificial intelligence can make countries better at predicting and preventing disease, and at providing health care to people in remote or underserved areas. ...


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    WHAT PATIENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HEALTHCARE PARTNERSHIP WITH UAB

    Jul 04, 2019

    Questions have swirled in the community about indigent healthcare after an announcement that a healthcare authority, with oversight from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, may take over daily operations at Cooper Green.In an April 3-2 vote, the Jefferson County Commission approved a measure to...


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    WHAT WOULD GIVING HEALTH CARE TO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS MEAN?

    Jul 04, 2019

    Nearly every Democrat running for president supports the idea, a sharp change from even a few years ago. Here’s a look at the policy behind the politics. Providing comprehensive health coverage to undocumented immigrants has long been nothing more than a wouldnt-it-be-nice item on the far left...


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    APPLE OPENS IPHONE EHR FEATURE TO ALL HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS

    Jul 04, 2019

    Apple has announced that it will allow any US healthcare organization with a compatible electronic health record (EHR) to register with its mobile Health Records feature, according to a tweet from Ricky Bloomfield, MD, Apples clinical and health informatics lead.This will allow patients to securely ...


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    6 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE HEALTHCARE IT PROFESSIONALS

    Jul 03, 2019

    In the face of rapid technological change, healthcare IT professionals should adopt six habits to be highly effective in their jobs, advised a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.These six habits are: 1) put the patient first, 2) assemble a team with the rig...


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    GOP SEES POTENT TRUMP ATTACK LINE HEALTH CARE FOR IMMIGRANTS

    Jul 03, 2019

    Democrats running for president handed Donald Trump a potent attack line last week when they promised that their government health insurance plans would cover undocumented immigrants.
    It merged two of President Trumps favorite campaign issues health care and immigration  and could help h...


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    TOO MANY EHR-GENERATED MESSAGES CONTRIBUTING TO PHYSICIAN BURNOUT: STUDY

    Jul 02, 2019

    There are ongoing concerns about physician workloads and time spent doing "desktop medicine," such as documenting in electronic health records and sorting through emails. It turns out, most physicians' EHR inboxes are clogged up with system-generated messages—rather than messages...

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    YALE NEW HAVEN HEALTH INTEGRATES SYSTEMS AND SAVES $2.6 MILLION ANNUALLY

    Jul 02, 2019

    At Yale New Haven Health in 2010, the health system had five different electronic health record systems and variance in its common revenue cycle platform implementations. Like many health systems, Yale New Haven Health was in the process of consolidating on a single electronic health record and reve...

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    FDA ISSUES NEW ALERT ON MEDTRONIC INSULIN PUMP SECURITY

    Jul 01, 2019

    The list of connected devices susceptible to attacks has now expanded once again, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert on June 27 waring that some insulin pumps from Medtronic are vulnerable to hackers, who could remotely gain access to and control them. In the alert, FDA notes t...

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    SCL HEALTH CUTS COLLECTIONS COSTS BY 26% WITH PATIENT COLLECTIONS TECH

    Jul 01, 2019

    SCL Health is a nonprofit healthcare organization that operates eight hospitals and more than 100 service centers. With net revenues of $2.54 billion, SCL provides more than $222 million a year in community benefit in Colorado and Montana. SCL Health had many decentralized sites and had recently mer...

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    DEMOCRATS CONFRONT DIVISIONS OVER HEALTH CARE IN DEBATE

    Jun 28, 2019

    It was a command as much as a question, intended to put an end to months of equivocating and obfuscating on the issue: Which of the Democratic presidential candidates on the debate stage supported abolishing private health insurance in favor of a single government-run plan? Show of hands, please.Jus...


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    KAMALA HARRIS HAS THE LEAST DEFENSIBLE HEALTHCARE POSITION OF ANY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE

    Jun 28, 2019

    Kamala Harris was the big winner overall in Thursday nights debate, but she also managed to create more confusion over her healthcare position. With her subsequent clarification,she has staked out the least defensible ground of any of the 2020 Democratic candidates.
    Most of the Democratic fie...


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    4 LOWER-RISK HEALTHCARE PICKS FOR LONG-TERM INVESTORS

    Jun 28, 2019

    Healthcare can be a scary space if you focus on the biotech and pharma side of it. Luckily, theres plenty more to the industry. In this weeks episode of Industry Focus Healthcare, host Shannon Jones talks with senior Fool analyst Jason Moser about his Healthcare and Wealthcare basket, a diversified ...


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    FOUR INSTITUTIONS JOIN FREE HEALTHCARE AI PILOT FOR RADIOLOGISTS

    Jun 27, 2019

    Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Emory University, the University of Washington, and the University of California San Francisco have joined a pilot study of a free healthcare artificial intelligence (AI) software platform for radiologists.The platform, called ACR AI-LAB, is designed to help Americ...


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    CHANGING THE WHOLE STRUCTURE OF HEALTHCARE FOR BETTER PATIENT INTERACTIONS

    Jun 27, 2019

    Can the patient journey through healthcare be changed? How are patients treated and why? In a new doctoral thesis, Josina Vink has studied the patient journey and how it can be redesigned. She believes it is not only the physical details that are important when changing the patient journey, but also...


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    SUPERINTENDENTS CORNER HEALTHCARE FOR CHILDREN IS COMMON SENSE

    Jun 27, 2019

    The French philosopher Voltaire wrote a series of letters in the 1830s commenting on several ways that the English were sensibly addressing issues of the age, one of which was smallpox. The English had been exposing infants to small doses of the disease in order to prevent massive outbreaks and cata...


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    HELPING PEOPLE AFFORD HEALTHCARE HAS REDUCED ILLEGAL LOGGING IN BORNEO

    Jun 26, 2019

    Patients can pay with non-cash items such as handicrafts or seedlings or their own labor. People from villages that do not participate in illegal logging pay discounted rates.
    Webb says the model works. Her group surveyed more than a thousand households and found that the number participating...


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    COMMONWELL GRANTS CHANGE HEALTHCARE 6-YEAR INTEROPERABILITY CONTRACT

    Jun 26, 2019

    Change Healthcare recently received a six-year contract from CommonWell Health Alliance to provide clinical interoperability services, including patient identification and record locator services. The healthcare company will also perform document retrieval for CommonWell as part of the agreement. Ch...


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    THIS CAMPAIGN USES BUTT SELFIES TO HELP LGBTQS GET PROPER HEALTHCARE

    Jun 26, 2019

    Queer people do not recieve the quality of care they should in healthcare settings, but a new, recently-launched campaign called WeNeedAButtonis hoping to change that. And they are doing it in the cheekiest way possible through belifes (butt selfies). We spoke to WeNeedAButton ambassador Zachary Zan...


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    HOW CLOSE ARE WE TO PLATFORM DOMINATION IN HEALTHCARES DIGITAL BUSINESS MODELS?

    Jun 25, 2019

    Platform domination is a feature of several industry sectors, especially ones where there is a winner-takes-all outcome that is hard to replicate or compete against. Google dominates search. Amazon dominates e-commerce. Facebook dominates social media. And so on. In several industries, dominant incu...


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    COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN HEALTHCARE AND THE COMMUNITY

    Jun 25, 2019

    Despite the many advances in healthcare in recent years, the fact remains that only 20% of any health outcome depends on what happens in the doctors office or hospital. The other 80% depends on environmental factors what happens in the community after the person goes home. Community health workers h...


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    TRUMP HEALTH CARE EXECUTIVE ORDER MEANS PRICE QUALITY TRANSPARENCY

    Jun 25, 2019

    Centers for Medicine & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma reacts to President Trumps executive order to bring transparency to health care prices.President TrumpOpens a New Window. on Monday signed an executive order that promises to empower patients and require hospitals to disclose the...


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    SENATE HEALTHCARE BILL INCLUDES CREATES ACT, RAISES LEGAL TOBACCO AGE

    Jun 25, 2019

    The Senate health committee chair on Monday amended its suite of healthcare proposals to include the Creates Act, aimed at boosting the generic-drug market, and to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products to 21.These two major additions to the package from committee leaders Sens. Lamar Alexan...


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    TRUMPS HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE ORDER WILL ONLY MEAN MORE RED TAPE, NOT CHEAPER CARE

    Jun 24, 2019

    President Trump has been the champion of reducing red tape. Thats why its confusing that he plans to issue an executive order requiring healthcare insurers and providers to reveal the details of their pricing contracts.Reducing the cost of healthcare is a well-intentioned goal. However, this so-call...


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    THE WHY BEHIND SO MANY HEALTHCARE PAYMENT BUYS

    Jun 24, 2019

    Healthcare spending has grown from $75 billion in 1970, as measured by Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of National Health Expenditure Data, to as much as $3.5 trillion in 2018. Spending has been growing at double-digit percentages through the past few years, far outpacing economic growth.Just as t...


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    HEALTHCARE SHORTAGE AREAS REVEALED IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN

    Jun 24, 2019

    Data compiled by federal agency Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) showed more than 80 percent of rural southwest Michigan is medically underserved.
    Shortage area maps created in 2016 revealed 16 of the regions 19 counties have a shortage of primary healthcare providers.Van B...


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    HACIENDA HEALTHCARE TO LOSE MEDICAID CONTRACT AFTER REPORT OF MAGGOTS FOUND ON PATIENT

    Jun 20, 2019

    Less than a week after a report that maggots were discovered near the surgical incision of a patient, the federal government says it will terminate Hacienda HealthCare's Medicaid contract.Hacienda HealthCare officials say they are working with government oversight officials to determine the best...


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    EMPLOYERS WILL SPEND UP TO 6% MORE ON HEALTHCARE NEXT YEAR, PWC FINDS

    Jun 20, 2019

    Despite efforts to cut healthcare costs through high deductibles and other cost sharing, private employer medical costs are projected to increase by 6 percent in 2020, according to PwC Health Research Institute's annual medical cost trend survey.For its Behind the Numbers report, the institute c...


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    STUDY CONFIRMS GOP MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS SUCCEEDED IN TAKING AWAY PEOPLES HEALTHCARE

    Jun 20, 2019

    If the GOP wants to help people find work, they should invest in employment programs and guarantee health care as a right not punish people who are struggling. The first major study of new Medicaid work requirements confirmed that the warnings of critics were correct: requiring program recipients to...


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    CARETEAM AIMS TO UNITE PATIENTS AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS WITH A PLATFORM APPROACH

    Jun 19, 2019

    How best to untangle the Gordian knot that is navigating your own healthcare? Its a tricky question, and one that seems to have become only more complicated as technology improves, in many regards systems dont necessarily speak to one another, and its still hard for an ordinary patient without speci...


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    TACKLING TRUE COST TRANSPARENCY IN HEALTHCARE

    Jun 19, 2019

    United States health agencies are doubling down on calls for price transparency across healthcare.
    Earlier this year, the HHS released a new proposed rule calling for hospitals to disclose their privately negotiated rates with insurance plans. This was quickly followed by a requirement from C...


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    SPRINGBUK, ONE DROP PARTNER ON DIABETES MANAGEMENT

    Jun 19, 2019

    Springbuk is partnering with digital health company One Drop to provide employers with diabetes care through AI technology. One Drops diabetes management tool, which helps employees manage blood sugar, reduce stress and improve overall health, will now be available to Springbuk users at no additiona...


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    CAMPUS HEALTHCARE CRISIS

    Jun 19, 2019

    Lawsuits filed last week against Ohio State University and UCLA claim the schools did not do enough to protect students from sexual abuse by campus doctors. The accusations echo those at several other universities across the country and raise troubling concerns about the safety of students who seek ...


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    58% OF HEALTHCARE AND PHARMACEUTICAL MARKETERS SAY THEIR MARKETING MANAGEMENT STRATEGY NEEDS MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS

    Jun 19, 2019

    The platform for Brand Verified Answers in search, announced new research on the digital maturity of the healthcare sector as part of its Brand Control in the Age of AI study conducted in partnership with Vanson Bourne, an independent research group. Brand Control in the Age of AI surveyed 400 marke...


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    THE VA IS IMPROVING BECAUSE ITS USING MORE PRIVATE HEALTHCARE

    Jun 19, 2019

    Recently, the battle over the future of veterans healthcare increased in intensity because arguably the two most prominent politicians in the country weighed in on the issue, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., and President Trump.At a town hall in April, Ocasio-Cortez criticized the Trump admini...


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    AGENCIES SEE GROWTH IN CONTENT MARKETING BUSINESS

    Jun 19, 2019

    Agencies are banking on content marketing. That’s the key finding in the newly released Content Marketing Institute 2019 Agency Survey. This inaugural research looks at how full-scope agencies, as well as specialized agencies, are doing content marketing for clients, how well it’s workin...

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    HOW IT COULD MAKE DIGITAL HEALTHCARE SAFER AND MORE INNOVATIVE

    Jun 18, 2019

    Digital healthcare trends are largely driven by the need for better patient care, faster and more accurate analysis, and on-demand access to medical data. The pace of innovation in digital healthcare began gaining momentum with artificial intelligence (AI), and it is set to further accelerate as the...


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    HEALTHCARE AND TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES TEAM UP TO FIGHT ROBOCALLS

    Jun 18, 2019

    Leaders of the healthcare and technological industries are uniting against the dangerous effects of robocalls to hospitals.Tufts Medical Center in Boston was overwhelmed on April 30, 2018, with more than 4,500 calls between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.said Taylor Lehmann, the centers chief information s...


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    FSMB RELEASES NEW REPORT SURVEYING DIGITAL CREDENTIALS IN HEALTHCARE

    Jun 18, 2019

    The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has released a report entitled Healthcare and Digital Credentials Technical, Legal, and Regulatory Considerations. This report surveys and expands upon the FSMB experience applying digital technologies, such as blockchain and OpenBadges, in its efforts t...


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    MEET THE TEAM REINVENTING HOW WE ACCESS HEALTHCARE INFORMATION

    Jun 17, 2019

    Words we can all relate to from Steve Alperin, CEO of SurvivorNet  a new platform reimaging how we access information about healthcare.The issue with Dr. Google is that you don't really know what you are getting and the experience can be terrifying,he told Campaign US.At best, there is boil...


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    SALLY PIPES CALIFORNIA’S ‘FREE’ HEALTH CARE FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

    Jun 17, 2019

    On Thursday, June 13, California lawmakers approved a $215 billion state budget, which Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign. Included in the budget are several health care reforms whose mammoth cost the state may soon regret.Paramount among them is the expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's Med...


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    ARE HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS KEEPING UP WITH CONSUMER DEMANDS?

    Jun 17, 2019

    It’s no secret that healthcare is becoming more consumer focused. And it’s also no secret that a huge number of those consumers want better, more-convenient access to their healthcare, especially when it comes to technology. But how are healthcare organizations doing in meeting those nee...


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    HEALTHCARE PROVIDER PUTTING FOCUS ON QUALITY CARE WITH OPENING OF NEW CENTER

    Jun 14, 2019

    Lee and Associates New Jersey represented St. Josephs Health in securing a long-term lease of a 60,000 s/f  four-story medical office building at 169 Minnisink Road in Totowa, New Jersey.A team of brokers that included Brian Lynch, Peter Rasmusson, Jason Lynch and Joe Tormen exclusively represe...


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    5 HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS RECOGNIZED FOR INVESTING IN FRONTLINE WORKERS

    Jun 14, 2019

    Five hospitals and health systems have been designated frontline healthcare worker champions for investing in the skill and career development of their employees, according to careerstat, an employer-led initiative of the national fund for workforce solutions in washington, d.c.the designation recog...


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    U.S. HEALTHCARE STOCKS SHIELDED FROM POLITICAL PRESSURES PROVE PROFITABLE

    Jun 14, 2019

    U.S. healthcare investors have found success this year buying stocks of companies whose products improve eyesight, treat pets and fix crooked teeth, all viewed as unlikely to fall victim to political and regulatory issues pressuring a wide swath of the sector.
    The S&P 500 healthcare secto...


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    ZAFGEN PRESENTS PHASE DATA FROM TYPE 2 DIABETES DRUG CURRENTLY ON FDA HOLD

    Jun 13, 2019

    An analyst called the data, on ZGN-1061, encouraging in a relatively small study but added that more preclinical data will be needed to give a clearer picture of the way forward for the drug. Data from a small clinical trial in Type 2 diabetes may provide a way forward for a drug that has been on cl...


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    VITAMIN D AND ESTRADIOL HELP GUARD AGAINST HEART DISEASE, STROKE, AND DIABETES

    Jun 13, 2019

    Vitamin D and estrogen have already shown well-documented results in improving bone health in women. A new study suggests that this same combination could help prevent metabolic syndrome, a constellation of conditions that increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes in postmenopausal w...


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    TYPE 2 DIABETES: NATIONS FAVOURITE DRINK CAN HELP CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR

    Jun 13, 2019

    TYPE 2 diabetes is prevalent in the UK, with an estimated four million people living with the condition. There are many ways to keep it under control, with diet playing a key part. Drinking a particular British staple can help manage high blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is a common condition tha...


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    HEALTHCARE CONSOLIDATION GOES BEYOND USUAL PLAYERS

    Jun 11, 2019

    Consolidation in the health system and health insurance industries has been a focus for years. But a new report sheds light on how the bigger is better mantra has taken hold in companies that make syringes, X-ray machines or other healthcare productsThe report, prepared by the Open Markets Institute...


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    HEALTHCARE CONSUMERISM LAGS BEHIND NEW INDUSTRY PLAYERS

    Jun 11, 2019

    Despite pressure from new medical industry entrants, hospitals and health systems aren’t responding to trends in healthcare consumerism and patient experience, according to the 2019 State of Consumerism report from Kaufman Hall.A survey of hospital and health system leaders across the country ...


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    HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT EDGES UP, THOUGH TEPID OVERALL

    Jun 11, 2019

    The healthcare industry hired another 15,700 employees in May, bringing the total of new jobs added over the past 12 months to 391,000.The gains were largely thanks to the ambulatory sector, which added 12,200 jobs last month and accounted for 78% of total healthcare job growth. Physician offices al...


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    READ THE LATEST HEALTHCARE COLLECTIONS NEWS IN PULSE

    Jun 11, 2019

    The latest edition of Pulse, ACA International’s monthly health care bulletin, is now available online with comprehensive news for health care credit and collections personnel.The June issue features articles on balance billing and how remaining current on state and federal legislative updates...


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    CALIFORNIA TO OFFER HEALTHCARE TO SOME UNDOCUMENTED ADULTS

    Jun 11, 2019

    California is poised to become the first state to offer healthcare coverage to undocumented adults. Democratic lawmakers agreed to extend healthcare coverage through the states Medicaid program to some low-income undocumented residents. The plan will cover an estimated 90,000 adults between the ages...


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    HOW THE AMA PLANS TO PROMOTE GENDER EQUITY IN HEALTHCARE

    Jun 11, 2019

    The American Medical Association adopted a set of guidelines designed to reduce gender disparities in medicine, particularly around pay and leadership roles.Disparities in healthcare are significant Female physicians earn 36 percent less than male physicians across all specialties, according to Meds...


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    CALIFORNIA POISED TO GIVE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FREE HEALTHCARE

    Jun 10, 2019

    California will soon make history as the state is set to become the first in the nation to give free healthcare to some illegal immigrants.Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrats in the state legislature reached an agreement to allow low-income individuals between the ages of 19 and 25 who are in the countr...


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    WOMEN LIKE TO WORK IN HEALTHCARE, BUT BARRIERS TO ADVANCEMENT REMAIN

    Jun 10, 2019

    Healthcare is a good industry for women to work in, but barriers remain for those seeking to reach the C-suite especially for women of color, according to a new study. Researchers at McKinsey & Company examined pipeline data from 33 healthcare companies, surveyed nearly 11,000 employees at 11 co...


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    EDISON HEALTHCARE BOSS CALLS FOR MORE, BETTER MEDICAL TESTING

    Jun 10, 2019

    He epidemic of medical misdiagnoses is a very real problem in the United States and comes with much too high a price for individuals and companies.Tom Emerick, president and cofounder of Edison Healthcare and author of “Cracking Health Costs” and “An Illustrated Guide to Personal H...


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    CVS AND WALGREENS ARE ON DIFFERENT PATHS TO IN-STORE HEALTHCARE

    Jun 07, 2019

    For now, it appears cvs health and walgreens boots alliance are going down different paths and at different paces to providing healthcare services inside their stores.but neither pharmacy chain rival is turning away from retail healthcare as a critical growth strategy.news this week that cvs health ...


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    94% OF HEALTHCARE EXECS SAY AI, BLOCKCHAIN HAVE ADVANCED INNOVATION

    Jun 06, 2019

    Ninety four percent of healthcare executives report that artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other emerging technologies have accelerated the pace of innovation over the past three years, according to an Accenture report.However, the report also found that while technology investments have prog...


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    PARTNERS HEALTHCARE PULLS OUT OF HOSPITAL MERGER DEAL WITH CNE

    Jun 06, 2019

    Massachusetts based partners healthcare is backing out of a hospital merger deal with care new england (cne) after rhode island’s governor called for a more local solution.
    in a statement on her website, governor gina raimondo announced that providence, ri-based cne will reopen hospital...


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    HEALTHCARE HACK IMPACTS 20M PEOPLES DATA

    Jun 06, 2019

    Recent healthcare data hacks have impacted almost 20 million people  and some members of Congress are demanding answers.New York-based American Medical Collection Agency has been named as the victim in a large healthcare data breach, with Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp) rev...


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    CVS PLANS AGGRESSIVE EXPANSION OF HEALTHCARE SERVICES

    Jun 06, 2019

    Pharmacy chain CVS announced plans to open 1,500 “HealthHUB” locations across the country in the next three years, another major move that shows that traditional physicians practices will face further competition from mega corporations.CVS already has more than 1,000 MinuteClinics in the...


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    LEADING EUROPEAN ANALYST FIRM OVUM NAMES MADISON LOGIC A “LEADER” IN THEIR REPORT ON ACCOUNT BASED MARKETING

    Jun 05, 2019

    Madison Logic, the leading global account-based marketing (ABM) platform, today announced that Ovum, a market-leading data, research and consulting business headquartered in the U.K., named Madison Logic a “Leader” in the Ovum Market Radar: Account-Based Marketing report. Ovum recognized...

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    DIABETES HEALTH TYPE 2: BEING CREATIVE AND INSPIRED WHILE MANAGING TYPE 2 DIABETES

    Jun 04, 2019

    When Sharon Mirabella was hospitalized nine years ago the physicians ran some blood tests and discovered that her A1C was 6.7. Thirst was the only unusual symptom she had noticed.
    Once diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes they started her on some oral medication and she met one on one with a nutrit...


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    BEING HOSPITALIZED SERVES AS WAKE-UP CALL FOR WOMAN WITH DIABETES

    Jun 04, 2019

    (WHAM) - As a competitive swimmer, Kristen Rusho did not expect the results she got back from her standard sports physical.They did some blood testing, just standard and found my blood glucose was slightly elevated, Rusho said.Rusho was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. As an athlete, she was able to ...


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    HEALTH BOSSES ADMIT STROKE AND BREAST CANCER SERVICES NOT ADEQUATE

    Jun 03, 2019

    Stroke and breast cancer services are not meeting the needs of the population, the medical directors of NI's health trusts have said.Their comments came ahead of a series of public discussions on Department of Health proposals to re-shape stroke and breast assessment care.Under new proposals, No...

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    WAITING LIST FOR BASIC HEALTH SERVICES EXCEEDS 127,000

    Jun 03, 2019

    More than 127,000 people are on waiting lists for basic health services such as physiotherapy and eye tests, with more than 18,000 left waiting for over a year.Getting an appointment can depend on geography more than need, as patients in some areas are called relatively quickly, while others living ...

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    ROCHE DEBUTS CANCER DATA COLLABORATION PRODUCT WITH GE HEALTHCARE

    May 31, 2019

    Roche announces the release of navify tumor board 2.0, a product developed with collaboration partner ge healthcare, that enables a more comprehensive view of each patient in one place. radiologists can now upload their patient records to the same dashboard as patient files from other disciplines.th...


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    PITCHING ACCURACY RATES OF OVER 99% FOR MULTIPLE CANCER SCREENS, THRIVE LAUNCHES WITH $110 MILLION

    May 31, 2019

    For more than 25 years the founders of Thrive Earlier Detection have been researching ways to improve the accuracy of liquid biopsy tests.The fruits of that labor from Dr. Bert Vogelstein, Dr. Kenneth Kinzler and Dr. Nickolas Papadopoulos  all professors and researchers at Johns Hopkins Univers...


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    763 ABIANS RECEIVE LASER EYE TREATMENT IN OCHENDO FREE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMME

    May 30, 2019

    No fewer than 763 patients with eye related problems have received laser eye treatment in Abia following the availability of the procedure at a world class eye clinic with laser machines established in Umuahia.This was made known by Senator Theodore Orji, popularly known as Ochendo, during his asses...


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    GETTING RADICAL: HOW INNOVATION IS TRANSFORMING THE FACE OF HEALTHCARE

    May 29, 2019

    Digital health experts discuss how technology is being used in every situation from helping refugees to providing consultations in self-driving cars. the next big question in digital health is how to make use of the “25th hour of the day” which will be created by self-driving cars, says ...


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    INVESTIGATION REVEALS DOUBLING IN NHS RATIONING OF CATARACT SURGERY

    May 29, 2019

    NHS rationing of cataract operations has doubled in just two years, with patients increasingly denied cases until they are at risk of blindness, an investigation reveals.Charities warned of “shocking” restrictions, which are in defiance of national guidance.The figures from across the co...


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    EYE HEALTH NGO CHIEF ON BARRIERS TO CARE AND PRIORITIZING SIGHT

    May 29, 2019

    CANBERRA After almost two decades as CEO of Plan International Australia, Ian Wishart took his development career in a new direction by taking leadership of eye health NGO The Fred Hollows Foundation in March 2018. With the organizational change came a need to rapidly educate himself in an area he h...


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    27-YEAR-OLD SEARCH MARKETING CEO LANDS 13-STOP U.S. SPEAKING TOUR

    May 29, 2019

    Garrett Mehrguth, the CEO and co-founder of the B2B and enterprise search marketing agency, Directive, recently was selected to speak at 13 stops of the Digital Summit tour. Digital Summit, the largest conference series in the digital marketing industry, has invited Mehrguth to share his unique pres...

