Growing Support for Medicare for All – But Do People Really Understand What It Means?

Health Populi

Let’s start with the Morning Consult poll results, which compare support for Medicare for All from January 2019 and August 2019. the party’s loudest supporter of Medicare for All. adults surveyed, 50% believed that Medicare is free.

Health Care and the Democratic Debates – Part 1 – Medicare For All, Rx Prices, Guns and Mental Health

Health Populi

Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, and Jose Diaz-Balart asked the ten candidates questions covering guns, butter (the economy), immigration, climate change, and of course, health care — what I’m focusing on in this post, the first of two-debate-days-in-a-row.

Medicare Opens the Door to Reimbursement for Remote Patient Monitoring

Digital Health Today

When CMS unveiled the first standalone reimbursement for Remote Patient Monitoring (“RPM”) by “unbundling” CPT Code 99091 in the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule , it opened the door to the widespread use of RPM services for patients and promised there was more to come.

National Health Spending Will Reach Nearly 20% of U.S. GDP By 2027

Health Populi

every year from 2020 to 2027, the actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services forecast in their report, National Health Expenditure Projections, 2018-2927: Economic And Demographic Trends Drive Spending And Enrollment Growth , published yesterday by Health Affairs.

Will Health Consumers Morph Into Health Citizens? HealthConsuming Explains, Part 5

Health Populi

” “Citizens” in this sense goes back to the Ancient Greeks: I return to Hippocrates, whose name is, of course, the root of The Hippocratic Oath that physicians take. This was equally true for people whether enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, or covered by private insurance.

Healthcare Is Local: Channeling Tip O’Neill in the 2018 Midterm Election Results

Health Populi

Doggett has been drafting legislation to allow the government such authority for drugs covered by Medicare Part D. ACA Affordable Care Act Health costs Health insurance Health law Health policy Health politics Health regulation Medicaid Medicare Pharmaceutical Pharmacy Prescription drugs

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open. ” And every fear voiced in those meetings was realized over the course of the next year.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open. ” And every fear voiced in those meetings was realized over the course of the next year. And every fear voiced in those meetings was realized over the course of the next year.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open. ” And every fear voiced in those meetings was realized over the course of the next year.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open. ” And every fear voiced in those meetings was realized over the course of the next year.

Payer, provider trends to watch in 2019

Henry Kotula

Revenue cycle management firm SYNERGEN Health estimates digital health tech for remote use will grow by 30% this year, allowing patients to better manage their own healthcare, giving clinicians an opportunity to spend more time with more patients and, of course, generating new revenue streams.

Americans Are Warming to Universal Health Care, Kaiser Poll Finds

Health Populi

The first chart notes important nuances under the majority support for a national health plan which, in this case, asked whether people favored a plan “sometimes called ‘Medicare for all.'” Of course, this has not happened.

Telehealth and the CHRONIC Act of 2017 (S. 870)

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

House of Representatives, allows for an expansion of telehealth/telemedicine coverage under the Medicare Advantage Plan B. While the act does not require a Medicare Advantage Plan to offer additional telehealth services, it does allow the option. Medicare Participants.

Telehealth Policy 2018: Keeping You In The Know

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

Medicare and Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Reimbursement. Effective January 1, 2018, Medicare began reimbursing providers for RPM services billed under CPT code 99091. The Medicare website explains that the change was made to reduce the administrative burden for practitioners.

The Future of Healthcare: What’s Best for the Diabetic Community?

Insulin Nation

The Medicare for All Option. Many left-leaning Democratic candidates are backing varying concepts of Medicare for all. But, just because you don’t have to pay insurance premiums or deductibles, doesn’t mean Medicare for all doesn’t require funding. The Medicare for Some Option.

Closing the Digital Health Gap Between Consumers and Physicians

Health Populi

Wearable tech is an important category these days in department stores, with discount retailers like Target and Walmart, at electronics outlets like Best Buy and, of course, via Amazon’s wearable tech ma.

Prescription Drugs Are Becoming A Luxury Good in America – Join the #HCLDR Chat Tonight

Health Populi

But drug costs to patients are in the eye of the beholder, who in a high-deductible plan or Medicare Part D donut hole becomes the first-dollar payer. Remember that demand, in your Econ 101 course, is filtered through one’s ability to pay for a good.

Hearing aid pricing and weak insurance – older adults lose out

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Which of course has led to the effort to sell hearing aids directly to consumer (remember that commercial?) What is really worrisome is that hearing aids, which correct a condition that can cause substantial health issues, including fall risks and dementia, which are costs to Medicare, are considered an ‘elective’ device. A wheelchair or scooter can be covered by Medicare with a doctor’s note.

Podcast: Telehealth for Parkinson’s care

Meaningful HIT News

We, of course, discussed cross-state licensure holding back wider use of remote care, a subject that is very much in the news right now. 2:00 Shocking numbers about Medicare beneficiaries with Parkinson’s who don’t have a regular neurologist. Two months ago, I interviewed neurologist Ray Dorsey, M.D., co-director of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Rochester, for a story I wrote based on a study he led.

