How Med Tech CMOs Are Recruiting Influencers And Helping Patients Through Online Groups

Duane Boise

With access to millions of patients worldwide, med techs are now able to collect valuable information and medical history from specific groups of individuals at any time. Social Media Groups.

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Diva Diabetics: a T1D Mentoring & Support Group for Women

Insulin Nation

History of Group. The Diva Diabetics Mentoring/Support group started in 2008 with 6-7 of my former patients. I picked six of these patients and asked them to be on the board of the mentoring group. Group Dynamics. Our group members have varied in age from 20s to 70s.

Smoking cessation Facebook groups help, but only in short term

Mobi Health News

Members of a smoking cessation Facebook group were 2.5 However, after a year, those in the intervention group actually had lower rates of cessation than the control group.


Device trade group seeks break from tariffs

Morning eHealth

CHIME urges 'ethical' approach to innovation in medicine


Health IT groups happy with the omnibus

Morning eHealth

Verma previews Medicare agenda — Calls for MACRA reform fall on deaf ears

UnitedHealth Group reports revenue growth in Q3, looks ahead to digitizing health records for patients, providers

Mobi Health News

UnitedHealth Group finished Q3 2018 with 12 percent year-over-year revenue growth.

Aviva and Now Healthcare Group team up for pilot, and other digital health deals

Mobi Health News

UK insurer Aviva has just announced a partnership with Now Healthcare Group to offer large corporate health insurance customers access to over 1,000 general practitioners.

What Is the Patient Driven Payment Model: How Skilled Nursing Providers Can Get Ahead of PDPM

Electronic Health Reporter

The shift from Resource Utilization Group (RUG) IV to PDPM moves the skilled nursing reimbursement model away from therapy provision as its main driver. Editorial Jayne Warwick Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Patient Driven Payment Model PDPM PointClickCare Resource Utilization Group

How do we solve the problem of out-of-control healthcare costs? A group of actuaries is giving it their best shot


The two groups formally launched “Initiative 18|11” this week The Society of Actuaries and Kaiser Family Foundation are teaming up to bend the healthcare cost curve.


Insulin Cocktails, Mouse Cures, Group Appointments

Insulin Nation

A group of European health regulators have recommended the approval of a drug treatment that combines long-lasting insulin with a drug that promotes insulin secretion. Researchers believe this is because in group visits the visits are longer and people get to talk about their feelings.

Apple FaceTime can now support group calls

mHealth Insight


50 Million Patients To Access New Personal Health Record In 2019 : UnitedHealth Group

Lloyd Price

UnitedHealth Group’s launch of an “individual” health record for 50 million consumers in its health plans will be key to future growth of both insurance and provider businesses, the company said Tuesday.

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Gains from online lifestyle intervention similar to group program’s for liver disease patients

Mobi Health News


Patient Advocacy Groups Take In Millions From Drugmakers. Is There A Payback?

Insulin Nation

Pharmaceutical companies gave at least $116 million to patient advocacy groups in a single year, reveals a new database logging 12,000 donations from large publicly traded drugmakers to such organizations. The database identifies over 1,200 patient groups.

Medical groups sign on to public ad campaign voicing opposition to Medicare drug proposal


It’s not unusual for medical and patient advocacy groups to make their opposition known to government proposals they fear will hurt doctors and patients.

Leapfrog Group to issue ratings for outpatient surgery departments, ambulatory surgical centers 


The Leapfrog Group will expand its public ratings to outpatient surgical departments and ambulatory surgical centers next year.


Florida physician contractor group to pay $500K to settle HIPAA violations


A Florida-based contractor physician group will pay $500,000 to settle HIPAA violations after data on more than 9,000 patients was posted online


Anthem appoints Google vet to head AI group, Health Catalyst announces new SVPs, and more digital health hires

Mobi Health News

Also: Lark Health names new chief medical officer; Medidata's new board member

Provider groups, Democrats ratchet up pressure on short-term plans


In separate legal filings, the American Cancer Society and the American Medical Association urged a court to grant an immediate injunction on the Trump administration's short-term plan rule. Meanwhile, Democratic senators are painting Republicans into a corner by forcing a vote to overturn the rule


DaVita group to pay $270M to settle Medicare Advantage false claims probe with DOJ


A medical care group that is part of dialysis giant DaVita Inc. will pay $270 million to resolve claims it provided inaccurate information that caused Medicare Advantage plans to receive inflated Medicare payments

Boca Raton-based Promise Healthcare Group plans to sell off hospitals


The Florida-based hospital and nursing home chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November

Want to make patients better partners in their care? Physicians group offers 4 guiding principals


Patient-centered care requires including their voices in care decisions, so the American College of Physicians has issued a series of principles designed to facilitate those conversations


The Cleveland Clinic and Kaiser Permanente share the benefits of Group Appointments for patients

Lloyd Price

Some of the US' leading health systems, including Cleveland Clinic and Oakland, California based Kaiser Permanente, are highlighting group medical appointments as a way to give patients expanded healthcare access and help providers see more patients, reports the Washington Post.


