2016

Form 1095-B Has Been Updated For the 2016 Tax Year

ACA Times

The IRS has been updating several forms for the 2016 tax year. We’ve seen the final updated Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. Form 1095-B has also seen some changes. The Form, which reports an individual’s health coverage, has some modifications. However, its transmittal form, Form 1094-B is unchanged. So what has changed with Form 1095-B? Here is a tip sheet: Form 1095-B. ·

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Why Walmart Insulins Aren’t the Answer to High Insulin Prices

Insulin Nation

Commentary. Some people don’t understand why people with diabetes get upset at the price of insulin. They see insulin for sale at a relatively reasonable price in Walmart and don’t see the problem. What they don’t know is that these Walmart insulins just don’t perform nearly as well as the more expensive insulins, and that gap in performance can have a very negative effect on the health of people with diabetes.

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Employee Spotlight

American Well

Name: Dave Tran. Title: Manager, Mobile SDK. Department: Engineering. Start Date: October 28, 2013. “In some form or fashion, everyone wants to leave their legacy on the world. American Well is making a difference in people’s lives by improving telehealth and I can’t think of a better way of leaving my legacy than by helping make healthcare more accessible and more affordable to everyone.” ” What attracted you to American Well?

Cognitive ushers us from “carbon intelligence” to AI “silicon intelligence”

The Healthcare Guys

When the term “artificial intelligence” – better known as “AI” – was initially coined, it was thought that humans (carbon based life forms) had “real” intelligence while the best a machine’s intelligence (to the extent they had any) could get was “artificial”. As I work with companies that are leading major machine learning, algorithms, and AI initiatives I’m convinced that we’re ushering in a new golden age of AI but one that might need some terminology refinements.

How You Can Win the Fight for Workers Against the Odds

In the world of behavioral and home health, where staff turnover is already high, businesses need to do 3 things especially well to win. Download the guide to discover how to attract reliable candidates to grow your business.

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.

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Provenance vs Audit -- it is not a competition.

Healthcare Exchange Standards

Provenance and Audit seem to be recording the same thing, therefore why do they both exist and further why are they different? Much of my response is focused on FHIR, but the concept is broader too. Theory In HL7 we are trying to harmonize the historic healthcare use of Provenance and Audit, with a model of Provenance that is put forth by W3C. We must understand there is a theoretical Provenance concept that is primarily what W3C is focused on.

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Telemedicine Is Now Medicine

Health System CIO

Although the concept of telemedicine isn’t exactly radical, one could argue that the way it’s being applied at organizations like NewYork-Presbyterian to improve the patient experience are quite innovative, says CIO Daniel Barchi. Patient Experience Payment Reform Telemedicine Blog Daniel Barchi NewYork-Presbyterian

Service Innovation

Docnotes

“Shift the business models”. “Re-align Re-align the incentives”. Fee-for-value”. These phrases are not new. Nor are the concepts they represent. Yet we’re starting to see new experiments from the federal government, from states, and even small communities that demonstrate a new willingness to deeply engage in understanding and overcoming the barriers to true change in how we improve health. Notice that I said “improve health.” I didn’t say “Improve health care.”

5 Healthcare Industry Issues of 2016: Part 1

BHM Healthcare Solutions

It’s only the beginning of 2016 but here at BHM Healthcare Solutions we have been keeping a close eye on the upcoming healthcare trends for the year. So far we’ve discussed the important trends of Pharmacy and Behavioral Health and how each of those industries is expected to make great strides in the New Year. Today, we are actually going to focus on some issues that we can expect to greatly impact the healthcare industry in 2016.

Your Team's Pragmatic Guide to Security

Speaker: Naresh Soni, CTO, Tsunami XR

The pandemic has led to new data vulnerabilities, and therefore new cybersecurity threats. As technology leaders, it's time to rethink some of your product security strategies. Whether you need to rework your security architecture, improve performance, and/or deal with new threats, this webinar has you covered.

Fighting Hunger During the Holiday

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

We know that “total health” is about more than absence of sickness, it’s about having a safe place to live, food to eat and nurturing, supportive relationships among other things. The holidays are always a great time to do what we can for our communities to support their total health. At the Center for Total Health, one community partner we wanted to call out this upcoming holiday is DC Central Kitchen. We offer a guest post from DC Central Kitchen’s Alex Moore below.

