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

Advisory panel recommends approval of hypoparathyroidism drug

9/16/2014

  • MedPage Today (free registration)

An FDA panel endorsed approval of NPS Pharmaceuticals' Natpara medication to address hypoparathyroidism in an 8-5 vote. 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

Calif. ramps up enrollment push

9/16/2014

  • Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Covered California officials gave $14.6 million to community groups for efforts to enroll consumers in health insurance plans, and the funds are in addition to $33.4 million already distributed. A $46… Read More

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

News to improve employee and population health

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Smoking cessation is effective wellness initiative

9/16/2014

  • American City Business Journals

An employee wellness initiative with the greatest potential return on investment may also be one of the most obvious: smoking-cessation programs. Potomac Cos. CEO Joe Appelbaum said studies show compa… Read More

AMSUS SmartBrief

News for federal health professionals

AMSUS SmartBrief

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

McDonald seeks better online VA tools for veterans

9/10/2014

  • NextGov

Veterans should be able to access Department of Veterans Affairs programs through a single website, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Monday. A team of experts is working on narrowing down the number … 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

CHIME members cite analytics as top investment priority

9/16/2014

  • Health Data Management
  • Healthcare Informatics online

A Health Catalyst survey of CHIME members found that analytics is viewed by senior health IT executives as their top IT investment priority, followed by population health projects and ICD-10. Survey r… Read More

Health IT SmartBrief

Health care IT news

Health IT SmartBrief

Telemedicine enables providers to offer care to patient with Ebola virus

9/16/2014

  • MedCityNews.com

Nebraska Medical Center's Biocontainment Patient Care Unit is using telemedicine technology to help care for Dr. Richard Sacra, who was infected with Ebola virus in Liberia. Providers are using a vide… Read More

NADP SmartBrief

Dental Benefits News

NADP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Dental Plans

ACA puts dentistry under a microscope

9/10/2014

  • DrBicuspid.com (free registration)

Not only will the Affordable Care Act extend dental benefits to more low-income children and adults, the law's focus on quality and outcomes will prompt insurers to analyze more claims and insist dent… Read More

AABB SmartBrief

News about transfusion and cellular therapies

AABB SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Blood Banks

Study explores regenerative power of rib tissue

9/16/2014

  • NewKerala.com (India)

University of California, San Francisco, researchers found that the perichondrium plays an important role in the regeneration of rib cartilage, according to a study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral … Read More

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

News and information about wound care

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Advanced Tissue

Depression might raise risk for postsurgical infection

9/9/2014

  • Medscape (free registration)

Patients suffering from depression before cardiothoracic surgery were much more likely to contract postoperative sternal wound infections, potentially leading to longer lengths of stay, readmission an… Read More

NHCAA SmartBrief

Health care anti-fraud news

NHCAA SmartBrief

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

Diagnostics firm owner charged in $7.5M Medicare, Medicaid fraud

9/15/2014

  • Baltimore Sun, The

Rafael Chikvashvili, owner of Alpha Diagnostics in Owings Mills, Md., and Harrisburg, Pa., was indicted on charges of overbilling Medicare and Medicaid in excess of $7.5 million. Chikvashvili is accus… Read More

Accountable Care SmartBrief

News about accountable care

Accountable Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

New care models consider social aspects of health

9/15/2014

  • Managed Care magazine

Some new health care models include strategies to address social aspects of poor health, such as food, housing and transportation, and help patients navigate the health care system or follow a treatme… Read More