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    THE HEALTH CARE BENEFITS OF COMBINING WEARABLES AND AI

    May 28, 2019

    In southeast England, patients discharged from a group of hospitals serving 500,000 people are being fitted with a Wi-Fi-enabled armband that remotely monitors vital signs such as respiratory rate, oxygen levels, pulse, blood pressure, and body temperature.Under a National Health Service pilot progr...


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    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN HEALTHCARE MARKET – HUGH GROWTH, TRENDS AND FORECAST 2018-2026

    May 27, 2019

    The Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Market report provides insightful details on how clients enhance their basic leadership capacity within the worldwide Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare business. Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Market report identifies that rapidly changing market ...

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    HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY IN THE U.S. TO WITNESS FASTEST GROWTH, PROGRESSING AT A CAGR OF 6.6% IN COMING YEARS: P&S INTELLIGENCE

    May 27, 2019

    According to the market research report published by P&S Intelligence, the report Healthcare Ecosystem – Insights provides analysis of the healthcare industry in the U.S., Germany, U.K., France, China, Japan, and Singapore. The healthcare industry in China is expected to reach $542.4 billi...

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    CUSTOM HEALTHCARE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT: MAIN BENEFITS FOR PATIENTS, DOCTORS, AND HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS

    May 27, 2019

    The quality of health services is a crucial social issue no matter the country that you’re living in. Thankfully, the medical sector has become more aware of the necessary improvements that have to be made in the industry, and now, more and more entities are starting to ride the wave of techno...

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    FORTIS HEALTHCARE BACK IN BLACK, REPORTS RS 135-CRORE PROFIT IN Q4

    May 26, 2019

    Fortis Healthcare showed signs of revival in the fourth quarter of FY19, with improved earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). The Gurugram-headquartered health care major reported net profit (profit after tax and minority interests) of Rs 135.6 crore after accounting ...

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    SWEEPING SENATE HEALTHCARE PROPOSAL WOULD ADDRESS SURPRISE BILLING, TRANSPARENCY

    May 23, 2019

    Senate lawmakers released a draft package of legislation Thursday aimed at curbing healthcare costs they said they believe they can pass on a bipartisan basis—starting with topics like surprise billing and drug prices. Introduced by Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee...

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    IN DEPTH REPORT ON VIRTUAL REALITY IN HEALTHCARE MARKET BY 2023 WITH TOP KEY PLAYERS- GE HEALTHCARE, VIRTUAL REALTIES LTD, VIRTALIS LTD

    May 23, 2019

    Healthcare organizations are considering new technologies that enable them to use themselves as innovative IT infrastructure tools. Virtual Reality In Healthcare (VR) is no exception, and as medical use increases, more health care providers are considering this as part of the digital transition. The...

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    6SENSE LAUNCHES ACCOUNT-BASED EXTERNAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS ANALYTICS

    May 23, 2019

    Today 6sense, a leading Account Based Orchestration Platform, powered by AI, announced its External Media Campaigns feature. This capability extends 6sense's ability to track digital media campaigns launched on non-6sense platforms for use in account segmentation within the 6sense platform, and ...

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    TYNWALD APPROVES MANX HEALTHCARE SYSTEM OVERHAUL APPROVED

    May 22, 2019

    Politicians have backed an overhaul of the Manx healthcare system which will see health services delivered at arm's length from government. An independent body known as Manx Care will be established to provide frontline health and social care. The body, which will be headed by an independent boa...

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    DIGITAL MEDICINE PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY LATEST TO JOIN HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY EVOLUTION

    May 21, 2019

    Professional groups and industry-wide collaborations are emerging to drive the growth of healthcare innovation. The development of high-quality, evidence-based products and services is now being supported by the Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) as well as the existing Digital Therapeutic Alliance (DT...


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    LATEST TRENDING REPORT ON INTERNET OF THINGS IN HEALTHCARE MARKET

    May 21, 2019

    The Internet of Things in Healthcare market report is a most important research for who looks for complete information on the Internet of Things in Healthcare market 2019 . The report covers all information on the global and regional markets including old and future trends for market demand, si...


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    LATEST TRENDS ON HEALTHCARE API MARKET IS EXPECTED TO GENERATE HUGE GROWTH BY 2019 2026

    May 21, 2019

    Patient-centered health related areas are a bottom-up value based form of health care delivery, resulting in better outcomes, improved quality of care and patient satisfaction. In the past, focusing on patient-centered delivery of healthcare through APIs has become famous in the past and the emergen...


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    CIRRHOSIS AND LIVER CANCER RISK HIGHER IN PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES

    May 21, 2019

    People with type 2 diabetes should receive regular monitoring of liver function, as they could be at risk of developing life-threatening cirrhosis and liver cancer. This was one of the conclusions of a very large study of 82 million adults living in Europe. Another finding was that for many people w...

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    BRAIN STUDY MAY EXPLAIN WHY DEPRESSION IS MORE COMMON IN WOMEN

    May 21, 2019

    Researchers have scanned the brains of 115 participants and found that inflammation can lead to a loss of pleasure — called anhedonia — in women but not in men. Depression, the "leading cause of disability worldwide," is far more prevalent in women than it is in men. Worldwide,...

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    HOW 5 HEALTH PLANS ARE USING SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH DATA TO IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES

    May 21, 2019

    There is growing recognition that social determinants of health data are a central piece of the puzzle for the U.S. healthcare system. But while many healthcare industry executives are aware of the impact of social determinants of health on populations, there is no clear direction about how to opera...

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    HEALTHCARE REFORM: WHERE'S THE PUSH FOR MORE INNOVATION?

    May 20, 2019

    A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll again demonstrated that health care is the top government priority among voters. So how are our political leaders tackling the question? For Democratic presidential candidates, the debate is mostly about a new “Medicare for All”—somehow expandi...


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    WHEN SURVIVAL IS A POPULARITY CONTEST: THE HEARTBREAK OF CROWDFUNDING HEALTHCARE

    May 20, 2019

    Heather Bellamy’s March appointment at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in King’s Lynn didn’t go well. She had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia five years before, in December 2014; now, her doctor explained gently, she had run out of options on the NHS. Bellamy, 48, would be ...


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    HOW IOT WILL AFFECT THE WORLD OF HEALTHCARE?

    May 20, 2019

    App development companies that are looking to utilize the Internet of Things tend to be aware of the latest trends. However, the IoT is more than just a passing trend. While there were many early skeptics who did not believe in the long term viability of the Internet of Things, forward-thinking app ...


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    4 WAYS HOW STARTUPS ARE SOLVING CHALLENGES PLAGUING INDIAN HEALTHCARE

    May 20, 2019

    India is poised to be the world’s 3rd largest economy by 2030, according to Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg. While India has witnessed strong economic growth in recent years, it has not made commensurate progress in other areas, such as healthcare. Improvements in healthcare ex...


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    HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CAN SLOWLY CHANGE THE HEALTHCARE LANDSCAPE

    May 17, 2019

    Looking at upcoming trends globally and across industry Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) tops the charts. Generally, first thing which comes to mind is machine/cyborg taking over human elements and this has been depicted to various degree in many sci-fi movies.While, the reality is f...


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    HEALTH AT SCALE LANDS $16M SERIES A TO BRING MACHINE LEARNING TO HEALTHCARE

    May 17, 2019

    Health at Scale, a startup with founders who have both medical and engineering expertise, wants to bring machine learning to bear on healthcare treatment options to produce outcomes with better results and less aftercare. Today the company announced a $16 million Series A. Optum, which is part of th...


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    POPE TO HEALTHCARE WORKERS: TREAT THE SICK AS PEOPLE, NOT AS NUMBERS

    May 17, 2019

    At the core of the Pope’s discourse to members of the Association was the defense, respect and promotion of life.He thanked those gathered on Friday for their “irreplaceable service” to people who are most vulnerable or in need of assistance because they are sick, or elderly, or ma...


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    PATIENTS ARE TRANSFORMING FROM PASSIVE RECIPIENTS OF HEALTHCARE SERVICES TO ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS IN THEIR OWN HEALTH

    May 17, 2019

    The development of digital technologies  from wearable devices and mobile health apps to telehealth services, artificial intelligence, and even blockchain is transforming everyday access and delivery of healthcare for patients, doctors, insurers, and pharmacies alike.
    For the decision-ma...


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    HOW HEALTHCARE TAPS OTHER INDUSTRIES TO IMPROVE PATIENT EXPERIENCE

    May 17, 2019

    MobiHealthNews Editor in Chief Jonah Comstock shares his observations from Patient Experience Summit 2019, including examples of healthcare organizations looking to other industries to help solve patient experience and consumerization issues.


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    DEMOCRATIC RUN STATES ARE EXPERIMENTING WITH HEALTHCARE, AND IT'S NOT LOOKING GOOD

    May 16, 2019

    Slick California governor and ex-husband to the current girlfriend of the dumbest of the president’s sons Gavin Newsom is hitting the road to sell his healthcare plan, according to the LA Times. This will be a tough sell, because the plan is very bad.In order to expand insurance subsidies on t...


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    WHITE HOUSE PUSHES FOR MORE TRANSPARENCY ON HEALTHCARE PRICES

    May 15, 2019

    The Trump administration has been working behind the scenes for months on a strategy to force greater price disclosure across much of the $3.5 trillion health-care industry. The push relies on existing administrative tools, according to people familiar with the discussions. Those include Labor Depar...


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    WORLD'S LARGEST HEALTHCARE COMPANIES 2019: MEDTRONIC, THERMO FISHER, HCA HEALTHCARE ON TOP

    May 15, 2019

    The biggest healthcare players have aging populations and heightened middle-class demand on their side as they just get bigger still. They’re tapping into this growth environment: Global health care expenditures are expected to continue to rise as spending is projected to increase at an annual...


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    MULTIMODAL MACHINE LEARNING IN HEALTHCARE AIDS PATIENT CONSULTS

    May 15, 2019

    Louis-Philippe Morency is on a mission to build technology that can better understand human behavior in face-to-face communication.By using specialized cameras and a kind of artificial intelligence called multimodal machine learning in healthcare settings, Morency, associate professor at Carnegie Me...


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    HEALTHCARE BOOKING PLATFORM DOCPLANNER SCORES €80M SERIES E

    May 14, 2019

    DocPlanner, the Poland-founded healthcare booking platform that now processes 1.5 million bookings every month globally, has closed €80 million in Series E financing.
    The round is led by One Peak Partners and Goldman Sachs Private Capital, with existing investors Piton Capital and ENERN ...


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    $10 BILLION IN ANNUAL U.S. DTC HEALTHCARE ADVERTISING INDICATES MERGING OF PATIENT AND CONSUMER

    May 13, 2019

    Recently, the renowned bioethicist Art Caplan commented on the merging of the terms patient and consumer, and physician and provider. I am sympathetic to Caplan's take on patients not being consumers, and physicians not being providers. The language of consumers and providers appears to diminish...


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    WILL SELF-CARE REPLACE HEALTHCARE?

    May 13, 2019

    In healthcare, everything starts and ends with the patient. It’s a universally recognized truth, yet too often, the industry seems to lose that focus.That’s about to change. In the near future, healthcare as we know it won’t exist. We are on the verge of a shift from healthcare to ...


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    GULF MEDICAL UNIVERSITY SIGNS MOU WITH SUN YAT SEN UNIVERSITY

    May 13, 2019

    Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman a medical university in the Middle East region has expanded its growing network of partner universities worldwide by signing a MoU with The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, one of China’s institutions of research, medical service, medical ...


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    NETCARE WARNS OF CLOUDY OUTLOOK FOR HEALTHCARE

    May 13, 2019

    Private hospital operator Netcare said on Monday it had seen a healthy 5.6% growth in revenue for the six months to end-March, boosted by the inclusion of Akeso Clinics during the period.Operating conditions in SA’s healthcare sector remains challenging however, with Netcare saying on Monday i...


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    ADDRESSING THE SUPPLY CHAIN PROBLEMS IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

    May 13, 2019

    Recent is the time when the wave of health consciousness and awareness took place and catalyzed the healthcare industry to pull up the socks. The rise in income level, high risks of lifestyle diseases and easy accessibility of the life insurance plans have also made it a whole lot simpler for people...


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    HAVES VS. HAVE NOTS IN HEALTHCARE WHY THE HAVES ARE STILL WINNING

    May 09, 2019

    Ideology is a beguiling mistress. When she winks and showers rewards on the faithful, they’re much more likely to focus on successes over failures moving forward, even if the latter vastly outnumber the former.


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    DOCTORS TELL FEDERAL PARTIES TO 'GET BACK TO BASICS AND MAKE HEALTHCARE A PRIORITY' AHEAD OF ELECTION

    May 09, 2019

    Just months ahead of the election, the CMA says the public is more concerned about healthcare than the carbon tax Get back to basics and make health care a priority,' doctors say as federal parties prepare for upcoming electionSurvey from Ipsos finds more than half of Canadians say they're w...


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    PEARL, THE HEALTHCARE SPINOUT FROM LA-BASED AI STARTUP, GUMGUM, RAISES $11 MILLION

    May 09, 2019

    GumGum, the Los Angeles-based startup that’s spent the past decade applying machine learning technologies to advertising and sports, has spun out a new healthcare startup focused on the dental industry called Pearl.The company has raised $11 million in financing from undisclosed strategic inve...


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    WITH INSURANCE BILL PASSAGE, HOUSE DEMOCRATS BEGIN HEALTH CARE BLITZ

    May 09, 2019

    Washington  returning to a central issue of the 2018 campaign, house democrats on thursday passed legislation to reverse trump administration rules that allow expansion of health care plans that do not have to comply with the affordable care act’s mandated coverage of pre existing medical...


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    PUTTING HEALING BACK AT THE CENTER OF HEALTH CARE

    May 09, 2019

    The primary mission of health care is to facilitate healing. People often associate healing only with “cure,” but it is much broader. A clinician heals when she reassures a patient that a symptom does not signal a feared health condition. A treatment heals when it mitigates pain and slow...


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    WHATS BEHIND A RISE IN CONSCIENCE COMPLAINTS FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS?

    May 09, 2019

    When health care workers feel they have been forced to do something they disagree with on moral or religious grounds, they can file complaints with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. Some high-profile cases have involved nurses who objected to providing abortio...


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    METH VS. OPIOIDS: AMERICA HAS TWO DRUG EPIDEMICS, BUT FOCUSES ON ONE

    May 07, 2019

    Kim had been wine tasting with a friend in Sonoma, Calif. They got into an argument in the car that night and Kim thought someone was following them. She was utterly convinced. And she had to get away.


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    THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR YOUR KID

    May 07, 2019

    For several months last spring and summer, my teen daughter, Caroline, experienced near-daily bouts of depression and debilitating panic attacks. During those episodes, she became extremely agitated, sobbing uncontrollably and aggressively rebuffing my attempts to comfort or reason with her.


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    SAN FRANCISCO STARTUP SECURES $20M FOR NURSING JOBS PLATFORM

    May 06, 2019

    The company, Trusted Health, offers a technology employment platform that nurses can use to find flexible job opportunities as well as permanent staff positions. San Francisco-based startup Trusted Health, which offers a technology tool to help nurses find job opportunities, has nabbed $20 million i...


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    MADISON LOGIC UNVEILS NEW DATA CLOUD TO ACCELERATE ABM FOR B2B ORGANIZATIONS GLOBALLY

    May 06, 2019

    Madison Logic, the leading global account-based marketing (ABM) platform, today announces the launch of the ML Data Cloud, powering cutting-edge ABM to accelerate your pipeline and convert your best accounts faster. With state-of-the-art architecture, rich data, and a robust data gateway, the ML Dat...

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    KAISER PERMANENTE EMBROILED IN BALTIMORE MAYOR’S BOOK SCANDAL THAT LED HER TO RESIGN

    May 05, 2019

    Kaiser Permanente acknowledged to The Baltimore Sun that it paid former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh $114,000 for her Healthy Holly children's book series from 2015 to 2018. During this time, Kaiser was negotiating a lucrative contract from the city of Baltimore.


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    SHORT STAFFED NURSING HOMES SEE DROP IN MEDICARE RATINGS

    May 03, 2019

    The federal government accelerated its crackdown on nursing homes that go days without a registered nurse by downgrading the rankings of a tenth of the nation’s homes on Medicare’s consumer website, new records show.


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    FOR THOSE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, DENTAL NEEDS ARE GREAT, GOOD CARE ELUSIVE

    May 03, 2019

    When ava terranove began feeling oral pain last july, her parents took her to her regular dentist. the dentist determined that ava, who has an autism-like condition, needed two root canal procedures to treat infected teeth. Because of her developmental disability, Ava, now 15, requires general anest...


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    DENVER STARTUP CIRRUSMD RAISES $15M FOR CHAT BASED VIRTUAL CARE SOLUTION

    May 02, 2019

    The company will use the funding, which came from investors like drive capital, colorado impact fund and others, to drive growth and product innovation. cirrusmd, a denver, colorado-based startup offering a text first telemedicine solution, has secured a $15 million series b round led by drive capit...


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    HOW DO SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH IMPACT HEALTHCARE UTILIZATION RATES?

    May 02, 2019

    A mckinsey survey of 2010 individuals found people reporting higher inpatient or er utilization rates were more likely to report unmet social needs like food insecurity or transportation needs. a recent survey from mckinsey took a closer look at how social determinants of health affect inpatient and...


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    AHA CALLS FOR DOJ SCRUTINY OF CENTENE ACQUISITION OF WELLCARE

    May 02, 2019

    The american hospital association is urging the department of justice to fully investigate centene corporation's planned $17.3 billion acquisition of rival insurer wellcare health plans.should the deal announced in late march be finalized, it would create one of the largest sponsors of governmen...


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    WILL TIES TO A CATHOLIC HOSPITAL SYSTEM TIE DOCTORS HANDS?

    Apr 29, 2019

    As Catholic health care systems across the country expand, the University of California’s flagship San Francisco hospital has become the latest arena for an emotional debate: Should the famously progressive medical center increase its treatment space by joining forces with a Catholic-run syste...


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    IS INSULIN’S HIGH COST KEEPING DIABETES PATIENTS FROM TAKING THEIR MEDICINE?

    Apr 29, 2019

    High prescription drug prices are fast becoming a leading political topic, with medications like insulin emerging as a poster child for the issue. Nearly doubling in price from 2012 to 2016, the diabetes medication has commanded bipartisan attention on Capitol Hill and even a shoutout in a recent Ne...


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    WITH RECUSAL, JUDGE IN PROTON BEAM THERAPY CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT SHAMES UHC

    Apr 29, 2019

    Uhc has been sued by a florida attorney for denying coverage of proton beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer patients. the judge in the case, simply by recusing, sends a strong message.


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    AMERISOURCEBERGEN’S LASH GROUP TEAMS UP WITH MEDISAFE TO ADDRESS PATIENT ADHERENCE

    Apr 29, 2019

    Through their alliance, Medisafe will deliver real-time interventions to help patients stay adherent and will alert Lash Group's clinicians when patients are considered at risk.


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    SIRNAOMICS CLOSES SECOND PORTION OF $47M SERIES C ROUND FOR RNA INTERFERENCE DRUGS

    Apr 29, 2019

    The firm announced that it closed a $22 million Series C2 round, following a $25 million Series C1 round that it had closed last June, led by Asian investors.


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    DOCASAP AND HEALTHSPARQ COLLABORATE TO HELP PAYERS IMPROVE THE MEMBER EXPERIENCE

    Apr 28, 2019

    Through their partnership, the companies will integrate docasap's real-time online scheduling with healthsparq's provider and cost search capabilities in one platform.


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    PERSONALIZED HEALTH COACHING STARTUP ARIVALE SHUTS DOWN

    Apr 28, 2019

    The company, which was founded in 2014 by a team including genetics pioneer Leroy Hood, raised more than $50 million over its existence from investors including Maveron, Polaris Partners and ARCH Venture Partners.


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    VIRGINIA PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINICS AGREE TO PAY $3.3M TO SETTLE CIVIL FRAUD CLAIMS

    Apr 26, 2019

    A company that operates several pain management practices in Virginia agreed to pay approximately $3.3 million to settle civil fraud allegations.National Spine and Pain Centers and Physical Medicine Associates, which operates pain management clinics in northern Virginia, Glen Allen and Fredericksbur...


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    WHY HIT IS IMPORTANT FOR FIGHTING THE OPIOID CRISIS

    Apr 25, 2019

    The opioid crisis is a widespread problem in the United States and elsewhere. However, HIT is helping us make strides toward conquering it. HIT involves the electronic systems healthcare providers and patients use to store medical information.


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    DEBATE: IS THE CONSUMERIZATION TREND IN HEALTHCARE OVERHYPED?

    Apr 25, 2019

    At MedCity INVEST in Chicago, Jefferson Health's Dr. Stephen Klasko argued that we're on the brink of a consumer revolution, while CareMore Health's Dr. Sachin Jain believes we need to move to a system that proactively identifies patients' needs.


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    EBOLA FIRST RESPONDERS THREATEN STRIKE IF SECURITY NOT IMPROVED

    Apr 25, 2019

    GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo Reuters  Health workers in one of the epicenters of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola outbreak threatened on Wednesday to go on strike as early as next week if authorities don’t do more to protect them.


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    STARTUP OFFERING APP BASED TREATMENT PROGRAM FOR MENTAL HEALTH SECURES $4.2M

    Apr 25, 2019

    The company, Meru Health, said it will use the financing to support additional clinical validation and to prepare to roll its offering out to health systems and large employers in several states.


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    MOODY'S: INSURERS LIKE CENTENE, MOLINA BETTER POSITIONED TO WEATHER ECONOMIC DOWNTURN THAN IN 2008

    Apr 25, 2019

    When the major economic recession hit back in 2008, the top eight publicly traded insurers saw their earnings plummet nearly 40% before they began to level off again. In the event of another economic downturn like that, health insurers would be more resilient against those economic headwinds, accord...


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    6SENSE EXPANDS INTEGRATION WITH HUBSPOT FOR HEIGHTENED ACCOUNT BASED ORCHESTRATION

    Apr 25, 2019

    6sense, a leading Account Based Orchestration Platform, powered by AI, announced $27 million in funding. The round was led by Industry Ventures and included participation from existing investors Bain Capital Ventures, Battery Ventures, Costanoa Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, and Venrock. “We b...

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    FTC SUES SURESCRIPTS, CHARGES COMPANY WITH ILLEGALLY MONOPOLIZING E-PRESCRIBING MARKET

    Apr 24, 2019

    In its latest move to rein in what it views as anticompetitive tactics in the healthcare industry, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against health information company Surescripts charging the company with illegally monopolizing the e-prescribing market.The FTC alleges that the company em...


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    NEARLY THREE QUARTERS OF LATE STAGE PIPELINE DRUGS COME FROM EMERGING BIOPHARMA, REPORT FINDS

    Apr 24, 2019

    The report, from IQVIA, stated that growth in the number of registration studies with active controls indicates payers' increasing interest in comparative-effectiveness data.


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    CARDIOGRAM SIGNS FIRST REIMBURSEMENT DEAL WITH OSCAR HEALTH

    Apr 24, 2019

    If Cardiogram's technology highlights a potential issue of atrial fibrillation or diabetes, patients will be given free access to what the company calls a "gold standard" diagnostic test to confirm the results. Digital health startup Cardiogram, which uses wearable optical sensors on w...


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    INDUSTRY VOICES 5 THINGS THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO TO CLEAR THE PATH FOR VALUE BASED REBATE ARRANGEMENTS

    Apr 24, 2019

    In January 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a proposed rule that would make sweeping reforms to the safe harbor regulations under the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), the federal law that prohibits most payments for referrals of items or services reimbursed by Medic...


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    STUDY 54% OF MIDDLE-INCOME SENIORS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD ASSISTED LIVING

    Apr 24, 2019

    More than half of middle income seniors in the U.S. will not be able to meet the costs of assisted living, even if they committed 100% of their annual financial resources, new research shows.
    According to a study published online today in Health Affairs, it will cost about $60,000 annually fo...


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    TRUMP SAYS HE IS HOLDING BIG PHARMA ACCOUNTABLE IN OPIOID FIGHT

    Apr 24, 2019

    U.S. President Donald Trump touted progress in the fight against opioid abuse on Wednesday and promised to hold drugmakers accountable for their part in the crisis, a day after his administration brought its first related criminal charges against a major drug distributor and company executives.


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    HMC HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF PROACTIVE HEALTHCARE

    Apr 24, 2019

    Representatives from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) recently provided basic medical screenings, health tips, and information on disease prevention to employees at Qatar Foundation and Ooredoo as part of a community engagement activity held to mark World Health Day 2019.


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    AMID OPIOID PRESCRIBER CRACKDOWN, HEALTH OFFICIALS REACH OUT TO PAIN PATIENTS

    Apr 24, 2019

    A pharmacist in Celina, Tenn., was one of 60 people indicted on charges of opioid-related crimes last week, in a multistate sting. John Polston was charged with 21 counts of filling medically unnecessary narcotic prescriptions. He was also Gail Gray’s pharmacist and the person she relied on to...


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    A BARREN LANDSCAPE FOR METH TREATMENT

    Apr 24, 2019

    kenny fowles says he started drinking at age 12. at 15, he tried cocaine, and at 16, methamphetamine.i actively used from, you know, when i had my first drink all the way up until about 23 or 24, then i got sober for three years and change, and then relapsed and was back out for another 20 years or ...


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    HHS ISSUES DOCUMENTS TO SUPPORT NATIONWIDE HEALTH DATA EXCHANGE

    Apr 23, 2019

    HHS has issued three documents for public comment that are designed to support network-to-network health data exchange nationwide. April 23, 2019. HHS has issued three documents for public comment that are designed to support network to network health data exchange nationwide.


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    RITE AID RAISES TOBACCO BUYING AGE TO 21 FOLLOWING WALGREENS LEAD

    Apr 23, 2019

    Rite Aid will raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21 within the next 90 days.
    Rival drugstore chain Walgreens also said Tuesday it would raise the age requirement to buy tobacco products. CVS Health stopped selling tobacco products in 2014. Rite Aid will raise the minimum age to ...