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Small Businesses Approved For Health Reimbursement Accounts

ACA Times

Much of the news surrounding healthcare as of late had included strengthening relationships with Applicable Large Employers and their sponsored healthcare. However, on December 13, the 21st Century Cures Act was signed off by President Obama to allow smaller employers to take part in a major move in healthcare reform.

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FDA Approves First-Ever Artificial Pancreas for Commercial Sale

Insulin Nation

Ladies and gentlemen, the future is now. The FDA released a press release that matter-of-factly announced what once sounded like science fiction has now become science. Mark it down that on September 28, 2016, the first artificial pancreas system gained approval for commercial sale in the United States. The device in question is Medtronic’s 670G hybrid automated system, a single-chamber integrated pump and CGM system that automatically adjusts insulin levels based on glucose readings.

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The Top 10 Questions Physicians Ask About Telehealth

American Well

( Reprinted from HealthcareIT News ). By Dr. Peter Antall, Chief Medical Officer. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware that telehealth technologies are on the rise. Telehealth is being adopted by major health systems, health plans and employers in order to deliver more immediate access to care that can also reduce overall costs to the organization and the people or patients they serve.

Product Transformation: Adapting Your Solutions for Cloud Models

Speaker: Ahmad Jubran, Cloud Product Innovation Consultant

In order to maintain a competitive advantage, CTOs and product managers are shifting their products to the cloud. Many do this by simply replicating their current architectures in the cloud. Those previous architectures, which were optimized for transactional systems, aren't well-suited for the new age of AI. Whether you're a seasoned CTO or an industry trailblazer, this webinar will help make your product ready to meet the competition by adopting an architecture that is optimized for AI innovation. Join Ahmad Jubran, Cloud Product Innovation Consultant, and learn how to adapt your solutions for cloud models the right way.

#IBMWoW cognitive solutions for cyber threat analysis and collaboration

The Healthcare Guys

I’ll be attending IBM’s World of Watson 2016 in Las Vegas next week. I’m looking forward to hearing whether government and industry are collaborating any better as a result of the passage of The Cybersecurity Act of 2015. The Cyber Act by itself doesn’t really imply (or require) that citizen data (or any other kind of private data) be made accessible across institutions. However, what it does encourage is the sharing of threat or breach data.

Five Ways a Good Digital Health Registry Addresses Healthcare System Needs

The Digital Health Corner

Registries have traditionally been viewed as static repositories of data to be reviewed in a summary fashion after a predetermined time period. The expanding need for drilled down relevant data has led to the development of creative sophisticated data analytics technologies. We have witnessed the transformation of registry data collection which now includes curation of relevant raw data ranging from medical images and pathology slides to genomics.

A Different Approach to Health App Curation

Chilmark Research

In a recent fit of insomnia, I downloaded a free Electronic Arts version of Scrabble onto my Android phone. I made my decision based on four things: The name of the app, the name of the developer, its star rating in Google Play, and the user reviews, which offered a warning about annoying ads that I chose to ignore.

Healthcare Blockchain - Big-Data Pseudonyms on FHIR

Healthcare Exchange Standards

Grahame challenged us all to think about a realistic use-case for blockchain technology in Healthcare. Blockchain is a hugely hyped technology, because of the excitement of bitcoin. The technology is really not new, it is just a special mixture of crypto technologies, not unlike Digital Certificates; except rather than proof through decoupled proofs, blockchain has a public ledger where transactions must be recorded with proof that the transaction happened.

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Frontline Call Center Partners with VBurchett Consulting to Improve Patients' Experiences

Frontline Call Center and VBurchett Consulting are joining forces in modern patient care with a new patient engagement center that utilizes telemedicine.

The Rise of Telemedicine

Health System CIO

No matter how you define telemedicine - whether it’s real-time video conferencing or the transmission of photos - it’s going to see exponential growth in 2017, and your organization needs to be ready, says John Halamka. Patient Experience Telemedicine Blog John Halamka

Must listen JP Morgan Healthcare Conference Webcasts: Teladoc

ACO Watch

by Gregg A. Masters MPH NOTE: This is one in a series of ‘Must listen’ webcasts produced at JP Morgan’s 34th Annual Healthcare Conference; for background and details, see ‘If It’s January, It’s JP Morgan Healthcare Conference‘ Remaining companies to detail as they represent important ‘bell weather’ insights relative to their respective sectors, include: Aetna, […].

