A Profile of People in Medicare Advantage Plans – HealthMine’s Survey of “Digital Immigrants”

Health Populi

There are over 60 million enrollees in Medicare in 2019, and fully one-third are in Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare is adding 10,000 new beneficiaries every day in the U.S. Younger Medicare beneficiaries are more digitally engaged (connected) than their older peers.

Venrock report: Health tech players see Apple Watch as a clinical tool, 'Medicare-for-all' as opportunity for growth

Mobi Health News

Healthcare professionals believing that the Apple Watch is going to be a clinically useful tool edged out those seeing it as a consumer fad — but just barely in the new 2019 Venrock Healthcare Prognosis report. The report, conducted by the venture capital firm Venrock, surveyed 250 industry players, including health IT startups, large employers, insurance companies, healthcare providers, academics, the government, investors and professional service providers.

Medicare ACOs Improving Care Coordination With Health IT, But Still Have Work To Do

Healthcare IT Today

A recent study by the HHS Office of Inspector General suggests that Medicare ACOs coordinate care more effectively when they have the right health IT tools in place, particularly when ACO members share one EHR platform and have access to a robust HIE.

Consumer-facing Medicare plan tools are inaccessible and inaccurate, experts say

FierceHealthIT

Medicare Plan Finder frustrates many seniors, and there's a lot of confusion over what star ratings mean, said multiple speakers at AHIP's National Conference on Medicare

CMS Updates Opioid Mapping Tool

BHM Healthcare Solutions

CMS updated its Opioid Prescribing Mapping Tool to give users a more in-depth look at opioid prescribing rates across the U.S., CMS launched the tool in 2015, which featured Medicare Part D prescribing rates for 2013. percent and Medicare Part D prescribing rates ranged from 2.9

Why It's Time to Embrace Telemedicine

eVisit

What’s this new thing called Telemedicine? For starters, it’s not new! I t’s more than 40 years old and was developed as a way to use improvements in communication technology to bring quality medical diagnoses and care to individuals in remote parts of the world.

CMS touts new Medicare plan tools as part of its focus on digitization

FierceHealthIT

The agency says new online tools can help beneficiaries across the country choose the plan that's best for them, though they may not reach all seniors

Patients Growing Health Consumer Muscles Expect Digital Services

Health Populi

One-half of patients in the Cedar study were frustrated about health care providers’ lack of digital administrative tools to help people pay bills online and/or access insurance information, for example.

CMS offers up to $1.6M in AI challenge for better healthcare prediction tools

FierceHealthIT

Details are finally out about a new artificial intelligence challenge aimed at creating tools to better predict patient health outcomes.

CMS launches overhaul of Medicare Plan Finder aimed at improving usability 

FierceHealthIT

The Trump administration is launching a large-scale overhaul of its Medicare Plan Finder tool with the goal of making it easier to use and better at arming consumers with information on their options

CMS tees up Medicare Plan Finder update amid usability concerns: GAO

FierceHealthIT

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is planning to launch updates to its Medicare Plan Finder this month after a report from a government watchdog flagged significant usability concerns with the tool.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Approved Separate Reimbursements for Non-Traditional Patient Visits

eVisit

One of the main barriers reported by HCPs for not embracing the powerful tool of telehealth has been the lack of reimbursement. November 1, 2018 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) made a significant step in overcoming this obstacle.

The Promise of Telehealth for Older People – the U-M National Poll on Healthy Aging

Health Populi

Health Populi’s Hot Points: I recently collaborated with HealthMine on a survey looking into Medicare Advantage members’ views of health and digital technology.

UnitedHealthcare expands digital data collection for Medicare beneficiares

FierceHealthIT

UnitedHealthcare announced it will increase the amount of data collected from digital devices as a tool against managing chronic illnesses

Patient Engagement Tools That Every Provider Needs

iSALUS Healthcare

Whether it is talking to their provider more often, checking their health statistics on a regular basis, or scheduling more appointments, patient engagement tools build the patient-provider relationship and help patients stay healthier than those who do not have that bond. Figuring out what patient engagement tools to use is the key to developing this aspect of a practice. Here are some patient engagement tools that every provider needs.

