OIG: CMS should revisit hospital wage index system, citing $140M in overpayments


Between 2004 and 2017, OIG found that the inaccuracies amounted to $140.5 The wage index system CMS employs for hospitals is frequently inaccurate, the HHS Office of Inspector General wrote in a recent report. million in overpayments to 272 hospitals


A Matter of Trust, Perception, Risk, and Uncertainty – The Big Issues Raised by the Acquisition of PatientsLikeMe and Other Patient Data Transactions

Health Populi

Founded in 2004 by Ben and Jamie Heywood (with a friend, Jeff Cole ) as a forum to share patient information about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, when their brother Stephen was diagnosed with the disease, the platform grew to attract nearly 700,000 patients talking and sharing wisdom with each other about a multiplicity of health care conditions. By Susannah Fox, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn and Lisa Suennen. I’ve lived long enough to have learned.


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Epic, Zoom and mobile app help at-risk clinic volunteers deliver care from home

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Bend clinic installed an electronic health record in 2004 and has a long history of adopting health IT. The Volunteers in Medicine’s Clinic of the Cascades in Bend, Oregon, is one of 92 VIM free clinics nationwide.

Building Trust and Truth in Patient Social Networks

Health Populi

Those were the early days of the formation of patient social networks [Patients Like me was founded in 2004, and WEGO Health and Stupid Cancer in 2007]. We are only just past the dawn of the second machine age, where digitization is enabling artificial intelligence. “Our new tools are destroying both trust and truth, creating a hunger for community and authenticity. We crave actual physical connection to neighbours, colleagues, and fellow townspeople, even if digitally facilitated.”

Ten Years – Technology for Older Adults – 2009-2019

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Google’s IPO was in 2004 and Facebook (coincidentally) emerged that year. Look back to remind us where we are. Ten years ago, the tech product choices designed for older adults were few and rudimentary. The intent was simplification of the basics for the tech-reluctant – sending email, looking at information online.

Unifying the Healthcare Assembly Line

Mobile Health Matters

After launching his career as an emergency department nurse, Scott continued his clinical practice in Level I Trauma and Critical Care until he merged his love of healthcare with his passion for computers and entered the healthcare IT space in 2004, conducting operational process analysis and reengineering to support healthcare technology implementations. Driving toward value-based care first requires a healthy understanding of the environment in which we are operating.

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Diabetes patients given access to their Electronic Medical Records achieved improved Glycemic control

Lloyd Price

Methods: Multiple international databases including Medline, Embase, CINAHL, PsycINFO and the Cochrane Library were searched between 2004 and 2016. The Impact of Patient Online Access to Computerized Medical Records and Services on Type 2 Diabetes. Background: Online access to computerized medical records has the potential to improve convenience, satisfaction, and care for patients, and to facilitate more efficient organization and delivery of care.

How Telehealth is Expanding OB/GYN Care in Rural Communities


Between 2004 and 2014, 179 rural counties lost hospital-based obstetric services ; by 2014, more than half of all rural counties lacked a hospital offering maternity care. It’s hard to think of a more universal “specialty” than women’s health.

$1 Trillion Healthcare Market

David Chou

Rapid Growth of the Chinese Health Care Market According to a report by Deloitte between 2004 and 2013, health expenditure in China quadrupled in value, reaching $460B in 2013 and a compound annual growth rate of approximately 17.2%. of the population in 2004 and has grown to nearly 10% as of 2013. As the population of China ages, the economy grows, and basic health insurance access increases, the healthcare market has seen significant expansions.

Postsurgery Opioid Overdose is ‘Rare’

BHM Healthcare Solutions

They identified patients undergoing one of 22 surgical procedures from 2004 to 2015 who filled an opioid prescription within three days of discharge after the procedure. Editor’s Note: For payers and policy-makers it can be a challenge to design effective opioid epidemic measures to control the rapid increase of overdoses as program effectiveness data is being accumulated.


Will Telemedicine Be the Blockbuster or Netflix of Healthcare?