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    LIONBRIDGE AGAIN NAMED ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST EMPLOYERS BY FORBES

    Apr 17, 2019

    Lionbridge Technologies is proud to announce it has again been named one of America's Best Employers by Forbes, which also recognized Lionbridge as a Best Employer for Women in 2018. The 2019 list recognizes organizations across a variety of industries that employ more than 1,000 people in the U...

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    6SENSE SECURES $27 MILLION TO ADVANCE BOLD VISION IN B2B AND ABM

    Apr 16, 2019

    6sense, a leading Account Based Orchestration Platform, powered by AI, announced $27 million in funding. The round was led by Industry Ventures and included participation from existing investors Bain Capital Ventures, Battery Ventures, Costanoa Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, and Venrock. “We b...

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    MACPAC CALLS FOR CONGRESS TO ELIMINATE THE DRUG REBATE CAP

    Apr 12, 2019

    In a bid to help states address growing drug prices, Congress should eliminate the cap on drug rebates paid to state Medicaid programs, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) recommended during its meeting Thursday. The savings from higher rebates would allow states to provide ...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—NEMOURS CHILDREN'S CEO CALLS FOR CMS TO PUSH SMARTER STRATEGIES FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH

    Apr 12, 2019

    As a pediatric surgeon who has cared for thousands of children, I marvel at the wonders of modern medicine. Everyday miracles now save the lives of children with rare and complex medical conditions who previously would never have had a chance. Yet, at the same time, it is difficult to comprehend how...

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    GOOGLE CLOUD, DELOITTE PARTNER ON HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS

    Apr 12, 2019

    Deloitte and Google Cloud announced plans to collaborate on a suite of advanced solutions for the life sciences and healthcare industries. The joint release was short on details, stating only that the solutions would help accelerate the pace of biomedical research, improve healthcare access, optimiz...

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    TENNESSEE HOUSE ADVANCES BILL SEEKING TO OVERHAUL MEDICAID

    Apr 12, 2019

    Tennessee would dramatically overhaul how it provides healthcare to its lower-income and disabled residents under a proposal the House advanced Thursday. The bill cleared the GOP-dominated chamber on party lines, with 68 Republicans in favor and 21 Democrats against. It's a proposal considered o...

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    TENNESSEE HOUSE ADVANCES BILL SEEKING TO OVERHAUL MEDICAID

    Apr 12, 2019

    Tennessee would dramatically overhaul how it provides healthcare to its lower-income and disabled residents under a proposal the House advanced Thursday. The bill cleared the GOP-dominated chamber on party lines, with 68 Republicans in favor and 21 Democrats against. It's a proposal considered o...

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    WALGREENS, VILLAGEMD PARTNER TO OPEN PRIMARY CARE CLINICS IN HOUSTON STORES

    Apr 11, 2019

    Walgreens is opening a series of primary care doctors' offices in some of its Texas retail locations, part of a shift toward a changing healthcare delivery model the pharmacy retail giant has previously announced. Walgreens is partnering with VillageMD, a national provider of primary care based ...

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    IDAHO BECOMES 2ND STATE TO SUPPORT SCALED-BACK MEDICAID EXPANSION

    Apr 11, 2019

    Idaho’s governor has signed off on a scaled-back Medicaid expansion plan, making it the second state to retool what expansion might look like after a voter mandate.  Voters approved the expansion in Idaho and Utah last year, and Republican-led legislatures in these states have opted to ta...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—A 737 MAX RUSH TO JUDGMENT: LESSONS FOR HEALTHCARE LEADERS

    Apr 11, 2019

    Recently, the CEO of Boeing acknowledged that the flight control system of the 737 MAX may be to blame for the March 10 crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 as well as the October 2018 crash of Lion Air Flight 610. “We’re deeply saddened and are sorry for the pain these accidents have ...

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    WHY INFORMATION SECURITY SHOULD BE EVERY HOSPITAL CEO'S NO. 2 PRIORITY (AT LEAST RIGHT NOW)

    Apr 11, 2019

    Health systems have been underinvesting in information security for a decade, some even longer, but the threat landscape has now reached a critical point. Hackers, cybercriminals and nation states are increasingly sophisticated, and have access to the same cutting-edge machine learning technologies ...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—ARE HEALTHCARE CONSUMERS SATISFIED WITH HEALTH INSURERS? MILLENNIAL DATA SHOW WARNING SIGNS

    Apr 11, 2019

    If the health insurance market in 2018 could have been summed up in one word, it would have been “disruption.” It was the year CVS announced its intent to acquire Aetna, and the consortium of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan—now known as Haven—stole the spotlight. Add ...

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    ATRIUM HEALTH, WAKE FOREST BAPTIST HEALTH EYEING PLAN TO MERGE, CREATE NEW MEDICAL SCHOOL

    Apr 10, 2019

    Atrium Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest University are exploring a merger that would create a new academic health system.The three organizations signed a memorandum of understanding to enter exclusive negotiations to explore a partnership that would create a new medical school in C...

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    JOHNSON & JOHNSON'S JLABS ESTABLISHING PEDIATRIC RESEARCH INCUBATOR AT CHILDREN'S NATIONAL

    Apr 10, 2019

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson plans to open a 32,000-square-foot JLABS life sciences incubator at D.C.-based Children's National Health System's research campus, officials announced Tuesday. Children's National is in the midst of building a new $190 millio...

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    HOUSE DEMS SEEK MORE INFORMATION ON DOJ'S POSITION IN TEXAS ACA CASE

    Apr 10, 2019

    The chairs of three House committees are seeking answers from the Trump administration on its new approach in the court battle over the legality of the Affordable Care Act. Reps. Frank Pallone, D-New Jersey, Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland and Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, sent letters to the White Hou...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—OHIO'S BIGGEST MEDICAID PAYER DITCHES CVS FOR EXPRESS SCRIPTS

    Apr 10, 2019

    Pharmacy benefit managers in Ohio’s Medicaid program have been under fire for using spread pricing to maximize profits, and amid that debate the state’s largest Medicaid insurer is breaking up with CVS to contract with Express Scripts instead.  CareSource, which provides Medicaid ma...

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    MORGAN STANLEY SIZES UP APPLE'S HEALTHCARE OPPORTUNITY, PREDICTS $15B TO $300B BY 2027

    Apr 09, 2019

    A recent report from Morgan Stanley estimates that Apple’s market opportunity in healthcare could be as high as $313 billion in 2027 — or as low as $15 billion. The 50-page report, aimed at investors, makes the case for the various ways in which Apple could become an even more serious pl...

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    FLORIDA HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE CONVICTED IN $1.3B MEDICARE, MEDICAID FRAUD SCHEME

    Apr 09, 2019

    The owner of several South Florida skilled nursing and assisted living facilities has been found guilty for his role in a $1.3 billion scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid—one of the largest in U.S. history. Philip Esformes, 50, of Miami Beach, was convicted by a jury on 18 counts in the ca...

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    FLORIDA HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE CONVICTED IN $1.3B MEDICARE, MEDICAID FRAUD SCHEME

    Apr 09, 2019

    The owner of several South Florida skilled nursing and assisted living facilities has been found guilty for his role in a $1.3 billion scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid—one of the largest in U.S. history. Philip Esformes, 50, of Miami Beach, was convicted by a jury on 18 counts in the ca...

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    PBM EXECS SAY COMPETITION, BIOSIMILARS ARE SOLUTIONS TO LOWERING DRUG PRICES

    Apr 09, 2019

    As the Ways and Means Committee today unanimously advanced prescription drug pricing legislation, the Senate Finance Committee both told and asked executives from five of the country's largest pharmacy benefit managers what should be done to lower costs. The executives from Cigna, CVS Health and...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—JUDGE TO ALLOW HEARINGS ON CVS-AETNA DEAL

    Apr 09, 2019

    A federal judge reviewing the completed merger between CVS Health and Aetna said he will allow witnesses who oppose the deal to testify at a series of hearings on the matter. District Judge Robert Leon of Washington, D.C., is taking a second look at the Department of Justice’s approval of the ...

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    PINE BELT DERMATOLOGY GROWS PATIENT VOLUME BY 40% WITH MARKETING SOFTWARE

    Apr 08, 2019

    Pine Belt Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, which has five locations throughout Mississippi, opened in November 2014. It is a new healthcare provider organization. Pine Belt did not have a quality website built for the practice, and initially went out only looking for a solution to that problem. &...

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    REVENUE CYCLE: METRICS TO MASTER, MISTAKES TO AVOID

    Apr 08, 2019

    The focus on electronic health record implementation has turned to how to make use of the vast data stored within to improve revenue cycle operations. "These EHRs capture so much data. The trick is translating that data into information," said Cynthia Sikina, vice president of Financial Se...

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    MEDPAC DEBATES WHAT FORM A MEDICARE WITHOUT FEE-FOR-SERVICE PAYMENT MIGHT TAKE

    Apr 05, 2019

    MedPAC plans to focus heavily on value-based payment in the coming months, and at its meeting Thursday the commissioners weighed what a Medicare without fee-for-service might look like. Eric Rollins, a principal policy analyst for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, outlined several scenarios ...

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    EPIC, CERNER AND OTHERS REVEAL JUST HOW THEIR EHRS ARE INTEROPERABLE

    Apr 05, 2019

    Many electronic health record vendors claim their technologies are interoperable with other healthcare information systems. And these claims can be true – or true to a point. Healthcare IT News interviewed key interoperability executives with four high-profile EHR vendors – Cerner, DrChr...

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    TOP CONCERNS FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES: PART B, APPEALS AND AFFORDABLE MEDICATIONS

    Apr 05, 2019

    The top concerns of Medicare enrollees include navigating Part B, appealing Medicare Advantage (MA) denials and affording meds, according to an annual report from the Medicare Rights Center. “Year after year, our findings from the analysis of our national helpline data show that too many older...

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    HEALTH GROUP ADVANTIA ACQUIRES TELEHEALTH COMPANY PACIFY

    Apr 04, 2019

    Advantia Health, a women’s health group with locations in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest, has acquired Pacify, a telehealth company that focuses on virtual perinatal care for new and expectant moms and parents. The deal combines Advantia’s physical physician practices with Pacify’s v...

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    WESTERN CONNECTICUT HEALTH NETWORK, HEALTH QUEST COMBINE TO FORM $2.4B SYSTEM

    Apr 04, 2019

    Danbury-based Western Connecticut Health Network and New York-based Health Quest announced Wednesday they have merged to create a $2.4 billion system called Nuvance Health. The announcement came the same day regulators approved a certificate of need application to transfer ownership of both health s...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—6 TYPES OF HEALTHCARE SURVEYS THAT CAN IMPROVE PATIENT EXPERIENCES

    Apr 04, 2019

    A growing number of healthcare organizations are bringing patient experience officers on board to lead efforts to improve patient satisfaction and their care experience. In fact, a Beryl Institute study found more than half (58%) of healthcare organizations now employ a chief experience officer. The...

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    VA EXPANDS DATA SHARING WITH PRIVATE PROVIDERS WITH NEW ACCREDITATION

    Apr 03, 2019

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is improving its data-sharing capabilities with VA hospitals and private sector providers with new accreditation from the nonprofit association DirectTrust. The VA has joined DirectTrust’s accredited trust anchor bundle, enabling VA clinicians to more easily ...

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    EXPRESS SCRIPTS LAUNCHES PROGRAM TO CAP MEMBERS' OUT-OF-POCKET INSULIN SPENDING

    Apr 03, 2019

    Express Scripts is launching a program that will cap insulin costs for eligible diabetes patients at $25 for a 30-day supply. The Express Scripts Patient Assurance Program will be open to members of non-government funded pharmacy plans whose out-of-pocket costs exceed $25, Express Scripts and Cigna ...

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    LAWMAKERS RAMP UP SCRUTINY OVER VA’S IT CHALLENGES, INCLUDING JOINT PROGRAM WITH DOD

    Apr 03, 2019

    The Department of Veterans Affairs' management of key IT projects is under close scrutiny from federal lawmakers who are frustrated with what they see as rushed efforts to roll out potentially flawed software tools as well as a lack of governance for the VA's interoperability projects. The V...

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    ANTHEM FINDS COMPETITIVE EDGE IN OFFERING EMPLOYERS INTEGRATED HEALTH BENEFITS

    Apr 03, 2019

    Anthem has found a competitive advantage in offering employers integrated health benefits for medical, vision, dental, pharmacy and other services, and in using the data to identify gaps in care across a billion-and-a-half claims a year. In 2018, Anthem identified 1.2 million gaps in care, including...

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    CONGRESSMAN CALLS FOR OIG INVESTIGATION INTO CMS ADMINISTRATOR CONSULTANT CONTRACTS

    Apr 02, 2019

    Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat from New Jersey, is calling for the Office of Inspector General to investigate reports that CMS Administrator Seema Verma directed millions of dollars in contracts to outside Republican communications consultants. Pallone issued a ...

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    UNITEDHEALTHCARE, AMA PARTNER TO LAUNCH NEW DIAGNOSTIC CODING FOR SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

    Apr 02, 2019

    UnitedHealthcare is teaming up with the American Medical Association to grow its work using diagnostic codes for the social determinants of health. The two organizations will work together to launch about two dozen new ICD-10 codes that will be used to refer patients to social and government support...

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    CERNER SELECTED FOR HIE IN REGIONAL RECORD SHARING PROJECT IN ENGLAND

    Apr 02, 2019

    Cerner has been selected as the supplier that will provide the technology needed to connect patient information across the North East and North Cumbria in England in a regional record sharing project called the Great North Care Record. The partnership looks at the information exchange component of t...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—IT'S TIME FOR STATE, FEDERAL LAWMAKERS TO PROTECT PATIENTS FROM INFLATED MEDICAL BILLS

    Apr 01, 2019

    According to a Consumer Reports survey, nearly a quarter of privately insured Americans report receiving unexpected bills from unfamiliar doctors, even though they thought everything included in their treatment would be covered by their health plans. This isn’t just a confusing inconvenience&m...

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    GROWTH IN TELEHEALTH OUTPACES THAT OF OTHER AVENUES OF CARE -- AT LEAST FROM 2016 TO 2017

    Apr 01, 2019

    From 2016 to 2017, private insurance claim lines for services rendered via telehealth -- as a percentage of all medical claim lines -- grew 53 percent nationally, more than any other venue of care, according to FH Health Indicators, a white paper published by the nonprofit FAIR Health. Like the inau...

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    CERNER EHR ALERT HELPS MISSOURI PROVIDER REDUCE BLOOD TRANSFUSION RATE, SAVE $1 MILLION

    Apr 01, 2019

    Blood transfusion can be lifesaving, but it is not widely known that up to 40-50 percent of blood transfusions in the U.S. are unnecessary, according to the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 2017. When used inappropriately, they can harm patients, generate excessive costs, and w...

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    NEBRASKA MEDICINE LINKS VOICE TECHNOLOGY TO EPIC EHR, BOOSTS PHYSICIAN PERFORMANCE

    Mar 29, 2019

    Nebraska Medicine operates two hospitals with more than 1,000 physicians, 809 licensed hospital beds and 40 specialty and primary care clinics in and around Omaha, Nebraska. The health system has been on the Epic electronic health record system since 2009. Using Epic simplified the process of creati...

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    STATES LIKELY TO STAY THE COURSE ON MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS DESPITE JUDGE’S RULING, EXPERTS SAY

    Mar 28, 2019

    A federal judge’s ruling Wednesday that blocked Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas has limited implications in states where similar programs have also been approved—at least, for now. District of Columbia Judge James Boasberg said in a pair of opinions on the two state p...

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    IT LEADERS PRIORITIZING PATIENT EXPERIENCE, VALUE-BASED CARE IN 2019, SURVEY FINDS

    Mar 26, 2019

    Ramping up value-based care initiatives and improving the patient experience are top priorities for health IT leaders in 2019, a recent survey found. At the same time, IT executives say they are facing significant technology and operational hurdles to advance these initiatives. Half of the executive...

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    KFF: 9 IN 10 PEOPLE WHO FALL INTO ACA ‘COVERAGE GAP’ LIVE IN SOUTHERN STATES

    Mar 26, 2019

    The majority of people who fall into the ACA’s “coverage gap”—or, are not eligible for Medicaid or tax credits on the exchanges—live in one of four nonexpansion states, according to a new study. The Kaiser Family Foundation analyzed the people who fall into that gap by ...

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    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SAYS ENTIRE ACA SHOULD BE THROWN OUT

    Mar 26, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Justice has agreed with a Texas district court judge in releasing an opinion that the Affordable Care Act should be struck down. This is a reversal of the DOJ's earlier opinion in the district court in which the DOJ previously defended all of the ACA other than the individ...

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    HOSPITALS IMPROVE FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE, BUT VOLUMES ARE SLIPPING

    Mar 26, 2019

    Last year was generally a year of financial improvement for hospitals, with profitability in 2018 demonstrating growth in operating margin of about 5 percent compared to 2017, and outperforming budget by 4.4 percent, according to a new Kaufman Hall analysis. But increasing their volumes is still a s...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—INNOVATIVE TOOLS NEEDED TO COMBAT THE WORLD’S DEADLIEST INFECTIOUS DISEASE

    Mar 25, 2019

    With World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, new reports are shedding additional light on the lethal infection that is often mistaken as a disease of the past. Last week’s reports from the World Health Organization and Lancet remind us that TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious disease...

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    MENTAL HEALTH APPS PLENTIFUL, BUT FEW PROVIDE CLINICAL RESEARCH

    Mar 25, 2019

    There are scores of mental health related digital tools available on any of the major app stores. However, a recent study published in Nature Digital Medicine found that a majority of the apps studied do not provide evidence or peer-reviewed studies to back up their products.  “Scientific...

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    NZ E-PRESCRIPTION SERVICE MAKES PROGRESS TOWARD PAPERLESS FUTURE

    Mar 25, 2019

    Unsigned prescriptions are now legal when created with an electronic system that is integrated with the New Zealand e-Prescription Service (NZePS). The Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield has approved a waiver for unsigned prescriptions to be recognised as legal prescriptions when strict cr...

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    UCLA WILL PAY $7.5 MILLION IN CLAIMS, CYBER ENHANCEMENTS TO SETTLE 2015 BREACH

    Mar 25, 2019

    When it occurred in July 2015, it was the fourth-biggest healthcare data breach to date – and nearly four years of regular cyberattacks later, it's still in the top five. Now, to settle with some 4.5 million UCLA Health System patients whose records, most of them unencrypted, were compromi...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—PBM EXECUTIVES SET TO TESTIFY BEFORE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

    Mar 22, 2019

    Executives at five major pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are confirmed to testify before the Senate Finance Committee on drug prices next month. Leaders at Cigna, the parent company of Express Scripts, CVS, Humana, Optum and Prime Therapeutics are slated to testify at a hearing on April 9. The hear...

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    STUDY: ACA MARKET COMPETITION ON THE UPSWING, BUT REGIONAL VARIATION PERSISTS

    Mar 21, 2019

    Although the ACA exchanges show signs of rebounding after 2017’s political turmoil sent some insurers scurrying, marketplaces with little competition are still common, according to a new report. The Urban Institute analyzed the state of competition in the Affordable Care Act exchanges in the 2...

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    CES CHIEF GARY SHAPIRO: 'THERE'S NOT ENOUGH EXPERIMENTATION IN HEALTHCARE'

    Mar 18, 2019

    As president and CEO of the Computer Technology Association, Gary Shapiro has witnessed three decades of technological developments. CTA after all, runs CES, the largest consumer electronics conference, which also features the growing Digital Health Summit. Shapiro is also an author, most recently o...

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    INDUSTRY FACING HEADWINDS IN A 'PERFECT STORM' OF DISRUPTION, SAYS CHANGE HEALTHCARE

    Mar 18, 2019

    One in three healthcare executives surveyed for a new report from Change Healthcare say they're convinced that healthcare is set to be significantly changed by companies and technologies coming from outside of healthcare. That's not the only trendline they think could impact existing process...

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    TELEMEDICINE REDUCES ICU MORTALITY RATE AT VALLEY HEALTH

    Mar 18, 2019

    Valley Health, a not-for-profit health system serving West Virginia, Maryland and part of Virginia, was facing two serious challenges for which it was looking for solutions. First, hospitals are facing critical care staffing shortages. "There is a national problem finding enough intensivists to...

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    DIRECT ENROLLMENT LEAVES CONSUMERS EXPOSED, SAYS CBPP

    Mar 18, 2019

    The federal government created direct enrollment (DE) to give insurance companies and brokers the opportunity to sell healthcare plans on their individual websites. However, a new report from the the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities warns that DE can be deceptive and may be opening consumers t...

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    DEATH BY 1,000 CLICKS: WHERE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS WENT WRONG

    Mar 18, 2019

    The pain radiated from the top of Annette Monachelli’s head, and it got worse when she changed positions. It didn’t feel like her usual migraine. The 47-year-old Vermont attorney turned innkeeper visited her local doctor at the Stowe Family Practice twice about the problem in late Novemb...

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    SILVER TSUNAMI IS COMING TO HEALTHCARE: TIME TO PREPARE

    Mar 15, 2019

    The Silver Tsunami is already rolling in and projections from the U.S. Census Bureau point to 2030 as a milestone year in which older people will actually outnumber children for the first time in history. Census Bureau data also estimates that one in every five Americans will be retirement age by th...

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    INDONESIA’S MOH LAUNCHES SEHATPEDIA HEALTH INFORMATION APP

    Mar 15, 2019

    Last month, Indonesia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) announced the launch of their Sehatpedia app to facilitate the public’s access to health information. The app (currently only available on Android platforms) has an interactive consultation (live chat) feature and provides access to health...

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    FOR INFECTION CONTROL, HOSPITALS RANK SPECIALTY VENDORS HIGHER THAN EHR GIANTS, SAYS KLAS

    Mar 15, 2019

    Hospitals and health systems seeking better technologies for infection control often prefer to take a best-of-breed approach, rather than relying on tools from electronic health record vendors such as Epic and Cerner, a new KLAS report shows. "Provider organizations are increasingly looking for...

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    EFFICIENT HOSPITALS OPERATE ON -2% MARGINS IN MEDICARE PAYMENTS, MEDPAC REPORTS

    Mar 15, 2019

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is recommending that payments in 2020 to acute care hospitals increase by 2 percent instead of the 2.8 percent expected under current law, and that the remaining .8 percent be used as a financial reward under a single quality incentive program. In also recomm...

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    EFFICIENT HOSPITALS OPERATE ON -2% MARGINS IN MEDICARE PAYMENTS, MEDPAC REPORTS

    Mar 15, 2019

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is recommending that payments in 2020 to acute care hospitals increase by 2 percent instead of the 2.8 percent expected under current law, and that the remaining .8 percent be used as a financial reward under a single quality incentive program. In also recomm...

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    HEALTHCARE ROUNDUP—SENATE COMMITTEE INVITES PBMS TO TESTIFY; KANSAS EYES NEW TRANSPLANT LAW

    Mar 14, 2019

    The U.S. Senate Finance Committee, led by Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, invited executives from five pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to testify before a committee on drug pricing. The hearing, set for April 3, will be the third in a series of hearings looking at the costs of...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—IS THERE A CORRELATION BETWEEN OPIOID ABUSE AND WORKPLACE VIOLENCE IN HEALTHCARE?

    Mar 14, 2019

    It can happen anytime, anywhere. Workplace violence isn’t confined to one person, one room or one act. In the healthcare industry, workplace violence can mean a number of things: a doctor bullying a nurse, a patient physically assaulting a caregiver, or a family member raising his or her voice...

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    KFF: TWO-THIRDS OF MEDICARE RECIPIENTS LACK DENTAL COVERAGE

    Mar 14, 2019

    Lack of routine dental care can result in complications and high-cost emergency department visits. Yet almost two-thirds of Medicare recipients, 37 million people, don’t have dental coverage, according to a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).  As a result of not having ...

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    SAMITIVEJ LAUNCHES MULTI-SERVICE 'VIRTUAL HOSPITAL' APP IN THAILAND

    Mar 14, 2019

    Samitivej Hospital Group, a private hospital brand in Thailand with a network of eight hospitals and owned by Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS), recently announced the launch of its one-stop Virtual Hospital app, offering three key services: Teleconsultation – a remote telemedicine consult...

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    MELBOURNE’S BOX HILL HOSPITAL TRIALS MEDICATION MANAGEMENT USING EMRS

    Mar 14, 2019

    Eastern Health has rolled out a new trial across its Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria, to help patients better manage their medication after they leave the hospital. DC MedsRec, the community pharmacy-based service for patients discharged from Box Hill Hospital with four or more medicines, a...

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    6SENSE ANNOUNCES SALESFORCE PARDOT INTEGRATION FOR REVENUE TEAMS TO LAUNCH COMPREHENSIVE ABM PROGRAMS

    Mar 14, 2019

    6sense, a leading Account Based Orchestration Platform, powered by AI, extends its relationship with Salesforce to include an all-new integration with Pardot, Salesforce’s marketing automation solution. This integration combines marketing execution from Salesforce Pardot with the time-based pr...

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    THE PROBLEM WITH DUBBING SINGLE-PAYER PLANS 'MEDICARE FOR ALL'

    Mar 13, 2019

    As the debate around a “Medicare for all” approach continues to heat up, a new report warns that name doesn’t necessarily fit the plan.  Policy analysts at the Urban Institute dove into the positives and negatives of a potential single-payer healthcare system, and in their ana...

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    CEDARS-SINAI TEAMS TO OPERATE PROVIDENCE ST. JOSEPH HEALTH HOSPITAL IN JOINT VENTURE

    Mar 13, 2019

    Providence St. Joseph Health and Cedars-Sinai have agreed to create a joint venture to own and operate Providence Tarzana Medical Center. The hospital will be renamed the Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center. Providence will retain controlling interest and the hospital will retain its Cath...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE INVITES PBMS TO DRUG HEARING

    Mar 13, 2019

    The U.S. Senate Finance Committee, led by Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, invited executives from five pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to testify before a committee on drug pricing. The hearing, set for April 3, will be the third in a series of hearings looking at the costs of...