Basal Insulin Management is not easy. These new tools could help

Insulin Nation

Insulia is accessible to people with commercial insurance or Medicare/Medicaid. When people with Type 2 Diabetes start basal insulin treatment, the goal is to reach a lower fasting glucose target.

Medicare’s Role in Reducing Senior Poverty

CMS.gov

Medicare’s Role in Reducing Senior Poverty. Medicare’s Role in Reducing Senior Poverty. One in four Medicare beneficiaries has less than $15,000 in total savings, and almost one in 12 has no savings or is in debt. [1] 1] There remain wide disparities among racial and ethnic groups: median per capita savings among white Medicare beneficiaries is more than six times greater than among either black or Hispanic beneficiaries. Jeremy.Booth@c…. Thu, 01/31/2019 - 15:23.

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

Omron is playing an important role in bridging consumer-facing wearable tech with medical-grade, clinically-approved and prescribable digital health tools that clinicians could embrace into their workflow.

CMS announces MyHealthEData Initiative and Medicare Blue Button 2.0

Medicine and Technology

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – including its Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) – as well as the U.S. Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0 is a new and secure way for Medicare beneficiaries to access and share their personal health data in a universal digital format. Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0

The Burgeoning Role Of Venture Capital In Health Care

Henry Kotula

Venture capital businesses have recently funded hundreds of startups developing technology-enabled digital health products, including wearable devices, mobile health applications, telemedicine, and personalized medicine tools.

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CMS BLOG: Medicare for All? Just another name for a government-run, single payer system

CMS.gov

CMS BLOG: Medicare for All? Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services . Medicare Part C. Medicare Part D. Medicare for All? When listening to those advocating ‘Medicare for All’ it’s good to be skeptical about their promises. As head of the agency that serves over 58 million Medicare beneficiaries, I deal first-hand with the challenges of government run healthcare. Medicare for All’ is Obamacare on steroids.

Dr. Nick van Terheyden and the Invisible Patient – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

Using these tools, BaseHealth is able in 90% of cases to accurately “risk-adjust” a patient population, thereby enabling the clinical care system to focus its efforts on providing preventive services to those at greatest risk. The system has been implemented at Banner Health, for certain conditions, in the Medicare Advantage population, after Banner tested the BaseHealth algorithms by applying them to old data about patients that had been followed at Banner.

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Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., So, when you’re shopping for your next CPOE tool, remember this: Any smartphone-based tool for CPOE must meet the CMS requirements outlined above as well as all HIPAA requirements. CMS has a communications problem.

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Dr. Nick van Terheyden and the Invisible Patient – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

Using these tools, BaseHealth is able in 90% of cases to accurately “risk-adjust” a patient population, thereby enabling the clinical care system to focus its efforts on providing preventive services to those at greatest risk. The system has been implemented at Banner Health, for certain conditions, in the Medicare Advantage population, after Banner tested the BaseHealth algorithms by applying them to old data about patients that had been followed at Banner.

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ThoughtLeaders: Prognosis for Medicare and Commercial ACOs

E-CareManagement

A number of pundits are citing the systemic failure of ACOs, after additional Pioneer ACOs announced withdrawal from the program – Where do you weigh in on the prognosis for Medicare and Commercial ACOs over the next several years?” If the shared savings tool is not applied in a context where it is worth the effort for providers to vary from the volume based mind-set, we will be asking and expecting too much of and from it.

New Medicare and Medicaid Rules Open Opportunities for Connected Health Tech for Doctors and Patients

ConnectedHealth

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) introduced final rulemaking featuring a CHI provision that enables doctors to leverage remote monitoring tools and use patient-generated health data in their medical practice. Specifically, the rulemaking included changes authored by CHI that provide doctors and healthcare providers with financial incentives , similar to those for the use of established technologies, for the use of remote monitoring tools.

