The Top 10 Diabetes Breakthroughs of 2014

Insulin Nation

From artificial pancreas trials to stem cell breakthroughs, 2014 was a big year for Type 1 diabetes news. The two biggest producers of insulin spent a lot of money on attorney fees in 2014 as they duked it out in US courts over a patent dispute. Tandem’s pumps have been the go-to pumps for artificial pump researchers in 2014. It seemed as though you couldn’t go to a diabetes summer camp in 2014 without running into a researcher with an artificial pancreas to try.

2014 Year in Review: Consumer Engagement

Chilmark Research

For better or for worse, 2014 was a big year for consumer engagement. Over the course of 2014 it has become increasingly clear that incumbent HIT vendors are simply not going to lead when it comes to improving between visit care, enabling a complete, longitudinal record (which includes preferences, information, and other inputs from the patient) and incorporating new tools into doctors’ workflow. The post 2014 Year in Review: Consumer Engagement appeared first on Chilmark Research.

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Our Best Diabetes Humor in 2014

Insulin Nation

Here at Insulin Nation , we believe humor is an important part of staying physically and mentally healthy, so we made some silly videos to go along with the news in 2014. Our thinking is that Type 1 diabetes is such a serious condition that sometimes you have to laugh so you don’t cry. Take a look back with us at when we put on our red noses to explore the lighter side of Type 1 diabetes: What if you could read the thoughts of someone with Type 1?

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#WWBR Week of September 22, 2014

Chilmark Research

“Although it was based on a small sample size, Kaufman Hall found inpatient utilization rates either unchanged or down for a majority of nonprofit hospitals through the first 2 quarters of 2014. The post #WWBR Week of September 22, 2014 appeared first on Chilmark Research. In this week’s WWBR, lots on pricing transparency and payment reform in the health system, and some new thoughts on whether all this excitement is really warranted.

The T1 Tech/Treatment Roundup: May 2014

Insulin Nation

Here’s the latest news on some of the gear and treatments that might make life easier for people with T1: Pasta Lovers, Rejoice! The smart-looking little Dario glucometer is continuing its roll-out into the European marketplace by announcing it has received approval for reimbursement from Italian health insurance companies.

The Arc of Digital Health is Long, But it Bends Toward Adoption, Hopefully.

Digital Health

Digital Health Healthcare Information Technology Healthcare Venture Capital Innovation Uncategorized 2014 healthcare digital health health tech Rock HealthYou know how you accumulate stuff in your office until it feels like a time capsule? Well, that was my office until last week.

Improper Medicare payments down $20.7B since 2014, CMS data show

Fierce Healthcare

since 2014, CMS data show. Improper Medicare payments down $20.7B hlandi. Tue, 11/16/2021 - 07:15

AADE 2014 – Noticias de la Conferencia

Insulin Nation

Cada verano los educadores de diabetes se reúnen en su conferencia anual; esta sirve de educación continua y como manera de conocer más acerca de las nuevas tecnologías, nuevos medicamentos e inclusive alimentos, esto con el propósito de que puedan recomendarlo a sus pacientes. Es la segunda vez que asistimos a esta conferencia, una reunión a mi entender muy necesaria para este personal médico.

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Hacker arrested for 2014 UPMC data breach involving 65K employees

FierceHealthIT

Hacker arrested for 2014 UPMC data breach involving 65K employees. hlandi. Thu, 06/18/2020 - 18:46

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Taxpayers Unaware of Health Coverage Disclosure Rules

ACA Times

About 48% respondents said they were unaware they will have to declare their status the they file for their 2014 income, according to BenefitsPro.com. That’s just one several gaps in the knowledge those surveyed: 85% didn’t know the deadline has passed to sign up for and avoid a penalty for 2014. 38% those without didn’t realize they may have to pay a penalty for failing to purchase for 2014.

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Suit Denied Over Employer Mandate Delay

ACA Times

In February of 2014 the Obama administration delayed by two years, to 2016, the mandate for businesses with 50 or more full-time workers to provide health insurance to employees or pay a penalty. A Florida company, Kawa Orthodontics LLP , argued that it was injured by the delay because it would have used its executives’ time differently had it known that compliance would not begin in 2014.

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IRS Eases Rules on Hardship Exemptions

ACA Times

21, 2014) that it has made it easier for those subject to the Act to qualify for an exemption from the rule requiring that an individual either obtain insurance coverage or pay a tax penalty. The individual is (a) be enrolled in coverage through the Marketplace, (b) was “in line” to obtaining coverage through the Marketplace as of March 31, 2014, or (c) was enrolled outside the Marketplace for minimum essential coverage in effect on May 1, 2014. (D)

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I’m Innovating My Brains Out Over Here

Digital Health

This post also appeared June 16, 2014 in PE Hub. Phil & Luke Dunphy. I was watching an episode of the sitcom Modern Family on TV the other day and one of the subplots was about one of the kids, Luke, trying to invent the next great kitchen innovation. Among his attempts are a toaster that butters and toasts simultaneously, the coffee-bot (never fully explained), and a self-flipping pancake whose mechanism of action is embedded popcorn.