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    TEXAS HOSPITAL CEO PLEADS GUILTY TO ROLE IN MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR PASS-THROUGH PAYMENT SCHEME

    Mar 13, 2019

    The former CEO of a small Texas hospital pleaded guilty to defrauding three of the state’s largest payers out of millions through a laboratory billing scheme. The Department of Justice announced that Harris Brooks, former CEO of Palo Pinto General Hospital in Mineral Wells, Texas, will face a ...

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    SAFETY-NET PROVIDERS FACE OBSTACLES TO TELEHEALTH ADOPTION

    Mar 13, 2019

    Despite its clear potential to improve access to high-quality care in underserved communities, telehealth is underutilized by safety-net providers due to a range of barriers, according to a new report from the RAND Corporation. The analysis, based on interviews with Medicaid officials from seven sta...

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    HOSPITAL LEADERS SEE CLEAR ROI FOR SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYTICS, BUT MOST USE OUTDATED PROCESSES: SURVEY

    Mar 12, 2019

    Hospital executives say that better supply chain management can increase margins by more than 1% and the return on investment for supply chain analytics is clear, according to a new survey. At the same time, most hospital leaders are not investing in supply chain operations as their top priority and...

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    KAISER PERMANENTE ANNOUNCES NEW INVESTMENTS TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS AT SXSW

    Mar 12, 2019

    Kaiser Permanente is ramping up its investments in addressing chronic homelessness, the health system announced at the annual South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas. Kaiser announced it will provide $3 million over a three-year period to Community Solutions' Built for Zero initiative, wh...

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    BLUE CROSS NC, CAMBIA HEALTH SOLUTIONS ENTER 'STRATEGIC AFFILIATION'

    Mar 12, 2019

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Cambia Health Solutions will enter a strategic affiliation to unite under shared goals and management structure. Though the two partners aren’t calling the deal a merger, Blue Cross NC and Portland, Oregon-based Cambia will share management, adm...

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    UNITEDHEALTH TO EXPAND USE OF POINT-OF-SALE DRUG DISCOUNTS

    Mar 12, 2019

    UnitedHealth Group is expanding its point-of-sale discounts for drugs, the insurer announced Tuesday. Beginning in 2020, all new employer plans with UnitedHealth and its pharmacy benefit manager subsidiary Optum will be required to offer all drug discounts directly to members at the pharmacy counter...

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    HCCI: HEALTHCARE SPENDING, SERVICE USE VARY WIDELY ACROSS THE COUNTRY

    Mar 12, 2019

    In the latest data released from the Health Care Cost Institute’s (HCCI) Healthy Marketplace Index, an analysis of more than 1.8 billion claims shows wide variation when it comes to medical spending and frequency of services depending on the region of the country. The report looks at services ...

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    23ANDME LAUNCHES PREDISPOSITION TEST FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES

    Mar 11, 2019

    At SXSW in Austin this weekend, consumer genomics company 23andMe unveiled its latest test, a predisposition report on Type 2 diabetes. The test, which has not undergone FDA clearance and does not purport to diagnose a condition, is designed to help people understand when they’re at a higher-t...

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    HEALTHJOY'S AI-POWERED EMPLOYEE BENEFITS PLATFORM RAISES $12.5M

    Mar 11, 2019

    Chicago-based HealthJoy, a digital employee benefits platform leveraging artificial intelligence, has raised $12.5 million in Series B funding in a round led by US Venture Partners, according to a release from the company. Epic Ventures also came to the table alongside prior backers Chicago Ventures...

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    INDUSTRY SCRAMBLING TO DIGEST AND RESPOND TO PROPOSED 'INFORMATION BLOCKING' RULES

    Mar 11, 2019

    With the comment period for two major rules set to close on May 3, the clock is now ticking for industry groups to dig into the proposals aimed at boosting interoperability and patient access. Is 60 days enough time to unpack the rules? The American Medical Association (AMA) says no, joining electro...

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    3 TAKEAWAYS FROM OSCAR HEALTH'S WORK IN 2018

    Mar 11, 2019

    Six years in, the technology-driven insurance company Oscar has seen its personalized concierge teams, virtual care and in-house platforms bear fruit, according to its annual year-end report. The company’s concierge teams answered more than 1.2 million questions generated by 77% of membership,...

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    HOSPITAL CLINICIANS’ EHR 'WORKAROUNDS' POSE RISK TO PATIENT SAFETY AND QUALITY, STUDY FINDS

    Mar 11, 2019

    Frustrated with the design and usability of inpatient electronic health record (EHR) systems, hospital care teams frequently use handwritten notes and verbal comments to communicate patient information, posing a threat to patient safety and the quality of care, a study finds. In a recent study publi...

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    REAL-TIME LOCATING SYSTEM REDUCES WAIT TIMES BY 75% AT OREGON MEDICAL GROUP

    Mar 08, 2019

    In April 2017, Oregon Medical Group opened its largest clinic, known as Country Club Road. It’s a 47,000-square-foot, two-level building comprising seven specialties, imaging and lab services. With a remodel and expansion of existing construction, the operations team faced challenges related t...

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    NURSING HOMES SUBJECT TO ONE STAR RATING IF THEY GO MORE THAN FOUR DAYS WITHOUT AN RN ONSITE

    Mar 08, 2019

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is updating the nursing home compare and the five-star quality rating system by dropping the threshold for RN staffing from seven to four days, adding a measure for hospitalizations among long-stay residents and lifting the freeze on health inspections....

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    AS HOSPITALS POST PRICE LISTS, CONSUMERS ARE ASKED TO CHECK UP ON THEM

    Mar 08, 2019

    With much fanfare, federal officials required hospitals nationwide this year to post their “list” prices online. But it’s not yet clear how many are doing it, even as the government has taken the rare step of asking consumers to monitor hospital compliance. Most hospitals appear to...

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    CHILD ENROLLMENT IN PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS FELL BY 600K LAST YEAR

    Mar 08, 2019

    The number of kids enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)—two government health plans for the poor—fell by nearly 600,000 in the first 11 months of 2018, a precipitous drop that has puzzled and alarmed many health policy analysts, while several stat...

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    HALF OF HOSPITALS STILL MANAGING SUPPLY CHAIN DATA MANUALLY, IF AT ALL

    Mar 08, 2019

    Hospital decision makers obviously understand that efficient supply chains can boost margins and bolster bottom lines. And many also understand they can improve the quality of care. Despite that, nearly half of those polled for a new report say they're still using manual processes such as spread...

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    STUDY FINDS SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS LEAD NEW MOTHERS TO SWITCH HOSPITALS—HIGHLIGHTING A BIGGER PROBLEM

    Mar 07, 2019

    Having an in-network obstetrician doesn’t guarantee new mothers won’t receive surprise medical bills after their babies are born. A study published in the March issue of Health Affairs found that 11% of mothers got an unwelcome surprise from the hospital billing department following thei...

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    CMS SEEKS FEEDBACK ON SELLING HEALTH PLANS ACROSS STATE LINES

    Mar 07, 2019

    CMS is seeking feedback on ways it can make it easier for payers to sell insurance across state lines. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued (PDF) a request for information Wednesday evening, and in the document the agency said that it’s especially looking for recommendations...

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    MEDPAC DEBATES REFERENCE PRICING, ARBITRATION TO BRING DOWN PRICES IN PART B

    Mar 07, 2019

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is weighing reference pricing and binding arbitration as possible solutions for rising drug prices in Part B. In a report at its monthly meeting on Thursday morning, MedPAC staffers outlined the two approaches, which could be considered individually or combin...

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    PHILIPS TO ACQUIRE CARESTREAM’S HEALTHCARE IT BUSINESS

    Mar 07, 2019

    Carestream Health announced this morning that it had signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems business to Philips. Carestream general manager for healthcare information solutions Ludovic D’Aprea said they “have had global success in providing radiology and enterpris...

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    NORTHERN TERRITORY’S PATIENTS GET IMPROVED ACCESS TO ADVANCED MEDICAL IMAGING TECH

    Mar 07, 2019

    Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) and Siemens Healthineers have partnered in a venture to expand oncology services available in the Northern Territory, providing the hospital with an advanced PET CT scanner that offers patients the capability to scan faster using lower doses of radiation and personalises ...

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    DATA OF 45,000 RUSH PATIENTS EXPOSED DUE TO THIRD-PARTY BREACH

    Mar 06, 2019

    The personal information of about 45,000 patients at Rush System for Health has been compromised due to a data breach at one of the health system’s third-party claims processing vendors. The data breach, first reported by Crain’s Chicago Business, was disclosed in a Rush financial filing...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—HARVARD PILGRIM REPORTS 7% REVENUE INCREASE IN 2018

    Mar 06, 2019

    Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare reported a net income of more than $80 million in 2018 and an increase in revenue of 7%. The results were surprising after a net loss of $8.7 million in 2017. Harvard Pilgrim Chief Financial Officer Charley Goheen attributed the success to strong regional performances and ...

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    EXPERTS TO CONGRESS: UPTICK IN PREVENTABLE OUTBREAKS 'ALARMING,' NEEDS MORE FUNDING TO ADDRESS

    Mar 06, 2019

    What's one of the best times to convince a parent to vaccinate their child? It just might be before their baby is born, Saad Omer, MBBS, MPH, Ph.D., a professor in the Emory Vaccine Center, told the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday. "There’s ev...

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    HOW EMPLOYERS SAVE MONEY BY PAYING EMPLOYEES TO SHOP FOR HEALTHCARE

    Mar 06, 2019

    Providing healthcare benefits to workers is getting more expensive for employers, a situation that has them scrambling for solutions. One approach has shown promise: Give them money to shop around for healthcare services. According to a new RAND Corp. study published in Health Affairs, paying employ...

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    NTT SECURITY BUYS WHITEHAT SECURITY

    Mar 06, 2019

    NTT Security on Tuesday announced here at RSA 2019 that it is acquiring WhiteHat Security. NTT Security said in a statement that adding WhiteHat’s cloud-based Application Security Platform will enable it to build out its offerings for organizations undertaking digital transformation work. Whit...

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    NTT SECURITY BUYS WHITEHAT SECURITY

    Mar 06, 2019

    NTT Security on Tuesday announced here at RSA 2019 that it is acquiring WhiteHat Security. NTT Security said in a statement that adding WhiteHat’s cloud-based Application Security Platform will enable it to build out its offerings for organizations undertaking digital transformation work. Whit...

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    DIRECTIVE RANKS #1 IN CLUTCH’S TOP B2B MARKETING SERVICE PROVIDERS

    Mar 06, 2019

    Directive, the leading B2B and enterprise search marketing agency, has recently been honored as the number one B2B marketing and advertising service provider in Los Angeles, according to Clutch. Clutch is a B2B research, ratings and reviews site that identifies leading IT and marketing service provi...

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    HEALTHCARE ROUNDUP—D.C. WILL NO LONGER GUARANTEE AMBULANCE RIDES FOR NONSERIOUS CONDITIONS

    Mar 05, 2019

    Residents of the District of Columbia who call 911 will no longer be guaranteed an ambulance ride to a nearby hospital if responding medics and a nurse determine that their ailments are too minor to warrant the trip, The Washington Post reported. Patients with nonserious conditions will instead be p...

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    AMA FILES LAWSUIT TO BLOCK TITLE X RULE RESTRICTING ABORTION CLINIC FUNDING

    Mar 05, 2019

    Saying it imposes restrictions on the patient-physician relationship, the American Medical Association (AMA) filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Trump administration rule that would restrict abortion clinic funding. The country’s largest physician organization filed the lawsuit (PDF) in the U...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—ELI LILLY TO RELEASE CHEAPER GENERIC VERSION OF HUMALOG INSULIN

    Mar 05, 2019

    Eli Lilly is planning to release a generic version of its Humalog insulin pen that’s half the price of the original. Insulin Lispro’s list price will be $137.35 per vial and $265.20 for a set of five pens. Drugmakers, including Lilly, have come under fire for insulin prices. Lilly said i...

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    HOSPITALS SPEND A LOT OF MONEY ON ADVERTISING, BUT THE ADS LACK VARIATION, STUDY SAYS

    Mar 05, 2019

    The Philadelphia area boasts one of the highest concentrations of hospital services in the U.S., but the print advertising themes for regional hospitals lack variation, finds a new study by health administration researchers at Drexel University. That conclusion is based on hospital ads that appeared...

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    UNIVERSITY OF UTAH HEALTH IMPROVES TURNAROUND TIME WITH NEW IMAGING TECH

    Mar 05, 2019

    University of Utah Health provides care for residents of Utah and six surrounding states, with a referral area of about 10 percent to 15 percent of the continental United States. Given this large area, and the increasing number of imaging studies being performed, the health system found it had far t...

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    MEDSPHERE ACQUIRES WELLSOFT TO ENHANCE ITS EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT CAPABILITIES

    Feb 28, 2019

    Health IT company Medsphere Systems Corporation plans to acquire Wellsoft Corporation, which specializes in emergency department information systems. Wellsoft’s core product, the emergency department IS platform, targets improving the workflow of emergency departments and urgent care centers. ...

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    WORKPLACE VIOLENCE BILL WOULD REQUIRE HOSPITALS TO MEET OSHA SAFETY STANDARDS

    Feb 28, 2019

    Psychiatric nurse Barbara Walsh's brush with workplace violence is harrowing. Seven years ago, co-workers found her semiconscious on the ground after she'd been attacked by a patient during her shift in a New Jersey hospital. Her traumatic brain injury caused her to miss three months of work...

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    MEDSPHERE ACQUIRES WELLSOFT FOR ITS EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IT

    Feb 27, 2019

    Medsphere announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Wellsoft, a provider of emergency department information systems (EDIS). With the addition of Wellsoft and other recent mergers, Medsphere representatives said the company now offers a platform that satisfies the clinical, revenue cycle and inven...

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    THREE PROJECTS RECEIVE FUNDING IN NEW COLLABORATION BETWEEN INNOVATE UK AND ASTHMA UK

    Feb 27, 2019

    Innovate UK and Asthma UK have announced that three new projects will receive funding to improve treatment options for people with asthma, after the charity called on the NHS to “move with the times and put technology at the heart of asthma management”. Figures indicate that 5.4 million ...

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    DR. PATRICK LUETMER REVEALS SECRETS OF SUCCESS BEHIND THE PLUMMER PROJECT

    Feb 27, 2019

    Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Chair of Clinical Systems Oversight Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic, Dr. Patrick H. Luetmer shared in an email interview with Healthcare IT News some key takeaways behind the success of the Plummer project. The massive EHR rollout project at Mayo...

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    WHY HEALTH ORGS ARE EMBRACING CLOUD TO IMPROVE PHYSICIAN AND PATIENT EXPERIENCE

    Feb 27, 2019

    Experience. Whether it’s about patients or clinicians, one thing that’s clear is that health insurers and providers, from solo practices to large systems, must improve the experience they deliver or risk losing consumers and employees. Leading organizations are already headed in that dir...

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    FEWER HOSPITAL PROGRAMS ADDRESS OPIOID ABUSE, OHIO UNIVERSITY STUDY FINDS

    Feb 27, 2019

    The damage done to America's health by the opioid epidemic is well-recognized and enormous, with drug overdose death rates helping to drive down U.S. life expectancy in recent years. Yet as the problem has worsened, hospitals collectively have seen a loss of programs dealing with substance abuse...

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    INTERIOR DESIGN IS HAVING ITS MOMENT IN HEALTHCARE

    Feb 26, 2019

    A pair of crystal chandeliers illuminate the open bar stocked with infused waters and teas rich in antioxidants. Around the room, trendy air-purifying fiddle-leaf fig plants draw your eye up to the recessed gold ceiling. And a row of bistro tables line the wall of French-style windows, which are lik...

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    LOUISIANA LOOKING FOR NEW MEDICAID MANAGED-CARE COMPANIES

    Feb 26, 2019

    Louisiana on Monday issued a request for proposals for managed-care companies hoping to serve the state's more than 1.5 million Medicaid members under new contracts beginning in January 2020. Louisiana will award contracts to up to four managed-care companies, down from five insurers today. Thos...

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    TO INCREASE PATIENT SATISFACTION, PROVIDERS NEED TO START TALKING ABOUT COSTS: SURVEY

    Feb 26, 2019

    Even as health systems confront rising healthcare costs and declining margins, they are under pressure to improve the patient experience, retain customer loyalty and collect patient payments. But while two-thirds of patients said cost strongly influences their overall satisfaction with their hospita...

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    STUDY: LOW-VALUE PROCEDURES CAN HARM PATIENTS, CREATE BURDEN ON HEALTH SYSTEM

    Feb 26, 2019

    Low-value procedures have been in the crosshairs for years for the resources they waste. New research further supports the idea that they may also cause more harm than good for the patients they’re supposed to help. That's because low-value procedures raise the risks patients may experienc...

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    4 THINGS TO WATCH AS DRUG EXECUTIVES HEAD TO CAPITOL HILL ON TUESDAY

    Feb 26, 2019

    In what promises to be a closely watched hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, CEO's from some of the top pharmaceutical companies will give their take to lawmakers the rising price of drugs. The expected scapegoat? Insurers and, more specifically, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which have been...

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    PATIENT COSTS NOT LINKED TO INSURANCE CONTRIBUTION, HOSPITAL PRICE, STUDY FINDS

    Feb 26, 2019

    There is almost no correlation between a patient’s out-of-pocket cost and the amount insurers pay or the overall price of a procedure, according to a Pioneer Institute study released Tuesday. The study looked at the cost for an MRI at 14 Massachusetts hospitals and found that even if there was...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—ANTHEM, CIGNA HEAD TO COURT TO SETTLE FAILED MERGER FALLOUT

    Feb 26, 2019

    Anthem and Cigna’s planned merger—which would have created the largest payer in the country by membership—was spiked due to antitrust concerns, and now a Delaware judge will be tasked with wading through what remains of the dispute. Anthem argues that Cigna owes it $20 billion, as ...

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    LAB INSTRUMENTS MAY BE LEAKING PATIENT DATA, STUDY FINDS

    Feb 26, 2019

    The new report noted the cyber-physical nature of biotechnology workflows has created new security risks, which the research community has mostly neglected. The researchers, including Philip Brisk, a UC Riverside associate professor of computer science, and UC Irvine electrical and computer engineer...

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    EC HEALTH DEPT OPENS 2 NEW CLINICS TO BOOST HEALTHCARE SERVICES

    Feb 26, 2019

    The Eastern Cape Health Department is aiming to boost access to healthcare in the province. Health MEC Helen Sauls-August opened two multi-million rand facilities as part of implementing what's called the “re-engineering of primary health care programmes”. Health Department officials...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RELEASES TITLE X RULE RESTRICTING ABORTION CLINIC FUNDING

    Feb 25, 2019

    The Trump administration released a final rule on Friday which revises regulations around the Title X family planning program to block funding to groups that provide abortion referrals. Largely seen as a direct attack on Planned Parenthood, the largest reproductive health and abortion provider in th...

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    HOW HEALTH PLANS CAN CONVINCE SKEPTICAL PROVIDERS TO WORK WITH THEM

    Feb 25, 2019

    Health plans can bring valuable insight to clinical teams—but are providers open to such discussions? Deloitte surveyed 300 providers across different clinical roles and specialties and found that two-thirds are willing to use solutions offered by payers to address care concerns. However, some...

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    HEALTH IT ROUNDUP—APPS SHARE SENSITIVE HEALTH DATA WITH FACEBOOK; STANFORD ISSUES ETHICAL GUIDELINES FOR DIGITAL HEALTH

    Feb 25, 2019

    The number of reported healthcare breaches in 2018 reached a three-year low of 290, but the number of healthcare records breached has more than doubled since 2017, according to a report from Bitglass. According to Bitglass’ fifth annual healthcare breach report, which analyzes data from the U....

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    MORE WEARABLES SHIFT FROM FITNESS TO CLINICAL USE WITH NEW SAMSUNG AND AT&T SMART WATCHES

    Feb 25, 2019

    Active promising a feature the Apple Watch doesn’t yet have—blood pressure monitoring. Apple’s latest version of its smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 4, features a built-in electrocardiogram feature and fall detection. Samsung’s newest smartwatch for the consumer market fea...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—LOUISIANA OFFICIALS NOTIFY THOUSANDS THAT THEY COULD LOSE MEDICAID COVERAGE

    Feb 25, 2019

    Louisiana’s department of health has notified more than 37,000 Medicaid recipients that they could lose access to the program after finding these participants earned too much money to qualify for coverage. According to the Associated Press, almost all of those threatened with removal are non-e...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SEEKING FEEDBACK ON HOW TO SUPPORT GRANDFATHERED ACA GROUP PLANS

    Feb 25, 2019

    The Trump administration is seeking feedback on ways that it can assist insurers and employers in maintaining grandfathered ACA group plans. In a request for information, the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Health and Human Services is asking for additional ...

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    HOW PRICE TRANSPARENCY HELPED AN ARIZONA HEALTH SYSTEM ACHIEVE FINANCIAL TURNAROUND

    Feb 25, 2019

    Efforts to understand costs and openly share information on healthcare prices played a key role in a major Arizona health system's successful turnaround from a financial crisis, according to a feature article in the spring issue of Frontiers of Health Services Management, an official publication...

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    FDA OVERSIGHT OF THE PRESCRIBING OF FENTANYL PRODUCTS IS INADEQUATE, REPORT FINDS

    Feb 22, 2019

    The Food and Drug Administration and manufacturers did not take action when evidence emerged that potentially lethal fentanyl products were being inappropriately prescribed to patients, new research from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows. The study was based on a review of 4,8...

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    RISING FROM THE ASHES: HOW ADVENTIST FEATHER RIVER IS MOVING ON AFTER THE CAMP FIRE WREAKED HAVOC

    Feb 22, 2019

    For Adventist Feather River, whose flagship hospital in Paradise, California was badly damaged in this past Fall's deadly Camp Fire, 2019 will be a reset, with a focus on rebuilding. And signs of progress were thankfully somewhat quick to come, relatively speaking. About a month and a half after...

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    CLINICIANS NEED BETTER OPIOID DATA WITHIN THEIR WORKFLOWS, SAYS EHRA

    Feb 22, 2019

    The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association says it's working toward policies and procedures that will allow physicians better visibility for opioid data in the EHR. "We were surprised to find that there was no comprehensive source for the state-specific policies and standards surroundin...

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    RETINA TELEMEDICINE TECH HELPS SAVE VISION AT GRADY HEALTH SYSTEM

    Feb 22, 2019

    Grady Eye Center had a backlog of 14,000 patients to see, and most of these were diabetic screenings. The center did some research and realized it had more than 20,000 diabetics in Grady Health System and only 20 to 25 percent were being adequately screened for retinopathy. In addition, the burden o...

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    HUMAN API NETS $10 MILLION IN FUNDING TO ADVANCE MACHINE LEARNING TOOLS

    Feb 22, 2019

    San Francisco-based health data startup Human API has received a $10 million investment from SCOR Life & Health Ventures, a division of the France-headquartered reinsurer, to develop its platform. The company helps enable consumers to centralize and share their health data from sources like elec...

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    ONE IN TEN AUSTRALIANS OPT OUT OF THE MY HEALTH RECORD SYSTEM, ADHA SAYS

    Feb 22, 2019

    New figures show that one in 10 Australians have opted out of the My Health Record (MHR) system, leaving participation rates at 90.1 per cent. According to the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), based on the number of people eligible for Medicare as at January 31, more than 2.5 million people ...

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    FDA CLEARS PHILIPS DIGITALDIAGNOST C90 RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

    Feb 22, 2019

    Health technology giant Royal Philips announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its DigitalDiagnost C90 radiography system. The ceiling-mounted radiography system features a live camera image directly displayed at the tube head, designed to...

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    MARSHFIELD CLINIC LAUNCHES TABLET-BASED TELEHEALTH PROGRAM

    Feb 21, 2019

    Marshfield Clinic has introduced a tablet-based telehealth program in partnership with software specialist Health Recovery Solutions. It's geared to patients enrolled in Marshfield’s Heart Failure Improvement Clinic, according to the Wisconsin health system. The service enrolls approximate...

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    ALL-IN-ONE MOBILE DEVICES INCREASE NURSE SATISFACTION AT TRUMAN MEDICAL

    Feb 21, 2019

    Truman Medical Centers needed to optimize nursing workflow while increasing staff satisfaction and improving patient safety. The devices nurses were using, such as pagers, old CareMobile devices and health system-issued phones, were nearing the end of their productive life. The time was right to imp...

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    HEALTH ORGS SET TO INVEST $7 BILLION IN ROBOTICS IN ASIAPAC, IDC SAYS

    Feb 21, 2019

    Healthcare providers' spending on robotics in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) reached $3.73 billion in 2019 and forecasted to top $7 billion by 2022, according to a report from IDC Healthcare Insights. The Robotics in Healthcare-Benefits and Opportunities report noted that robots embedded with ar...

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    COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS SEES MAJOR DROP IN NET LOSSES OVER 2017, REPORTING $328 MILLION FOR Q4 2018

    Feb 21, 2019

    Community Health System multi-layered strategic vision is progressing as the system saw a significant drop in its net losses year over year in the fourth quarter. The Tennessee-based system reported net losses attributable to Community Health Systems common stockholders of $328 million, or $2.91 per...

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    ATUL GAWANDE'S COMPANY LOOKS TO BENEFIT DESIGN, UNSEALED COURT TESTIMONY SHOWS

    Feb 21, 2019

    The nonprofit healthcare company formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase is looking at benefit design to take cost and the complexity out of health insurance, according to unsealed court testimony  obtained by The Wall Street Journal and Stat. Jack Stoddard, the chief operating ...

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    OHIO AG SEEKS $16M REPAYMENT FROM OPTUM FOR DRUG OVERCHARGES

    Feb 20, 2019

    Ohio’s attorney general is seeking to claw back nearly $16 million in funds he says Optum overcharged a state agency for drugs. In a letter (PDF) to OptumRx last week, AG Dave Yost says OptumRx, the company’s pharmacy benefit manager arm, failed to pass on discounts to the state’s ...

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    THESE STATES HAVE THE MOST RURAL HOSPITALS AT 'HIGH RISK' OF CLOSURE: REPORT

    Feb 20, 2019

    Unless their financial situations improve, at least 21% of rural hospitals in the U.S. are at high risk of closing, according to a new report from Navigant. In all, at-risk hospitals represent more than 21,000 beds staffed by 150,000 employees and $21.2 billion in total patient revenue. Of high-fina...

