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

Firm unveils generic hypertension drug

2/26/2015

  • Drug Store News

Greenstone has launched its trandolapril/verapamil hydrochloride extended-release tablets for the treatment of hypertension. The drug is a generic equivalent of AbbVie's Tarka. 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

Traditional view of retirement is disappearing among Americans

2/26/2015

  • MarketWatch

Only 26% of Americans expect to stop working entirely when they reach the traditional retirement age, a survey by The Pew Charitable Trusts found. More than half expect to move on to something new, po… Read More

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

News to improve employee and population health

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Companies tout wellness plans that change corporate culture

2/27/2015

  • Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model), The

Reducing health costs may be a bottom line goal for wellness programs but companies can find success with plans that gradually change the corporate culture and address individual needs. Wilson Bank & … Read More

AMSUS SmartBrief

News for federal health professionals

AMSUS SmartBrief

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

Commission points to small military health plan as a model for revamped Tricare

2/25/2015

  • Military Times

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission says the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan is a potential model for a future Tricare Choice program. The plan, which serves 134,00… 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

Texas hospitals use communications platform to streamline nurses' workflow

2/26/2015

  • BeckersHospitalReview.com

Vocera confirmed that its communication system was implemented in Emerus hospitals in Texas to streamline the workflow of telemetry nurses and cut patient wait times. The platform will allow telemetry… Read More

Health IT SmartBrief

Health care IT news

Health IT SmartBrief

AMA warns of low MU attestation rate among EPs

2/27/2015

  • Healthcare Informatics online

The American Medical Association says the CMS' announcement that it will move the EHR meaningful use attestation deadline for eligible providers from Feb. 28 to March 20 is good news, but the associat… Read More

NADP SmartBrief

Dental Benefits News

NADP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Dental Plans

CCIIO calls for health, dental plan applications

2/25/2015

  • National Underwriter Life & Health

Health and dental insurers have until May 15 to submit preliminary plans to HHS for inclusion on the federally run exchange during the next Affordable Care Act open-enrollment period. The CMS' Center … Read More

AABB SmartBrief

News about transfusion and cellular therapies

AABB SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Blood Banks

Portola's factor Xa inhibitor antidote receives FDA orphan designation

2/27/2015

  • Healio (free registration)

Portola Pharmaceuticals' experimental drug andexanet alfa received orphan drug status from the FDA for use in reversing the anticoagulant effect of direct or indirect factor Xa inhibitors in patients … Read More

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

News and information about wound care

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Advanced Tissue

Chronic wounds may worsen with winter weather

2/24/2015

  • Edwardsville Intelligencer (Ill.)

Winter's cold, dry weather can worsen chronic wounds, says Sonja Dulick, program director at Gateway Regional Medical Center Wound & Hyperbaric Center in Edwardsville, Ill. Patients who are sick with … Read More

NHCAA SmartBrief

Health care anti-fraud news

NHCAA SmartBrief

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

Mich. men found guilty in $1.6M Medicare fraud, kickback scheme

2/26/2015

  • MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration)

Reginald Smith of Flint, Mich., and Rajan Patel of Clinton Township, Mich., were convicted Wednesday for their roles in a scheme that defrauded $1.6 million from Medicare. Smith received kickbacks in … Read More

Accountable Care SmartBrief

News about accountable care

Accountable Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

PCORI announces $64M in new grants for comparative studies

2/25/2015

  • Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model)

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute announced funding for five studies, including a comparison of individualized screening models for breast cancer, transitional and at-home care for stro… Read More