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

Health Populi

Elizabeth Warren assertively and transparently backed Bernie Sander’s Medicare for All proposal. Let’s take on pharma, allow negotiations of prices under Medicare. Here is Kaiser Health News’ coverage of the event through their health policy lens.

Health Care and the Democratic Debates – Round 2 – Battle Royale for M4All vs Medicare for All Who Want It – What It Means for Industry

Health Populi

But this was Round 2 of the debate, with ten more White House aspirants sharing views — sometimes sparring — on issues of immigration, economic justice, climate change, and once again health care playing a starring role from the start of the two-hour event.

Apple spreading deeper into Medicare Advantage

Morning eHealth

Verma’s extremely online price transparency push — Event dispatches

Wasted: $1 of Every $4 Spent on Health Care In America

Health Populi

This challenge covers hospital-acquired conditions and adverse events, clinician-related inefficiency, and lack of adoption of preventive care practices like administering vaccines and addressing obesity and hypertension.

In Wednesday’s second Democratic debate, 7 of 10 candidates support Medicare for All

Henry Kotula

Seven support Medicare for All. Unlike many of his Democratic rivals, Biden does not support full Medicare for All. As in Medicare, costs would be reduced through negotiating for lower prices from hospitals and other providers. [link].

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. This too was not a random event.

New Medicare marketing guidelines raise the specter of past predatory sales tactics

FierceHealthIT

The need for Medicare marketing regulations was crystal-clear 10 years ago. But a slew of changes to CMS' Medicare marketing guidelines this year expanded what plans can do at educational events, in providers' offices and more. Do these revisions create room for growth or opportunities for manipulation

Slash Payments for Emergency Departments: MedPAC Suggests

BHM Healthcare Solutions

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on April 5 approved a recommendation to slash payments for a number of standalone emergency departments across the country, according to an American Hospital Association report.

Azar to doctors: HHS is listening to feedback on its Medicare reforms aimed at drug prices

FierceHealthIT

HHS won’t be able to bring down prices in Part D without “pitting drugs against each other,” Secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday at an AMA event

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

Health Populi

This video is nearly six hours long, so broadcasts the entire event for which the GOP, as Congressman Ryan noted, was seven-years-in-the-making. ACA Affordable Care Act Health Consumers Health costs Health insurance Health politics Health reform Healthcare access Medicaid Medicare

Heart Health at #CES2019 – Food and Tech as Medicine

Health Populi

An important example of this self-care approach is the evidence-based Ornish food regimen which is reimbursed by Medicare (as a form of cardiac rehabilitation). Self-care is the new health care as patients, now consumers at greater financial risk for medical spending, are learning.

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

Health Populi

Health Populi’s Hot Points: In WPP’s Health & Wellness @CES write-up on the event, they observe that we’re moving “from quantifying the self to caring for the self.”

GlobalMed and Answers Media Network Host Webinar on Urgent Need for Telemedicine

GlobalMed

How Medicare telehealth policies, the 21st Century Cures Act, CHRONIC Care Act, and Mental Health Telemedicine Expansion Act are changing healthcare. Events and Appearances GlobalMed in the News People PressIndustry thought leaders discuss telehealth adoption and legislation.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

He says everybody is (or should be) in favor of paying $500 today instead of having a significant healthcare event or expense in the future. 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

He says everybody is (or should be) in favor of paying $500 today instead of having a significant healthcare event or expense in the future. He says everybody is (or should be) in favor of paying $500 today instead of having a significant healthcare event or expense in the future.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

He says everybody is (or should be) in favor of paying $500 today instead of having a significant healthcare event or expense in the future. He says everybody is (or should be) in favor of paying $500 today instead of having a significant healthcare event or expense in the future.

Major Players in Home Health Programs

Perficient

The Center for Medicare Services (CMS) oversees the Health Home Program, but each state has a Health Home Authority that creates and manages its HHP. Healthcare Center for Medicare Services healthcare Home Health Programs Managed Care Plans

Five Ways a Good Digital Health Registry Addresses Healthcare System Needs

The Digital Health Corner

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. Adverse events and effectiveness of therapy many times require longer follow-up with more real world experience (without the restrictions placed by trials) to become known. A corollary to adverse events and efficacy is patient safety.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

He says everybody is (or should be) in favor of paying $500 today instead of having a significant healthcare event or expense in the future. 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

He says everybody is (or should be) in favor of paying $500 today instead of having a significant healthcare event or expense in the future. 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

He says everybody is (or should be) in favor of paying $500 today instead of having a significant healthcare event or expense in the future. 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.

Health Home Program and Data: New Challenges for Care Plans

Perficient

The Center for Medicare Services (CMS) oversees the Health Home Program, but each state has a health home authority that creates and manages their HHP. The Affordable Care Act of 2010, Section 2703, introduced Health Home Program (HHP) for Medicaid recipients with chronic conditions.