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    UNITEDHEALTHCARE EXPANDS DIGITAL DATA COLLECTION FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES

    Feb 20, 2019

    UnitedHealthcare announced it will increase the amount of data collected from digital devices as a tool for managing chronic illnesses.  The data—being used to enhance comprehensives health profiles for Medicare Advantage participants—is generated through the UnitedHealthcare Nerve ...

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    MAYO CLINIC REVENUE JUMPS FROM GROWTH IN INPATIENT VOLUMES, DIVERSIFIED INCOME SOURCES

    Feb 19, 2019

    Mayo Clinic's earned earnings remained relatively flat last year even after making more than $724 million in capital project investments and contributing more than $339 million to its employee pension plan. In all, Mayo's operating income totaled $706 million on $12.6 billion in revenue in f...

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    COGNIZANT TO PAY $25M TO SETTLE CIVIL CASE RELATED TO FORMER EXECUTIVES' BRIBERY SCHEME

    Feb 19, 2019

    Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation will pay $25 million to settle federal civil charges related to improper payments to obtain permits and building licenses in India carried out by two former top executives five years ago. Those two former executives were indicted by a federal grand jury in ...

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    COGNIZANT TO PAY $25M TO SETTLE CIVIL CASE RELATED TO FORMER EXECUTIVES' BRIBERY SCHEME

    Feb 19, 2019

    Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation will pay $25 million to settle federal civil charges related to improper payments to obtain permits and building licenses in India carried out by two former top executives five years ago. Those two former executives were indicted by a federal grand jury in ...

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    COSTLY SPECIALTY DRUGS DRIVE HIGHER SPENDING ON PROVIDER-ADMINISTERED TREATMENTS, STUDY FINDS

    Feb 19, 2019

    Spending per member in commercial plans on medical pharmacy drugs increased by nearly 20% between 2016 and 2017, due in part to the growing number of emerging therapies with high price tags. Magellan Rx Management, the pharmacy benefit management arm of managed-care company Magellan Health, released...

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    INTEL GIVES GLIMPSE INSIDE ITS CONNECTED CARE HEALTH PLANS THAT SAVED 17% PER MONTH

    Feb 19, 2019

    Intel’s Connected Care health plans are demonstrating the company’s “pay-for-performance” structure is delivering improved results in states where it has its largest employee bases: New Mexico, Oregon, Arizona and California. Intel, which employs about 50,000 people in the U....

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    KAISER PERMANENTE TO OPEN MEDICAL SCHOOL IN 2020 WITH FOCUSES ON DATA, VIRTUAL REALITY

    Feb 19, 2019

    Kaiser Permanente announced that it will open a School of Medicine in the summer of 2020, with a strong concentration on using 21st century technology to prepare physicians for healthcare in the digital age. Physician burnout is rampant — and today’s technologies, notably EHRs — ar...

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    AT ONE OB/GYN PRACTICE, A PATIENT PORTAL DRIVES ENGAGEMENT, REDUCES COLLECTION TIME

    Feb 19, 2019

    Austin Area Obstetrics, Gynecology and Fertility OB/GYN had a major problem with turnaround time for phone calls, as the practice had more phone calls coming in than resources available to return the calls in a reasonable amount of time. Additionally, the practice was spending an unnecessary amount ...

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    ANALYTICS TAKING A FRONT-AND-CENTER ROLE IN THE TRANSITION TO VALUE-BASED CARE

    Feb 19, 2019

    Amidst skyrocketing healthcare costs, companies in the sector are addressing inefficiencies by enhancing data sharing across the value chain -- and they're looking at leveraging analytics to improve business functions and patient experience. It's a factor that's spurring healthcare playe...

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    BUMRUNGRAD INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS WITH BC PLATFORMS TO OFFER PERSONALISED HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS FOR PATIENTS

    Feb 18, 2019

    Last week, BC Platforms, an MIT Whitehead project spinoff which specialises in powerful genomic data management and analysis solutions, announced that it will be providing its genomics platform to Bumrungrad International Hospital, a private multiple-specialty medical centre founded 1980 in Bangkok,...

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    HIMSS STAGE 7 MAKES FOR HAPPIER PHYSICIANS, SAYS KLAS

    Feb 18, 2019

    Achieving Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model is a tall order. It demands that hospitals have totally transcended the paper chart, are using data warehousing and advanced analytics, are able to share clinical information readily with an array of outside entities and are in strict compl...

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    YOUNGER PATIENTS DISSATISFIED WITH HEALTHCARE'S STATUS QUO, MORE WILLING TO TRY NONTRADITIONAL SERVICES

    Feb 18, 2019

    Healthcare consumers are changing, and their expectations are changing, too. They want convenience, affordability and quality, and younger patients especially are dissatisfied with the status quo and more likely to adopt nontraditional healthcare, such as virtual care and retail clinics. According t...

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    JUDGE ALLOWS HOUSE DEMOCRATS TO JOIN DEFENSE OF ACA IN TEXAS CASE

    Feb 18, 2019

    A federal appeals judge is allowing Democrats to join the legal defense of the ACA. A Texas judge ruled that the Affordable Care Act was no longer enforceable as Congress has repealed the penalty attached to its individual insurance mandate. As the Democrats regained control of the House of Represen...

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    KFF: ACA SIGNIFICANTLY NARROWED DISPARITIES IN COVERAGE FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR—BUT THOSE TRENDS MAY BE REVERSING

    Feb 18, 2019

    The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has significantly narrowed the disparities in coverage experienced by people of color, but those gains may be slowing, according to a new report. A new brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation looks at the disparity in health coverage by race and et...

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    IOT, PATIENT ENGAGEMENT, RCM, GENOMICS, DEEP LEARNING AMONG NEW TECH AT HIMSS19

    Feb 15, 2019

    The HIMSS19 exhibit hall this week features health IT vendors offering a wide-ranging selection of technologies and tools designed to help healthcare organization improve care, gain efficiencies and lower costs. Here is another round-up of new products from vendors on the show floor. VivaLNK, a conn...

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    ABOUT HALF OF ALL HOSPITAL DEATHS COULD BE SEPSIS-RELATED. WE DON'T HAVE THE MEANS TO PREVENT THEM

    Feb 15, 2019

    Sepsis is a leading cause of death in hospitals, spurring investigations into how preventable it might be. But according to research published in JAMA Network Open Friday, significant innovation is needed before it can really be addressed. That's because most patients who die of sepsis also have...

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    HIMSS19 Q&A: SURESCRIPTS CEO TOM SKELTON ON EFFORTS TO TAKE ON HIGH PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES, INTEROPERABILITY

    Feb 15, 2019

    When it comes to some of the biggest issues in healthcare from prescription drug prices to interoperability, e-prescribing company Surescripts has a big potential role to play. And the software company has been working to grab that mantle, rapidly expanding its footprint from digitizing prescription...

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    HIMSS19 Q&A: SURESCRIPTS CEO TOM SKELTON ON EFFORTS TO TAKE ON HIGH PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES, INTEROPERABILITY

    Feb 15, 2019

    When it comes to some of the biggest issues in healthcare from prescription drug prices to interoperability, e-prescribing company Surescripts has a big potential role to play. And the software company has been working to grab that mantle, rapidly expanding its footprint from digitizing prescription...

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    $13.3 BILLION HEALTHCARE EDUCATION SOLUTIONS MARKET BY 2023

    Feb 15, 2019

    The "Healthcare Education Solutions Market by Delivery Mode (Classroom-based, E-Learning), Application (Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Radiology, Neurology, Pediatrics), End-user (Physicians, Non-Physicians) - Global Forecasts to 2023" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's ...

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    INFORMATION SHARING, WIDESPREAD COLLABORATION ON EDUCATION, OUTCOME VIGILANCE CAN HELP CURB THE OPIOID CRISIS

    Feb 15, 2019

    Between 1999 and 2016 more than 400,000 lives were lost to opioid overdoses, with another 47K lost in 2017. Roughly 40 percent of those involved a prescription opioid, said Marcia Conrad-Miller, vice-president of consulting services for CGI and Brad Schoffstall, VP of consulting for CGI's health...

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    ALIGNING STAKEHOLDERS' INCENTIVES IN THE SHIFT TO VALUE-DRIVEN HEALTH

    Feb 14, 2019

    ORLANDO – Finding the right formula and structuring data are just the initial steps in enabling a shift toward value-driven health. The success of this shift also depends on aligning stakeholders' incentives – making sure they all have an interest in working together and coordinating...

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    IMAGING, NURSE CALL, PAYMENTS, DIGITAL WORKSPACE NEW PRODUCTS AT HIMSS19

    Feb 14, 2019

    Health IT and imaging technology vendor Royal Philips has launched IntelliSpace Cardiovascular 4.1, its next-generation cardiovascular image and information management system. The latest version builds on the existing pediatric reporting capabilities, recognizing the important and unique nature of t...

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    PAYERS, PROVIDERS PUSH BACK ON DEMOCRATS' MEDICARE BUY-IN PLAN

    Feb 14, 2019

    Earlier this week, Democrats introduced a bill that would allow people ages 50 and over to buy in to Medicare coverage, and the plan is already getting pushback from payers and providers. Under the most recent proposal, people between the ages of 50 and 65 could buy a Medicare plan and qualify for s...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—PHYSICIAN ENCOUNTERS SHOULD BE LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS, NOT ONE-NIGHT STANDS

    Feb 14, 2019

    Too often in this country, emergency room visits are treated like standalone events—“right swipes” of medical care characterized by brief encounters that fix the most emergent issues before patients are sent on their way. Recently, I read an article comparing emergency department u...

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    CMS LAUNCHES NEW MODEL FOR PAYING AMBULANCE CREWS—EVEN IF THEY DON'T TRANSPORT TO THE ER

    Feb 14, 2019

    The Trump administration is launching a new model that would pay first responders even if they opt not to take a patient to the hospital. The Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) model will pay first responders when they transport patients by ambulance to urgent care or their primary care pro...

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    CMS ADMINISTRATOR SEEMA VERMA LAYS OUT PLAN FOR 'DIGITAL DATA REVOLUTION'

    Feb 13, 2019

    A year ago during HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma said she wanted to end the use of fax machines for healthcare transactions. On Tuesday at HIMSS19 in Orlando, Verma gave more details on how CMS is moving providers, and also payers, to patie...

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    IBM WATSON HEALTH’S CHIEF HEALTH OFFICER TALKS HEALTHCARE CHALLENGES AND AI

    Feb 13, 2019

    IBM Watson Health is at the forefront of artificial intelligence in healthcare. The company is tackling a wide array of challenges in the industry, and is working with major provider organizations to do so. For HIMSS19 week, Healthcare IT News conducted an exclusive interview with Dr. Kyu Rhee, vice...

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    HIMSS19: ONC, CMS OFFICIALS OUTLINE THE FRAMEWORK FOR INTEROPERABILITY, THE USE OF APIS, FHIR

    Feb 13, 2019

    With the release of several proposed rules on Monday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlined new provisions around advancing interoperability and giving patients easier access to their health data, signaling that open APIs and FHIR will be core components. The Office of the ...

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    AI IN HEALTHCARE: BIG ETHICAL QUESTIONS STILL NEED ANSWERS

    Feb 13, 2019

    ORLANDO – Seemingly overnight, artificial intelligence has found its way into every corner of healthcare, from patient-facing chatbots to imaging interpretation to advanced analytics applications. With that sea change comes a host of ethical questions about how, where and to what extent AI and...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—UTAH TAKES ANOTHER STEP TOWARD SLIMMED-DOWN MEDICAID EXPANSION

    Feb 12, 2019

    Utah’s state House has approved legislation that would scale back the number of people eligible for the voter-mandated Medicaid expansion. Voters in the state approved Medicaid expansion in the 2018 election, and under the Affordable Care Act that would allow the state’s program to add p...

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    PATIENTS WANT ENGAGEMENT WITH DIGITAL OPTIONS, PERSONAL TOUCH

    Feb 12, 2019

    Consumers are willing to embrace technology to engage with their healthcare providers, but still prefer a personal touch despite the abundance of digital channels available for communication, according to a Pegasystems and Censuswide survey of more than 2,000 U.S. consumers and 200 decision makers a...

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    DEFENSE HEALTH AGENCY CIO: GRAPPLING WITH SIMILAR CHALLENGES, BUT EXTRA COMPLEXITY

    Feb 12, 2019

    ORLANDO – At HIMSS19 on Tuesday, Pat Flanders, chief information officer of the Defense Health Agency, described the unique challenges of standardizing, modernizing and securing the sprawling and dizzyingly complex DHA. It's not just the size, scope and critical mission of the DHA – ...

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    HOW TO GAUGE THE VALUE OF PRECISION MEDICINE PROGRAMS

    Feb 12, 2019

    Every health system understands the potential of precision medicine, but not all of them are quite ready to take the plunge into the complex and expensive project of actually starting a precision medicine initiative. At HIMSS19 on Monday, Dr. James Weese, vice president of Aurora Cancer Care at Milw...

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    VIVIFY HEALTH DEBUTS BYOD REMOTE MONITORING TECH, TALKS FHIR AT HIMSS19

    Feb 12, 2019

    Vivify Health, a connected care management and patient engagement technology vendor, has released a new generation of bring your own device technology, growing on the company’s remote patient monitoring engagement platform, which consists of home monitoring kits and its existing BYOD offering....

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    CHANGE HEALTHCARE UNVEILS FREE DATA INTEROPERABILITY ON AMAZON WEB SERVICES

    Feb 11, 2019

    ORLANDO — Change Healthcare on Monday here at HIMSS19 announced what it described as "free clinical data interoperability services" on Amazon Web Services for document retrieval, identity management and record locator. Interoperability is a perennial HIMSS Global Conference theme and...

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    WHY UNITEDHEALTHCARE WANTS TO EXPAND DIAGNOSTIC CODES TO THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

    Feb 11, 2019

    UnitedHealthcare wants to see diagnostic codes for services targeting the social determinants of health—such as transportation or healthy meals—expand nationwide. In an interview with FierceHealthcare, Sheila Shapiro, senior vice president for national strategic partnerships in UHC's...

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    SAS AND INTERSYSTEMS MODERNIZE NORTH CAROLINA HIE

    Feb 11, 2019

    At HIMSS19, SAS and InterSystems announced Monday that they have partnered with the State of North Carolina to modernize the North Carolina Department of Information Technology’s NC HealthConnex health information exchange. NC HealthConnex supports improved care quality and patient safety, fac...

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    ALLSCRIPTS SUBSIDIARY PARTNERS WITH MIB FOR LIFE INSURANCE DATA EXCHANGE

    Feb 11, 2019

    ORLANDO – Veradigm, which was launched this past November as a rebrand of Allscripts' payer and life sciences division, announced a new partnership today at HIMSS19 to work with MIB, which provides data-driven risk management services for the life insurance industry. Through the agreement ...

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    EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT—CEO FARZAD MOSTASHARI SAYS ALEDADE SUPPORTS THE DOCTORS ‘DOING GOD’S WORK’

    Feb 11, 2019

    Farzad Mostashari, M.D., is back near the frontlines of medicine. After spending a chunk of his career creating policy in Washington, D.C., Mostashari is now running Aledade, the company he co-founded in 2014 to help independent physician practices transition to value-based models. It’s work h...

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    JUDGE REJECTS OSCAR’S REQUEST FOR INJUNCTION AGAINST FLORIDA BLUE IN SPAT OVER BROKER AGREEMENTS

    Feb 08, 2019

    Florida judge has rejected Oscar Health’s request for an injunction that would block Florida Blue from reaching exclusive agreements with insurance brokers. Oscar filed suit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida in November, alleging that the insurer engaged in anticompetitive practices by...

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    SHRINKING MEDICAID ROLLS IN MISSOURI AND TENNESSEE RAISE FLAG ON VETTING PROCESS

    Feb 08, 2019

    Tangunikia Ward, a single mom of two who has been unemployed for the past couple of years, was shocked when her St. Louis family was kicked off Missouri’s Medicaid program without warning last fall. She found out only when taking her son, Mario, 10, to a doctor to be treated for ringworm. When...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—STAKEHOLDERS START PUSH TO GET MEDICAID EXPANSION ON BALLOT IN FLORIDA

    Feb 08, 2019

    Following successful Medicaid expansion ballot measures in other red states, stakeholders in Florida are beginning a quiet campaign to follow suit. A significant number of Floridians would be eligible for Medicaid coverage if the state expanded the program. As many as 700,000 additional people could...

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    CARE MANAGEMENT TECH DROPS HOSPITALIZATIONS AND ER VISITS AT CAREGIVER HOMES

    Feb 08, 2019

    Currently, nearly 30 percent of the members served by Indiana-based health services company Seniorlink have a diagnosis of dementia. These members have multiple comorbid conditions and often exhibit challenging behaviors, leading to a higher rate of hospitalizations and emergency department utilizat...

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    EPIC CONVERSION MEANS 'POTENTIAL JOB CHANGES AND RELOCATIONS' FOR 1,650 TRINITY HEALTH EMPLOYEES

    Feb 08, 2019

    Trinity Health said on Thursday that its massive conversion to Epic’s EHR platform will cause 1,650 Trinity Health employees to be relocated or their positions outsourced in the coming years. Among those are approximately 450 IT employees, Trinity said, and they will be offered employment with...

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    GREENWAY HEALTH TO PAY $57M TO SETTLE CLAIMS IT FALSIFIED EHR CERTIFICATION

    Feb 07, 2019

    Tampa, Florida-based electronic health record (EHR) company Greenway Health has agreed to pay $57.25 million to resolve claims it falsely obtained EHR certification and incentivized clients in exchange for promoting or recommending its product to prospective new customers. The settlement, announced ...

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    HUMANA, ALEDADE TEAM UP TO EXPAND VALUE-BASED CARE

    Feb 07, 2019

    Insurance giant Humana is teaming with Bethesda, Maryland-based primary care consulting company Aledade to expand access to value-based care for its Medicare Advantage members in three states.  Physicians working in Aledade’s accountable care organizations in Pennsylvania, Louisiana and W...

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    MEDICARE RULES INCREASE OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS DRUGS

    Feb 07, 2019

    Medicare patients with multiple sclerosis face skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs for therapies due to complicated insurance rules that force them to pick up an increasing share of the cost, according to new research. Despite recent efforts to constrain escalating costs, researchers with OHSU and the ...

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    GOVERNMENT PAYMENT POLICIES TIED TO HOSPITAL PERFORMANCE FAIL TO IMPROVE PATIENT SAFETY

    Feb 07, 2019

    Value-based incentive programs, or VBIPs, aim to drive improvements in quality and reduce costs by linking financial incentives or penalties to hospital performance. But a new study has found no evidence these programs have any measurable association with changes in catheter-associated urinary tract...

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    MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION STANDARDS IMPROVE PATIENT SAFETY, OPTIMIZE EHR USE

    Feb 07, 2019

    The American Medical Association and other standards developing organizations like the WHO and the American Joint Committee on Cancer have lauded the benefits of relevant documentation standards including units of measure; pharmaceutical regimens; cancer protocols; laboratory studies; genetics; dise...

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    NEW RESEARCH PULLS BACK THE CURTAIN ON ENTERPRISE CONTENT MARKETING IN 2019

    Feb 07, 2019

    With thousands of employees, working across multiple brands, products lines, offices and silos, enterprise marketers face unique content marketing challenges, yet many are scoring wins year after year. That’s according to the findings in the Content Marketing Institute’s new research rep...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—NORTH CAROLINA PAYS OUT $6B IN MEDICAID CONTRACTS

    Feb 06, 2019

    North Carolina officials have reached agreements with five insurers to offer Medicaid managed care in the state, with the deals totaling $6 billion. The insurers—AmeriHealth Caritas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, UnitedHealthcare, WellCare and Carolina Complete Health, a consor...

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    PBMS LAUNCH COUNTERATTACK FOLLOWING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S PLAN TO END DRUG REBATES

    Feb 06, 2019

    Pharmacy benefit managers are hitting back against critics who blame them for rising drug prices, as the system they use to negotiate rebates on drugs hangs in the balance.  The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association this week launched a campaign called #OnYourRxSide, which aims to educatio...

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    NEWYORK-PRESBYTERIAN WORKING ON MACHINE LEARNING ANALYTICS TO COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

    Feb 06, 2019

    NewYork-Presbyterian, a prominent academic health system, is working with machine learning vendor Splunk to develop new data analytics tools that prevent the potential diversion of controlled substances such as opioids. NewYork-Presbyterian approached Splunk to develop the controlled substance monit...

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    RURAL HOSPITALS FACE GROWING SUSTAINABILITY THREATS ON MULTIPLE FRONTS, AHA SAYS

    Feb 06, 2019

    A multitude of challenges is threatening the stability of rural hospitals in America, a report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) found. Recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals is an ongoing challenge and expense, which is further complicated by geographic isolation. The repo...

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    GROWTH IN HOSPITAL PRICES OUTPACES THAT OF PHYSICIANS BY NEARLY 20 PERCENT, HEALTH AFFAIRS SHOWS

    Feb 06, 2019

    Physician prices have seen a growth trend over the past several years, but between 2007 and 2014, hospital prices outpaced them, according to new research published in Health Affairs.  Hospital-based procedures have seen growth driven largely be the facility side of the equation, with prices fo...

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    PROVIDENCE ST. JOSEPH HEALTH LAUNCHES BUSINESS OFFERING PBM SERVICE, POPULATION HEALTH EXPERTISE

    Feb 05, 2019

    Providence St. Joseph Health is getting into the business of helping other healthcare providers and payers with the shift to value-based care. The Renton, Washington-based health system launched Ayin Health Solutions, a population health company, to offer expertise to help payers, providers, employe...

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    CENTENE STILL BULLISH ON ACA EXCHANGES DESPITE LEGAL CHALLENGES TO THE LAW

    Feb 05, 2019

    Legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act aren’t deterring Centene from their exchange business, officials said on Tuesday.  Centene Corporation’s ACA exchange enrollment grew by 52% to reach 1.5 million members in 2018, the insurer said during its quarterly earnings call, adding ...

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    HEALTHCARE GAINS 42,000 JOBS IN JANUARY, LED BY AMBULATORY SERVICES

    Feb 05, 2019

    The healthcare industry didn't add as many jobs in January as it did in December, but that's partly because December was a record month. The last month of 2018 saw 52,000 jobs added, while 42,000 more were added in January, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ambulatory service...

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    MEDICARE SPENDING ON HEALTHCARE FOR ELDERLY DIPS, DRIVEN BY BETTER CARDIOVASCULAR CARE

    Feb 05, 2019

    Healthcare spending among the Medicare population age 65 and older has slowed dramatically since 2005, and as much as half of that reduction can be attributed to reduced spending on cardiovascular disease, a new Harvard study has found. Led by Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics David Cutle...

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    MEDSTAR LAUNCHES EHR USABILITY CAMPAIGN, WITH VIDEOS SHOWING UX, WORKFLOW CHALLENGES

    Feb 05, 2019

    Effective software depends on user feedback, with developers rely on a culture of open communication to learn more about bugs and usability issues. That goes electronic health records too, and MedStar Health is showing, not telling, how they could. The MedStar Health National Center for Human Factor...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—3 WAYS HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CMS’ REDUCED BURDENS

    Feb 04, 2019

    It goes without saying that both regulation and accreditation are crucial to ensuring that healthcare providers and facilities uphold nationwide standards in patient care. While both hold healthcare providers accountable to their patients and community, strengthen patient safety and measure quality ...

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    WHY LYFT IS MAKING MEDICARE ADVANTAGE A KEY FOCUS OF ITS HEALTHCARE WORK

    Feb 04, 2019

    Ride-hailing service Lyft has been in the healthcare space for the past several years, and it sees Medicare Advantage plans as a key demographic for its health platform. On a call with reporters on Monday, Megan Callahan, vice president for healthcare at Lyft, said its first MA partner was CareMore,...

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    NYU LANGONE TACKLES END-OF-LIFE CARE DECISION-MAKING

    Feb 04, 2019

    NYU Langone Health developed an end-of-life clinical decision support care initiative for shared decision-making among patients, their families and the care team. Launched in 2017, the Respecting Choices Person-Centered Care Model improves care by aligning the goals of the patient and the care team....

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    GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR GENOMICS AND HEALTH PICKS 7 DATA INITIATIVES FOR 2019

    Feb 04, 2019

    The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health has chosen seven genomic data initiatives from around the world as new Driver Projects for 2019 – projects where researches will work together develop and pilo standards for the sharing genomic and other health data. GA4GH officials said they were ch...

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    EHRS, POP HEALTH, PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS, INTEROPERABILITY ON CERNER’S HIMSS19 MENU

    Feb 04, 2019

    With HIMSS19 just days away, EHR giant Cerner has a lot on its mind. And its executives at the global health IT conclave are going to be focused on a variety of trends affecting EHRs and much more. “Healthcare is a fast-paced industry defined by dramatic shifts in regulations, technology, care...

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    WHY BLUES PLANS, HEALTH CARE SERVICE CORPORATION ARE TEAMING UP TO FIGHT HUNGER

    Feb 04, 2019

    The Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Institute have teamed up to bring healthy food delivery options to those living in food deserts. The partnership has debuted foodQ, which offers affordable meals delivered to a participant’s home. The program aims to ...

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    KAISER, DIGNITY HEALTH EXECUTIVES: BETTER STRATEGY NEEDED TO GET ROI FROM SOCIAL DETERMINANTS INITIATIVES

    Feb 04, 2019

    Health systems are increasingly investing in programs to address "social determinants" in healthcare like food and housing insecurity. But too often those efforts are still too fragmented to make the intended impact. That was the message from executives from Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Heal...

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    AHIMA, ARTIFACT HEALTH PARTNER ON QUERY STREAMLINING PLATFORM

    Feb 04, 2019

    The American Health Information Management Association and Artifact Health have partnered to maintain a library of HIPAA-compliant physician query templates on Artifact’s cloud-based platform. Artifact has developed a mobile-based physician query process streamlining platform that lets physici...

