Posts From February, 2016

The Best of Cardio and Health IT News: Week of 2/22/16 

Security breach, telehealth, and Obamacare
LUMEDX does the research for you! Here are some of the top stories in healthcare this week. Security: Hospital pays ransom to get its data back from hackers Security experts are concerned that a Southern California hospital paid a $17,000 ransom in bitcoins to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its network, saying that agreeing to the ransomers' demands could set a bad precedent. The hackers had encrypted the hospital's computer network and demanded the ransom to provide a digital decryption key to unlock it. Healthcare could be major issue in presidential race The future of U.S. healthcare--especially Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid--will be determined in this year's presidential election, and the candidates are offering starkly different visions. Democrat Hillary Clinton would uphold and expand the Affordable Health Act, while her primary opponent, Bernie Sanders, would replace it with a single-payer system. Republican Donald Trump expressed support for some facets... read more
 

The Best of Cardio and Health IT News: Week of 2/15/16 

Don't miss out on this week's top stories
CMS and health insurers announce alignment and simplification of quality measures The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and America's Health Insurance Plans (the health plans' trade group) announced that they have agreed on seven sets of clinical quality measures. The standardized measures are designed to help payers and consumers shopping for high-quality care. "These measures support multi-payer alignment, for the first time, on core measures primarily for physician quality programs," according to the CMS. This work is informing the CMS’s implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Supreme Court: What will happen to healthcare cases after Justice Scalia's death? A number of healthcare-related cases are in limbo following the death of conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 12. "The court is weighing a case about data sharing with potential implications for insurers and state... read more
 

The Best of HealthIT News: Week of 2/8/16  

Population health, Obamacare, and cost containment
Did you have a chance to check out the latest news from the healthIT community? Let us help keep you up to date on the stories you won't want to miss. Companies Form New Alliance to Target Healthcare Costs Hoping to hold down the cost of healthcare benefits, 20 large companies—including American Express, Macy’s and Verizon—have come together to use their collective data and market power. Members of the new alliance will share data about employee healthcare spending and outcomes, possibly using the data to change how they contract for care. "Some members say they could even form a purchasing cooperative to negotiate for lower prices, or try to change their relationships with insurance administrators and drug-benefit managers," Yahoo news reports. Federal Insurance Marketplace Signs Up Millions of New Obamacare Users The Obama administration reports that approximately 12.7 million new patients signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or automatically... read more
 

The Best of Cardio and Healthcare News for the Week of 2/1/16 

Trending topics in HealthIT
Leave the researching to us! LUMEDX surveys the top healthcare and health IT stories of the week. Healthcare economics: Basing healthcare decisions on Medicare data might not be best practice A recent study found that the correlation between total spending per Medicare beneficiary and total spending per privately insured beneficiary was 0.14 in 2011, while the correlation for inpatient spending was 0.267. “What that suggests is that policy for Medicare doesn’t necessarily make better policy for the privately insured,” one researcher told Health Exec. Reducing readmissions among minorities: 7 population health strategies A new guide from Medicare gives hospitals methods for addressing ethnic and racial healthcare disparities in readmissions. The guide comes amid increasing concerns about racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare outcomes, and frustration about federal penalties that some say unfairly punish providers in high-risk communities. Sharing of medical-claim... read more