Telemedicine Battles Opioid Epidemic

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: The opioid epidemic is a real concern for health plans and providers. BHM understands the importance of how data management can be key to helping prevent opioid addiction. Click here to learn how we can help you. The nation’s addiction to prescription painkillers is hovering at epidemic levels. The CDC reported that in 2014 more than 14,838 people died from overdoses of drugs such as oxycodone. cite).

IRS Releases New ACA Adjusted Fees For 2017

ACA Times

The IRS has released its adjusted figures for certain fees coming into the new year. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee being one of them. The fee was started under the ACA for advancements in comparative clinical effectiveness research, and while the fee increases have been nominal over the years PCORI has been in place, there is still an increase in the fee, which is based on per average number of lives that are covered by the plan or policy.

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Improve Onboarding with User-Centered Design

Speaker: Dr. Kate Wolin, Founder, Circea

In the age of social distancing, digital onboarding is becoming essential to any program. This is especially true for medical practices, where the threat of the pandemic is the most real. As consultations are being digitized, so are the process in which new patients are processed and appointments are being scheduled. Practices with compelling onboarding experiences are the ones who will ultimately succeed in the pandemic area and beyond. Join Dr. Kate Wolin, founder of Circea, for an overview of behavioral science and the evidence-based strategies that can be used to support patient engagement. She will also review how a patient-centered design strategy can be used to evaluate and refine onboarding processes.

Mike Pence: Friend Or Foe To Medicaid?

ACA Times

Indiana residents now have a concern about their healthcare, which perhaps they didn’t have before. In his past career as Indiana Governor, Vice President-Elect Mike Pence was one of the ten Republican governors to support Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, Pence’s version of the expansion under Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0

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Sanders, Cummings Ask Justice Department to Investigate Insulin Prices

Insulin Nation

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings have sent a letter asking the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to open an investigation into whether the three major insulin-manufacturers “have colluded or engaged in anticompetitive behavior in setting their drug prices.”. sponsor. On November 3rd, the two lawmakers sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, according to a FiercePharma report.

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Employee Spotlight

American Well

Name: Craig Bagley. Title: Director, Sales Engineering. Department: Sales. Start Date: July, 2009. American Well is in a unique position to continue to drive the [healthcare] industry forward and deliver on the change that patients want and need. It gives me a tremendous amount of satisfaction to be involved with that. What attracted you to American Well?

Digitally managed clinical trials will accelerate results and reduce costs

The Healthcare Guys

Digitally managed clinical trials have the potential to accelerate results report and reduce costs but workflow questions and regulatory questions remain. In many facets of our lives digital data collection has improved services, eliminated errors, and reduced waste in time and resources. Think about the ticketing and check-in process at airports ten years ago vs. today: when airlines put the information in our hands we were able to do the check-in, seat selection, and other work for them.

Primary Care Is Dead. Long Live Primary Care!

The primary care system is failing patients and providers. Capacity shortages have led to long wait times and physician burnout. To fix the system, we must find innovative ways to boost capacity and meet patient-consumers’ shifting expectations.

McDonald’s and Franchisees May Need to Rethink Their Treatment of Franchise Workers

ACA Times

McDonald’s Corporation recently agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle an employment class action involving workers in McDonald’s franchise-operated stores. A fairness hearing is scheduled to be heard on December 15. No doubt, this comes on the heels of the July ruling in the case of Ochoa vs. McDonalds Corp., and needless to say, McDonald’s is not loving it.

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Bringing Digital Health to Those Who Need It Most

Chilmark Research

Between my current life as an analyst and my former life as a journalist, I’ve sat in a lot of keynote addresses, conference sessions, and presentations touting the latest and greatest consumer healthcare products. No matter whether I’m impressed, puzzled, or bored, I always ask myself, “Would Mom and Dad use this?”. My parents embody the archetype of technology laggards. Their watches are not smart. Their television is not high-definition.

IHE IT Infrastructure - 2017 work items

Healthcare Exchange Standards

The IT Infrastructure workgroup has selected their work items for next year. It consists of 4 new work items, only one of which is a brand new concept. That is, the other three are re-casting of old use-case needs into a http RESTful world. There is only one of these new work items that is not FHIR based.

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