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    HONG KONG ESTABLISHES PRIMARY HEALTHCARE OFFICE WITH NEW DHCS TO BE INTRODUCED

    Feb 04, 2019

    Hong Kong’s Food and Health Bureau (FHB) announced on March 1, 2019 the establishment of the Primary Healthcare Office (PHO) to oversee and steer the development of primary healthcare services at the bureau level. “It is high time for us to actively promote primary healthcare services to...

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    CMS ASKS FOR FEEDBACK WITH RELEASE OF HOSPITAL COMPARE DATA—AND THE INDUSTRY IS ALREADY NOT PLEASED

    Feb 01, 2019

    The federal hospital ratings website Hospital Compare may be getting another revamp. After several delays, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Thursday that it has released updated hospital performance data on the consumer comparison website that uses star ratings for hospital...

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    IT'S OFFICIAL. BETH ISRAEL LAHEY HEALTH EMERGES POSTMERGER

    Feb 01, 2019

    Beth Israel Lahey Health officially launched on Friday as the result of the Massachusetts megamerger between Beth Israel Deaconess and Lahey Health. The resulting healthcare system has more than 4,000 physicians, including more than 800 employed primary care physicians and 3,500 specialty physicians...

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    CIGNA REPORTS STRONG FOURTH QUARTER, SHRUGS OFF POTENTIAL IMPACT OF DRUG REBATE RULE PROPOSAL

    Feb 01, 2019

    Insurance giant Cigna posted strong year-end results following its merger with Express Scripts. Cigna pulled in $49 billion in revenue for the year, a 15% increase over 2017. Its income from operations was $3.6 billion or $14.22 a share, up more than 30% over $2.7 billion, or $8.77 a share, in 2017....

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    HOW TO MAKE HEALTHCARE MORE LIKE AMAZON? IT COMES DOWN TO DATA AND PAYER-PROVIDER COLLABORATION

    Feb 01, 2019

    Anyone who has used an e-commerce site like Amazon knows how easy it is to get what you want—sometimes within hours—with the click of a button. With its phone calls, long waits for appointments and yet more waiting at the doctor's office, healthcare strikes a stark contrast. And exec...

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    EMDS ACQUIRES APRIMA, BOOSTING OUTPATIENT EHR OFFERINGS

    Feb 01, 2019

    Electronic health record developer eMDs is acquiring Aprima Medical Software for an undisclosed sum. The addition of Aprima, which develops EHR, practice management and revenue cycle management technology, will help eMDs better serve its 63,000 provider customers worldwide, the company said. Both co...

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    IATRIC SYSTEMS BUYS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA SPINOFF HAYSTACK INFORMATICS

    Feb 01, 2019

    Iatric Systems, which itself was acquired by Harris Healthcare this past summer, has announced that it is purchasing Haystack Informatics, whose behavioral analytics offerings aim to help providers ensure patient privacy and optimize operations. Iatric's wide suite of offerings – security,...

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    HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WANTS TO END 'MIDDLEMEN KICKBACKS' IN DRUG PRICING BY TARGETING REBATES

    Jan 31, 2019

    The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing to lower the list price of prescription drugs by correcting what it calls the perverse incentive to increase list prices to get higher rebates. The rebates are passed on to health plans, which use them to lower the price of premiums. But Part ...

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    AVERA TAPS PHARMACOGENOMICS TO HELP PROVIDERS CHOOSE THE RIGHT MEDICINE

    Jan 31, 2019

    Avera Health, an integrated system in the Midwest, uses pharmacogenomics to allow providers to pick the right medication for a specific patient, and delivers the information to the clinical point of care through a ready-to-use format in the EHR. Avera employes this pharmacist-driven interpretation t...

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    DHBS IN NEW ZEALAND TO DEVELOP NATIONAL ELECTRONIC ORAL HEALTH RECORD

    Jan 31, 2019

    An implementation plan for a nationally consistent Electronic Oral Health Record (EOHR) will be presented to the country’s 20 district health board (DHB) chief executives by the middle of this year. Professional services organisation TAS is leading the implementation on behalf of the DHBs afte...

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    2 DECADES AFTER LANDMARK IOM REPORT, THIS GROUP IS STILL FIGHTING TO CONVINCE HOSPITALS TO TAKE SAFETY STEPS

    Jan 31, 2019

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.—Standing beneath the bright lights on a stage in a California conference center, Joe Kiani told a crowd of hospital leaders he was frustrated. Seven years ago, he’d founded the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. And Kiani, who’d made a name for himself fou...

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    DIRECTTRUST CEO ON WHY DIRECT MESSAGING SHOULD REPLACE THE FAX MACHINE

    Jan 31, 2019

    An increasing number of providers are engaging in health data exchange and are using data exchange services for a variety of use cases, according to the nonprofit association DirectTrust. Case in point: Direct message transactions increased by 63% in 2018 with steady growth in the number of healthca...

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    SCRIBES SAVE DOCTORS TIME AND HOSPITALS MONEY, NEW STUDY FINDS

    Jan 31, 2019

    Scribes can benefit both doctors and hospitals, according to a new study. Using scribes increased emergency physicians’ productivity so they can care for more patients and ultimately saved hospitals money, according to research published in the BMJ. The study, which included 88 physicians, was...

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    ANTHEM MOVES UP LAUNCH OF ITS PBM TO SECOND QUARTER OF 2019

    Jan 30, 2019

    Anthem is planning to begin moving members into its new PBM, IngenioRx, in the second quarter of 2019, bumping up the projected launch from 2020. Anthem announced the change as part of its fourth-quarter earnings (PDF), saying it moved up IngenioRx’s launch because Cigna closed its acquisition...

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    ADDRESSING SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH? CONSIDER ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING

    Jan 30, 2019

    "Social determinants of health" is one of the hot buzz-phrases in healthcare these days, and for good reason. SDOH refers to outside factors that may impact a patient's health, such as employment status and access to education, and providers can improve efficiency and curb costs by add...

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    AN EARLY LOOK AT A CDC PROJECT DIGITIZING INFECTIOUS DISEASE GUIDELINES TO WORK IN EHRS

    Jan 30, 2019

    Addressing global infectious diseases has been an ongoing challenge. To tackle the issue, in 2018 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put together a Kaizen group consisting of an interdisciplinary collection of healthcare and IT professi...

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    HEALTHCARE IT’S ‘LORD OF THE RINGS’ PROBLEM

    Jan 30, 2019

    In JRR Tolkien’s classic Lord of the Rings, the battle in middle earth is about getting control of the “one ring that rules us all.” A constructive analogy in healthcare is the quest to find that one solution that unites different systems and enables a seamless flow of data.
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    TRIBUNAL PROHIBITS PROPOSED MEDICLINIC HOSPITAL MERGER OVER FEAR HEALTHCARE PRICES WOULD GO UP

    Jan 30, 2019

    The Competition Tribunal said on Wednesday that it has prohibited a merger between Mediclinic and Matlosana Medical Health Services (MMHS) in the North West province. In terms of the proposed transaction Mediclinic would have acquired a majority interest in MMHS. MMHS owns and operates, among others...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—GRASSLEY CALLS ON HHS, CMS TO EXPLAIN INFLATED LAB SPENDING

    Jan 29, 2019

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is calling for the Department of Health and Human Services to explain the potential for a big increase in costs to Medicare for laboratory services. Grassley's letter follows a recent report from the Government Accountability Office which...

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    PAYERS, PROVIDERS CLASH ON CMS' PLANS FOR STEP THERAPY IN MEDICARE PART B

    Jan 29, 2019

    Payers and providers are decidedly split when it comes to CMS’ proposals to allow step therapy for Part B drugs, while insurers want to the agency to take its plans for negotiation in Part D's protected classes further. The comment period on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

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    NEW EHEALTH DIGITAL SERVICE INFRASTRUCTURE ALLOWS FIRST EU CITIZENS TO USE EPRESCRIPTIONS ACROSS BORDERS AND MORE EU NEWS BRIEFS

    Jan 29, 2019

    New initiative sees EU citizens use ePrescriptions in other EU country. Finnish patients can now get their medicines from pharmacies in Estonia prescribed electronically by their doctors back in Finland through the new eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure, the European Commission announced last we...

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    APPLE, AETNA COLLABORATING ON NEW WATCH-DRIVEN WELLNESS REWARDS PROGRAM

    Jan 29, 2019

    This morning Aetna (which was recently acquired by CVS) and Apple announced a new wellness program that will leverage health data, a custom app and the Apple Watch. Called Attain by Aetna, the voluntary program will deliver personalized health goals, recommendations and rewards based on members&rsqu...

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    MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR $1B TOWERS PROJECT

    Jan 28, 2019

    Massachusetts General Hospital is planning to construct a $1 billion, 12-story building on its Boston campus by 2026. MGH announced to its employees in a letter it was launching the process to get approval for the hospital building aimed at addressing growing demands for care and services. Cancer an...

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    ANALYSIS: PULLING BACK CURTAIN ON HOSPITAL PRICES ADDS NEW WRINKLE IN COST CONTROL

    Jan 28, 2019

    As President Donald Trump was fighting with Congress over the shutdown and funding for a border wall, his administration implemented a new rule that could be a game changer for health care. Starting this month, hospitals must publicly reveal the contents of their master price lists -- called "c...

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    AETNA, IBM LAUNCHING NEW BLOCKCHAIN HEALTHCARE NETWORK

    Jan 28, 2019

    A group of leading health insurers including Aetna, now owned by CVS Health, launched a collaboration with PNC Bank and IBM to design a blockchain healthcare network that will improve transparency and interoperability in the industry. The initiative—which also includes Anthem and Health Care S...

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    MOST HOSPITALS WOULD LIKELY BENEFIT FROM THIRD-PARTY LIABILITY INSURANCE COVERAGE, SAYS ERI

    Jan 25, 2019

    Citing dramatically increased costs and concurrent drops in insurance reimbursement, an article published by Emergency Recovery Inc. in its Rev Cycle Quarterly publication laid out a case for most U.S. hospitals to secure third party liability coverage, or TPL, describing what Celler Organization an...

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    OPTUM SUES FORMER EXECUTIVE FOR WORKING FOR COMPETITOR COMPANY RUN BY ATUL GAWANDE

    Jan 25, 2019

    Optum has sued former executive David William Smith for going to work for Amazon, Berkshire-Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, breaking his non-compete agreement. Optum has filed for a temporary restraining order to prevent Smith from working for the company it calls "ABC." Smith, former vice pr...

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    CROSS-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS, INCREASING CONSUMERISM TO DRIVE MORE HEALTHCARE M&A IN 2019

    Jan 25, 2019

    Last year was a record-breaking year when it came to healthcare deals and the trend isn't expected to slow down in 2019, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute’s latest US Health Services Deals Insights report. Overall deal volume was up 14.4% from 2017 to the en...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—MAINE'S NEW GOVERNOR REJECTS STATE’S PLANNED MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS

    Jan 24, 2019

    Newly instated Maine Gov. Janet Mills has rejected work requirements in the state’s Medicaid program, which were requested by her predecessor and approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The waiver request submitted by former Gov. Paul LePage was approved on Dec. 21 shortl...

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    38 HOSPITALS SUE HHS OVER SITE-NEUTRAL PAYMENT RULE

    Jan 24, 2019

    A month and a half after several hospital advocacy groups joined together to sue the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over it's finalized site-neutral payment policy, 38 hospitals have followed, filing suit against HHS Secretary Alex Azar for a policy they say will deprive hospitals ...

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    BENEFITS OF BUNDLED PAYMENTS TURN ON WHETHER THEY ARE VOLUNTARY OR MANDATORY: GAO

    Jan 24, 2019

    CMS suspects Medicare could save money by adopting episode-based payment models. But according to a new report by the the Government Accountability Office, the outcome is highly dependent on the specific structure of those models. In particular, the results can change massively depending on whether ...

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    LESSONS LEARNED: WHAT PATIENTS SAID ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE IN PRIMARY CARE PRACTICES

    Jan 24, 2019

    What makes a good doctor? Just ask their patients. Based on a new survey, it becomes clear that good communication with their physicians, as well as with other clinicians, is key to a positive patient experience. That’s a big lesson from the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) survey ...

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    INSULIN PRICES NEARLY DOUBLED IN 5 YEARS, REPORT SAYS

    Jan 23, 2019

    The cost of managing diabetes in the U.S. is rising quickly, largely due to dramatic increases in the cost of insulin, according to a new report (PDF) from the Health Care Cost Institute. Looking at health insurance claims from 13,800 to 16,200 people with Type 1 diabetes who use employer-sponsored ...

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    AHA, FAH URGE FASTER PROGRESS ON INTEROPERABILITY IN NEW REPORT

    Jan 23, 2019

    Seven leading hospital organizations are putting out a call to arms to advance data sharing and interoperability across the healthcare industry. Data sharing improves care coordination, patient safety, family empowerment, efficiency and cost, the groups wrote in the new report (PDF) released by the ...

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    JPMORGAN SPINOFF KADENA PUTS BLOCKCHAIN ON AWS—AND ON THE TABLE FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES

    Jan 23, 2019

    The startup announced Wednesday morning that it would be moving its blockchain development platform to Amazon Web Services. It hopes that this accessibility can eliminate or reduce the upfront costs of setting up blockchain nodes. "There's a lot of organizations that want to use blockchain ...

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    MORE THAN HALF OF CONSUMERS LACK CONFIDENCE IN THEIR ABILITY TO PROPERLY TAKE NEW MEDICATIONS AS DIRECTED

    Jan 23, 2019

    More than half of consumers lack confidence in their ability to properly take new medications as directed, according to a survey released today by e-prescribing and patient medication management solution outfit DrFirst. Among the consumers who had concerns about taking new medications correctly, two...

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    BUNDLED PAYMENT PROGRAMS IN HEALTHCARE BECOMING MORE COMMON DESPITE LACK OF COMPREHENSIVE IT SOLUTION

    Jan 23, 2019

    Recent rule changes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has once again brought bundled payments into the national spotlight. Addressing uncertainty among payers and providers on the future of bundled payments, the latest report from Chilmark Research analyzes the market trends shapin...

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    PAYMENTS TO PHYSICIANS MAY INCREASE OPIOID PRESCRIBING, STUDY SHOWS

    Jan 22, 2019

    Doctors who receive direct payments from opioid manufacturers tend to prescribe more opioids than doctors who receive no such payments, new research shows. The report, published in the journal Addiction, found that the association between payments and prescribing is strongest for hydrocodone and oxy...

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    LOYOLA MEDICINE, PALOS HEALTH EXPAND PARTNERSHIP WITH PLANS TO FULLY MERGE

    Jan 22, 2019

    Illinois hospital systems Loyola Medicine and Palos Health plan to merge, according to a joint announcement made Monday. The two systems have signed a non-binding letter of intent and due diligence is expected to take several months. The terms of the LOI are not being disclosed. Palos Health will co...

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    PART D PLANS TAKE ON MORE RISK IN NEW CMMI MODEL

    Jan 22, 2019

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is testing new models through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to bring down prescription drug costs in Part D and to add benefits and increase competition in Medicare Advantage plans. Both models are voluntary. The Part D payment moderni...

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    BLUE CROSS NORTH CAROLINA AND 5 MAJOR HEALTH SYSTEMS ENTER CONTRACT TO SHARE IN OUTCOMES AND COSTS

    Jan 21, 2019

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has entered into a shared risk contract with five of the state's major health systems and their accountable care organizations. The program called Blue Premier, ties payment to performance. The health systems share in the cost savings if they meet ind...

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    VANDERBILT COMBINES AI AND SMART ON FHIR IN AN EHR VOICE ASSISTANT

    Jan 21, 2019

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of the first provider organizations to develop a voice assistant for electronic health records that can give verbal summaries back to providers using natural language processing. With VEVA, the Vanderbilt EHR Voice Assistant, the health system is using NLP...

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    HL7 GIVES A GLIMPSE OF FHIR 5

    Jan 21, 2019

    Health Level 7 International on Monday offered a peek at its roadmap for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, aka FHIR 5. FHIR is widely viewed as holding great promise for enabling health data sharing among vendors, providers, payers, government, health information exchanges and other entiti...

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    A NEW HEALTHCARE RULE DESIGNED TO PROTECT CONSUMERS DOES ANYTHING BUT

    Jan 21, 2019

    Of life's many expenses, there's perhaps none more baffling and frustrating than healthcare. After all, when a car breaks down, your mechanic must provide you with a detailed estimate of what it will cost to fix it, including replacement parts and labor. Medical care doesn't work that wa...

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    NORTH CAROLINA'S ATTORNEY GENERAL OKS HCA ACQUISITION OF MISSION HEALTH

    Jan 18, 2019

    HCA's planned acquisition of Asheville, North Carolina-based Mission Health System cleared a major hurdle this week after North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced that he has no objections to the deal. Stein pointed to HCA's commitments to provide healthcare services and to make ...

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    INTERMOUNTAIN TAKES ITS CHALLENGE OF FALSE CLAIMS ACT TO THE SUPREME COURT

    Jan 18, 2019

    Intermountain Healthcare is trying to take its ongoing challenge of the False Claims Act (FCA) to the Supreme Court. The Salt Lake City-based health system has asked the court to review a decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, claiming the FCA violates the Appointments Clause of the Constitu...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—4 WAYS HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS CAN PREPARE FOR NEW MATERNAL CARE DESIGNATIONS

    Jan 18, 2019

    Four years ago, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released a joint consensus statement on maternal level-of-care designations (MLOCD). The goal of the designations was to standardize levels of maternal care as a means of improving mat...

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    CVS, WALMART MAKE NICE, REACH NEW MULTI-YEAR DEAL TO KEEP RETAIL GIANT IN CAREMARK’S NETWORK

    Jan 18, 2019

    Just days after Walmart announced it would pull out of CVS Caremark’s network, the two sides have resolved their differences and reached a new contract agreement.  CVS Health announced Tuesday that Walmart had opted to exit Caremark’s pharmacy benefit management and Managed Medicaid...

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    STUDY: SHIFTING DRUGS FROM MEDICARE PART B TO PART D COULD HIT SOME BENEFICIARIES WHERE IT HURTS—THEIR WALLETS

    Jan 18, 2019

    Moving pricey Medicare Part B drugs into Part D could bring down drug spending overall, but it may also hit the wallets of some beneficiaries harder, according to a new study. Researchers led by a team from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that shifting some of the...

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    HOW MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA USED ITIL FOR A TELEHEALTH SERVICE MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK

    Jan 17, 2019

    The Medical University of South Carolina was charged recently by its leadership and state leaders to expand its telehealth portfolio and rapidly develop new services. That goal was helped along by some strategies gleaned from ITIL, a library of best practices to help organizations optimize their inf...

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    NEW ZEALAND’S NORTHLAND DHB HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT TOOL GOES LIVE

    Jan 17, 2019

    Northland District Health Board (DHB), which is based in Whangarei and covering the northernmost part of the North Island in New Zealand, has launched a web-based interactive version of the Health Needs Assessment (HNA). DHBs must produce an HNA report every 5–7 years as a way of monitoring th...

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    DECISION SUPPORT CAN GUIDE CLINICIANS TO PRESCRIBE LOWER COST ALTERNATIVES

    Jan 17, 2019

    To curb costs in prescription drug spending, clinical decision support can help stop the upward trend of per capita spending that makes cost in this country higher than in any other industrialized nation. Adam Szerencsy, medical director, Ambulatory Informatics, NYU Langone Medical Center, will disc...

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    STUDY: 1 IN 4 ANTIBIOTIC PRESCRIPTIONS LIKELY INAPPROPRIATE

    Jan 17, 2019

    A quarter of prescriptions are likely inappropriate for the conditions they were prescribed for, according to a new study published Wednesday in BMJ. And that estimate is probably conservative. The study was conducted by looking at the diagnostic codes for just more 19 million privately insured indi...

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    HEALTHCARE ROUNDUP—TENET STRIKES MULTIYEAR DEALS WITH ANTHEM, HUMANA

    Jan 17, 2019

    Tenet Healthcare has reached multiyear agreements with Anthem and Humana to ensure members can receive in-network care at its facilities. Tenet is contracted with Humana until 2023 and did not specify the length of its agreement with Anthem. Executives at the health system and both payers said the d...

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    DEFINITIVE HEALTHCARE ACQUIRES HIMSS ANALYTICS DATA PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

    Jan 16, 2019

    Definitive Healthcare on Wednesday announced that it has acquired HIMSS Analytics' Logic, Predict and Analyze assets to enhance its market intelligence platform. HIMSS Analytics, a Healthcare IT News sister, will continue its focus on maturity models, such as the EMR Adoption Model, and adoption...

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    SENIORS MORE LIKELY TO SWITCH MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS IN 2019, SURVEY SHOWS

    Jan 16, 2019

    Today's seniors are increasingly tech savvy, expect more from Medicare plans and in 2019 are more likely to switch their Medicare Advantage plans, finds a new survey from Welltok. With more than 60 million Americans projected to be covered by Medicare by 2020, it is critical for plans to underst...

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    CVS CAREMARK, WALMART CLASH OVER REIMBURSEMENT RATES

    Jan 16, 2019

    Walmart and its pharmacy benefit manager network, CVS Caremark, have fallen out over reimbursement rates, leaving commercial and managed Medicaid members out-of-network when filling scripts with the retailer. CVS Health said it has requested that Walmart continue to fill prescriptions as an in-netwo...

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    HOW ADVENTHEALTH LEVERAGES REAL-TIME DATA TO BOOST OUTCOMES

    Jan 16, 2019

    Quality improvement is no longer just a nice-to-have. It's a critical must-do for any health system that hopes to survive in the era of value-based care. But opinions vary widely on the best way to manage data for better outcomes. Robert Altemose, RN, clinical operations analytics director at Al...

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    EUROPEAN AI-ON-DEMAND PLATFORM UNDERWAY, ONLINE 'CALCULATOR' TO PREDICT RISK OF CANCER, AND MORE EU DIGITAL HEALTH NEWS

    Jan 16, 2019

    New project looks to create European AI-on-demand platform. A new AI4EU project aims to support the development of the “first European on-demand AI platform” with a €20m budget over the next three years. French company Thales is coordinating the roll-out, with a view to expand membe...

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    LIONBRIDGE AUGMENTS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE OFFERING THROUGH ACQUISITION OF GENGO AND GENGO.AI

    Jan 16, 2019

    Today, Lionbridge, one of the world’s most trusted global communications platforms, announced its acquisition of Gengo, a Tokyo-based, leading edge technology company providing crowdsourcing, machine learning and localization services to global customers. Lionbridge has a 20-year history of le...

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    PROVIDERS WALK ‘FINE LINE’ BETWEEN INFORMING AND SCARING IMMIGRANT PATIENTS

    Jan 15, 2019

    While the Trump administration decides whether to adopt a controversial policy that could jeopardize the legal status of immigrants who use public programs such as Medicaid, doctors and clinics are torn between informing patients about the potential risks and unnecessarily scaring them into dropping...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—JUDGE ORDERS DOJ TO CONTINUE CVS-AETNA REVIEW; CMS CONSIDERING MEDICAID BLOCK GRANTS

    Jan 15, 2019

    A federal court's review of CVS Health's $69 billion purchase of Aetna won't be held up by the federal shutdown after a judge rejected a request by the U.S. Justice Department. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon ordered the agency to file public comments and its response by Feb. 15. The...

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    HEALTHCARE ADDED MORE JOBS THAN OTHER SECTORS IN 2018, AND THE GROWTH OUTLOOK IS STRONG

    Jan 15, 2019

    A lot of jobs were created in the U.S. in 2018, and healthcare accounted for 346,000 of them, for an average of 29,000 jobs per month. That's an increase over the 2017 total of 284,000 healthcare jobs created. Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest data, the jobs created in the heal...

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    WALGREENS, MICROSOFT PARTNER FOR NEW CLOUD-BASED CONSUMER HEALTH INITIATIVE

    Jan 15, 2019

    Walgreens Boots Alliance and Microsoft are partnering for a project they say will lead new delivery models and technology for consumer health – and will offer new competition as companies such as Amazon continue to make inroads in the healthcare space. The collaboration will be based around Mi...

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    HOSPITAL PROFITABILITY, VOLUMES STRUGGLED DURING 2018, WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS

    Jan 14, 2019

    With 2018 now in the books, it's possible to see how certain trends played out in the world of healthcare. Kaufman Hall was certainly interested in examining the year that was, and in looking back, the firm found that while 2018 got off to a bad start, hospital volumes and profitability rebounde...

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    AUSTRALIA’S MY HEALTH RECORD SYSTEM SEES RISE IN DATA BREACHES

    Jan 14, 2019

    The agency’s Annual Report 2017–18 identified that “42 data breaches (in 28 notifications) were reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)… concerning potential data security or integrity breaches”, but with “no purposeful or malicio...

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    CHINESE HOSPITAL IN GUANGDONG DEPLOYS AI CAMERAS TO DETECT BLINDNESS-CAUSING DISEASES

    Jan 14, 2019

    Last week, Deqing county hospital in Guangdong Province launched free consultations featuring artificial-intelligence (AI) cameras to detect ocular fundus diseases, which are major causes of blindness, according to a report by Xinhua News. About 300 residents from Zhaoqing City in Dequing County att...

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    HOW HCA HEALTHCARE IS USING CLINICAL ANALYTICS FOR OPIOID STEWARDSHIP

    Jan 14, 2019

    HCA Healthcare's Physician Services Group offers oversight for some 5,700 physicians and advanced practice providers, and embraces an approach to communication and collaboration that's "deeply collaborative," said Barbara Coughlin, RN, vice president of quality at HCA. One specific...

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    THE TOP TRENDS IN HOME HEALTH CARE FOR 2019

    Jan 13, 2019

    2018 was a banner year for the Medicare-certified home health care industry. Big providers got even larger through creative mergers and acquisitions. Admissions and utilization numbers held strong. New telehealth opportunities started to emerge. And, in general, revenues remained high. The upcoming ...

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    NHS ENGLAND CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER TO JOIN VIDEO GP CONSULTATION PROVIDER LIVI

    Jan 11, 2019

    NHS England chief digital officer Juliet Bauer is joining video GP consultation provider LIVI, which launched in the UK last October after signing partnerships with two NHS GP federations. The announcement follows the publication this week of the NHS long-term plan that outlined key milestones for t...