Proposed Changes to Lower Drug Prices in Medicare Advantage and Part D

CMS.gov

Proposed Changes to Lower Drug Prices in Medicare Advantage and Part D. Medicare Part D. Proposed Changes to Lower Drug Prices in Medicare Advantage and Part D. Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced proposed changes to Medicare Part D to lower prescription drug costs for beneficiaries. The changes we are proposing bring tools to Medicare that are widely used in private plans.

New State Relief and Empowerment Waiver Guidance Gives States Tools to Help Fix Broken Health Insurance Markets

CMS.gov

New State Relief and Empowerment Waiver Guidance Gives States Tools to Help Fix Broken Health Insurance Markets. Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. While these reinsurance waivers show the inefficiencies of the ACA’s tax credit structure and have given states an important tool to reduce premiums, they barely touch the surface of what may be possible to achieve through a waiver. .

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., CMS has a communications problem.

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Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., CMS has a communications problem.

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The The Five Biggest Areas of Opportunity for Digital Health

The Digital Health Corner

I agree that traditional trials are neither practical nor necessary for most tools. Thus, the opportunity for trials utilizing digital registries, mobile clinical trial platforms, quality communications and analytics tools is significant. As a consultant I am amazed on a daily basis at the high quality clinical, financial and personal experience energies devoted to the development and advocacy for digital health tools.

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., So, when you’re shopping for your next CPOE tool, remember this: Any smartphone-based tool for CPOE must meet the CMS requirements outlined above as well as all HIPAA requirements. CMS has a communications problem.

HIE 60

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., So, when you’re shopping for your next CPOE tool, remember this: Any smartphone-based tool for CPOE must meet the CMS requirements outlined above as well as all HIPAA requirements. CMS has a communications problem.

HIE 60

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., So, when you’re shopping for your next CPOE tool, remember this: Any smartphone-based tool for CPOE must meet the CMS requirements outlined above as well as all HIPAA requirements. CMS has a communications problem.

HIE 60

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., So, when you’re shopping for your next CPOE tool, remember this: Any smartphone-based tool for CPOE must meet the CMS requirements outlined above as well as all HIPAA requirements. CMS has a communications problem.

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Dr. Nick van Terheyden and the Invisible Patient – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

Using these tools, BaseHealth is able in 90% of cases to accurately “risk-adjust” a patient population, thereby enabling the clinical care system to focus its efforts on providing preventive services to those at greatest risk. The system has been implemented at Banner Health, for certain conditions, in the Medicare Advantage population, after Banner tested the BaseHealth algorithms by applying them to old data about patients that had been followed at Banner.

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Dr. Nick van Terheyden and the Invisible Patient – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

Using these tools, BaseHealth is able in 90% of cases to accurately “risk-adjust” a patient population, thereby enabling the clinical care system to focus its efforts on providing preventive services to those at greatest risk. The system has been implemented at Banner Health, for certain conditions, in the Medicare Advantage population, after Banner tested the BaseHealth algorithms by applying them to old data about patients that had been followed at Banner.

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Dr. Nick van Terheyden and the Invisible Patient – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

Using these tools, BaseHealth is able in 90% of cases to accurately “risk-adjust” a patient population, thereby enabling the clinical care system to focus its efforts on providing preventive services to those at greatest risk. The system has been implemented at Banner Health, for certain conditions, in the Medicare Advantage population, after Banner tested the BaseHealth algorithms by applying them to old data about patients that had been followed at Banner.

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Dr. Nick van Terheyden and the Invisible Patient – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

Using these tools, BaseHealth is able in 90% of cases to accurately “risk-adjust” a patient population, thereby enabling the clinical care system to focus its efforts on providing preventive services to those at greatest risk. The system has been implemented at Banner Health, for certain conditions, in the Medicare Advantage population, after Banner tested the BaseHealth algorithms by applying them to old data about patients that had been followed at Banner.

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