CMS: 2021 Medicare Advantage premiums to hit lowest point since 2007


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CMS: 2020 Medicare Advantage rates lowest since 2007 as supplemental benefits take hold


Premiums for Medicare Advantage plans are expected to decline next year by 14% compared with 2019 as plans aim to offer more choices, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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Which doctors are most likely to get in trouble for fraudulent billing? Study offers new clues


Physicians were more likely to be excluded from public insurance reimbursement programs due to fraud between 2007 and 2017 if they were older, male, or had osteopathic training


Senior Safety: Death from Falls

Christina's Considerations

The CDC just released data on unintentional injuries for persons age 65+ in the US between 2007 and 2016. While unintentional injuries are the seventh leading cause of death, falls account for the largest percentage. 1/4 of US residents aged.

Accolade files for $100M IPO. Here are 5 things to know


Founded in 2007, the company provides a health benefits platform for employers. Health technology company Accolade filed Friday to raise as much as $100 million in an initial public offering. Accolade's S-1 filing reveals key business details publicly for the first time. Here are five things to know

Rush University Medical Center, clinicians hit with malpractice suit over birth defects 


Rush University Medical Center and several of its clinicians were hit this week with a malpractice lawsuit that alleges a baby born at the hospital in 2007 was left disabled following a series of medical errors.

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Want to know the percentage of people who have a Medicare Advantage plan compared to all people with Medicare in Maryland from 2007 to 2011? Or perhaps the top 10 Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for services provided in 2008? You can find answers to these types of questions using the newly launched Medicare Enrollment Dashboard and Part B Physician/Supplier Dashboard

Surprise, Surprise: Most Americans Have Faced a “Surprise” Medical Bill

Health Populi

I wrote my first post on Health Populi nearly eleven years ago Labor Day week 2007. of the GDP and that PPO reached $28,166 — nearly two times the 2007 cost. Most Americans have been surprised by a medical bill, a NORC AmeriSpeak survey found. Who’s responsible?

Senior Safety: Death from Falls

Christina's Considerations

The CDC just released data on unintentional injuries for persons age 65+ in the US between 2007 and 2016. While unintentional injuries are the seventh leading cause of death, falls account for the largest percentage. 1/4 of US residents aged. Healthy Children and Families The Patient Experience

Heating up competition with Apple in the smartwatch space, Google acquires Fitbit for $2.1B


Fitbit launched in 2007 and was considered a pioneer of the consumer fitness tracking market, quickly becoming the market leader. Following media reports of a possible deal earlier this week, Google announced it is acquiring wearables company for $7.25 per share in cash, valuing the company at $2.1 billion. Other players have since entered the market including Apple, Garmin, and Samsung


Job #1 for Next President: Reduce Health Care Costs – Commonwealth Fund & NBC News Poll

Health Populi

This concept has underpinned Health Populi since I wrote the first post in this blog in September 2007 on the cost of health care, featuring this picture from Tom’s Shell characterizing the high costs of petrol at the pump in the midst of the oil crisis. Four in five U.S. adults say lowering the cost of health care in America should be high priority for the next American president, according to a poll from The Commonwealth Fund and NBC News.

Pendent medical alerts evolve – and will disappear

Aging in Place Technology Watch

One positive -- it validated the business strategies of competitors, including the two Stanford MBAs that bought VRI in 2007. Surprise (maybe) – Philips puts Lifeline business up for auction. How do I know this?


Ten Years – Technology for Older Adults – 2009-2019

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Then the iPhone emerged in 2007 , along with the now-declining Fitbit. Telehealth got its first big workout with veterans in 2007. 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.

Medical Issues Are Still The #1 Contributor to Bankruptcy in the U.S.

Health Populi

The report, Medical Bankruptcy: Still Common Despite the Affordable Care Act , updates research from 2007 which was conducted by two of this new study’s authors, Dr. David Himmelstein and Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, along with other colleagues. In the 2007 analysis, a roughly similar proportion of U.S. Medical costs in America are still the top contributor to personal bankruptcy in the U.S., a risk factor in two-thirds of bankruptcies filed between 2013 and 2016.

Web introduction to a crowd-sourcing platform for COVID-19 “information therapy”

Society for Participatory Medicine

See our 2007 post that mentions Josh Seidman PhD’s Center for Information Therapy – he went on to be president of SPM.) “Information therapy” has long been part of the participatory medicine mindset. In the COVID-19 era, now more than ever, it’s essential that clear, accurate, and up-to-date information reaches patients and families.