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    MERITUS HEALTH ROLLS OUT EPIC EHR, WITH HELP FROM ST. LOUIS-BASED MERCY

    Jan 11, 2019

    Meritus Health, based in Hagerstown, Maryland, has gone live with its new Epic electronic health record – implemented and hosted via a collaboration with partnership with Mercy Technology Services, the IT arm of the 45-hospital St. Louis-based Mercy. Meritus, which has direct a software licens...

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    MID-REVENUE CYCLE MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENT MARKET EXPECTED TO GROW OVER THE COMING YEARS

    Jan 11, 2019

    The mid-revenue cycle management and clinical documentation improvement market is expected to reach $4.5 billion by 2023, up from $3.1 billion in 2018, at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9 percent. That's the verdict of a new ResearchAndMarkets.com analysis. It found that market growth is lar...

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    AFTER BITTER CLOSURE, RURAL TEXAS HOSPITAL DEFIES THE NORM AND REOPENS

    Jan 11, 2019

    Five months ago, the 6,500 residents of Crockett, Texas, witnessed a bit of a resurrection -- at least in rural hospital terms. A little more than a year after the local hospital shut its doors, the 25-bed facility reopened its emergency department, inpatient beds and some related services, albeit o...

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    HOSPITALS ARE TURNING TO TELEHEALTH TO MANAGE SCARCE PHYSICIAN RESOURCES

    Jan 11, 2019

    New flexibilities for telehealth reimbursement and expected changes for 2019 and beyond are making its use more widespread. Providence St. Joseph Health headquartered in Washington State, has been working for over 12 years on its telehealth program and the technology, in fact, has become necessary a...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—DEMOCRATS PASS RESOLUTION TO DEFEND ACA AGAINST LAWSUIT

    Jan 10, 2019

    The House passed a resolution to defend the Affordable Care Act against a lawsuit challenging the healthcare law on Wednesday. It comes as a standalone package days after another House vote passed a similar measure as part of a larger package. Last month, a federal judge struck down Obamacare, sidin...

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    MOLINA HEALTHCARE SAW A STUNNING TURNAROUND LAST YEAR. CAN THE GROWTH CONTINUE?

    Jan 10, 2019

    Has Molina Healthcare’s new leadership team been so successful in their company turnaround that they’ve run out of places to grow? Not even close, CEO Joseph Zubretsky said during a presentation at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference this week. It has been the foremost question facing ...

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    AS HOSPITALS POST STICKER PRICES ONLINE, MOST PATIENTS WILL REMAIN BEFUDDLED

    Jan 10, 2019

    As of Jan. 1, in the name of transparency, the Trump administration required that all hospitals post their list prices online. But what is popping up on medical center websites is a dog's breakfast of medical codes, abbreviations and dollar signs -- in little discernible order -- that may initia...

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    HOW TO MAKE BUNDLED PAYMENTS WORK? START BY ENGAGING PATIENTS

    Jan 10, 2019

    Over the past two years of the mandatory comprehensive care for joint replacement payment model, Froedtert Health saved $1.5 million on the 615 patients who had the surgery, according to Mike Anderes, chief innovation and digital health officer for Froedtert and president of its affiliated Inception...

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    RHL VENTURES INVESTS IN HEALTHCARE SAAS PLATFORM HEALTHMETRICS

    Jan 10, 2019

    RHL Ventures, a Malaysia-based private investment firm, on Jan 10 announced its follow-on investment into healthcare SaaS platform HealthMetrics. RHL Ventures participated in HealthMetrics’ seed round, along with other institutional investors. HealthMetrics was founded in 2015 by Alvin Yuan an...

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    MEDICAL MARKETING SKYROCKETS OVER PAST TWO DECADES, BUT OVERSIGHT REMAINS LIMITED

    Jan 09, 2019

    Healthcare spending in the U.S. is the highest in the world, totaling $3.3 trillion -- or 17.8 percent of the GDP -- in 2016. To capture market share, and to expand the market, drug companies and healthcare organizations use a wide array of promotional activities, including TV and digital advertisin...

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    BLOCKCHAIN IN HEALTHCARE MARKET TO REACH $890.5 MILLION BY 2023: P&S INTELLIGENCE

    Jan 09, 2019

    Blockchain in Healthcare Market by Application (Clinical Data Exchange & Interoperability, Claims Adjudication & Billing Management, Drug Supply Chain Management, Drug Discovery & Clinical Trials, Prescription Drug Abuse) by End User (Pharmaceutical Companies, Healthcare Providers, Healt...

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    HEALTHCARE CONTRACT RESEARCH ORGANIZATION (CRO) MARKET SURPASS US$ 54.82 BN BY 2026 | CAGR 6.5% - ACUMEN RESEARCH AND CONSULTING

    Jan 09, 2019

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The global healthcare contract research organization (CRO) market is anticipated to expand at a stable CAGR above 6.5% during the forecast period 2018 to 2026. According to the report titled “Healthcare contract research organization (CRO) Market ...

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    HEALTHCARE CHATBOTS MARKET 2019: GLOBAL INDUSTRY ANALYSIS, SIZE, SHARE, GROWTH, TRENDS AND FORECAST TO 2025

    Jan 09, 2019

    Healthcare Chatbots Market valued approximately USD 105 million in 2017 is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 21% over the forecast period 2018-2025. Growing necessity of virtual health assistance is the major factor which is driving the growth in the Global Healthcare Chatb...

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    NEW YORK CITY LAUNCHES US$100 MILLION UNIVERSAL HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

    Jan 09, 2019

    New York City has launched a US$100 million health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured residents, including those unable to afford coverage and those living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday. De Blasio, now in his second term as mayor of the country's ...

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    ALLSCRIPTS AND MICROSOFT PARTNER TO BUILD NEW TECH FOR CLINICAL RESEARCH IN THE CLOUD

    Jan 08, 2019

    Microsoft and Allscripts subsidiary Veradigm announced a partnership to develop a new product that would help researchers conduct studies via Allscripts cloud-based electronic health record. Allscripts’ payer and life sciences-focused business unit, Veradigm, has been tapped to work with Micro...

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    LACK OF WOMEN CEOS IS A PROBLEM FOR HEALTHCARE, OLIVER WYMAN SAYS

    Jan 08, 2019

    More than 80 percent of the decisionmakers in the U.S. healthcare workforce are women — and 65 percent of women in C-suite healthcare positions fill technical or influencer roles — yet only 13 percent make it to CEO, according to the latest Oliver Wyman report. And, when they do make it ...

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    MEDICAID PLANS COVER DOCTOR VISITS, HOSPITAL CARE—AND NOW GEDS

    Jan 08, 2019

    Emilia Ford became pregnant at 15 and, after her daughter was born, dropped out of high school. As she held down different jobs during the past decade—including housekeeping and working in a relative’s retail store—she always thought about going for her GED to show she met high sch...

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    PHYSICIAN PRACTICE ROUNDUP—BASELGA TAKES HELM OF ASTRAZENECA’S CANCER R&D

    Jan 08, 2019

    Baselga takes helm of AstraZeneca’s cancer R&D as pharma rings in the new year with big changes Major changes are afoot at AstraZeneca as it shakes up its research structure with new units, new names and big moves. First up, we have José Baselga, who will run a newly formed cancer-f...

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    NEW MEXICO CUTS READMISSIONS, IMPROVES ED CARE WITH MIDDLEWARE THAT ENABLES INFORMATION SHARING

    Jan 08, 2019

    New Mexico is a state rich in history and natural resources. It also has one of the highest proportions of Medicaid beneficiaries, currently 42 percent of the population. Many of these patients live below the poverty line, struggle to receive adequate primary-care services and are high utilizers of ...

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    INTERNATIONAL DRUG PRICING MODEL CONCERNS ONCOLOGISTS, OTHERS WHO WORK WITH MEDICARE CONSUMERS

    Jan 07, 2019

    Healthcare organizations that represent patients who rely on Medicare Part B drugs have told the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services they are concerned over its proposal to save money on drug costs through an international pricing index model. CMS is considering issuing a proposed rule this s...

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    HOW EMPLOYERS CAN IMPROVE CANCER CARE AND COSTS, BASED ON A NATIONAL ALLIANCE ROADMAP

    Jan 07, 2019

    While cancer deaths have been declining since the early 1990s, costs have continued to increase, with more than $147 billion spent for cancer care in the United States in 2017. Despite these rising costs, employers and health plans have been reticent to manage oncology care, and are also faced with ...

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    CITYMD STRIKES DEAL TO STAY IN-NETWORK WITH UNITEDHEALTHCARE

    Jan 07, 2019

    Urgent care firm CityMD has reached a last-minute contract to stay in UnitedHealthcare's network, curtailing the possibility that some of the firm's patients would face higher costs or need to find another provider. As 2018 came to a close, it seemed likely CityMD might not reach a deal in t...

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    HEALTHCARE ROUNDUP—GOTTLIEB STAYING AT FDA; REPORT SAYS OPIOID OVERDOSES COST HOSPITALS $11B A YEAR

    Jan 07, 2019

    Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said on Twitter that he’s staying on the agency in response to a reporter investigating his alleged exit.  Gottlieb said in the post that “an online pharma news pub” was in contact with friends, digging into repor...

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    INSURERS BLAME SPECIALTY DRUG COSTS FOR RISING PREMIUMS. THIS REPORT FROM CALIFORNIA SHOWS WHY

    Jan 07, 2019

    Specialty drugs made up about 3% of prescriptions in California in 2017 but accounted for more than half of the prescription drug spending that year, according to new report that compiled drug spending from nine insurers in that state. According to the first Prescription Drug Cost Transparency Repor...

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    MICHIGAN MEDTECH COMPANY RAISES $77M FOR RENAL DENERVATION SOLUTION TO HYPERTENSION

    Jan 04, 2019

    Hypertension is a condition that affects millions of people around the world and can lead to serious health issues including cardiac arrest, stroke and heart failure. It also represents a significant burden and cost to the healthcare system as a whole. One potential innovative pathway to addressing ...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—INSURANCE GROUPS CALL FOR HRA PROTECTIONS; MAINE GOVERNOR SIGNS MEDICAID EXPANSION

    Jan 04, 2019

    America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) are opposing a Trump administration proposal to allow usage of health reimbursement arrangements to buy short-term limited duration health plans. "Enforc...

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    DECEMBER SAW THE MOST NEW HEALTHCARE HIRES IN DECADES

    Jan 04, 2019

    December brought the U.S. healthcare industry's largest monthly spike in the number of new hires since at least February 1990.  Healthcare added 50,200 jobs last month, the largest numeric increase in new hires in Modern Healthcare's monthly jobs data, which stretches back to February 1...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—THE HIDDEN SECURITY THREAT MOST HOSPITALS HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF YET

    Jan 04, 2019

    There is a huge network threat that most people aren’t aware of: Today’s printers present greater security risks than traditional servers, desktops and laptops. What most do not appreciate, or have ignored, is that printers have evolved from being “dummy copiers” into today&r...

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    ATTORNEYS GENERAL APPEAL JUDGE’S HEALTH LAW RULING, SETTING NEXT STAGE IN BATTLE THAT’S ON PATH TO SUPREME COURT

    Jan 04, 2019

    U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled last month that the health law is unconstitutional without the individual mandate penalty. Attorneys general from more than a dozen Democratic states are leading the charge to defend the Affordable Care Act at the next phase in court. Meanwhile, the gove...

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    EHR VENDOR MEDSPHERE MOVES TO INCLUDE SUPPLY CHAIN APPS WITH NEW ACQUISITION OF HEALTHLINE SOLUTIONS

    Jan 03, 2019

    Medsphere Systems, a provider of the electronic health record CareVue and RCM Cloud announced today that it has acquired HealthLine Solutions for its hospital supply chain inventory applications. HealthLine’s applications, which use bar coding and RFID technology for automated tracking, are al...

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    CAREMOUNT REDUCES TOTAL COST TO COLLECT BY 25% ON ITS WAY TO VALUE-BASED CARE

    Jan 03, 2019

    CareMount Medical is the largest independent multispecialty medical group that provides comprehensive medical care to more than 550,000 patients across more than 40 locations in New York. This medical group also is affiliated with organizations including Massachusetts General Hospital, Mount Sinai H...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—TECHNOLOGY ALONE WON'T SAVE HEALTHCARE. WE MUST REVISIT OUR PRIMARY CARE ROOTS

    Jan 03, 2019

    People are standing by today’s disastrous status quo healthcare system, and quite frankly, it’s nonsensical. Rather than defending something that is clearly broken out of fear that change will make things worse—though it’s hard to imagine how—it’s time to stop see...

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    PAYER ROUNDUP—TENET, CIGNA SIGN MULTIYEAR DEAL, OPTUM SCORES VA CONTRACTS

    Jan 03, 2019

    Tenet Healthcare and Cigna have entered into a multiyear agreement that allows Cigna’s members “uninterrupted” access to Tenet’s provider network. Tenet facilities will also be in-network for members of Cigna’s Medicare Advantage plans. Tenet CEO Ron Rittenmeyer said th...

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    OLDER AMERICANS WORRIED ABOUT INSURANCE COVERAGE, HEALTH COSTS AS THEY APPROACH RETIREMENT

    Jan 03, 2019

    A sizable percentage of Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 are worried about their healthcare coverage as they head toward retirement, according to a new poll from the University of Michigan. Although some of these concerns include things people can’t directly control, such as policy chan...

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    HL7 RELEASES FHIR 4

    Jan 02, 2019

    Health Level Seven announced on Wednesday that a new version of its interoperability specification is now available. Many in the healthcare industry have been eagerly awaiting the fourth iteration of FHIR 4 because future changes will now be backward compatible. "Applications that implement the...

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    LINK BETWEEN READMISSION RATES, MORTALITY RATES BACK UNDER SCRUTINY

    Jan 02, 2019

    A new study shows a statistically significant correlation between lower readmission rates and higher mortality rates for patients with heart failure and pneumonia, renewing questions about the efficacy of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRR...

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    NEW AI IMAGING TOOL TO ACCELERATE CRITICAL PATIENT DIAGNOSES

    Jan 01, 2019

    The project, a joint collaboration between Intel and GE Health, is promising to offer physicians automated diagnostic alerts for some conditions within seconds of medical imaging being completed. It leverages the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, running on Intel processor-based X-ray systems ...

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    CHANGES TO PHARMA AND HEALTHCARE IN 2019

    Jan 01, 2019

    Continuing funding shortages, Brexit uncertainty, regulator moves and regulation reforms: there is no shortage of change facing the sector in 2019. We asked the industry’s trade associations about the biggest challenges to tackle and most exciting opportunities to embrace in the year ahead. Wh...

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    AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO REMAIN IN PLACE DURING APPEALS PROCESS

    Dec 31, 2018

    A federal judge who ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional earlier this month has stayed his decision to allow the law to remain in place during the appeals process. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Texas issued the ruling Sunday saying many Americans would "face great uncertain...

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    HERE'S A BIG SUPPLY CHAIN COST-SAVINGS OPPORTUNITY: PHYSICIAN PREFERENCE ITEMS

    Dec 27, 2018

    It's a fair guess that many hospitals and health systems will be making cost savings a New Year's resolution in 2019, and by standardizing physician preference items, they could realize some of those savings in their supply chains. It's an approach that has certainly worked for Kentucky-...

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    WHAT HOSPITALS NEED IN THE AGE OF CONSUMERISM: GUERRILLA MARKETING

    Dec 27, 2018

    There's a battle going on between health systems for covered lives. There's also an internal battle within organizations between keeping the status quo of what has traditionally worked coming up against new, very targeted approaches to gain consumer share. Whether hospitals have a powerhouse...

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    INSURER GROUP URGES CMS ADMINISTRATOR SEEMA VERMA TO RECONSIDER PASS-THROUGH FUNDING FOR NON-ACA PLANS

    Dec 26, 2018

    America's Health Insurance Plans is urging Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to prevent subsidies from being used to purchase plans that are not compliant with the Affordable Care Act. In a December 20 letter to Verma, AHIP said CMS's October proposal to of...

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    CLEVELAND CLINIC INNOVATION EXECUTIVE SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FRAUD

    Dec 26, 2018

    The Department of Justice announced that Gary Fingerhut, a former manager of a Cleveland Clinic spin-off, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and $2.7 million in restitution for conspiracy to defraud the Cleveland Clinic. The clinic hired Fingerhut in 2010 to help manage the development ...

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    BOOKENDED BY OBAMACARE, 2018 WAS THE YEAR OF POLICY CHANGE

    Dec 26, 2018

    With Congress' attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act dead by the end of 2017, any relief the law's supporters felt were likely short-lived, as 2018 was the year the Trump administration began significantly remolding a law it fundamentally opposes.Led by HHS Secretary Alex Azar, who took ...

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    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN HEALTHCARE MARKET TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS & COMPETITIVE INSIGHTS TO 2026

    Dec 26, 2018

    A Research Report on Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Market Potential Growth, Share, Demand and Analysis of Key Players- Research Forecasts to (2018 – 2026). The global Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Market research report covers main factors responsible for the development of the globa...

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    VERILY, WALGREENS PARTNER TO TAKE ON CHRONIC CONDITIONS

    Dec 26, 2018

    Alphabet subsidiary Verily and Walgreens revealed plans to collaborate with on several fronts to improve care for people with chronic conditions. There are several aspects of the partnership: Walgreens is now the first choice pharmacy partner for Verily. The companies will look into emerging technol...

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    TEVA’S PROAIR DIGIHALER FDA APPROVED TO MONITOR ASTHMA AND COPD TREATMENT

    Dec 26, 2018

    Teva Pharmaceutical, based in Israel, landed the first FDA approval for a digital inhaler with built-in sensors. The ProAir Digihaler (albuterol sulfate 117 mcg) Inhalation Powder is indicated for people suffering from asthma & COPD as a way of preventing and treating bronchospasm, a tightening ...

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    FDA ACTION ALERT: WRAPPING UP 2018 AND HEADING INTO 2019

    Dec 26, 2018

    With the holidays upon us, along with the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) squeezed some target action dates into the last weeks and beginning of the new year. As it turned out, these appear to be a mixed bag of extensions, resubmissions and suppleme...

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    ACORDA SNAGS APPROVAL FOR NEW TREATMENT OF OFF EPISODES OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE

    Dec 26, 2018

    Acorda Therapeutics can breathe a bit easier. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Inbrija, the first inhaled formula of levodopa (L-dopa) for the intermittent treatment of OFF episodes in Parkinson’s disease patients. The approval came about two weeks before its PUDFA date. Th...

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    PARAMEDICS CAN SAFELY EVALUATE PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS' MEDICAL CONDITION IN THE FIELD

    Dec 24, 2018

    Emergency medical personnel in Alameda County, California, use a screening process for determining whether to "medically clear" patients experiencing psychiatric emergencies before transporting them. They identify patients who are at low risk for medical emergencies and take them directly ...

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    FRAMINGHAM SUES DRUG MAKERS, DISTRIBUTORS OVER OPIOID EPIDEMIC

    Dec 24, 2018

    City officials are pressing their case against drug makers and distributors for what they describe as reckless conduct that fueled the nation’s opioid epidemic. A pair of law firms representing the city recently filed a lawsuit in Middlesex Superior Court seeking damages from a range of major ...

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    MERCK/PFIZER’S BAVENCIO FLUNKS SECOND OVARIAN CANCER TRIAL

    Dec 24, 2018

    Merck KGaA and Pfizer PD-L1 inhibitor Bavencio has missed the mark in its second ovarian cancer trial in a month, this time failing in previously-untreated patients. Results from a planned interim analysis of the phase III JAVELIN Ovarian 100 trial showed that Bavencio (avelumab) was unable to impro...

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    UROLOGY PROCEDURES INVOLVE OVERUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS

    Dec 24, 2018

    Washington: Antibiotics are overused in up to 50 percent of patients undergoing common urological procedures, suggests a new study. Researchers at the University of Iowa showed that the high rates of overuse were mostly due to the extended use of antibiotics following the procedure. The findings wer...

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    PURETECH’S VEDANTA RAISES $27M FOR MICROBIOME RESEARCH

    Dec 24, 2018

    US-based Vedanta Biosciences has raised $27 million in a Series C financing to investigate microbiome-derived therapies for several indications, including cancer and food allergy. Investors include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Rock Springs Capital, Invesco Asset Man...

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    OPTUMSERVE AWARDED TWO CONTRACTS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

    Dec 21, 2018

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded OptumServe two major contracts for 2019 to provide telephone-based lifestyle coaching and medical disability exams. The virtual lifestyle contract covers coaching for diet, exercise, stress and alcohol use for eligible veterans receiving care from the V...

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    TAKING SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS TO COURT

    Dec 21, 2018

    Joaquin Lopez had emergency gallbladder surgery after rushing to an ER last year. He has been haggling with Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis over what he owes ever since. The 37-year-old college professor was hit with a nearly $8,000 bill from the out-of-network hospital—that was after the...

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    HPE EXECUTIVE SAYS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION TAKES IT AND CLINICAL TEAMS WORKING TOGETHER

    Dec 21, 2018

    In today’s world, almost everything computes thanks to constant connectivity, exponential increases in data, easy access to massive computational power and the growth of human-machine interaction. Technologies in these areas are accelerating the pace of innovation and creating new possibilitie...

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    WHY DATA ANALYTICS IS A CORE COMPETENCY FOR POP HEALTH SUCCESS IN A RISK-BASED WORLD

    Dec 21, 2018

    Medicare is clearly driving value-based payments and MSSP programs in a direction such that providers will have to take on risk. With that in mind, there are core capabilities providers will need to be successful and analytics is one of them. Just how to effectively harness data and analytics, espec...

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    FEWER PEOPLE CITE HEALTHCARE AS COUNTRY'S MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEM FOLLOWING MIDTERMS, GALLUP FINDS

    Dec 21, 2018

    Healthcare, along with immigration, were top concerns among voters heading into November's midterm elections. Many cited those issues as among the nation's top problems. Now, though, concern over healthcare is down, according to a new poll from Gallup. Before the midterms, 11 percent of Amer...

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    BLUE CROSS, ALEDADE TEAM UP TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT PRACTICES IN NORTH CAROLINA THROUGH ACOS

    Dec 20, 2018

    A health plan and a startup company are pairing up to support independent primary care physicians in North Carolina. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Aledade, a well-funded startup that partners with primary care physicians to build and lead accountable care organizations (ACOs), are...

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    WALGREENS AND VERILY ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIPS FOR DIABETES, MEDICATION ADHERENCE

    Dec 20, 2018

    Walgreens Boots Alliance and Verily, Alphabet Inc.’s life sciences research arm, announced multiple plans on Wednesday to help patients with chronic conditions. One project uses “devices and other approaches” to improve medication adherence, and the other “provides tools, coa...

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    PHYSICIAN PRACTICE ROUNDUP—CALIFORNIA DOCTOR ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY PRESCRIBING DRUGS TIED TO DEATHS

    Dec 20, 2018

    A Southern California doctor was arrested Tuesday on federal charges that allege he illegally distributed opioids and other narcotics by writing prescriptions, including to at least five people who suffered overdose deaths. But his prescribing also appears linked to the death of a bicyclist struck b...

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    NEW AFFORDABLE CARE ACT POLICIES COULD DRIVE DOWN UNINSURED RATE FROM 12 TO 7.3 PERCENT

    Dec 20, 2018

    If a number of specific policy actions are implemented, Congress could potentially supplement the Affordable Care Act in such a way as to bring health insurance to 12 million more Americans, finds a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. That doesn't necessarily mean Congress will take ...

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    PHARMA GIANTS PFIZER AND GLAXOSMITHKLINE TO CREATE JOINT CONSUMER HEALTHCARE BUSINESS

    Dec 19, 2018

    Pharma giants Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline are creating a joint venture consumer healthcare business. The Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction under which Pfizer's consumer healthcare business will essentially roll into GlaxoSmithKline's existing cons...

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    ALTARUM: GROWTH OF HEALTHCARE PRICES FINALLY DROPPED BELOW INFLATION—AND THAT TREND MAY BE HERE TO STAY

    Dec 19, 2018

    Healthcare prices are growing at a rate that’s slower than the overall inflation rate, and there are signs that this trend may be the new normal. In series of briefs on healthcare spending, employment and price growth, Altarum said it found that the Health Care Price Index (HCPI) increased by ...

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    HEALTHCARE ROUNDUP—UPMC'S CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER HEADS TO NEW GIG AT ATRIUM HEALTH

    Dec 19, 2018

    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's well-known chief innovation officer, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., is heading to a new gig at Atrium Health. Shrestha will become Atrium's new chief strategy officer, officials announced Tuesday. In the role, Shrestha will be leading enterprise strategy, incl...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—TACKLING DRUG DIVERSION WITH A PROACTIVE APPROACH STEEPED IN ANALYTICS

    Dec 18, 2018

    We’ve made great strides in addressing the opioid epidemic at a national level. Just two months ago, Congress passed a comprehensive bipartisan package (PDF) taking aim at substance abuse disorders by combining ideas from 58 opioid bills. But one area that still eludes our industry is the drug...

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    CLEVELAND CLINIC, KAISER PERMANENTE THROW SUPPORT BEHIND PROPOSAL TO REQUIRE PRICES IN TV DRUG ADS

    Dec 18, 2018

    Some major health systems and trade groups threw their weight behind a Trump administration proposal which would require pharmaceutical companies to include the list price of their drugs in TV ads targeted at consumers. The public comments come after CMS announced a proposal earlier this year to req...

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    GOOGLE EXEC SAYS HEALTH ORGS SHOULD KEY IN ON DATA MANAGEMENT AND ADVANCED INSIGHTS

    Dec 18, 2018

    Google Cloud will be focusing on, among other things, data management and advanced data insights at HIMSS19 -- two areas it sees as important trends for CIOs and other IT executives to stay focused on in the year ahead. As the amount and types of healthcare data grow, it is becoming increasingly com...

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    AVERAGE OUTPATIENT VISIT IN U.S. APPROACHING $500, STUDY FINDS

    Dec 17, 2018

    The average outpatient visit in the United States costs nearly $500, according to a new scientific study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. In addition, the average inpatient stay had a price tag in 2016 of more than $22,000. Both of these dollar amou...

