Health Insurance, Facilities & IT

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief

Health care industry news for insurers

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Lung disease linked to higher mortality risk for AFib patients

5/21/2015

  • HealthDay News

Data on over 18,000 participants with atrial fibrillation showed those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have a 54% higher likelihood of all-cause death and heart-related death. COPD was not … Read More

AHIP Agents and Brokers SmartBrief

Health insurance product and policy news

AHIP Agents and Brokers SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: AHIP America's Health Insurance Plans

Should the ACA penalties be adjusted?

5/21/2015

  • The New York Times (tiered subscription model)

Relatively few uninsured taxpayers took advantage of a special enrollment window to avoid paying a tax penalty, suggesting that the penalty might be too low to prompt enrollment, some industry observe… Read More

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

News to improve employee and population health

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Wellness program takes off after CEO emphasizes healthy foods

5/21/2015

  • Business Insurance (tiered subscription model)

Ochsner Health System's employee wellness program took off when the CEO decided unhealthy foods were a barrier to success and took doughnuts off the menu for staff meetings and reduced the number of d… Read More

AMSUS SmartBrief

News for federal health professionals

AMSUS SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Association of Military Surgeons of the United States

Native American treatment centers combine traditional, Western approaches

5/20/2015

  • National Public Radio

Addiction rehabilitation programs serving Native American communities combine traditional ceremonies, such as sweat lodges, with 12-step programs to help addicts achieve sobriety. Heroin addiction is … Read More

CHIME's Healthcare CIO SmartBrief

News for health care CIOs

CHIME's Healthcare CIO SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: College of Healthcare Information Management Executives

Time-limited task forces to replace standing ONC working groups

5/21/2015

  • Healthcare Informatics online

ONC Acting Deputy National Coordinator Dr. Jon White said Wednesday that the Health IT Standards Committee's standing work groups would be replaced by time-limited task forces. Some committee members … Read More

Health IT SmartBrief

Health care IT news

Health IT SmartBrief

CareFirst discloses breach affecting up to 1.1M customers

5/21/2015

  • The New York Times (tiered subscription model)

CareFirst says it has been hit by a data breach that could have exposed names, e-mail addresses and birth dates of up to 1.1 million customers. The company authorized a forensic review of its systems … Read More

NADP SmartBrief

Dental Benefits News

NADP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Dental Plans

Aspen Dental plans 6 new offices in Mo.

5/20/2015

  • American City Business Journals

Aspen Dental Management announced plans to open six Missouri offices this year, joining Heartland Dental, which has 25 Missouri offices, Premier Dental Partners with 10 and Comfort Dental with eight o… Read More

AABB SmartBrief

News about transfusion and cellular therapies

AABB SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Blood Banks

Researchers analyze trends in sepsis readmissions

5/20/2015

  • BeckersHospitalReview.com

Researchers with Bellevue Hospital in New York reported at a meeting of the American Thoracic Society that the rate of readmission for patients with severe sepsis was comparable to the readmission rat… Read More

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

News and information about wound care

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Advanced Tissue

Study compares sternotomy wound dressings

5/19/2015

  • Ostomy Wound Management online

Sternotomy wounds dressed with dry sterile, metallic silver-containing or ionic silver-containing dressings had similar healing and infection rates in a prospective, randomized and controlled trial. T… Read More

NHCAA SmartBrief

Health care anti-fraud news

NHCAA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association

2 Ala. doctors indicted on fraud, drug distribution charges

5/20/2015

  • The Huntsville Times (Ala.)
  • The Huntsville Times (Ala.)

John Couch and Xiulu Ruan, doctors and co-owners of Physicians' Pain Specialists of Alabama and C&R Pharmacy in Mobile, Ala., were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to… Read More

Accountable Care SmartBrief

News about accountable care

Accountable Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

GI practitioners have high hopes for medical home model

5/20/2015

  • Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News

Medical homes being implemented for patients with inflammatory bowel disease might improve outcomes while reducing health care costs and utilization, says Dr. John Allen of the Yale School of Medicine… Read More

SmartBrief on Personalized Healthcare

Personalized healthcare through genetics and genomics

SmartBrief on Personalized Healthcare

Published in partnership with: InformedDNA

Drugmakers comb human genome for new treatment targets

5/13/2015

  • Reuters

Drugmakers are basing more drug development projects on genetic data, propelled by the success of Pfizer's Xalkori lung cancer drug and Vertex's Kalydeco cystic fibrosis drug, among others, that targe… Read More