As Medical Cost Trend Remains Flat, Patients Face Growing Health Consumer Financial Stress

Health Populi

Here is the first “good news” line chart, showing declining medical trend from 2007 to next year in 2019. That’s one-half the high point at nearly 12% in 2007. In 2007, the year I launched Health Populi , the inaugural post focused on just this issue; the post was titled, “Health care is the #1 line item in our national economy…and taking more out of your pocket.”

Considering Technology Adoption -- AARP’s 2008 Healthy@Home

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The iPhone had just been released in June of 2007, so this survey did not ask about smartphone use – there was no Digital Health (a " check engine light for your body! "); the Longevity Economy hadn’t been invented; Fitbit was a 2007 new clip-on tracker , and Facebook was still a campus toy. The survey was fielded in December of 2007 with a population of 907 adults aged 65-98 (the mean age was 74).

Re-Tweeting Sanofi’s Tweet: Inclusion Matters for Health, Wellness, and the Body Politic

Health Populi

” Health Populi’s Hot Points: The uniquely American challenge of health disparities, especially relating to race, is a topic I’ve covered many times since the launch of Health Populi in 2007.

Self-Care Is Healthcare In Consumers’ Hands, Peaking on Google Trends

Health Populi

in December 2007, and tracked “self-care” searches to today, 15 March 2019. Today, the number of searches on Google using the phrase “self-care” reached a high, shown in the line graph I created on Google Trends and marked up in red. A Google search overall yielded over 2 billion results. I started this search when the Great Recession began in the U.S.

Having Problems with Your Emergin System?

Medical Connectivity

Emergin was acquired by Philips in 2007. Years ago, many hospitals bought an Emergin messaging middleware system as a point solution to bring messaging to specific interfaced systems. Many of these were used to get event data out of nursecall and other systems that was communicated to caregivers or some other point of care use case. These point solutions were installed in closets or data centers and not given much more thought.

The Promise of Digital Health and the Privacy Perils – HealthConsuming Explains, Part 4

Health Populi

are concepting, which I wrote about back in 2007 focusing on Toyota’s wellness car concept. The supply side of digital health tools and tech is growing at a hockey-stick pace. There are mobile apps and remote health monitors, digital therapeutics and wearable tech from head-to-toe. Today in America, electronic health records (EHRs) are implemented in most physician offices and virtually all hospitals.

Five tech and aging blog posts from October 2019

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The iPhone had just been released in June of 2007, so this survey did not ask about smartphone use – there was no Digital Health (a " check engine light for your body! "); the Longevity Economy hadn’t been invented; Fitbit was a 2007 new clip-on tracker , and Facebook was still a campus toy. The survey was fielded in December of 2007 with a population of 907 adults aged 65-98 (the mean age was 74). October was a long and extravagant month for the tech market.

E-ppointments: Will patients will shop around online for a doctor like tourists do for a hotel on TripAdvisor?

Lloyd Price

Investors including Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, have put $95m into ZocDoc since its launch in 2007. Right after 8.30am is a busy time for the ill in Britain.

Capsule Tech Acquires Bernoulli Health: Analysis

Medical Connectivity

In 2007 to 2008, Capsule started to shift from departmental to enterprise-wide solutions, when connectivity extended into lower acuity units were most hospital patients are located. For example, Cerner OEM'd technology from Cardiopulmonary for their medical device connectivity and remote ICU solution, starting in 2007. On April 30, 2019, Capsule Tech announced that it is acquiring Bernoulli Health for an undisclosed amount.

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Why CTA’s Shepherding AI Is Important for Re-Imagining Healthcare

Health Populi

For example, here’s my Health Populi write-up of Toyota , for example, and its wellness car from 2007. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), collaborating with industry stakeholders, has ushered in a standard for artificial intelligence in health care. CTA is the membership organization for companies that innovate, manufacture and market consumer-facing tech like big-screen TVs, slick new autos, video games and voice assistants.

The Grocery Store As Health Destination: Publix Produce for Kids and the Social Determinants of Health

Health Populi

The prevalence of food insecurity for children in 2017 was equal to that of the 2007 pre-recession level of 8.3%. Food insecurity ranks high on Americans’ greatest social health risks. In local communities, grocery stores are playing key roles in bolstering neighborhood wellness. Publix and other food chains, collaborating with the Produce for Kids program, are walking the talk on nutrition for local health citizens.

Will Consumers Cross the Cost-and-Trust Chasm Between Prescription Drugs and Hospitals?

Health Populi

Between 2007 and 2014, hospital prices grew 42%. People in the U.S. rank prescription drugs, lab tests, emergency room visits, dental and vision care, preventive services, chronic disease management and mental health care as the “most essential” health care services, according to the 2019 Survey of America’s Patients conducted by The Physicians Foundation.

