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

Fear about an Ever-Changing Context : When PLM first formed back in 2004, a lot of the data sharing issues we speak about hadn’t even been conceived of yet. By Susannah Fox, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn and Lisa Suennen. I’ve lived long enough to have learned.

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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.

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.

Unifying the Healthcare Assembly Line

Mobile Health Matters

Driving toward value-based care first requires a healthy understanding of the environment in which we are operating. Though regularly criticized, the U.S. healthcare system is actually strong: we have some of the world’s best hospitals and doctors.

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Consider: Aging in a Virtual World

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The Senior Center without Walls was one of the early (2004) programs for seniors who could not leave their homes but could participate by telephone.

$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%.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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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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.

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”.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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%


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.

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.


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).

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).

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).

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.


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.,

Legal liability of an online curbside consultation

Medicine and Technology

2004). These days, physicians are getting informal consultations (curbside consults) and "second opinion" feedback from other physicians by discussing patient care on closed, restricted online physician-only communities like Doximity.

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.

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.

In Memoriam, Bob Waters


Bob played an instrumental role in the development of the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact and received the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Exceptional Achievement Award for this work in 2004. The telemedicine community suffered a loss this week with the passing of Robert J. Waters, JD, the founder of the Center for Telehealth and eHealth Law and a long-time leader in telemedicine.

150 top places to work in healthcare

Henry Kotula

[link]. Becker’s Healthcare is pleased to release the “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare | 2018” list, which highlights hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies that promote diversity within the workforce, employee engagement and professional growth.