Out-of-Pocket and Prescription Drug Costs – Connecting Digital Health Dots at CES 2020

Health Populi

The top two health care concerns facing Americans are out-of-pocket costs and prescriptions drug costs, according to a poll published today in Morning Consult. Health care is the top issue driving voters’ choices in the 2020 elections for most Americans.

Closing the Digital Health Gap Between Consumers and Physicians

Health Populi

Consumers are more bullish demanding virtual and digital health tools from their physicians than doctors are in providing it, based on the research findings in What can health systems do to encourage physicians to embrace virtual care?

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A Profile of People in Medicare Advantage Plans – HealthMine’s Survey of “Digital Immigrants”

Health Populi

There are over 60 million enrollees in Medicare in 2019, and fully one-third are in Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare is adding 10,000 new beneficiaries every day in the U.S. Younger Medicare beneficiaries are more digitally engaged (connected) than their older peers.

How Digital Health Can Stimulate Economic Development

Health Populi

It’s National Health IT Week in the US, so I’m kicking off the week with this post focused on how digital health can bolster economic development. The policy’s acronym fully spelled-out was the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009.

Blockchain in Healthcare: A Vehicle Towards Digital Health 2.0?

The Digital Health Corner

Blockchain was first developed as a means of transaction for the digital currency Bitcoin. now that it has entered the digital world (albeit tepidly) via EHRs and IT support. One of the most obvious benefits of blockchain resides in improving privacy of electronic health records. Herding a patient’s data from many sources into a single record has always been a lofty goal of digital health.

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 Digital immigrants, first coined by Marc Prensky in 2001.

UnitedHealthcare, Peerfit push deeper into Medicare Advantage markets, and more digital health news briefs

Mobi Health News

Also: Smoking cessation app trial wins $2.7 million research grant; favorable study results for One Drop

Patients Growing Health Consumer Muscles Expect Digital Services

Health Populi

Patients’ experiences with the health care industry fall short of their interactions with other industries — namely online retail, online banking and online travel, a new survey from Cedar, a payments company, learned. 33% of patients would like digital payment options.

Health Care In the COVID-19 Era – PwC Finds Self-Rationing of Care and Meds Especially for Chronic Care

Health Populi

are self-rationing care in the era of COVID-19 by cutting spending on health care visits and prescription drugs. PwC explored how COVID-19 is influencing consumers’ health care behaviors in survey research conducted in early April by the Health Research Institute.

The Promise of Telehealth for Older People – the U-M National Poll on Healthy Aging

Health Populi

And so, too, are older folks re-imagining how and where their health care services could be delivered and consumed. Health Populi’s Hot Points: I recently collaborated with HealthMine on a survey looking into Medicare Advantage members’ views of health and digital technology.

Five Public Health Needs for Digital Health Technology

The Digital Health Corner

Digital health technology has seen an incredible growth in the last few years, fueled by a combination of consumerization of wearable technologies, ubiquity of mobile devices, proliferation of technology incubators, attention by government health and regulatory agencies and involvement of large companies heretofore not focused on healthcare. The fastest path to widespread adoption of these technologies is the application to the most pressing public health needs.

Health/Care Everywhere – Re-Imagining Healthcare at ATA 2019

Health Populi

Ann Mond Johnson assumed the helm of CEO of ATA in 2018, and she’s issued a call-to-action across the health/care ecosystem for a delivery system upgrade. Hint: it will have a lot to do with data and analytics, and Dr. Cosgrove can speak to that as he’s joined Google Health as an advisor.

Telehealth Is Just Healthcare Now – One Post-COVID Certainty, Three Reports

Health Populi

There’s been a flurry of research into this question since the hockey-stick growth of telemedicine visits were evident in March 2020, just days after the World Health Organization uttered the “P-word:” pandemic. 35% of home health services, and. health care system.

Talking “HealthConsuming” on the MM&M Podcast

Health Populi

We are all Health Consumers now… The post Talking “HealthConsuming” on the MM&M Podcast appeared first on HealthPopuli.com. Marc Iskowitz, Executive Editor of MM&M, warmly welcomed me to the Haymarket Media soundproof studio in New York City yesterday.

Five Ways a Good Digital Health Registry Addresses Healthcare System Needs

The Digital Health Corner

These developments have evolved the registry into a living digital narrative. The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) has been used since 2015 as a metric to determine negative Medicare payment adjustments to providers who do not meet quality standards. It is also essential to all true value-based reimbursement models being discussed or implemented in health care.

Pillo's pill dispenser sold under Black & Decker's brand, Apple's negotiations with private Medicare plans, and more digital health briefs

Mobi Health News

Also: New funding announcements from Nomad Health and Powerdot

Heart Health at #CES2019 – Food and Tech as Medicine

Health Populi

Self-care is the new health care as patients, now consumers at greater financial risk for medical spending, are learning. Using food and tech as medicine can help people avoid going on medications like statins and others for heart health.

Heart-Love – Omron’s Holy Grail of Blood Pressure Tracking on the Wrist

Health Populi

It’s February 1st, which marks the first of 28 days of American Heart Month – a time to get real, embrace, learn about, and engage with heart health. That hasn’t yet been available to those of us who quantify our steps, weight, sleep, food intake, and other health metrics.

Telehealth and COVID-19 in the U.S.: A Conversation with Ann Mond Johnson, ATA CEO

Health Populi

The coronavirus spawned another kind of gift to China and the nation’s health citizens: telemedicine, the essay explains. It is clear that there’s no better use case for digital/tele/virtual health than what is unfolding right now.

