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

Microneedle vaccine patches could eliminate pain, improve access

5/5/2015

  • National Public Radio

Researchers are developing nickel-sized patches they hope can replace syringes and needles for administration of vaccines. The patch uses 100 microscopic needles made from a solution of vaccine, sugar… 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

ACA enrollment remains open in some cases

5/5/2015

  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The special HealthCare.gov insurance enrollment period for certain taxpayers ended Thursday, but some state-run exchanges have later deadlines for taxpayers who were unaware they would be subject to p… Read More

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

News to improve employee and population health

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

CEO: New guidance brings relief to wellness plan sponsors

5/5/2015

  • National Underwriter Life & Health

New federal guidance for wellness plan sponsors may impose restrictions but still comes as a relief because it creates boundaries for using incentives, said Dominium CEO Scott Schanen. He said how to … Read More

AMSUS SmartBrief

News for federal health professionals

AMSUS SmartBrief

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

VA redefines how distance is calculated in Veterans Choice rule

4/29/2015

  • Hill, The

The Department of Veterans Affairs changed the rules for calculating distance to a health care provider under the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans eligible for VA health care to receive … 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

Telemedicine group evaluates states' telehealth policies

5/5/2015

  • Healthcare Informatics online

The American Telemedicine Association has released a report that ranks U.S. states based on their telehealth policies. The District of Columbia, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Tennessee and Virgini… Read More

Health IT SmartBrief

Health care IT news

Health IT SmartBrief

Study examines EHRs' impact on recovery of stroke patients

5/5/2015

  • HealthDay News

A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that EHRs may not boost the quality of care delivered to stroke patients. After studying 1,236 hospitals from 2007 to 2010, researche… Read More

NADP SmartBrief

Dental Benefits News

NADP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Dental Plans

Symposium focuses on improving oral health in Wash.

4/29/2015

  • DrBicuspid.com (free registration)

Dentists, doctors, health officials and social service agency staff gathered at the Symposium for Oral Health Professionals in Washington state last week to discuss ways to improve residents' oral hea… Read More

AABB SmartBrief

News about transfusion and cellular therapies

AABB SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Blood Banks

NIH supports establishment of HIV/AIDS research facility

5/4/2015

  • Healio (free registration)

The National Institutes of Health has given a $7.5 million grant to fund the formation of the DC Center for AIDS Research. The funds will be given over five years. "This opportunity will attract and s… Read More

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

News and information about wound care

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Advanced Tissue

Experimental moisturizer shows promise in healing diabetic wounds

4/28/2015

  • Healio (free registration)

A skin ointment that contains spherical nucleic acids penetrates the skin barrier and disables a gene known to interfere with wound healing, Northwestern University researchers report in the Proceedin… Read More

NHCAA SmartBrief

Health care anti-fraud news

NHCAA SmartBrief

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

Former Nev. clinic manager sentenced to prison in $8.1M fraud scheme

5/4/2015

  • Las Vegas Review-Journal

Tonya Rushing, the former clinic manager for convicted Nevada physician Dipak Desai, was sentenced Monday to serve 366 days in federal prison after pleading guilty in April to conspiracy to commit hea… Read More

Accountable Care SmartBrief

News about accountable care

Accountable Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

UnitedHealthcare launches ACO for 63K San Francisco Bay area subscribers

5/4/2015

  • American City Business Journals

UnitedHealthcare signed an accountable care agreement with Palo Alto Medical Foundation for San Francisco Bay-area subscribers to United's employer-sponsored health plans. Palo Alto Medical Foundation… Read More

SmartBrief on Personalized Healthcare

Personalized healthcare through genetics and genomics

SmartBrief on Personalized Healthcare

Published in partnership with: InformedDNA

Most docs say no to sweeping tests to create "baseline"

4/24/2015

  • Forbes

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's recommendations that people have their blood tested quarterly for every biomarker available set off a heated debate, but the response from the medical community in … Read More