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

FDA OKs priority review for Amgen's ivabradine to treat heart failure

8/28/2014

  • Pharmaceutical Business Review Online

Amgen received priority review status from the FDA for its chronic heart failure drug candidate ivabradine. 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

Businesses may need help developing benefits RFPs

8/29/2014

  • Employee Benefit News

Companies in the U.S., such as drugmaker Genentech and hotel chain Extended Stay America, increasingly request bids for benefits services, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance; flexibl… Read More

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

News to improve employee and population health

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Gamified apps may not promote behavior change, study says

8/29/2014

  • Employee Benefit News

Fitness and health applications based on gamification and rewards, which are used in employee wellness programs, may not focus on behavior change and could de-motivate people over time, Brigham Young … Read More

AMSUS SmartBrief

News for federal health professionals

AMSUS SmartBrief

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

Investigation finds no connection between VA care delays, deaths

8/27/2014

  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

An investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general found no causal relationship between long wait times for care at the Phoenix VA medical center and 40 veterans' deaths, althou… 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

CIOs cite EHR interoperability as key barrier to ACO participation

8/28/2014

  • HealthSystemCIO.com

About 47% of CIOs responding to a recent healthsystemCIO.com survey said their groups are currently taking part in an accountable care organization, while 13% said their groups are in the process of j… Read More

Health IT SmartBrief

Health care IT news

Health IT SmartBrief

Sharp HealthCare leaves Medicare Pioneer ACO initiative

8/29/2014

  • BeckersHospitalReview.com

Sharp HealthCare has decided to leave the Medicare Pioneer ACO program because it could experience "significant shared loss" for its third performance year in the initiative. The San Diego-based group… Read More

NADP SmartBrief

Dental Benefits News

NADP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Dental Plans

Court upholds $83K penalty in COBRA dental case

8/27/2014

  • DrBicuspid.com (free registration)

Books-A-Million in Birmingham, Ala., must pay $83,000 for failing to notify a terminated employee about her right to continue paying for dental coverage under COBRA. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of App… Read More

AABB SmartBrief

News about transfusion and cellular therapies

AABB SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Blood Banks

Sound waves show promise in isolating tumor cells

8/29/2014

  • Gizmag

A team of researchers has developed a method for separating tumor cells from white blood cells using sound waves. The device uses sound to create multiple pressure points in a microfluidic device to g… Read More

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

News and information about wound care

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Advanced Tissue

Scientists ID genes involved in lizard tail regeneration

8/26/2014

  • Gizmag

Genes associated with wound healing, embryonic development and hormonal regulation are behind the green anole's ability to regenerate its tail, according to research published in the journal PLOS One.… Read More

NHCAA SmartBrief

Health care anti-fraud news

NHCAA SmartBrief

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

Pa. physician, 3 others face health care fraud charges

8/29/2014

  • Star-Gazette (Elmira, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model)

John Terry, a physician practicing in Tioga County, Pa., was indicted on charges of health care fraud and intent to illegally distribute a controlled substance. Terry allegedly wrote oxycodone prescri… Read More

Accountable Care SmartBrief

News about accountable care

Accountable Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Health care systems eye Medicare Advantage

8/27/2014

  • HealthLeaders Media

UNC Health Care and Catholic Health Initiatives are among the organizations launching Medicare Advantage plans, which the providers see as opportunities with little risk. "Medicare Advantage HMOs can … Read More