CDC: 18.2M fewer uninsured Americans last year than in 2010

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million fewer than in 2010 About 9.4% of the U.S. population was uninsured in 2018, according to the National Center for Health Statistics’s (NCHS), 18.2

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ATA 2010 Summit – What a Difference a Year Makes

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Last spring, the ATA staff proposed that this year’s Mid Year meeting include a Summit to showcase national leaders from government, the largest insurers, leading medical centers and other sectors that are embracing telemedicine and the changes they are spearheading to expand its use. As I look over the list of speakers who have readily agreed to participate in the Summit, I realize that there is no better sign of the change that has taken place for telemedicine.

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Global Opportunities for Telemedicine

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Over the past year ATA has increased its presence and its role internationally. This reflects the transformation of both the market and practice of telemedicine. The mission of ATA is to be an advocate and a voice for telemedicine with government and other bodies, provide education, promote research and establish standards. This remains the priority and core responsibility of the organization.

Remote Cardiac Monitoring: The Debate Begins

LinkousThink

An article in this month’s New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) ( [link] ) reported the results of a six month clinical trial which evaluated the effectiveness of a telephone monitoring service for patients that suffered heart failure. The authors of the study, based at Yale University, reported that this service had no impact on the health of the patients when compared with a control group. In the weeks to come, this article is certain to generate a lot of comment and debate.

Lessons from the Snow

LinkousThink

The past five days in Washington, DC have been a test for those who live in the nation’s capitol. Twenty inches of snow last weekend have been followed by an additional 15 inches of snow and ice this week. Roads were clogged. Snow overwhelmed the region’s snow removal equipment.

FDA is Not the Bogeyman

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There has been a lot of talk and, frankly, a lot of uninformed fear about possible forthcoming regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As FDA explores its role in the changing world of health technology there has been a lot of talk about how the agency may require certification of every cell phone or every laptop that may be used in some way for provide medical assistance.

It’s mHealth but will it be a Revolution?

LinkousThink

The funny thing about “mHealth” is that it has taken on such a cult-like status among investors, industry and the media. Certainly the potential for the use of mHealth in the delivery of healthcare is huge and it may have an impact on other parts of healthcare such as chronic care management, emergency response services and the role and responsibilities of the consumer in their own health. The market for mHealth is still in its infancy.

In Memoriam, Bob Waters

LinkousThink

Bob's family and Drinker Biddle would like to invite all his coworkers, colleagues, and friends to a memorial reception to celebrate his life on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm with details regarding location to follow 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.

Barking Up A New Tree

LinkousThink

Changes in the way healthcare services are paid from fee-for-service to single payment mechanisms create vast new opportunities for telemedicine but shift the decision makers that govern adoption and market expansion. Since the start of ATA, the Holy Grail for many has been the expansion of existing fee-for-service insurance programs to cover telemedicine.

The Cost of Red Tape

LinkousThink

The deadline for implementing this new interpretation is July 15, 2010. Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) came out with an interpretation of how a hospital should provide quality assurance for physicians providing health care via telemedicine to a patient in the hospital.

Telemedicine and State Licensure

LinkousThink

The National Broadband Plan, released by the Federal Communications Commission in March 2010 states: “State-by-state licensing requirements limit practitioners’ ability to treat patients across state lines. State licensure of health care has become an important national concern. This hinders access to care, especially for residents of states that do not have needed expertise in-state.”

Adoption of Telemedicine Accelerating

LinkousThink

A series of news announcements and reports over the past few days provides an interesting look at the breadth and scope of telemedicine being by health professionals and consumers, worldwide. Almost 6,000 health-related mobile phone applications are now available for consumers and health practitioners over mobile phones according to a report released on March 1 by MobiHealthNews.

Telemedicine and the Underserved Community

LinkousThink

This week I had the pleasure of sharing a podium with Dr. Garth Graham, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. We spoke at the annual meeting of the Health Information Management Systems Society in a session titled: “ Underserved Communities and the Health Information Technology Landscape – the Necessity for Partnership.”

My Favorite Myths About Telemedicine

LinkousThink

Last year I asked the ATA staff to come up with a list of the top myths about telemedicine. With years of fielding questions from the public, from ATA members and the press I figure they were in a good position to come up with some of the leading examples. Yes, I admit that these are pet peeves of mine as well, so this is partly a cathartic exercise and a good way to start the new year.

Rural health leaders call ACA impact a mixed bag since passage in 2010

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Rural hospital leaders have called the Affordable Care Act's impact on rural health underwhelming, due in part to not being able to write off bad debt and the Medicaid expansion

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CMS achieves lowest Medicare improper payment rate since 2010

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Improper payments in Medicare have been on the decline since Congress passed the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010. They reached an eight-year low of 8.12% in the Medicare fee-for-service program this year, according to CMS

Telemedicine - 2010 & 2011 - Part 1 Public Policy

LinkousThink

Here is the first of three pieces on where we have been in 2010 and where we are going next year for telemedicine. For telemedicine, 2010 appears to have been a watershed year - the point when many in charge of government healthcare programs finally started to seriously consider the benefits of such technology. Speeches in 2010 by the head of Medicare in the U.S. Plans to aggressively expand broadband access were unveiled by several countries in 2010.

Telemedicine 2010 & 2011 Part 2 - TECHNOLOGY

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Telemedicine has never been bereft of electronic wizardry and 2010 included a host of exciting developments with clever new devices that see, analyze, and intervene with any number of medical maladies, all at steadily reduced prices. mHealth , clearly the hottest topic in telemedicine technology for 2010, has become a trendy term used for a perplexing array of activities. Video conferencing technologies were also a buzz in 2010.

