Medicare Members Are Health Consumers, Too – Our AHIP Talk About Aging, Digital Immigrants, and Personalizing Health/Care

Health Populi

That program has the potential to change our Medicare members manage meds at home to ensure better adherence, supporting better health outcomes and personal feelings of efficacy and control. [As

Tech-Smart Seniors Have a Role To Play In Managing Rx Costs

Electronic Health Reporter

Pharmaceutical manufacturers face growing pressure from legislators, employers and consumers to control prescription drug costs, which have increased by as much as 15 percent between 2008 and 2016. Editorial Chris Hakim eHealth Medicare

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How Walmart Could Bolster Healthcare in the Community

Health Populi

Here’s one description about the chain’s plans to use $200 mm to expand in Florida (THINK: the state will be home to 4,5 million people age 65 and over in 2020, potential candidates for Humana’s Medicare programs. Walmart has been a health/care destination for many years.

Seven Years Until Fiscal Cliff of Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund

BHM Healthcare Solutions

The Medicare Board of Trustees released their annual report (249 page download) on the state and stability of the program and two main trust funds, the Hospital Insurance Trust fund and its Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Fund. The SMI Trust fund, which covers Medicare Part B and D benefits like outpatient hospital visits, home healthcare and prescription drug costs is expected to be adequately financed for the foreseeable future.

Why Drug Prices Keep Going UP

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: Increasing costs for prescriptions is creating a long-term financial impact on Medicare Part D and its beneficiaries. Between 2008 and 2016, the cost of oral brand-name outpatient drugs rose 9.2 percent from 2008 to 2016.

Why People Are Still Avoiding the Doctor (It’s Not the Virus)

Henry Kotula

It echoes the scenarios that played out after the 2008 recession, when millions of Americans were unemployed and unable to afford even routine visits to the doctor for themselves or their children. At first, people delayed medical care for fear of catching Covid.

Why are older adults demeaned by the health and tech industry?

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Telehealth was a pioneering concept in 2008. The 2017 Harvard article indicates that 1 million had signed up for these home nurse visits – but there were 19 million people covered by Medicare Advantage plans in 2017. What is the point of sneering at older people? Rant on.

Healthcare Access and Cost Top Americans’ Concerns in Latest Gallup Poll

Health Populi

The Gallup Poll , fielded in the first week of March 2018, found that peoples’ overall economic and employment concerns are on the decline since 2010, at the height of the Great Recession which began in 2008.

How the media loves to talk about loneliness among older adults

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Did you know that ‘social isolation’ has become a named baby boomer health condition spiking Medicare costs by an additional $134 per enrollee – tucked into the list that includes arthritis (+$117 of cost) and diabetes (+$270), source AARP? Shall we take this WSJ article at face value?

Tweets at Lunch with Paul Krugman – Health IT Meets Economics

Health Populi

There’s an old saw that the US government is an insurance company with an army” quips @PaulKrugman @HIMSS #HIMSS18 #HX360 #Healthinsurance #Medicare #Healthcare #Healthcosts. “I’m

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

Health Populi

Even with moderating medical trend growth, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expect that healthcare spending will account for 20% of the U.S. trillion from the third quarter of 2008 — as the Great Recession hit the U.S.

Essential Telemedicine Terms Clinicians Should Know

Enzyme Health

CMS : Stands for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. CMS is the federal agency that administers HIPAA standards and develops Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement policies for telemedicine. Applying for telemedicine jobs and want to stand out?

The United States of Diabetes: a $1,240 Tax on Every American

Health Populi

The study analyzed medical claims for millions of patients, both commercially insured and enrolled in Medicare. In no state did the rate of diabetes decline in the ten years between 2008 and 2018. Pharmaceutical company executives are testifying in the U.S.

Rural hospitals need more than telehealth to survive the pandemic

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

"Many areas we provide care to did not have much recovery since [the economic crash of] 2008," said Marshfield Clinic Health System CEO Dr. Susan Turney.

How Hospitals Are Reducing Medical Costs with Telehealth

American Well

The federal government has pegged the cost of hospital readmissions for Medicare patients at $26 billion annually, with $17 billion accounting for readmissions that result in patients not receiving the right care.

Why Does Pen Usage Lag in the U.S.?

Insulin Nation

Frost & Sullivan analyst Debbie Toscano says most insurance plans, including Medicare Part D, cover both methods of injection. Americans love gadgets. From iPads to Androids to GPS, we’re a nation hooked on streamlined devices designed to simplify, entertain, and guide.

How Hospitals Are Reducing Medical Costs with Telehealth

American Well

The federal government has pegged the cost of hospital readmissions for Medicare patients at $26 billion annually, with $17 billion accounting for readmissions that result in patients not receiving the right care.

Weekender 5/18/18

HIStalk Weekender

My first inclination is to at least publish the Medicare price. The photo above is of his patients’ medical records that were stored in “an unsecured and dilapidated barn” where he tried to hide them from Medicare. Weekly News Recap.

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Review of Mobile Devices and Health by Ida Sim in the NEJM

mHealth Insight

Back in 2008 at 3GDoctor we started offering the ability for Patients to use their mobiles to provide their own history to Doctors prior to a documented video consult: [link]. Mobile Devices and Health was published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Authored by Ida Sim, M.D.,

The Tech Giants are Coming for Healthcare

Lloyd Price

Medicare/Medicaid Management One other play that is harder to decipher starts with Amazon’s announcement in March to cut its prime membership for Medicaid recipients by over 50% and CNBC’s announcement that it’s been talking potential collaborations with AARP since 2015.

The Consumer and the Payor, Bingo and Trust: My Day At Medecision Liberator Bootcamp

Health Populi

Politics underpin what’s happening in health plans in the public sector, and I spoke a bit about Medicare and Medicaid. To succeed in the business of health information technology (HIT), a company has to be very clear on the problems it’s trying to address.

Barking Up A New Tree


In a perfect world, programs such as Medicare would reimburse for the following: All clinical telemedicine services, as defined by CPT and HCPC codes; Telemedicine from any location of the patient - rural or urban; Telemedicine originating from any type of facility; Telemedicine services provided by any type of appropriate health professional; and Remote health services provided by any method of delivery: live or store-and-forward.

How Big IS Telemedicine?


Multiple payers - Back to the radiology example: that read can be billed through Medicare, Medicaid, a hundred different private payers, or inside a closed system such as the U.S. In 2008, the global videoconferencing market grew 24% to $2.4 If I had a nickel for every time I was asked this question. There are some interesting facts that have recently come out about the telemedicine market (explained below).