Mon.Nov 05, 2018

Healthcare Leaders Praise Telehealth Advancements, Delayed E&M Coding Changes in Recent CMS Rule

Healthcare Informatics

Starting in 2019, for the first time, CMS will reimburse providers for virtual check-ins with patients, regardless of the patient’s location—a move that drew praise from many healthcare leaders as helping to advance telehealth

Smartwatch, healthcare shift continues to pay off for Fitbit

Mobi Health News

In its Q3 2018 earnings call, the company said that diversifying its business model has help stem losses from the declining fitness tracker market


The Future of Health: Innovative Trends in Medical Software Development 2019

Healthcare Guys

A new digital era is emerging for the healthcare world and opens up incredible opportunities for enhancing patient care and health. It’s time to look at healthcare trends and technology innovations for 2019 and the next few years

Vote As If Your Health Depended Upon It; Learning from Governor Kasich on Voting Day 2018

Health Populi

…because it does. Citizens scare politicians,” I heard Governor John Kasich say to Nicole Wallace on her show Deadline: White House yesterday, just hours from today’s U.S. 2018 midterm elections.

New from Tech Tonics: Stephanie Tilenius: Work, Not Worry

Digital Health

An accomplished investment banker who transitioned to become an accomplished executive at leading tech companies including eBay and Google, Stephanie Tilenius has now set her sights on an even more difficult challenge. As CEO of Vida Health she is focused on improving the health of the chronically ill with evidence-based coaching. Along her remarkable journey, […].

Healthcare and the F-Word: Health Politics Rank High on November 6, 2018

Health Populi

“Let’s get this thing f-ing done,” Martha McSally passionately asserted on May 4, 2017. Paul Ryan said, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives without cursing , “A lot of us have waited seven years to cast this vote.”

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Will data bills go anywhere in 2019?

Morning eHealth

Gawande trashes EHRs — More elation over CMS telemedicine expansion

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Roundup: The digital health payer news from Q3 2018

Mobi Health News

News and deals from Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, Anthem, Oscar Health, BCBS and others.

Venture Capitalists have poured more than $26 Billion into Health Startups in 2018

Lloyd Price

With two months left in 2018, healthcare startups have already raised more in VC funding this year than they did in all of 2012 and 2013 combined, according to an analysis conducted for Forbes by Pitchbook. Venture capitalists have poured more than $26 billion into health startups this year.

ResMed acquires EHR company MatrixCare

Mobi Health News

The acquisition is expected to help ResMed expand its SaaS offerings in the long-term care setting.

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Washington doctor poised to make history with election to Congress; all incumbent docs re-elected


Although there's still votes to be counted in Washington state, it looks like a doctor there will make history as the first woman physician elected to Congress


Using AI to cut readmissions

Mobi Health News

Robin Frady, executive director, B&CI Information Services at Grady Health System, talks about her organization’s success with using AI and data to target at-risk patients with post-discharge EMS outreach.


Health Insurance Leader Innovates with Red Hat OpenShift


The healthcare industry has undergone a series of recent changes driven by healthcare reform and evolving consumer expectations. In response to these changes, a leading health insurance organization needed to find ways to continue growing within the industry. Specifically, it sought a modern application platform to help drive innovation and improve the velocity of application delivery. Perficient partnered with this organization to guide leveraging Red Hat OpenShift capabilities.


Wound Care Advantage taps Tissue Analytics for AI, smartphone offering

Mobi Health News

The companies will team up to use computer vision for wound analysis, clinical decision support


The advantage of Mobile Dental Van with One Operatory and Digital Panoramic X-Ray Option

KB Dental Consulting

Mobile dental vans are a suitable global solution where dental care is not available. They are a logical solution to those parts of the countries where people can’t access dental emergency treatments.

How to build human-centered cybersecurity

Mobi Health News

Margarita Gonzalez and Shane Owens, both with the Georgia Tech Research Institute, explain the need to reframe the security conversation from humans being the weakest link to supporting them with tools designed with users in mind


EHR, PHR or something in between? UnitedHealth’s tech venture prompts skepticism and intrigue


Following a decade of health IT acquisitions, including Rally Health, UnitedHealth is poised to carve out its own space in the sector with the launch of a portable medical record.