Let’s Connect! What I’m looking forward to most at the Connected Health Conference in Boston

Digital Health Today

This Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (October 16-18) I will be in Boston covering the Connected Health Conference (a HIMSS event) for Digital Health Today. The agenda for this event looks outstanding, and I thought I would take a moment to let you know what I’m looking forward to the most.

Consumers Want Help With Health: Can Healthcare Providers Supply That Demand?

Health Populi

39% of consumers would consider receiving treatment for minor medical events in a retail clinic. Among people who have health insurance, managing the costs of their medical care doesn’t rank as a top frustration.

Reimbursement Update: It’s raining new codes!

The cHealth Blog

In that post, I had referenced the Lemony Snicket movie, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” noting that Medicare reimbursement for remote monitoring was just the opposite: it was the culmination of a series of fortunate events.

Key Takeaways from the West Health Summit and the Telemed Leadership Forum

Digital Health Today

I recently had the pleasure of attending two events in Washington, DC: West Health’s Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit and URAC’s Telemed Leadership Forum.

Spring 2019: Healthcare Updates to Know

Advanced Medical Reviews

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted new data on projected national health expenditures for 2018-2027. In addition, higher fee-for-service payment updates are expected to result in faster Medicare spending growth.

CMS Proposes Major Expansion of Reimbursement for Telehealth Services

care innovations

2017 and 2018 have been eventful years for advocates of digitally delivered healthcare, as government officials have moved more quickly and decisively than ever before to expand reimbursement for telehealth services (which in turn expands the availability of these services).

Tweets at Lunch with Paul Krugman – Health IT Meets Economics

Health Populi

The speaker at this event was Paul Krugman, who won the Nobel Prize for Economics 10 years ago and today is an iconic op-ed columnist at the New York Times And Distinguished Professor of Economics at the City University of New York (CUNY).

Bringing Telehealth to the Rehabilitation Industry

Advanced Medical Reviews

Telehealth treatments in regards to physical therapy are currently not covered by Medicare. To learn more about healthcare industry news and upcoming events, connect with us via social media and follow the AMR blog.

The Consumer and the Payor, Bingo and Trust: My Day At Medecision Liberator Bootcamp

Health Populi

’ My role in the event was to provide a through-line from introductions to trend-weaving what I heard and learned at the end of the day. As such, health care spending feels like a retail event, prompting the patient-as-payor to ask, “what’s the price?”

Three Trends Shaping the Future of Telehealth

Advanced Medical Reviews

In a recent report to Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ( CMS) stated that telehealth laws limit the service as a healthcare option. Currently, Medicare only pays for telehealth services if an enrollee is in a rural area that has a shortage of healthcare professionals.

Essential Telemedicine Terms Clinicians Should Know

Enzyme Health

CMS : Stands for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. CMS is the federal agency that administers HIPAA standards and develops Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement policies for telemedicine. Applying for telemedicine jobs and want to stand out?

How Population Health Analytics Helps Providers Achieve Value-Based Care

care innovations

And emerging as a key way to usher in that change is population health analytics, which providers are embracing as a means to offset the risk transferred to them by new guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The Emerging Trends in Connected Health from 2018

The cHealth Blog

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is on board! This thought leadership event will again return to Boston in 2019, and I’m pleased to continue as Program Chair for this important summit.

Join CHI & Politico to Explore What's Next for Connected Health Innovation

ConnectedHealth

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services unveiled new incentives and reimbursement opportunities for remote monitoring and patient-generated health data. Panelists include: Morgan Reed , Executive Director, Connected Health Initiative Sherry Smith , Director of Physician Payment Policy, American Medical Association Michael Adcock , Executive Director of the Center for Telehealth, University of Mississippi Medical Center Jon Bloom, MD, CEO, Podimetrics This is a widely attended event.

2019: Healthcare IT gains new ground

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

2019: Year in Review It's been an eventful year for health IT. 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.

Aging and Technology: An Intimate Discussion with Thought Leaders

The cHealth Blog

This was my opening statement at an event we co-hosted earlier this month. For our part, we collaborated with Ray and his team, as well as the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance), to host a two-hour preconference event on June 5, the eve of the Summit.

Speaking Up to Make Pumps Safer

Insulin Nation

We previously discussed how flaws in the FDA medical device reporting system have made it impossible to know how many adverse medical events have been caused by malfunctioning insulin pumps. Dunlap knows how important it is to gather data from adverse events reports.

Is Telehealth the Key to Changing the Opioid Crisis?

GlobalMed

Wearable medical devices can deliver timed doses of pain medication to help users avoid drug misuse and overdose; they can also monitor a patient’s vitals and alert providers in the event of an emergency. The American nightmare that is the opioid epidemic affects everyone.