State Wellness Program Swells
A state program designed to encourage healthy behaviors has grown from one WellSpot to more than five dozen in just six months. ...Read More
|State Wellness Program Swells|
A state program designed to encourage healthy behaviors has grown from one WellSpot to more than five dozen in just six months.
|AMA’s Telemedicine Push|
Evolution improves health outcomes, accelerates medical education change, and enhances physician satisfaction and practice sustainability
In June, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution addressing telemedicine as a key innovation in support of healthcare delivery reform.
|Urgent & Emergent|
Getting new treatments through the FDA pipeline
On average, it takes 12 years and more than $500 million … sometimes significantly more … to move a new drug from bench to bedside in the United States.
|PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Yvens Laborde|
His Brothers’ Keepers
It’s been almost five years since the devastating earthquake rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010, killing over 250,000, injuring over 300,000 and displacing over 1.5 million people.
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
|Barriers to More Healthcare Reform Are Numerous|
Fear and apathy are among the biggest stumbling blocks to universal healthcare in the US, especially in a single payer system, according to experts. From MedPage Today. Posted Friday, January 30, 2015 7:00 am CST
|Medicare Payment Reforms Spark Calls for Sweeter Incentives|
Expect a lot of lobbying by hospital organizations to scale back the federal government's plans to drastically raise the percentage of Medicare payments linked to value-based care, says one observer. Posted Friday, January 30, 2015 6:53 am CST
|Partners' deal to acquire three hospitals rejected|
A Superior Court judge on Thursday dealt a devastating blow to Partners HealthCare's plans to expand its dominance across Eastern Massachusetts, rejecting a controversial deal that would have allowed Partners to acquire three community hospitals and add hundreds of doctors to its network. After months of deliberations, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders sided with opponents of the acquisitions, who argued that allowing Partners to expand more would give the health system, already the state's largest and most expensive, the market power to further increase costs. It's highly unusual for judges to reject consent judgments, and Sanders' decision came as a surprise to many in the health care industry who had expected the settlement to be approved. Posted Friday, January 30, 2015 6:33 am CST
|The HIPAA Threat Tied to Online Patient Behavior|
When patients "check in" via social media, it may help cyber-thieves check out their personal information, something practices should be aware of. Posted Sunday, February 1, 2015 10:00 am CST
|What Is Your Patient's True Financial Responsibility?|
If your medical practice wants to get paid for services, do not accept financial responsibility for medical expenses that your patients incur. Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:00 am CST
|Support for PAs Grows Among Patients, State Regulators|
Recent research indicates that PAs can improve the healthcare system, and recent policy changes help ensure that they have the opportunity to do so. Posted Friday, January 30, 2015 12:00 pm CST
|CDC warns of 'large outbreak' of measles|
World News Videos | ABC World NewsCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden on Sunday warned that the U.S. could see a "large outbreak" of measles."We are very concerned by the growing number of people who are susceptible... Posted Sunday, February 1, 2015 11:19 am CST
|Measles outbreak reopens vaccination fight|
An outbreak of measles that started in California’s Disneyland has quickly led to a nationwide debate over child vaccinations.More than 100 cases of measles have been reported, including 91 in California, according to a report by Reuters. The... Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015 7:55 am CST
|Medicare plans to cover HIV testing|
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants Medicare to cover routine HIV testing.Under the proposed rule, people ages 15 to 65 will be able to get annual HIV screening. Adolescents under the age of 15 and adults over the age of... Posted Friday, January 30, 2015 3:13 pm CST