Online wellness, prescription service Hims expands to women's health with Hers

Mobi Health News

The new product line will prescribe and deliver a range of women's health products focused on hair, skin and sexual health


The Burning Question: Who Will Foot the Bill for America’s Increasing Burn-Care Costs?

Christina's Considerations

I think about burn patients when I see the ergonomic tube squeezer I added to my shop as soon as it came onto the market. Yes, it helps those of us with hand weakness and coordination, but it is also. Healthy Children and Families The Patient Experience

An overlooked piece in harm reduction: Improving the work environment for nurses  


Improving nurses’ work environment is a key focus area for better patient safety, but many hospitals lag behind in needed fixes, according to a new study.

Massachusetts voters reject ballot measure that would set nurse-patient ratios


Massachusetts residents have voted against a ballot initiative that would set limits on the number of patients that can be assigned to a nurse

8 results we're watching on Election Day with big healthcare implications


From the four female doctors running for a seat in Congress to state ballot initiatives that could expand Medicaid, there's plenty to pay attention to on Tuesday. Here's what we'll be keeping a close eye on as the election results come in


How daylight saving time stumps hospital record keeping


Modern technology has helped medical professionals perform robot-assisted surgeries and sequence whole genomes, but hospital software still can’t handle daylight saving time


ResMed buys post-acute care EHR MatrixCare for $750M


A company that specializes in connected devices and remote monitoring for sleep apnea and respiratory disease has agreed to buy the post-acute care EHR MatrixCare for $750 million

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Health IT Roundup—Apple Heart Study enrolls more than 400,000; Teladoc cuts net losses to $23M


A landmark study to see if the Apple Watch can predict heart abnormalities closes enrollment at more than 400,000. Plus Teladoc revenues jump 62%, and a telehealth attorney answers questions on the new virtual check-in reimbursement rules

California voters OK $1.5B bond measure for children's hospital infrastructure


Voters in California approved Proposition 4, supporting a bond measure meant to provide $1.5 billion to fund infrastructure upgrades at the state's pediatric hospitals


Healthcare Roundup—Stanford Children’s names new CEO; Providers warned about EpiPen labeling issues


Stanford Children’s Health has a new CEO, a labeling issue could delay treatment with EpiPens, plus more healthcare headlines


Big wins for Medicaid: Voters in Idaho, Utah and Nebraska approve expansion


Medicaid expansion was on the ballot in three historically Republican states, and voters came out in support of the measure in all three. Nebraska, Utah and Idaho voted to expand the program, while Montana voted down a measure to increase tobacco taxes to continue funding expansion


Tenet Healthcare CEO says Conifer deal is close, but relationship status is complicated


Tenet Healthcare officials offered updates on the future of the company's revenue cycle management company Conifer while also addressing soft hospital admissions during a third-quarter call with analysts on Tuesday


Physician Practice Roundup—Spanking is harmful to kids, pediatrician group says


The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday took its strongest stand yet against parents spanking children, plus other physician practice news


Maine votes down plan for universal home care


Maine voters elected to reject a proposal to institute a universal home care program in the state. The Universal In-Home Care program would have been funded with a 3.8% tax on residents with gross wages over $128,400


Physician groups hope to work with CMS on E/M implementation, ensure fair reimbursement


With a two-year delay on implementation of a new coding and payment structure for Medicare patients’ office visits, physician groups say they hope to work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ensure doctors are fairly paid

California's racial disparities in coverage declined post-ACA, study finds


By 2016, the uninsured rates among the Golden State's white, black and Asian populations were nearly equal. But other disparities persist, and all of these rates are highly policy-dependent


Following record-setting spending by opposition, California voters say no to capping revenue at dialysis clinics


California voters defeated Proposition 8, a controversial ballot proposal to cap revenue at the state's dialysis centers, at the polls on Tuesday