Medicaid and CHIP Up By 9.7 Million

ACA Times

million during the first nine months of 2014, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s ) rose by 9.7 Figures released by HHS on Dec. 18 show a 17% increase over enrollments during the same in 2013, before the opening of federal and statehealth insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act.

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Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to ACA

ACA Times

7, 2014) agreed to hear. Fourth Circuit Court Appeals, inRichmond, VA, on July 22, 2014, ruled in favor the administration, while on the same the Court Appeals for the District Columbia ruled the other way. A key element the Act – the way the administration is distributing subsidies – is the subject a challenge that the Supreme Court today (Nov. Plaintiffs in the case, King v.

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Administration Predicts Lower ACA Enrollment

ACA Times

This is down slightly from the 8 million at the end of the first enrollment period in the spring of 2014. Obama administration officials say the number of Americans who will gain health coverage during 2015 through Affordable Care Act marketplaces will be about 30% lower than earlier estimates. Health and Human Services executives said 9 million to 9.9 million will have insurance under the ACA by the end of 2015.

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HHS Week 4 Snapshot: Total Nears 2.5 million

ACA Times

15, 2014. More than 1 million consumers selected Act the federal exchange during the fourth open, the Department and Human Services (HHS) announced Dec. Total signups reached nearly 2.5 million since the began, HHS said. The most recent report covers the Dec. 6 to Dec. It does not include the final three before the first open deadline, Dec.

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HealthCare.gov Readied For Enrollment

ACA Times

The first year started October 1, 2013 and continued to March 1, 2014. In advance the November 15 beginning open under the Act , government technology are beefing up to avoid a repetition last year’s glitches. “We’re really making sure that website works super well,” President Obama said at a news conference. “We’re double- and triple-checking it.”

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HHS Releases Third Weekly Marketplace ‘Snapshot’

ACA Times

However, for coverage to begin on January 1, 2015, consumers must enroll by December 15, 2014. Nearly 1.4 million consumers signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act on the federal health insurance exchange during the first three weeks of open enrollment, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Dec.

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The eHarmonizing of Healthcare

Digital Health

Last week I saw an article announcing eHarmony ’s intent to launch a new career-matching service that will “pair hiring managers with candidates based on desired culture, personality and skill-set traits.”. Potential couples should not ignore those quirks. Granted, this could go somewhat legally awry if hiring managers are entering criteria suggesting they are looking for a hot personal assistant or a cabana boy with 6-pack abs, but the idea is intriguing.

Shock Value: Choosing Pain Over Self Reflection

Digital Health

There was a story in the Washington Post a few weeks back that started with this paragraph: “People, and especially men, hate being alone with their thoughts so much that they’d rather be in pain. In a study published in Science Thursday on the ability of people to let their minds “wander” — that is, for them to sit and do nothing but think — researchers found that about a quarter of women and two-thirds of men chose electric shocks over their own company.”.

Digital Health: What the Hell?

Digital Health

So a bit of a lapse in posts for me as I spent a luxurious few weeks vacationing. It’s amazing how fast that buzz can wear off as the world shoots you out of a cannon and back into your desk chair. I figured I would ease back into the blog with something light-hearted, so today I bring you the first installment of Digital Health: What the Hell?

MVPs in Health: Minimum Viable Product or Mightily Vexing Problem?

Digital Health

One thing the tech software industry is great at is failing fast. This concept of “failing fast” means, at least in part, rapidly bringing the “minimum viable product” to market, even if it’s a little rocky and feature-light, and then fixing it as it gets adopted by iterating with new releases. We see this all the time in software-driven products and even with some hardware ones, such as mobile phones. Remember the first iPhone? Super cool at the time but, in retrospect, it needed some work.

Poll: 60% of Americans Favor Employer Mandate

ACA Times

About six in 10 Americans say they are in favor the Act’s Mandate, according to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. However, the public’s opinion on the requirement that with 100 or more workers provide in 2015 shifts based how the mandate is explained, Kaiser reports. The share with a favorable view rises from 60 to 76 percent after those oppose are told that “most with 100 or more workers already and won’t have to pay the fine.”.

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6.5 Million Enroll in ACA, 87% Get Financial Help

ACA Times

About 87% people who selected Act through during the first open were eligible for financial assistance to lower their premiums for beginning Jan. 1, 2015, according to the Department and Human Services. HHS also released a Weekly Snapshot with more recent activity the federal exchange , It shows that from November 15 to December 26, nearly 6.5 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled. ends Feb. 15, 2015.

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Changes Proposed to Summary of Benefits

ACA Times

Federal regulators have issued regulations that propose changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) that would be effective for plans beginning on or after September 1, 2015.