Can you identify 7 qualities of a successful telehealth program?

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

New legislation at state and federal levels is making it possible for telehealth services to be reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance carriers. In addition to self-pay patients, reimbursement can be sought through Medicaid, Medicare and commercial/private payers.

Financial Stress Is An Epidemic In America, Everyday Health Finds

Health Populi

we shouldn’t assume that by allocating more money to address these issues will be the panacea for course-correcting what has been decades of a public health challenge. One in three working-age people in the U.S. have seen a doctor about something stress-related.

Doctors Say EHRs Are Good for Storage, But Risky for Patient Relationships and Burnout

Health Populi

Digitizing records underpinned this with the long-term goal of helping reduce health care costs in the American macroeconomy, especially to help make Medicare and Medicaid more sustainable over time.

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UVA Health System expands telehealth offerings

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Through the UVA Center for Telehealth, the organization will also develop training courses for healthcare providers that help them identify and treat chronic diseases.

Policy action on aging and technology – let's expect results

Aging in Place Technology Watch

And in 2018, telehealth reimbursement programs accelerated , with Medicare Advantage reimbursement expected in 2020. Should we expect change from aging-related tech policy initiatives? The answer is yes.

The Next Fountain of Youth? Rethinking Connected Health for Our Aging Population

The cHealth Blog

And of course, connected health is a big part of the solution. Of course, these are valid and important, but Charlotte opened my eyes to a different set of important measures. Iora Health , a “whole new operating system for healthcare” that is focusing on the needs of Medicare patients.

Self-Care is Healthcare for Everyday People

Health Populi

Note the new alliance between Walmart and Anthem to channel OTC meds to Medicare Advantage members). Patients are the new healthcare payors, and as such, taking on the role of health consumers.

The Role of Case Management in Healthcare

Appian

The most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics cite 33,000 jobs created in August alone, with 301,000 added over the course of the year thus far. Over the last several years, healthcare stands out as one of the most robust employment sectors in the U.S.

Policy action on aging and technology – then and now

Aging in Place Technology Watch

And in 2018, telehealth reimbursement programs accelerated , with Medicare Advantage reimbursement expected in 2020. Should we expect change from aging-related tech policy initiatives? The answer is yes.

With the Silver Tsunami on its way, telehealth is ready for its moment

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

" None of that is a coincidence, of course. " That's more complicated than just dealing with one such as diabetes, of course, it means "navigating multiple comorbidities and it's delivering a kit or a set of solutions that are easy to use and easy to implement.

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Could a President Trump Drive Down Insulin Prices?

Insulin Nation

Trump also advocated earlier this year for empowering Medicare to negotiate with drug companies to lower drug prices.

Can you identify 7 qualities of a successful telehealth program?

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

New legislation at state and federal levels is making it possible for telehealth services to be reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance carriers. In addition to self-pay patients, reimbursement can be sought through Medicaid, Medicare and commercial/private payers.

2019: Healthcare IT gains new ground

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Of course, that's been the case every year over the past decade since the first meaningful use checks were mailed out, kickstarting the digital healthcare age as we know it. 2019: Year in Review It's been an eventful year for health IT.

Health Costs for People with Diabetes is 3.6 Times More than Average

Insulin Nation

Of course, insurance only covers so much. An older study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that out-of-pocket expenses actually decreased for people with diabetes on Medicare and Medicaid over a 10-year-period.

What’s on Dexcom’s Radar?

Insulin Nation

If so, this would lead to Medicare-contracted insurance plans covering the cost of CGMs as reimbursable durable medical equipment. If the CGM becomes covered by Medicare, demand for CGMs could spike even further.

Provider Database Management: Getting it Right

Hinduja Global Solutions

A recent HHS survey uncovered errors in half of the listings in Medicare plans. For example, in 2016, CMS regulations permitted the agency to fine health plans up to $25,000 per Medicare beneficiary for errors in Medicare Advantage plan directories and up to $100 per beneficiary for mistakes in plans sold on the ACA exchanges. An experienced BPO partner will examine all the options to determine the best course of action. Provider Database Management: Getting it Right.

Reducing Hospital Readmissions with Telemedicine

American Well

What may not be expected is that the highest rates of readmission are among Medicare and Medicaid recipients. This is no trifling figure, especially when the current rate of Medicare and Medicaid patient readmission is about 1-in-5, costing $26 billion annually. The point, of course, is that communication between healthcare professionals and their patients is a necessity.

Why Alexa’s bedside manner is bad for health care

Lloyd Price

Of course, companies like those mentioned are expecting to be reimbursed for the remote monitoring and virtual advice they provide. And, as of 2018, Medicare announced it would allow such digital monitoring tools to “qualify for reimbursement,” if they are “clinically endorsed.”

JDRF and ADA Blast Trump Budget Proposal

Insulin Nation

Of course, sometimes cutting social spending programs end up having unexpected consequences. health care expenditure and one-third of Medicare expenditures, or $600 billion a year, according to an estimate by the American Diabetes Association.