Patient, provider groups urge CMS to reinstate risk adjustment payments


The AMA, AHA and the Federation of American Hospitals were among the 28 groups that say CMS' freeze on risk adjustment payments will cause premium hikes that prevent many people from obtaining coverage and limit access to medical care


Health IT, mental health groups back bill to eliminate telehealth restrictions for opioid treatment


Health IT and behavioral health groups are backing Senate legislation that would allow Medicare beneficiaries to receive opioid addiction treatment via telehealth. The groups told lawmakers current restrictions “significantly limit the number of telebehavioral health visits available in Medicare

How one medical group uses EHR to tackle three strategic goals

Healthcare Guys

The EHR is part of the backbone of operations at the physician group practice.Documentation consistency is critical to standardizing care, said Dr. Amar Shah, COO and a practicing physician. Prime Care Family Practice COO Amar Shah says the platform helps it address quality, cost and overutilization. Prime Care Family Practice in Prince George, Virginia, is using its ambulatory EHR to help deliver optimal care while gaining efficiencies and trimming costs.

Study: Facebook support group increases patient engagement, satisfaction. Who knew?? (Patients.)

Society for Participatory Medicine

95% of survey respondents reported that joining the group had a positive impact on their care; and 97% reported that their main motivation for joining was to provide or receive support from other patients.


With support from health IT groups, a new ‘wizard’ looks to streamline patient medical records requests


A group of health IT organizations wants to change that with a medical request "wizard" designed to streamline the process of getting access in electronic formats As hospitals navigate the digital age, medical records requests are still stuck in the past.

Hospital groups: ‘Public charge’ rule could drive up costs 


America's Essential Hospitals and the American Hospital Association are warning that the Trump administration's proposed "public charge" rule could drive up healthcare costs


How Group FaceTime, Siri Shortcuts, Apple Watch improvements and Privacy updates could solve some Healthcare headaches

Lloyd Price

Group FaceTime could be a game changer in hospitals This announcement didn't require a "This is really cool!" It's hard to imagine that anyone would hit the 32 person limit in the new Group FaceTime feature, but a hospital care team meeting could come close.

Healthcare groups, consumer groups split over CMS proposal to allow doctors to bill patients directly


While many healthcare groups are for it, many consumer groups are opposed to a plan by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to launch a new alternative payment model that would allow doctors to bill Medicare patients directly

More than 150 medical groups oppose CMS proposal to change E/M codes


Saying it could underpay doctors who treat the sickest patients, more than 150 medical groups sent a letter opposing a government plan to consolidate evaluation and management (E/M) codes


Patient groups decry Medicare Part D proposal, saying it will restrict critical access


A coalition of patient groups is working to drum up opposition against the Trump administration's latest proposal aimed at tackling high prescription costs, saying the effort aimed at Medicare Part D's "protected class" of drugs could instead dramatically affect patient access to crucial therapies

With support from health IT groups, a new wizard looks to streamline patient medical records requests

Healthcare Guys

A group of health IT organizations wants to change that with a medical request “wizard” designed to streamline the process of getting access in electronic formats As hospitals navigate the digital age, medical records requests are still stuck in the past.

Hospital groups renew 340B fight with HHS lawsuit


Several hospital groups, including the American Hospital Association, refiled a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over cuts to the 340B drug discount program


Physician groups say CMS’ change to drug formularies shifts decisions from doctors' hands to insurers


Physician and patient advocacy groups are not happy with the latest effort by the Trump Administration to lower drug costs, saying it takes decisions out of doctors’ hands and will limit treatments for patients


AMA leads nearly 100 medical groups calling on CMS to rethink step therapy for Part B drugs


Citing concerns about patient access to necessary drugs and additional burdens on physicians who don't have easy access to drug formularies, AMA and nearly 100 other state and national provider groups asked CMS to reconsider step therapy changes to Medicare Advantage

The Leapfrog Group: Number of hospitals achieving zero infections drops


The number of hospitals reporting zero infections to a national safety watchdog is on the decline, according to a new analysis


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

Humana buys Florida physician group amid Walmart rumors


The Louisville, Kentucky-based insurer bought up a 22-clinic physician practice in Florida, amid speculation that Walmart might be interested in a deal. The physician-insurer acquisition is not the first of its kind but isn't without concern