2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service improper payment rate is lowest since 2010

CMS.gov

2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service improper payment rate is lowest since 2010. 2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service improper payment rate is lowest since 2010 Significant progress in saving $4.59B in estimated improper payments for the Medicare Fee-For-Service program. We are proud to announce that the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) improper payment rate is at its lowest since 2010 and the decreased improper payment rate from 2017 to 2018 represents a $4.59

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[Guide] 5 Data Challenges for Payers in the Health Home Program

Perficient

The program was introduced by The Affordable Care Act of 2010, Section 2703, for Medicaid recipients with chronic conditions. Healthcare Health Home Program healthcare The Affordable Care Act of 2010

Health Home Program and Data: New Challenges for Care Plans

Perficient

The Affordable Care Act of 2010, Section 2703, introduced Health Home Program (HHP) for Medicaid recipients with chronic conditions. These conditions include, but are not limited to, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, serious mental illness and substance use disorder.

CMS: Medicare improper payment rate fell as new fraud prevention efforts take hold

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The Medicare improper payment rate for fee-for-service fell to the lowest level since 2010, a feat the Trump administration claims is due to aggressive fraud measures

KFF: MA plans per beneficiary to reach highest level in 2020 in a decade

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The average number of Medicare Advantage plans per beneficiary will increase in 2020 to the highest level since 2010, according to a new analysis

Assessing and scoring pain levels in real time for better care

Mobi Health News

According to a paper titled Pain Management in the Elderly Population: A Review published in The Ochsner Journal in 2010, pain may be underreported because some elderly patients incorrectly believe that pain is a normal process of aging.

Opportunities in precision oncology and genomic profiling services in Asia Pacific

Mobi Health News

Launched in 2010 with a $25 million Series A financing led by Third Rock Ventures, Foundation Medicine released its first commercial assay called FoundationOne in 2012.

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Mercom: Investors poured $2.5 billion into digital health last quarter

Mobi Health News

Mercom says the quarter, with 187 deals, is only the second since 2010 to top $2 billion Digital health companies raised $2.5 billion in VC funding in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new report from Mercom Capital Group.

Patients Say Access To Visit Notes Is Important In Maintaining Their Health

Healthcare IT Today

Back in 2010, a group of primary care doctors from three different healthcare organizations across the U.S. came together to try something different.

Patient visits to community health centers soar, report finds

FierceHealthIT

Community health centers saw 33% patient growth between 2010 and 2016, according to an analysis from George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health

The Ill Health of Rural Hospitals in Four Charts

Health Populi

The first line chart illustrates rural hospital closures since 2010. Now we’ll move to the third chart, a heat map which shows those states with the highest number of rural hospital closures since 2010. There are 1,844 rural hospitals operating in the U.S.

Kyruus Raises $42 Million in New Financing After Delivering Another Year of Record Growth

Healthcare IT Today

Kyruus, the leader in provider search and scheduling solutions for health systems, today announced that it raised $42 million in new financing in a Series D round that brings its total funding to more than $125 million since its founding in 2010.

Electronic Health Record Data Show Concerns Continue Over Injury Claims

Electronic Health Reporter

Analyzing EHR-related medical malpractice claims that closed between 2010 and 2018, The Doctors Company uncovered that the pace of these claims tripled, growing from […]. This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. As provider adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) approaches near-universal levels, a study from The Doctors Company shows the frequency of claims in which EHRs contributed to injury continues to rise.

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The Impact of Front-Line Primary Care In Improving Access For Mental Health Outcomes

Electronic Health Reporter

Initiatives to improve mental health outcomes, such as the Affordable Care Act (2010), have been primarily aimed at requiring increased insurance coverage to encompass mental health services […]. This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Ed Cladera, MD, medical director, AristaMD. Over the past few years, there have been encouraging improvements in the realm of mental health care in the United States.

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.

mHealth Events to attend in 2020

mHealth Insight

You can click here to view the events that were held in 2019 , 2018 , 2017 , 2016 , 2015 , 2014 , 2013 , 2012 , 2 011 and 2010. In 2019 there were just 22 mHealth events held around the world (in the USA, Israel, UK, Spain, Dublin, France and India).

Stock and Flow

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It’s drawn from a 2010 post on the subject by Robin Sloan: Flow is the feed. And is not exclusive of the other according to Sloan: And the real magic trick in 2010 is to put them both together. I struggle with the idea of where to put my ideas.

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Trends: Increase in Opioid-related Hospital Stays for Older Patients

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Among patients ages 65 and older, the rate of opioid-related hospitalizations jumped 34 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Between 2010 and 2015, the researchers found a 34.3

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17 AGs defend ACA against legal effort to dismantle the law

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In the latest battle over the legality of the ACA, 17 Democratic attorneys general are fighting back against a federal lawsuit that would completely gut the 2010 healthcare law. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the Texas lawsuit is "based on a dubious legal claim with the sole goal of stripping Americans of their healthcare

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Smart Phone Sign – A Measure of Well-Being and Suitability for Discharge

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My biggest challenge with my smart phone in the clinic is iPhone attribution error , first described in 2010. Traditionally bowel sounds and the ability to pass urine were signs of postoperative progress. Now there’s the smart phone sign.

More Working Americans Enrolled in High-Deductible Health Plans in 2017

Health Populi

in 2017, about the same proportion as in 2016 — but nearly 20 million fewer than in 2010, as the line chart illustrates. Over four in 10 U.S.

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SCTRC Advisory Board Member Receives Designation as Academy Edge Runner

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

The Vine School Health Center is a nurse-designed interprofessional practice located within the Vine School in Knox County, TN, an economically disadvantaged community with, according to the 2010 census, a median household income of $9721.