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    DAVITA DROPS PRICE OF MEDICAL GROUP TO $4.3B IN SALE TO UNITEDHEALTH

    Dec 17, 2018

    Dialysis giant DaVita is lowering the price of its Medical Group to UnitedHealth Group's Optum unit to $4.3 billion, DaVita officials announced in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Monday. Davita and UnitedHealth originally agreed to a sale price of $4.9 million for DaVita Medical H...

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    WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE PURCHASING A NEXT-GEN AMBULATORY EHR

    Dec 17, 2018

    Electronic health record systems are the backbone of ambulatory practices today and need to be designed and tailored to meet the specific needs of physicians. Ambulatory EHRs are tasked with streamlining workflows, improving care and helping to trim costs. And like every technology, ambulatory EHRs ...

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    CVS HEALTH DEFENDS MERGER AND INTEGRATION OF AETNA

    Dec 15, 2018

    Ahead of a federal court hearing on Tuesday, CVS Health is defending its merger with Aetna, through briefs filed on Friday. On Friday, the Department of Justice, which has approved the acquisition, also filed a brief which states the court has the authority to reject a proposed merger settlement, bu...

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    UK TO INVEST £1 MILLION AN AI-BASED HEALTH PROGRAMME

    Dec 14, 2018

    The British High Commission announced at an event in Delhi that the UK would be making an ambitious one million pound investment in a programme which will bring several artificial intelligence companies from the UK to help tackle diseases in Indian hospitals and health centres. India-UK FutureTech F...

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    SUPREME COURT PUTS FORTIS HEALTHCARE SALE TO IHH ON HOLD

    Dec 14, 2018

    The Supreme Court today ordered a status quo on the Rs 4,000 crore sale of Fortis Healthcare Ltd. to Malaysian group IHH Healthcare Bhd. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing the petition filed by Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo alleging former promoters—brothers Mal...

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    SMALL PERCENTAGE OF UNINSURED PATIENTS GENERATE MOST OF HOSPITALS' SELF-PAY REVENUE

    Dec 14, 2018

    Upwards of 30 percent of self-pay accounts -- those patients without health insurance or those who have a patient balance after insurance -- will generate more than 80 percent of the self-pay revenue collected by hospitals, finds a new TransUnion Healthcare analysis. Which means that, if hospitals a...

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    CIGNA, EXPRESS SCRIPTS MERGER CLEARS STATE HURDLES

    Dec 14, 2018

    Cigna and Express Scripts have cleared two state hurdles to their merger, as New York and California insurance regulators approved the $67 billion merger. The deal reportedly only awaits approval from the state of New Jersey. The New York Department of Financial Services and the California Departmen...

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    WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE TELEHEALTH UPSIDES OF MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS

    Dec 14, 2018

    This past October, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services came out with an eagerly-anticipated new rule expanding the ways providers can use telehealth and get paid by Medicare Advantage plans. The biggest way the rule changes the status quo, once it goes into effect in 2020, is that provide...

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    WHAT DOCTORS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MACRA’S NEW PATIENT RELATIONSHIP CODES

    Dec 13, 2018

    Doctors may have heard plenty about MACRA. But they may be far less familiar when it comes to new patient relationship categories and codes. But, according to a perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine, they are one of the "more important provisions” of the Medicare Access...

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    IHI 2018: WHY IT’S CRUCIAL TO TAP INTO THE ‘PSYCHOLOGY OF CHANGE’ TO SUSTAIN QUALITY IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS

    Dec 13, 2018

    ORLANDO, Fla.—As providers push quality improvement initiatives, a key part of making those changes stick is emphasizing the human element. With that in mind, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement released a framework this week aimed at getting to the “psychology of change” when...

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    DOCTORS WHO ARE MOTHERS FACE ‘INSIDIOUS, PERSISTENT’ DISCRIMINATION, STUDY FINDS

    Dec 13, 2018

    It’s not always easy being a mom. Try being a mother and a physician. A new study, published in the BMJ, finds “insidious, persistent and sometimes blatant” discrimination experienced by physicians based specifically on their status as mothers. That conclusion was drawn from an ana...

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    PATIENTS MORE LIKELY TO APPROVE OF MEDICAL AID-IN-DYING THAN DOCTORS, SURVEY FINDS

    Dec 13, 2018

    The majority of physicians now support medical aid-in-dying for the terminally ill, but their patients are still far more likely to approve of the practice. Despite ethical concerns, a new survey from Medscape of 5,200 physicians surveyed across 29 specialties found 58% agree that physician-assisted...

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    ANALYTICS TO HELP UNDERSTAND SOCIAL DETERMINANTS CAN IMPROVE CARE, BOOST REVENUE

    Dec 13, 2018

    Factors such as income security, literacy and social isolation are some of the many social determinants of health – key personal factors that can greatly inform a patient's overall health outcomes and quality of life. Understanding and working to improve the SDOH for patients has long been...

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    HEALTHCARE ROUNDUP—U.S. HEALTHCARE COSTS FROM ANIMAL-RELATED INJURIES EXCEED $1B

    Dec 12, 2018

    The total healthcare costs of animal-related injuries exceeds $1 billion every year and is expected to rise amid climate change and development pressures on animal habitats, according to research published in the online journal Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Open. What kind of injuries? Nearly half w...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—HOW AMAZON'S HEALTH VENTURE COULD HELP TURN UNSTRUCTURED EHR DATA INTO REFINED FUEL

    Dec 12, 2018

    As I’ve written before, we need fresh thinking and new investments in healthcare, but this is a complex industry with some unique challenges. In the long run, a mash-up of old and new could lead to real breakthroughs. In the short run, we should expect failures and flameouts. Recent reports ab...

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    AI'S NEXT HEALTHCARE TARGET: ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING

    Dec 12, 2018

    Now that electronic health records have, for the most part, been universally adopted in the U.S., enterprise resource planning is the next top to-do for many hospitals, and artficial intelligence is likely to be a big part of it, a new survey shows. The report on AI and machine learning, from Evans ...

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    ONC FOCUSED ON PRIVACY AND USABILITY IN NEW APP-BASED HEALTHCARE ECOSYSTEM

    Dec 11, 2018

    The Trump administration’s top health IT official told lawmakers his agency is acutely focused on ensuring that privacy and security remain pillars of future rulemaking as the healthcare industry transitions to an app-based economy. Lawmakers in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on He...

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    PROMINENT DOCTORS AREN’T DISCLOSING THEIR INDUSTRY TIES IN MEDICAL JOURNAL STUDIES. AND JOURNALS ARE DOING LITTLE TO ENFORCE THEIR RULES

    Dec 11, 2018

    This story was originally published by ProPublica. It was co-published with The New York Times. One is dean of Yale’s medical school. Another is the director of a cancer center in Texas. A third is the next president of the most prominent society of cancer doctors. These leading medical figure...

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    ONEONCOLOGY CONTINUES GROWTH SPURT, ADDS FORMER SEN. BILL FRIST TO ITS BOARD

    Dec 11, 2018

    Nashville-based cancer care startup OneOncology has continued its growth spurt by bringing on new leadership, including former Senator Bill Frist to its board, and preparing for the addition of new cancer practices in 2019. The company expects to name a chief medical officer soon and recently named ...

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    GETTING HEALTH SYSTEM BOARDS ENGAGED IN QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IS TRICKY. IHI RELEASES NEW FRAMEWORK TO HELP

    Dec 11, 2018

    ORLANDO, Fla.—Tackling quality and safety improvement in healthcare facilities is vitally important. But with its increasing complexity, health system board members may struggle to keep up. So, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has issued a framework aimed at making quality governance e...

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    PWC’S 2019 TREND TO WATCH: HEALTHCARE’S BECOMING MORE LIKE THE BROADER ECONOMY

    Dec 11, 2018

    Healthcare was long considered an outlier compared to the rest of the economy, but it’s now behaving more in line with other industries—and that’s driving the trends to watch in 2019, according to a new report. PricewaterhouseCoopers released its annual list of industry issues to t...

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    HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY FIRST ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL TO WIN HIMSS DAVIES AWARD

    Dec 11, 2018

    New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery, the first specialty hospital to win a HIMSS Davies Award for Excellence. has found a way to use teamwork and health IT to improve processes and care outcomes. With nearly 19,000 annual inpatient surgeries, requiring close bed utilization monitoring, ...

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    HOW HOSPITALS CAN TURN INNOVATION LABS INTO COMMERCIAL PROFIT CENTERS

    Dec 11, 2018

    Some U.S. hospitals and health systems have turned their successful in-house work in health IT into commercial offerings that other hospitals and health systems can benefit from. This work is typically done in what is called an innovation lab. This is not necessarily an easy task. First one must hav...

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    BANNER ACHIEVES HIMSS DAVIES FOR INTENSIVIST TACT TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES, SHORTEN LENGTH-OF-STAY

    Dec 10, 2018

    Banner Health is using two-way A/V technology, predictive analytics, data visualization and advanced reporting to tackle its patient volume challenges, while at the same time improving the care of high-acuity patients. The health system’s use of IT and efficient daily use of intensivists for c...

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    VICTORIA’S BASS COAST HEALTH INTEGRATES CLINICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM USING MASTERCARE EMR

    Dec 10, 2018

    The MasterCare EMR solution will be used by Bass Coast Health clinicians to govern the assessment and management plans of clients, along with the monitoring and measuring of on-going outcomes. It comprises of a complete EMR and Practice Management solution, with software supporting Minimum Data Set ...

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    TELEHEALTH SOLVES PSYCHIATRIST SHORTAGE FOR IMPOWER, AND MUCH MORE

    Dec 10, 2018

    Back in 2012, Longwood, Florida-based Impower was a small behavioral health agency that focused on home- and school-based care for individuals in the child welfare system. The behavioral health provider organization's services were limited, provider shortages were severe and wait times were over...

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    HEALTH IT ROUNDUP—FORMER CONSTELLATION HEALTH DIRECTOR ARRESTED; HOSPITAL BEDS GET AN UPGRADE

    Dec 10, 2018

    The former director of a now-defunct revenue cycle management company was arrested by federal authorities in JFK airport over the weekend for his role in a $300 million investment fraud scheme. Pavandeep Bakhshi, a United Kingdom resident and former board director of Constellation Health, has been c...

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    EHR INTEGRATION IS THE NEXT LOOMING CHALLENGE FOR TELEHEALTH VENDORS

    Dec 10, 2018

    The telehealth industry is riding a wave of satisfaction from healthcare clients that say virtual care vendors are generally worth the money. But a looming challenge around EHR integration could set some companies apart. That’s according to a new analysis released by KLAS Research which evalua...

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    HEALTHCARE ROUNDUP—HHS, NASA TEAM UP TO STUDY HEALTH; 41% OF AMERICANS PLAN TO SKIP FLU SHOT

    Dec 07, 2018

    The Department of Health and Human Services and NASA are working together to study health concerns for people on Earth and in space. NASA, for example, is interested in further research on cardiac arrhythmia and nutrition, and both agencies would benefit from an investigation into portable and auton...

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    ONC NAMES WINNERS OF CERTIFIED HEALTH IT PRODUCT LIST CHALLENGE

    Dec 07, 2018

    Three winners and one honorable mention have been announced in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT'’s Certified Health IT Product List Data Challenge. The competitors were tasked to find ways for users of the Certified Health IT Product List to make better use of the granu...

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    HEALTHCARE SPENDING SLOWS FOR 2ND CONSECUTIVE YEAR, REMAINS AT 18% OF GDP

    Dec 06, 2018

    Healthcare spending in the United States decelerated once again in 2017 to a growth rate of 3.9%, nearly a full percentage point lower than in 2016, according to new statistics released by the federal government on Thursday. It’s the second consecutive year that healthcare spending has slowed,...

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    HHS TAPS FORMER CAREFIRST BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD EXECUTIVE AS SENIOR DRUG PRICING ADVISER

    Dec 06, 2018

    The Department of Health and Human Services has named a new adviser to oversee its drug pricing initiatives. John O’Brien, a pharmacist and adviser to HHS Secretary Alex Azar on health reform and drug pricing policy, was named senior adviser for drug pricing reform, HHS announced. He joined HH...

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    CIVICARX'S FIRST CEO, MARTIN VANTRIESTE, TALKS ABOUT THE COMPANY'S AMBITIONS FOR 2019 AND BEYOND

    Dec 06, 2018

    When Martin VanTrieste left his executive role at AmGen, he said he was retiring. He’d started out as a pharmacist, working in formulation development for a large pharmaceutical company, and went on to ultimately become the chief quality officer of a drug giant. But earlier this year, he jumpe...

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    RAND: U.S. SHOULD PILOT SUPERVISED INJECTION SITES, HEROIN-ASSISTED TREATMENT

    Dec 06, 2018

    Positive results from supervised injection sites and heroin-assisted treatment (HAT) abroad suggest it’s time for U.S. policymakers to consider piloting similar programs stateside, according to a new report. A new study from RAND Corporation suggests these controversial treatment options are v...

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    CONGRESS HAS SIGNALED A CRACKDOWN ON PROVIDER CONSOLIDATION. EXPERTS SAY IT'S TOO LATE

    Dec 06, 2018

    Experts warn that increasing consolidation in healthcare is driving up prices, and that has caught the attention of lawmakers in recent months. Now a new report suggests the healthcare market has already experienced so much consolidation that policymakers should take steps to ease pricing concerns i...

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    OIG FRAUD RECOVERIES DROPPED $1.2B THIS YEAR. THAT MIGHT NOT BE A BAD THING

    Dec 06, 2018

    The federal government brought in 30% less in fraud recoveries in 2018 than it did the previous year, thanks to far fewer large settlements. But that could be a net benefit, according to the agency. The Office of the Inspector General recovered $2.9 billion from fraud investigations during the fisca...

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    OPEN DOOR FAMILY MEDICAL CENTERS WINS HIMSS DAVIES AWARD

    Dec 06, 2018

    Open Door Family Medical Centers has won the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for its work with colorectal cancer screening and health IT. The award will be presented at HIMSS19 in Orlando, Florida, in February. Open Door Family Medical Centers prioritizes early screenings for improved patient outco...

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    OPEN DOOR FAMILY MEDICAL CENTERS WINS HIMSS DAVIES AWARD

    Dec 06, 2018

    Open Door Family Medical Centers has won the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for its work with colorectal cancer screening and health IT. The award will be presented at HIMSS19 in Orlando, Florida, in February. Open Door Family Medical Centers prioritizes early screenings for improved patient outco...

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    IMPRIVATA, DIGICERT TEAM UP ON EPCS TECHNOLOGY TO TIGHTEN OPIOID PRESCRIPTION ACCESS

    Dec 05, 2018

    Electronic prescribing for controlled substances continues to gain momentum as a valuable weapon in the fight against the national opioid epidemic. Imprivata, the healthcare-focused security firm, and DigiCert, the SSL certificate authority, have teamed up to deliver an automated identity proofing p...

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    COMMONWELL-CAREQUALITY BEEFS UP DATA SHARING, BUT SOME PROVIDERS REMAIN DISCONNECTED

    Dec 05, 2018

    Last month, CommonWell and Carequality officially teamed up, allowing providers to share information in electronic health records (EHRs) with one another regardless of which vendor they use. The move was supposed to make it easy for providers to communicate and connect with one another. Why, then, i...

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    THE MISSING PIECE IN TELEMEDICINE? DENTISTRY

    Dec 05, 2018

    Telemedicine has gotten plenty of chatter when it comes to specialty and mental health care, but more providers should drill down on using it for oral health care, according to a new study. The University of Rochester’s Eastman Institute for Oral Health piloted a teledentistry program that in ...

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    UPMC, HIGHMARK BREAKUP MAKING IT HARD TO DO ENROLLMENT FOR SENIORS

    Dec 05, 2018

    This week marks the end of the enrollment period for Medicare recipients in Pennsylvania. But this sign-up season has been a bit of a trick for seniors in the western part of the state stuck in the middle of the breakup between two of the region's largest health providers. A state-brokered agree...

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    GLOBAL SEARCH MARKETING AGENCY, DIRECTIVE, ANNOUNCES COMPLETE REBRANDING

    Dec 05, 2018

    Directive, the leading B2B and enterprise search marketing agency, announced today the launch of their new branding to reflect their evolution into a global search marketing agency. Directive’s unique approach to search marketing has positioned the company as the agency of choice for leading B...

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    UNSAFE MEDICAL DEVICES ALLOWED INTO GLOBAL MARKETS HARM PATIENTS, INVESTIGATION REVEALS

    Dec 04, 2018

    A global investigation has found that unsafe medical devices have caused 1.7 million injuries globally and almost 83,000 deaths in the last 12 years. According to The Implant Files, a year-long investigation of the manufacturers of devices by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists...

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    MOODY'S: IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THINGS WILL GET MUCH BETTER FOR NONPROFIT HOSPITALS IN 2019

    Dec 04, 2018

    With a report earlier this year showing nonprofit hospitals on an "unsustainable path" as expenses outstripped revenue, this year hasn't been great for nonprofit hospitals. Now, a new report from Moody's Investors Service doesn't project great news for 2019, either. Why? Analys...

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    WHICH DOCTORS ARE MOST LIKELY TO USE TELEMEDICINE? IT DEPENDS

    Dec 04, 2018

    Telemedicine is gaining traction in physician practices. But it’s more popular among doctors in certain specialties, a new study has found. Who’s jumping on board? Radiologists were the most likely, as they reported using telemedicine to store and forward data about diagnoses (39.5%), ac...

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    CHILDREN'S MERCY RAMPS UP NUMBER OF SPECIALTIES VIA TELEHEALTH FROM 3 TO 30

    Dec 04, 2018

    Not only is geography a health determinant, but the quality of and access to healthcare can be determined by ZIP code. Children's hospitals are collections of providers that have specialized in pediatric medicine and then specialized again in specific disorders of childhood and adolescence. Thes...

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    AETNA, ASCENSION JOIN BLOCKCHAIN ALLIANCE TARGETING PROVIDER DIRECTORIES

    Dec 03, 2018

    A new blockchain alliance that wants to improve the accuracy of provider information just added two healthcare powerhouses to its efforts. Aetna and Ascension have joined Synaptic, the blockchain-focused alliance launched earlier this year by UnitedHealth, Humana, Multiplan and Quest Diagnostics. Th...

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    NEW MEDICARE MARKETING GUIDELINES RAISE THE SPECTER OF PAST PREDATORY SALES TACTICS

    Dec 03, 2018

    In 2007, insurers, state regulators and federal officials gathered before a Senate committee to answer what had become a nagging question within a growing Medicare Advantage (MA) market: Who was benefiting from the marketing of the increasingly profitable plans? The answer, it appeared, was insurers...

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    SEN. ALEXANDER FAVORS 21ST CENTURY CURES OVERSIGHT OVER NEW LEGISLATION

    Nov 30, 2018

    The lawmaker behind the landmark 21st Century Cures Act isn’t interested in hashing out follow-up legislation. He’d prefer to see the 2016 law implemented. “We’re more likely to make adjustments to it than we are to pass another big new bill like that in the next few years,&r...

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    MASSACHUSETTS AG, FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION GIVE OK TO BETH ISRAEL, LAHEY MEGAMERGER

    Nov 30, 2018

    Massachusetts' Attorney General gave the OK for the proposed merger between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health System following a number of agreements with health system officials, including a promise not exceed a seven-year price cap. The Federal Trade Commission also voted t...

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    BRIGHT HEALTH SETS SIGHTS ON EXPANSION WITH NEW $200M FUNDING ROUND

    Nov 29, 2018

    Insurance startup Bright Health closed its largest funding round to date, with plans to expand its footprint in 2020. The Minneapolis-based insurer announced it raised $200 million on Thursday in an “oversubscribed" series C, meaning it raised more money than intended. Bright Health has r...

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    AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: LESS COMPETITION IN HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETS IN HALF OF U.S. STATES

    Nov 29, 2018

    Many patients had fewer choices last year as competition levels dropped in health insurance markets in half of the U.S. states, according to a new report. The report (PDF) released by the American Medical Association (AMA) found that half of all states had commercial health insurance markets that we...

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    DOCTORS ADD VOICES TO FEARS CLIMATE CHANGE IS POSING HEALTH RISKS AROUND THE GLOBE

    Nov 29, 2018

    In the wake of a new study released Wednesday that warned of escalating health risks from climate change, a major physician group is backing the call for action. Published in The Lancet medical journal, the report says that climate change is already posing health risks around the world from extreme ...

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    PHYSICIAN PRACTICE ROUNDUP—DOCTOR’S TV INTERVIEW RESULTS IN $125K HIPAA FINE FOR PRACTICE

    Nov 29, 2018

    A Connecticut physicians group has been hit with a $125,000 fine for alleged HIPAA violations after one of its doctors spoke to a TV reporter in a dispute with a patient over bringing a service animal to the allergy practice. Allergy Associates of Hartford agreed to pay the fine to the Office for Ci...

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    AFTER A CENTURY OF INDEPENDENCE, SEATTLE-BASED POLYCLINIC IS ABSORBED BY UNITEDHEALTH’S OPTUMCARE

    Nov 28, 2018

    UnitedHealth is continuing its provider acquisition spree, purchasing a large multispecialty physician group in Seattle that had remained staunchly independent for more than century. During Tuesday’s investor meeting, UnitedHealth CEO David Wichmann said the company signed an agreement to acqu...

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    CMS' SEEMA VERMA SAYS ADMINISTRATION FORGING AHEAD ON WORK REQUIREMENTS AS IT EXAMINES ARKANSAS

    Nov 28, 2018

    Despite large numbers of Arkansas residents losing Medicaid eligibility under that state's work requirement law, the Trump administration is doubling down on its support of a "long list" of other states seeking to create their own Medicaid work requirements. Speaking with reporters on ...

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    OIG: CMS SHOULD REVISIT HOSPITAL WAGE INDEX SYSTEM, CITING $140M IN OVERPAYMENTS

    Nov 28, 2018

    CMS' hospital wage index system has been systematically overpaying hospitals for over a decade, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) found in a recent report. Between 2004 and 2017, the Medicare program overpaid at least 272 hospitals to the tune of $140.5 million. The OIG identified severa...

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    PREMIER CEO SUSAN DEVORE TO KEYNOTE HIMSS19

    Nov 28, 2018

    Susan DeVore, president and CEO of Premier,  an analytics company that helps health systems move to risk-based payment models, will be a keynote speaker at HIMSS19. DeVore will address “Healing from Within: Leading Change, Inspiring Action,” on Friday morning at the global health IT...

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    HIMSS ANALYTICS RANKS TOP 10 ERP VENDORS IN HEALTHCARE BY MARKETSHARE

    Nov 27, 2018

    Enterprise resource planning software is a business stalwart dating well back into the previous century. Yet as healthcare facilities have been focused on implementing electronic health records and patient billing software, many have invested less in ERP. "Healthcare organizations have been slo...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSAL WOULD ALLOW PART D PLANS TO NEGOTIATE PRICES OF DRUGS IN 'PROTECTED' CLASSES

    Nov 26, 2018

    The Trump Administration's latest proposed rule aimed at curbing prescription drug prices would allow Medicare Part D plans to negotiate better prices in "protected" classes. “Certain CMS regulations constrain these plans’ full negotiating power and the changes that we&rsqu...

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    CALIFORNIA APPROVES DIGNITY HEALTH-CHI DEAL. BUT IT COMES WITH A CATCH

    Nov 26, 2018

    California officials have approved the megamerger between Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives expected to be known as CommonSpirit. But regulators placed a number of charity care requirements on the deal. The state’s attorney general will require (PDF) the joint health system—...

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    NYC HEALTH + HOSPITALS EXPANDS ECONSULT PROGRAM AFTER CUTTING DOWN WAIT TIMES FOR SPECIALTY CARE

    Nov 26, 2018

    NYC Health + Hospitals has expanded its eConsult system—a tool that eases communication between primary care providers and specialists—to 81 primary clinics, the health system announced. NYC Health + Hospitals, the country’s largest municipal health system, first piloted eConsult i...

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    PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT SAYS UPMC MUST SAFEGUARD EMPLOYEE DATA

    Nov 26, 2018

    The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) must protect the personal information of its employees from hackers, Pennsylvania’s highest court ruled last week. The decision bolsters a long-running class-action lawsuit filed by UPMC employees following a 2014 data breach that exposed the ...

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    IS THERE AN ROI ON WISHES GRANTED THROUGH MAKE-A-WISH? THIS STUDY SAYS YES

    Nov 26, 2018

    The immediate benefits of Make-A-Wish Foundation dreams to sick children and their families are well documented. But it appears they could also bring some sustained health benefits resulting in fewer unplanned admissions and emergency department visits among seriously ill pediatric patients, a recen...

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    HOW GRADY HEALTH SYSTEM USED AI TO REDUCE PREVENTABLE READMISSIONS

    Nov 26, 2018

    Preventing avoidable readmissions is a focal point of most, if not all health systems big and small. These episodes are often costly to the patient and provider and open up additional opportunities for exposure to hospital-acquired infections. However, some patient populations, especially those with...

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    HHS NAMES FIRST DSIIS MEETING PARTICIPANTS AND DATE TO UNLOCK OBSTACLES TO HEALTH IT INVESTING AND INNOVATION

    Nov 26, 2018

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Dec. 18, 2018 will be the first quarterly meeting of the Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit (DSIIS). Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan announced the yearlong collaboration of stakeholders -- including HHS officials -- ...

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    OPTUMLABS IS USING AI TO PREDICT ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

    Nov 21, 2018

    This year, OptumLabs began a research project using artificial intelligence to predict Alzheimer's disease. The long-term project is being done in conjunction with a pharmaceutical company and other sponsors to identify clusters in a population at risk of developing Alzheimer's, which could ...

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    REPORT SHOWS STRONG BUT UNEVEN SPENDING IN MEDICAL AND HEALTH R&D ACROSS SECTORS OVER FIVE-YEAR PERIOD

    Nov 21, 2018

    Total investment in medical and health research and development in the U.S. grew by 27 percent from 2013 to 2017, led by industry and the federal government, according to a new report from Research!America. Industry accounted for 67 percent of total spending in 2017, followed by the federal governme...

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