HHS Week 5 Snapshot: 6.4 Million Have Enrolled

ACA Times

More than 3.9 million consumers selected Affordable Care Act plans on the federal health insurance exchange during the fifth week of open enrollment,the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)announced on Dec. Total signups reached nearly 6.4 million since the enrolment period began. The most recent report covers the period of Dec. 13 to Dec. We still have a lot of work to do before the February 15 enrollment deadline, but this is an encouraging start,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

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Supreme Court to Hear King Case on March 4

ACA Times

“The Supreme Court said Monday, Dec. 22, that it will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell on March 4 th. Court observers said the Justices are likely to issue their opinion by the end June. The case, which challenges the legality subsidies to consumers in states that don’t operate state marketplaces, is the only one scheduled for oral arguments on that date. This would allow the court to extend arguments beyond the standard one- limit.

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Financial Impact of King Win Seen As “Profoundly Negative”

ACA Times

The King v. Burwell case now before the Supreme Court has attracted heated rhetoric from both opponents and supporters the Act. But what would be the actual dollar impact if the Justices rule against the administration? First Capitol Inc. looked at the impact – consumers, and the – a pro-King ruling that disallowed subsidies in the 37 states without an independently operated exchange. A total 13.4 million people are expected to purchase subsidized in these states this year.

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States Get $665 Million From HHS For Innovations

ACA Times

Grants totaling over $665 million will go to 28 states, 3 territories and the District Columbia to design and test innovative and delivery models aimed at improving quality and lowering costs under the Act. and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, announced the awards, funded by the Act, Dec. A previous round awards with similar goals was released in early 2013. Examples the initiatives funded by the awards include: Patient-centered medical homes to improve primary.

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Covered California Extends Enrollment Deadline

ACA Times

Covered California extended until midnight Dec. 21 the deadline for new and renewing consumers to enroll for that will be effective January 1, 2015. The deadline had been Dec. 15, as it is in most other states and for the federal exchange. A notice from the Covered California Assistance noted that, despite the extended deadline, its Center will be closed Sunday, Dec. It advised partners to help consumers complete their applications as early in the as possible.

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HHS Awards $36 Million To Health Centers

ACA Times

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $36.3 million in quality improvement awards to 1,113 centers nationwide. The money, provided through the Affordable Care Act, recognizes quality improvement achievements made by the centers and provides funding for ongoing quality improvement activities. The health centers received awards for achievements in chronic disease management, preventive care and the use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to report quality data.

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House Republicans Sue Administration on ACA

ACA Times

Republican members the House Representatives announced Friday, Nov. 21 st , that they have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s “unilateral actions” implementing the Act. The lawsuit says the administration unlawfully postponed the deadline for companies with 50 or more full- employees to either to their workers or pay for failing to do so. The filing, in the U.S. District Court for the District Columbia, was announced by Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).

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1 in 4 Latinos Not Covered by ACA

ACA Times

A quarter all Hispanics in the United States lack, the highest rate for any minority in the nation, according to data released by the Census Bureau. About 2.6 million an estimated 10.2 million eligible Latinos did not enroll during the first year the Act’s operation. Foreign-born Hispanics are twice as likely to be as those born in the country, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.

Feds Close “Skinny” Health Plan Loophole

ACA Times

Employer’s won’t be able to use so-called “skinny” health plans to meet coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act , according to a notice issued Nov. 4 by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Premera Blue Cross pays 2nd-largest HIPAA fine for 2014 breach

FierceHealthIT

Premera Blue Cross pays 2nd-largest HIPAA fine for 2014 breach. hlandi. Fri, 09/25/2020 - 13:16

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Shameless Public Displays of Diabetes

Insulin Nation

Editor’s Note – In early 2014, a Miss Manners advice column suggested that people with diabetes should wait until they find a discreet place to test their blood sugars rather than test in public view. That column caused strong feelings among the diabetes community on both sides. In this column, author and life coach Laura Kronen takes the opposite position while responding to public reaction to a photo of herself injecting insulin in public.

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Baring All for Type 1 Diabetes

Insulin Nation

One of the biggest diabetes stories of 2014 came about when Miss Idaho chose to expose her insulin pump during the swimsuit portion of the Miss America contest. Claire, living with T1D for 18 years. A pair of young women with Type 1 diabetes plan to take that type of exposure one step further in 2015. Kat Reed and Tara Layman have created a calendar, T1D Exposed, comprised of people with Type 1 diabetes in the buff, but wearing their pumps or continuous glucose monitors.

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Podcast: HIMSS CEO Steve Lieber, 2014 edition

Meaningful HIT News

on the day before the official opening of the 2014 HIMSS Conference , rather than in his Chicago office a week or so in advance. 23, 2014, at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla. 13:05 Fewer EHR vendors certified for 2014, but more HIMSS exhibitors. It’s time for my annual podcast interview with HIMSS President and CEO Steve Lieber, this time from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.,

Most People with Type 1 Still Producing Insulin

Insulin Nation

Diabetologia 2014;57(1):187-91. If you have Type 1 diabetes and are out of the “honeymoon period,” you’ve probably been told that your pancreas has stopped producing insulin. But it turns out that information may be wrong. Many people with Type 1 still produce at least some insulin, even years after diagnosis.

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