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

Anacor Pharma gains FDA nod for toenail fungus treatment

7/9/2014

  • Miami Herald (tiered subscription model), The

Anacor Pharmaceuticals obtained federal approval for Kerydin, a drug indicated for the treatment of toenail fungus. The company also has a treatment for atopic dermatitis in development. 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

Insurers drive shift toward value-based care

7/10/2014

  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, bundled care agreements and other value-based care models are becoming increasingly common and promise to reduce spending while improvin… Read More

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

News to improve employee and population health

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Survey: Federal workers say wellness is important

7/10/2014

  • Government Executive

Results of the Office of Personnel Management's latest Federal Employee Benefits Survey showed more than 70% of respondents said worksite health and wellness programs were important to them, but just … Read More

AMSUS SmartBrief

News for federal health professionals

AMSUS SmartBrief

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

Proposed Tricare changes could restrict access to mental health care

7/9/2014

  • El Paso Inc. (Texas)

Proposed Tricare rules regarding coverage of mental health services could restrict service members' access to care, counselors warn. The rules require mental health professionals to have completed a m… 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

Experts sound alarm on rising threat of health data hacking

7/10/2014

  • HealthCareInfoSecurity.com

The number of health data breaches linked to hacking is on the rise, and experts say this is because medical records contain valuable data that hackers can use to commit fraud, including health plan i… Read More

Health IT SmartBrief

Health care IT news

Health IT SmartBrief

Pulse oximetry system helps N.H. provider cuts post-surgical rescue events

7/10/2014

  • Health Data Management

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has successfully decreased its number of post-surgical rescue events after implementing a pulse oximetry monitoring system that tracks patients' heart rate and blood… Read More

NADP SmartBrief

Dental Benefits News

NADP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Dental Plans

Study: Midlevel providers improve access, generate revenue

7/9/2014

  • Kansas Health Institute

Dental therapists or midlevel dental care providers working in nonprofit public settings generate revenue and expand access to care in underserved communities, a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts fou… Read More

AABB SmartBrief

News about transfusion and cellular therapies

AABB SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Blood Banks

Most injection drug users choose rapid hepatitis C screening test

7/9/2014

  • Healio (free registration)

A study in the journal BMC Public Health found that a large majority of 129 adult injection drug users preferred a faster hepatitis C virus test over standard screening methods, which involve phleboto… Read More

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

News and information about wound care

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Advanced Tissue

New wound care center opens in Albany, Ore.

7/8/2014

  • Albany Democrat-Herald (Ore.)

The new Samaritan Wound Services clinic at Samaritan Medical and Diagnostics Center serves patients who previously received wound and ostomy care at Samaritan Albany General Hospital in Albany, Ore. T… Read More

NHCAA SmartBrief

Health care anti-fraud news

NHCAA SmartBrief

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

Data breach compromises personal data of 18,000 health providers

7/10/2014

  • Computerworld

A data breach affecting about 18,000 health care providers in California was reported after their protected data were mistakenly included in the provider rosters filed by Blue Shield of California to … Read More

Accountable Care SmartBrief

News about accountable care

Accountable Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Study: Primary care physicians offer more preventive care than OB/GYNs

7/9/2014

  • Medscape (free registration)

An analysis of 63 million preventive care visits found that patient screenings by obstetrician/gynecologists differed from those by primary care physicians, who were more likely to include checks for … Read More