Apple spreading deeper into Medicare Advantage

Morning eHealth

Verma’s extremely online price transparency push — Event dispatches

Trust My Doctor and Fear the Office: The Telehealth Opportunity in and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health Populi

Among those covered with insurance, one-half had employer-sponsored insurance, 1 in 4 Medicare, and 13%, individual cover. Doctors maintain their top status as U.S. patients’ most-trusted source of coronavirus information.

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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.

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.

Painful Medicare Journey to get GGM/Pump Coverage

Insulin Nation

I quickly realized my primary care doctor was not very knowledgeable of T1D and despite the often-disliked Medicare insurance I had, I was fortunate to find an endocrinologist who had studied at the world-renowned T1D Barbara Davis Center in Denver.

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.

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

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

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.

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.”

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].

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Health Populi

The article returns to the advent of the SARS epidemic in China in 2003, which ushered in a series of events: people stayed home, and Chinese social media and e-commerce proliferated. Check out this last public health poster about Medicare and COVID-19.

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.

Why are older adults demeaned by the health and tech industry?

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Consider an upcoming HIMSS event in Orlando with the charming title: Monitoring Grandma: Adoption of Connected Health Tech by Seniors. What is the point of sneering at older people? Rant on.

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.

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.

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.

Five technology and health blogs from March 2020

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The world is spinning from the events of March 2020. The event was canceled – but the briefings went on to shed a light on what’s new. But the interest and use of telehealth in senior living has been accelerating since April 2019, when Medicare Advantage plans began covering it.

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.

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.

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).

Four tech and aging blog posts from September 2019

Aging in Place Technology Watch

But as inevitable as those changes are, other notable events occurred during September – including AARP’s partnership with Getty Images to combat age bias in advertising. Consider upcoming fall events. Fall and red leaves arrived as typical late in the month.

Beyond telehealth: the virtual care technology trends that will transform healthcare

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The good news for telehealth is that the reimbursement environment has improved, with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services bringing telehealth and eVisits on par with in-person visits for the duration of the pandemic, along with a relaxing of rules for virtual consults across state lines.

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.

Senate HELP Committee weighs the future of telehealth

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

advocated for two particular policy changes to be made permanent: the originating site rule, allowing physicians to be reimbursed for telehealth appointments wherever a patient is located, including a patient's home, and the expansion of Medicare- and Medicaid-reimbursable telehealth 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).

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.

Will Teleparamedicine Save Your Life?

GlobalMed

In addition to witnessing events like car wrecks, motorcycle decapitations and child abuse, they can suffer injuries from lifting obese patients, be stabbed with dirty needles or assaulted in the middle of a domestic dispute. When’s the last time you rode in an ambulance?

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).