Henry Kotula

After its peak in 2004, Blockbuster started losing market share and relevance. [link]. New approaches need to recognize patients’ wants and needs.

The The Five Biggest Areas of Opportunity for Digital Health

The Digital Health Corner

According to most recent statistics from the Office of the National Coordinator, use of EHRs has increased from 20% in 2004 to 87% in 2015. Digital health is unquestionably becoming part of healthcare lexicon and fabric. Electronic health records (EHRs) and personal fitness trackers have helped create awareness through use.

Telepsychiatry saves east Texas hospitals $18 million over 7 years

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Back in 2004, Fishkind was tasked by the state of Texas to design a plan that could bring psychiatric services to the entire state. In the early 2000s, the state of Texas was in the midst of a widely recognized, multi-decade crisis from lack of mental health services for people in need. THE PROBLEM. Psychiatric facilities were above capacity, leaving patients in mental health emergencies with either jail or emergency rooms as their only options.

Telehealth: Practicing Across the Idaho Border

Health Law Blog | Telehealth

by Kim Stanger. More healthcare practitioners are using telehealth to render patient care or expand their practices. When telehealth crosses state borders, the practitioner must ensure that he or she is licensed in or otherwise authorized to practice medicine in the state where the patient resides. The Model Policy issued by the Federation of State Medical Boards states: A physician must be licensed, or under the jurisdiction, of the medical board of the state where the patient is located.



In ~ 2004 there was a platform called blogger , created by Evan Williams. I have been an occasional Twitter user for a long time. Indeed, I’ve used Twitter since long before you even knew Twitter existed. I say this with some confidence, as Jack Dorsey posted the first tweet in March, 2006. My first tweet was four months later in July 2006. I am Twitter user #1922. Today there are over 130 million twitter users.

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Why Exenatide Does Not Benefit All People Equally

Insulin Nation

A 2004 triple-blind, placebo-controlled study published in Diabetes Care , found that when exenatide was given to type 2 diabetics with an HbA1c above 7, 41% of them achieved an HbA1c of below 7 after 30 weeks, while only 9% of control patients saw the same drop. Exenatide is a somewhat common injectable medication used to treat type 2 diabetes, especially in people who have not responded well to treatment with metformin or sulfonylureas alone. .


Diasome’s Liver Targeted Insulin

Insulin Nation

Diasome was founded in 2004 and has raised multiple rounds of funding, including support from the JDRF T1D Fund in Boston. Robert Geho, CEO of Diasome Pharmaceuticals, Inc. We spoke with Robert Geho, CEO of Diasome Pharmaceuticals, Inc. www.diasome.com — about its nanotechnology additive that delivers insulin to the liver where it can substantially improve T1D glucose control. Normal vs Injected Insulin.

Medicare Reimbursement for Remote Monitoring Should Drive Adoption (What a long, strange trip it’s been….)

The cHealth Blog

In 2004, I took my kids to the Lemony Snicket movie, “A Series of Unfortunate Events”. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule about two weeks ago and there is at least one nugget in there that should speed the adoption of remote patient monitoring. In fact, the news is even better, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

3 Fundamentals Every Digital Strategy (Still) Needs


Google Trends shows a marked rise in “empathy” searches, peaking recently at levels six times that of 2004. How will you spend your COVID-19 bonus? No, not a fatter paycheck (sorry). I’m talking about the additional resources your CFO may be freeing up for new digital initiatives.

Here’s What You Used to Treat Type 1 Diabetes in the 60’s and 70’s

Insulin Nation

Then in 2004, I started to use an insulin pump. In this excerpt from The Savvy Diabetic – A Survival Guide , diabetes activist Joanne Milo reminisces about diabetes treatment strategies and tools from yesteryear: I immediately started on insulin injections, initially administered by Dad, an engineer but secretly a wannabe surgeon. He was outstanding at giving painless shots.


