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

Aspirin intake might curb emphysema progression

5/28/2015

  • Medscape (free registration)

Daily aspirin intake may stem subclinical emphysema progression, a study presented at an American Thoracic Society meeting found. Experts noted the effect was not shown to be causal. "A person who tak… 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

Benefits brokers key to voluntary market

5/28/2015

  • BenefitsPro.com

Benefits brokers generated more than $3.9 billion in new sales of voluntary benefits last year, and they accounted for 57% of market share, according to a worksite survey by Eastbridge Consulting Grou… Read More

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

News to improve employee and population health

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Employees start workday with early-morning dance parties

5/28/2015

  • San Francisco Chronicle (free content)

San Francisco-area workers get a kick-start to their day by attending early-morning parties that feature lots of dancing, coffee, massage and even yoga. Morning Gloryville San Francisco producer McKen… Read More

AMSUS SmartBrief

News for federal health professionals

AMSUS SmartBrief

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

Congress declines to pursue Tricare overhaul

5/27/2015

  • The Herald (Everett, Wash.)

The House and Senate armed services committees have not acted on two proposals to overhaul Tricare. One proposal from the Obama administration called for increasing fees and consolidating the triple-o… 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

CHIME submits comments on stage 3 MU measures

5/28/2015

  • HealthSystemCIO.com
  • Clinical Innovation + Technology online

CHIME submitted comments to the CMS recommending several key changes to stage 3 meaningful use, saying measures such as those that deal with patient engagement and health information exchange are "unr… Read More

Health IT SmartBrief

Health care IT news

Health IT SmartBrief

BridgeHead Software offers new VNA solution to Meditech EMR users

5/28/2015

  • AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

A new program was unveiled by BridgeHead Software to allow its clients that use Meditech's EMR software to upgrade and use its HealthStore vendor-neutral archive solution. The system is designed to ex… Read More

NADP SmartBrief

Dental Benefits News

NADP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Dental Plans

Dental management companies corner the Medicaid market

5/27/2015

  • Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (free content)

Dental management companies are expanding in Albuquerque, N.M., and across the nation, setting up practices in high-traffic retail commercial areas instead of professional office parks. The chains man… Read More

AABB SmartBrief

News about transfusion and cellular therapies

AABB SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Blood Banks

Technique turns stem cells into inner-ear hair cells

5/28/2015

  • United Press International
  • The Economic Times (India)

An animal study in the journal Development has found that the introduction of three transcription factors prompted stem cells to develop as inner-ear hair cells. The cells had mechanosensitive ion cha… Read More

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

News and information about wound care

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Advanced Tissue

Wound Care Awareness Week is coming up

5/26/2015

  • WBOY-TV (Clarksburg, W.Va.)
  • WDTV-TV (Bridgeport, W.Va.)

Health care providers are talking about the importance of wound care options in anticipation of Wound Care Awareness Week, which is June 1 to 5. Dr. Susan Garner with United Hospital Wound Care Center… Read More

NHCAA SmartBrief

Health care anti-fraud news

NHCAA SmartBrief

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

Utah medical equipment firm settles health care fraud accusations for $7.5M

5/28/2015

  • The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Orbit Medical, a medical equipment company based in Salt Lake City, agreed to pay $7.5 million to resolve allegations of defrauding Medicare, Medicaid, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program an… Read More

Accountable Care SmartBrief

News about accountable care

Accountable Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Cigna's collaborative care arrangements pay off in Conn.

5/27/2015

  • Hartford Business Journal (Conn.)

Collaborative care contracts with Community Medical Group, Prohealth Physicians and Day Kimball Healthcare have resulted in lower emergency department utilization and have increased referrals to prefe… Read More

SmartBrief on Personalized Healthcare

Personalized healthcare through genetics and genomics

SmartBrief on Personalized Healthcare

Published in partnership with: InformedDNA

CMS issues guidance for coverage of BRCA mutation tests

5/21/2015

  • GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration)

The CMS issued a draft local coverage determination for BRCA gene mutation tests alone and as part of a panel, including a call for coverage for unaffected individuals who meet criteria and a call for… Read More