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

Medicare-reimbursement change signed into law

4/17/2015

  • Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The
  • Reuters

President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure that he said strengthens Medicare "because it starts encouraging payments based on quality, not the number of tests that are provided or the number… 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

Big corporations are adapting to ACA, study shows

4/17/2015

  • BenefitsPro.com

An analysis by ADP shows that large companies have adapted to requirements imposed by the Affordable Care Act and many have been able to hold down health benefit cost growth. The analysis also found t… Read More

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

News to improve employee and population health

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

RD launches nutrition program in Fla. elementary school

4/17/2015

  • WUFT-FM (Gainesville, Fla.)

Registered dietitian Pamela McMahon started the Kids in the Kitchen program at Stephen Foster Elementary School in Gainesville, Fla., to teach children from low-income families about nutrition and int… Read More

AMSUS SmartBrief

News for federal health professionals

AMSUS SmartBrief

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

Study: Cold packs on hands and feet reduce overheating

4/15/2015

  • MedPage Today (free registration)

Placing cold packs on the cheeks, hands and feet worked better to relieve heat exhaustion than placing cold packs over large blood vessels in the neck, groin and armpits, a study published in the jour… 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

Many docs use health IT tools, but few find them helpful, survey finds

4/16/2015

  • Health Data Management
  • BeckersHospitalReview.com

An Accenture survey showed that doctors are better at using EHRs in their practices now than in 2012, but the percentage of those who believe that EHRs can aid treatment decisions, boost care outcomes… Read More

Health IT SmartBrief

Health care IT news

Health IT SmartBrief

Docs must get ready for ICD-10 transition, EMR vendor says

4/17/2015

  • BeckersASC.com

A cloud-based EMR systems developer is asking doctors to efficiently use the time available before the Oct. 1 ICD-10 deadline to smoothly transition to the new codes. "With ICD-10, there is a massive … Read More

NADP SmartBrief

Dental Benefits News

NADP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Dental Plans

ACA raises prominence, accessibility of dental coverage, care

4/15/2015

  • DrBicuspid.com (free registration)

More health insurance plans sold through Affordable Care Act exchanges included dental benefits this year, presenting dentists with an opportunity to add patients, says Marcia Vannuccini, vice preside… Read More

AABB SmartBrief

News about transfusion and cellular therapies

AABB SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Blood Banks

EU approves HIV-1 assay from Cepheid

4/17/2015

  • GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration)

The Xpert HIV-1 Qual, a qualitative HIV-1 test developed by Cepheid for early diagnosis in infants and individuals who are at high risk of HIV, has received the CE-IVD mark from European regulators. T… Read More

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

News and information about wound care

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Advanced Tissue

Multiple surgeries save necrotizing fasciitis patient

4/14/2015

  • Times (Gainesville, Ga.), The

A Georgia woman has recovered from a necrotizing fasciitis infection that nearly claimed her right arm last September. Medical staff at Northeast Georgia Medical Center induced a six-day coma, perform… Read More

NHCAA SmartBrief

Health care anti-fraud news

NHCAA SmartBrief

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

Fla. home health firm owner sentenced in $32M Medicare fraud

4/17/2015

  • U.S. Department of Justice

Felix Gonzalez, an owner of Miami-based AA Advanced Care, was sentenced Thursday to a 113-month prison term and ordered to pay restitution of $21.4 million for his role in a $32 million Medicare fraud… Read More

Accountable Care SmartBrief

News about accountable care

Accountable Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Lack of communication can derail population health initiatives

4/15/2015

  • HealthLeaders Media

Hospital administrators implementing population health strategies tend to have more confidence than providers in care coordination through electronic health records systems, an online poll found. And … Read More

SmartBrief on Personalized Healthcare

Personalized healthcare through genetics and genomics

SmartBrief on Personalized Healthcare

Published in partnership with: InformedDNA

Ancestry.com gets into DNA testing

4/7/2015

  • USA Today

An Ancestry.com product called Ancestor Discoveries offers a $99 kit for consumers to submit a saliva sample for sequencing to learn about their relatives past and present. Health findings will likely… Read More