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

Surgery may work best when type 2 diabetes is less advanced, study finds

11/26/2014

  • Medscape (free registration)

Data on obese patients with type 2 diabetes who had sleeve gastrectomy showed 10% of those whose cases were most severe were still in remission at five years, compared with 59% who had intermediate di… 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

Administration proposes relaxed rules for multistate health plans

11/26/2014

  • Modern Healthcare (subscription required)

The Office of Personnel Management proposed relaxed standards for multistate health insurance plans to encourage more insurers to offer the plans. The proposal would allow a consortium of health insur… Read More

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

News to improve employee and population health

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Philadelphia, Boston join "Meatless Monday" campaign

11/26/2014

  • NewsMax.com

Schools in Philadelphia and Boston have joined the movement of serving all-vegetarian options on Mondays. The cities join others, including Detroit and Los Angeles, in the effort to improve school nut… Read More

AMSUS SmartBrief

News for federal health professionals

AMSUS SmartBrief

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

Phoenix VA hospital director is fired

11/25/2014

  • San Diego Union-Tribune

Phoenix Veterans Health Care System Director Sharon Helman was fired Monday after being on administrative leave since May. An inspection by the VA inspector general found falsified waiting lists and c… 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

USDA grants help boost care access of patients in rural areas

11/24/2014

  • mHealth News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided grants totaling $8.6 million to 31 telemedicine initiatives in the U.S. and in Guam through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine program. Among the re… Read More

Health IT SmartBrief

Health care IT news

Health IT SmartBrief

N.Y. HIE unveils patient portal to boost patient access to EMRs

11/26/2014

  • WNYT-TV (Albany, N.Y.)

A patient portal was introduced by Hixny, a health information exchange in New York, on Tuesday to enable patients to view, download and send EMRs in a secure way. The HIE also announced that the Stat… Read More

NADP SmartBrief

Dental Benefits News

NADP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Dental Plans

Delta Dental funds Iowa campaign to improve seniors' oral health

11/19/2014

  • DrBicuspid.com (free registration)

The Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation donated $600,000 to the Lifelong Smiles Coalition, which links state agencies, patient advocates, health care professionals, academics and other stakeholders in an … Read More

AABB SmartBrief

News about transfusion and cellular therapies

AABB SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Blood Banks

Compounds may reduce high potassium levels in chronic kidney disease

11/25/2014

  • PhysiciansBriefing.com

Treatment with patiromer and sodium zirconium cyclosilicate decreased potassium levels in two clinical studies reported in The New England Journal of Medicine. The two treatments can help treat hyperk… Read More

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

News and information about wound care

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Advanced Tissue

Study finds amnion/chorion allograft works well for chronic foot ulcers

11/25/2014

  • Medical News Today

Treatment with a dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane allograft healed chronic foot ulcers in a 40-patient study, researchers said. Participants were treated with sharp debridement and several oth… Read More

NHCAA SmartBrief

Health care anti-fraud news

NHCAA SmartBrief

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

Wis. family planning clinics accused of overbilling Medicaid

11/26/2014

  • Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (tiered subscription model)

A preliminary investigation by Office of Inspector General auditors alleges that the Wisconsin Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin overbilled the Me… Read More

Accountable Care SmartBrief

News about accountable care

Accountable Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Florida Blue deploys telemedicine station

11/26/2014

  • Government Health IT online

Florida Blue is deploying a HealthSpot telehealth kiosk at its retail center in Miami-Dade County, Fla., to connect members who have non-emergent health concerns with providers at the Miami Children  Read More