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

Boehringer's COPD drug gains FDA approval

8/1/2014

  • Reuters

Boehringer Ingelheim received federal approval for its Striverdi Respimat drug for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 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

Consumer-driven health plans save money, analysis shows

8/1/2014

  • BenefitsPro.com

People who moved from a conventional health insurance plan to consumer-driven coverage used health care services more efficiently and saved an average of 10.5% on medical and pharmacy costs over three… Read More

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

News to improve employee and population health

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Austin employees make good use of paid leave benefit

8/1/2014

  • Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas)

Data from the first seven months of a paid leave program in Austin, Texas, show 162 parents took paternity or maternity time off at a cost of about $691,000 -- more than double what officials expected… Read More

AMSUS SmartBrief

News for federal health professionals

AMSUS SmartBrief

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

House, Senate reach agreement on VA health bill

7/30/2014

  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The
  • MedPage Today (free registration)

House and Senate negotiators agreed to a $17 billion overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system, and lawmakers hope to put the bill to a vote before Congress adjourns for its Au… 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

HHS list of data breaches involves about 33.7M patients to date

7/31/2014

  • HealthCareInfoSecurity.com

The number of patients affected by health data breaches in the U.S. has increased to 33.7 million based on 1,074 incidents reported since 2009, according to the latest tally from HHS. Incidents affect… Read More

Health IT SmartBrief

Health care IT news

Health IT SmartBrief

ICD-10 transition will take effect in Oct. 2015, CMS says in final rule

8/1/2014

  • EHR Intelligence

A final rule setting Oct. 1, 2015, as the ICD-10 implementation date has been issued by the CMS. The transition to the new codes is expected to enhance patient care, boost disease management and impro… Read More

NADP SmartBrief

Dental Benefits News

NADP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Dental Plans

Sports drinks send young athletes to the dentist's bench

7/30/2014

  • KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh)

Dentists say they are treating more young people for tooth decay because they don't realize how much sports drinks can damage their teeth. The sugar in sports drinks feeds oral bacteria, generating ac… Read More

AABB SmartBrief

News about transfusion and cellular therapies

AABB SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Blood Banks

Sanofi to seek approval of dengue vaccine next year

8/1/2014

  • Reuters

Sanofi CEO Chris Viehbacher announced the drugmaker is planning to submit its dengue fever vaccine for regulatory review by early next year and begin selling the initial batches toward the end of 2015… Read More

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

News and information about wound care

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Advanced Tissue

Wound care center opens in Manitowoc County, Wis.

7/29/2014

  • Herald Times Reporter (Manitowoc, Wis.) (tiered subscription model)

The Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center has opened at Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County, Wis., offering specialized medical techniques, technology and wound dressings to enhance wound healing. St… Read More

NHCAA SmartBrief

Health care anti-fraud news

NHCAA SmartBrief

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

Ga. learning center owner indicted on Medicaid fraud charges

8/1/2014

  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content), The

Shirley Dorsey, a resident of DeKalb County, Ga., was indicted Tuesday on charges including Medicaid fraud and racketeering. Dorsey is accused of submitting fraudulent claims to Medicaid from October … Read More

Accountable Care SmartBrief

News about accountable care

Accountable Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

UC San Francisco to launch ACO with John Muir Health

7/30/2014

  • KQED.org

A partnership was formed between the University of California, San Francisco, and John Muir Health to launch an accountable care organization that will offer higher quality care and cut costs for pati… Read More