Americans’ Top Sources of Stress are Money, Money, Money and Family

Health Populi

That was the theme that started the first Health Populi blog post in 2007. In the 2019 dictionary next to the word “stress,” we would find variations of a definition all deriving from Americans’ current worries about their money, the economy, and health care costs…then, family responsibilities and jobs. The 7th Annual U.S.

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.”

How Consumers’ Belt-Tightening Could Impact Health/Care – Insights from Deloitte’s Retail Team

Health Populi

Over the ten years between 2007 and 2017, U.S. consumer spending for education, food and health care substantially grew, crowding out spending for other categories like transportation and housing. Furthermore, income disparity between wealthy Americans and people earning lower-incomes dramatically widened: between 2007-2017, income for high-income earners grew 1,305 percent more than lower-incomes.

Thinking About Isaiah, User-Centered Design, and Healthcare – Heard at Health 2.0

Health Populi

Back to Indu, who recalled, “In 2007, we had a dream.” Turning 13, “we’re an unruly teenager on our hands now,” Matthew Holt invoked the start of the annual Health 2.0 Conference, convening this week in Santa Clara for its 13th year in existence. Started with Co-Founder Indu Subaiya, Health 2.0 was conceived as a “movement,” Matthew explained. When (we were) younger, we broke some things.”

FBI, DOJ bust 24 people in $1.2 billion telemedicine fraud scheme

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

” Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which maintains 14 strike forces operating in 23 districts, has charged nearly 4,000 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $14 billion. Hundreds of thousands patients were lured into worldwide criminal healthcare fraud schemes involving telemedicine and durable medical equipment (DME) executives, according to the FBI and Department of Justice. WHY IT MATTERS.

Doing Less Can Be Doing More for Healthcare – the Biggest Takeaway From ASCO 2018

Health Populi

Health Populi’s Hot Points: One of the earliest and most important books on the benefits of “doing less” in healthcare was Shannon Brownlee’s Overtreated , which I’ve covered here in Health Populi since the start of the blog in 2007. Less can lead to more for so many things: eating smaller portions, lowering sugar consumption, and driving less in favor of walking or cycling come to mind.

Shaping the future of health technologies

Digital Leaders HealthTech

Fitbit – one of the best known – was founded in 2007 and starting selling fitness trackers pretty soon after, but we didn’t really start to see these being uses by the masses until a few years later.

Go-Forward Strategies and Options for Oracle BI Applications Customers [Webinar]


Since 2007, many companies have adopted Oracle BI Applications as the foundation for their data and analytics platforms. Today, Oracle considers the platform to be content-complete with controlled availability and the final version scheduled to release in mid-2020. Existing customers are strongly advised to take a proactive approach to defining and executing a go-forward strategy with regard to their Oracle BI Applications environments.


Apple’s Health Records App: A Ripple or a Roar?

The cHealth Blog

” Microsoft HealthVault has also seen its share of challenges since it launched in 2007. To quote Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” ” Or so it seems. Apple’s Health Records App. Last week, Apple made a big announcement that headlines and excited many in our industry.

FHIR Consent mapped with BPPC

Healthcare Exchange Standards

type = permit | deny DocumentEntry.formatCode=urn:ihe:iti:bppc:2007 notes unclear how negative consents are really supported. Today on the FHIR Consent call we had a very useful discussion of how one would use FHIR Consent to do the same thing that BPPC does in XDS. Said another way, what is the degenerate form of FHIR Consent that is equal-to the functionality of BPPC, and what is the degenerate form of FHIR Consent that is compatible with BPPC.


Open Source is the worst

Health Intersections

I certainly did the first time I heard it (which was from Seth Godin giving a keynote at EclipseCon in about 2007 – I can’t find no link now). Last week I spoke at the CSIRO e-Health consortium. During my presentation, I said: Open source products are the worst thing in the market. Seth Godin. You might find that to be a shocking claim.


The who, what, when, where, and why of Cochrane

Society for Participatory Medicine

Cochrane Collaboration logo – it’s a forest plot!

HC 94

Provider Spotlight: How an Urgent Care Telemedicine Nurse Practitioner Balances Family and Career

Enzyme Health

I’ve been a nurse since 2007. We sat down with telemedicine provider Michelle Everhart to learn about why she started in telemedicine, why she may never go back to “brick and mortar”, and why telemedicine makes her a better care provider. Nurse practitioner Michelle Everhart loved her career, but when she got pregnant she struggled with the decision of whether to leave the job she loved to spend more time with her son.