Disrupting Nurse Call

Medical Connectivity

Hillrom acquired nurse call vendor NaviCare Systems in 2004. Nurse call is changing. After decades of slow incremental change, the pace of change is quickening. These changes impact provider organizations and manufacturers as nurse call is integrated with adjacent market point of care solutions and new technologies. The benefits will be substantial: improved HCAHPS scores, improved patient safety, shorter length of stay and greater staff productivity.

How Insulin Became So Expensive – A History

Insulin Nation

In 2004, that same vial would cost $60, and today it would go for roughly $300, she said. Kasia J. Lipska, a Yale School of Medicine endocrinologist, opened up her presentation on rising insulin costs by sharing the story of a patient with diabetes in crisis. The 68-year-old man had glucose levels which were out of control, and his A1C score had climbed north of 16]. sponsor. Dr. Lipska learned the patient wasn’t in denial or noncompliant – he simply couldn’t afford his insulin.

MDS2 -- Revision Comment Opportunity

Healthcare Exchange Standards

This was back in 2004, before I was blogging. Updated: They moved the deadline for signup to September 15th, 2017 I have been involved in the original creation of the MDS2 (Manufacture Disclosure Statement for Medical Device Security). The first revision was a major change to align with IEC 80001 - Risk Assessment to be used when putting a Medical Device onto a Network in 2010.


10 Famous Celebrities Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Insulin Nation

Gary continued to collect medals in the 2004 games and today spends much of his time advocating for diabetic athletes. When you’re living with an incurable illness, even the simplest tasks can feel like a struggle. On days like that, it’s nice to have a reminder that diabetes doesn’t define you. It doesn’t control you. Diabetes is a part of you, but it’s the part that makes you stronger and forces you to be better. .

Parents Who Withheld Insulin Guilty of First Degree Murder

Insulin Nation

Then, in 2004, Judge Gary Cohen ruled that the Raditas likely had learned their lesson, and legally deserved the chance to care for Alex once again; he was returned to the parents. It would seem as if Alexandru “Alex” Radita, who had Type 1 diabetes, had lived in a time before insulin therapy. A video of his 15th birthday party shows an emaciated boy determinedly trying to open a birthday gift despite his visible weakness.


Health informatics pioneer Larry Weed dies at 93

Meaningful HIT News

“The unaided mind does not know what data to collect, and does not see many of the significant relationships buried in whatever data are collected,” Weed said in a 2004 story I wrote for Health-IT World, a former spinoff of Bio-IT World. Lawrence L. Weed, M.D., a pioneer in the world of health informatics and organization of patient information, has died at the age of 93. Weed passed away in Burlington, Vermont, on June 3 after a fall two weeks earlier, his son Lincoln said.

Insulin Pumps Keep Pitchers in the Game

Insulin Nation

As detailed in a Sportsnet profile of the pitcher, McGowan was recovering from arm surgery in 2004 when he was first diagnosed with T1. Dustin McGowan. In baseball, pitchers have been known to sneak a few things into their back pockets or onto their bodies to help with their pitching performance. Headlines were made early in the 2014 baseball season when New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was thrown out of a game for smearing pine tar on his neck to “doctor” the ball.


Sniffing out Hypos

Insulin Nation

Dogs4Diabetics (D4D), based in Concord, California, was started in 2004 by Mark Ruefenacht, who also has Type 1 diabetes. Dog and patient training. Photo Credit: Michelle Cochrane/Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Hypoglycemia unawareness can be a serious problem in both children and adults who have Type 1 diabetes. Sleeping through a blood sugar low is dangerous and can result in serious complications.


Aaron Kowalski Appointed New JDRF President/CEO

Insulin Nation

With a doctorate in microbiology and molecular genetics from Rutgers, Dr. Kowalski began his career at JDRF as a scientific program manager in 2004. Today, the JDRF announced the appointment of Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D., as the nonprofit’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

A Facebook for Diabetes Health Data?

Insulin Nation

The Heywoods grew frustrated with the lack of online community for people affected by chronic conditions and began the site in 2004. Traditionally, our health records are confidential and only shared publicly in the aggregate. But one website, PatientsLikeMe , encourages people with diabetes and other conditions to share their day-to-day health records with other users.