What We Know We Know About ZIP Codes, Food, and Deaths of Despair – HealthConsuming Explains, Part 3

Health Populi

” That’s the first sentence of Chapter 7 in my book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen. Chapter 7 of my book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen , is titled, “ZIP Codes, Genetic Codes, Food and Health.”

Telehealth In 2030 – Notes From the Future At #ATA19 with Safavi, Holt, Bathina and Swafford

Health Populi

imagined Kaveh Safavi, Accenture’s Senior Managing Director and Health of Global Healthcare Practice. Today, fewer than 1% of Medicare beneficiaries have had any telehealth encounter, Kaveh explained, and fewer than one in eight doctors are aware of offering telehealth in their practice.

Proteus : What's gone wrong at the Billion Dollar Digital Health and Smart Pill Startup?

Lloyd Price

Proteus Digital Health’s CEO once confidently proclaimed that in a couple of decades, “every medicine will have a chip in it.” We have to meet thresholds and oftentimes exceed them because we are digital.” If a digital therapeutic fills those gaps, it can help bring clarity [i.e.,

Why It's Time to Embrace Telemedicine

eVisit

What’s this new thing called Telemedicine? For starters, it’s not new! I t’s more than 40 years old and was developed as a way to use improvements in communication technology to bring quality medical diagnoses and care to individuals in remote parts of the world.

Bringing Digital Health to Those Who Need It Most

Chilmark Research

And that points to digital health’s biggest problem. Under Armour’s $400 Health Box ? It’s for athletes with money to burn, not seniors on Medicare collecting Social Security. Yet digital health appeals to the young, the affluent, and the health literate.

Medicare Reimbursement for Remote Monitoring Should Drive Adoption (What a long, strange trip it’s been….)

The cHealth Blog

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule about two weeks ago and there is at least one nugget in there that should speed the adoption of remote patient monitoring. These insights have driven AMA’s digital health strategy since.

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.

Connected Health Initiative Letter to Congressional Leadership Regarding Digital Health Tools to Fight COVID-19

ConnectedHealth

Reaching patients at home via voice or digital communications is therefore an important part of responding to coronavirus. But the laws that guide the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) make it very difficult for providers to utilize telehealth technologies. Digital medicine services can benefit the people at the greatest risk of contracting this disease—people over 65 years of age, many of whom are Medicare patients.

Connect Health Initiative Lauds CMS Digital Health Interoperability Initiative

ConnectedHealth

Las Vegas, NV - Today, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced new proposals to promote interoperability in the digital health ecosystem that support greater patient data access. The proposals, which include a new version of the Blue Button API and stricter rules on data blocking, will bring significant benefits to innovators in the digital health ecosystem. Our members need access to interoperable data to fuel and effectively implement their digital health solutions.

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

Last month, the Health Care Compliance Association published a story stating that CMS had sent emails to two different hospitals stating that text messaging (including secure messaging services) is verboten. We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., Health Care Law and Consulting. CMS has a communications problem.

HIE 95

Add Behavioral Data to Social Determinants For Better Patient Understanding

Health Populi

Health agencies will have to become at least as sophisticated as other consumer/retail industries in analyzing a variety of data that helps uncover root causes of human behavior,” Gartner recommended in 2017.

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

Last month, the Health Care Compliance Association published a story stating that CMS had sent emails to two different hospitals stating that text messaging (including secure messaging services) is verboten. Health Care Law and Consulting. CMS has a communications problem.

HIE 78

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

Last month, the Health Care Compliance Association published a story stating that CMS had sent emails to two different hospitals stating that text messaging (including secure messaging services) is verboten. Health Care Law and Consulting. CMS has a communications problem.

HIE 78

Costs, Consumerism, Cyber and Care, Everywhere – The 2019 Health Populi TrendCast

Health Populi

The tea leaves have been brewing here at THINK-Health as we prepared our 2019 forecast at the convergence of consumers, health, and technology. Expect health care costs and access to be at least as important to U.S. Today is Boxing Day and St.

Testing Times for Healthcare Software: The Top 10 Issues

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Digital health presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities for those operating in this competitive and demanding market. Illegal copying is prohibited.

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

Last month, the Health Care Compliance Association published a story stating that CMS had sent emails to two different hospitals stating that text messaging (including secure messaging services) is verboten. We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., Health Care Law and Consulting. CMS has a communications problem.

HIE 60

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

Last month, the Health Care Compliance Association published a story stating that CMS had sent emails to two different hospitals stating that text messaging (including secure messaging services) is verboten. We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., Health Care Law and Consulting. CMS has a communications problem.

HIE 60

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

Last month, the Health Care Compliance Association published a story stating that CMS had sent emails to two different hospitals stating that text messaging (including secure messaging services) is verboten. We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., Health Care Law and Consulting. CMS has a communications problem.

HIE 60

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

Last month, the Health Care Compliance Association published a story stating that CMS had sent emails to two different hospitals stating that text messaging (including secure messaging services) is verboten. We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., Health Care Law and Consulting. CMS has a communications problem.

HIE 60

The Emerging Trends in Connected Health from 2018

The cHealth Blog

As the year comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on where we are in the connected health adoption journey. Here are some observations: This is the year digital health became a ‘stay-in-business’ application for the majority of providers and payers.

Telehealth Offers A Safe Way to Care For Those with Coronavirus

Perficient

The Coronavirus legislation is beginning to wave some of the restrictions for Medicare telehealth coverage in outbreak areas. With the addition of wearable digital health tools, remote patient monitoring will be made more comprehensive in providing optimized care for patients.