The Dangers of Hypoglycemia in the Hospital

Insulin Nation

In his study, Turchin and a team of researchers examined more than 2,500 medical records of diabetics admitted to the general ward of a teaching hospital in 2003 and 2004, and found that 7.7% It seems incongruous to have to worry about hypoglycemia more during a hospital stay than in daily life, but diabetes specialists warn that people with diabetes who are hospitalized face a greater risk of experiencing hypoglycemic events in the hospital.


3 Cool Announcements From Microsoft Build 2020


WSL is the acronym for the Windows Subsystem for Linux and v2 of this very very cool technology is coming in the Windows 10 2004 update later this month. I finally got a chance to attend Microsoft Build this year! Unfortunately, it was at the cost of a worldwide pandemic so I guess I shouldn’t be that excited about it.


Skeptics ask why patients would even WANT their medical images. We asked on Facebook.

Society for Participatory Medicine

Similarly, our society was founded by friends of “Doc Tom” Ferguson , who first documented e-patients in the BMJ in 2004, saying: The emerging world of the e-patient cannot be fully understood and appreciated in the context of pre-internet medical constructs. This is so exasperating. For years we at the Society for Participatory Medicine have been among the leaders of the movement for patients to have access to their medical records, in EMRs and everywhere.

Microsoft Intelligent Security Solutions


Microsoft has been investing substantially in security and compliance since 2004, and today that investment protects all Microsoft products, but none more so than Office 365 and Azure. Part 1 – Microsoft Secure Score. 56 Security Actions You Can Take Today to Improve Your Security Posture. One shining culmination of that investment is Microsoft Secure Score, integrated into your Microsoft 365 security center.


Is laughter the best medicine?

Lloyd Price

The ‘laughter line’, founded in 2004 is a phone line that connects you with other people to have a giggle (it is contagious after all). Laughing costs nothing, you can do it (almost) anywhere at anytime, there are no restrictions on the amount you chuckle each day and by its very nature, it’s something we all enjoy. Numerous studies have shown the real health benefits of a good belly laugh, yet so many of us fail to receive our daily dose of comedy.

4 Strategies to Make CX a Competitive Differentiator


Jim co-founded the Digital Strategy Group for Meritage Technologies in 2000 that was acquired by Perficient in 2004. I have two pieces of old news to report. First, the world is changing faster than ever. The second piece of old news: customers are more empowered than ever and have almost complete control over their own journey. So, what is the real news today?


Telemedicine Today: May 2016

American Well

Harvard Medical School researchers found that the number of telemedicine visits provided to Medicare beneficiaries increased by 28 percent per year from 2004 to 2013 with 107,000 visits provided in 2013. Telemedicine Today: May 2016. Welcome to the May 2016 edition of Avizia’s Telemedicine Today! Each month we re-visit some of the most exciting news and influential events from the month.

The Patchwork Problem of School Diabetes Care

Insulin Nation

The state’s education department has published a comprehensive booklet for schools entitled Maine Guideline for Schools: Tools for Schools Who Have Students with Diabetes (2004). As we discussed in the previous article about the laws surrounding in-school diabetes care , what level of care a child with Type 1 receives during the school day varies wildly by state and district.

The Patchwork Problem of School Diabetes Care

Insulin Nation

The state’s education department has published a comprehensive booklet for schools entitled Maine Guideline for Schools: Tools for Schools Who Have Students with Diabetes (2004). As we discussed in the previous article about the laws surrounding in-school diabetes care , what level of care a child with Type 1 receives during the school day varies wildly by state and district.

Telemedicine - 2010 & 2011 - Part 1 Public Policy


The focus here is on two critical public policy issues that have received worldwide attention: healthcare and broadband: Since 2004, healthcare spending has been the single largest part of the national government’s budget in the U.S. Here is the first of three pieces on where we have been in 2010 and where we are going next year for telemedicine. My comments throughout reflect the gobalization of the field.