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

CDC to release stricter Ebola guidelines for health care workers

10/19/2014

  • FoxNews.com
  • Reuters
  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

The CDC is expected to release stricter protocols for protecting health care workers treating Ebola-infected patients, including requirements that all skin and hair be covered, according to Dr. Anthon… 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

Consumers have more health plan options this year

10/20/2014

  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

When noncompliant plans are canceled at the end of the year, many consumers will find they have access to less expensive plans that cover more services. More insurers are offering health plans on publ… Read More

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

News to improve employee and population health

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Company wellness plans target weight loss, exercise

10/20/2014

  • CNNMoney

Weight loss is one of the most difficult wellness goals to achieve, so more companies are focused on helping employees exercise and manage weight using outcome- and goal-based incentives, said LuAnn H… Read More

AMSUS SmartBrief

News for federal health professionals

AMSUS SmartBrief

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

DOD might have underestimated chemical exposure in Iraq War

10/15/2014

  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

More U.S. military members than officially reported were exposed to dangerous chemicals during the Iraq War, an investigative report found. U.S. troops found some 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or av… 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

Automated labor management yields efficiency gains for N.Y. health system

10/16/2014

  • Healthcare Informatics online

North Shore LIJ, a New York-based health system with almost 50,000 employees across 16 hospitals, has seen greater efficiencies and better control of its labor costs since it deployed a time-and-atten… Read More

Health IT SmartBrief

Health care IT news

Health IT SmartBrief

Cigna seals collaborative care deal with Regional HealthPlus

10/20/2014

  • BeckersHospitalReview.com

The Cigna Collaborative Care program, the product of a partnership between Regional HealthPlus and Cigna, is designed to boost the quality of care delivered by Regional HealthPlus doctors to over 5,00… Read More

NADP SmartBrief

Dental Benefits News

NADP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Dental Plans

Study examines oral health problems in athletes

10/15/2014

  • MedicalDaily.com

Up to 75% of elite or professional athletes suffer from tooth decay, up to 15% have moderate to severe gum disease, 36% to 85% have some erosion of tooth enamel, and 5% to 39% have pericoronitis or im… Read More

AABB SmartBrief

News about transfusion and cellular therapies

AABB SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Blood Banks

Novartis drug prolongs progression-free survival in multiple myeloma trial

10/20/2014

  • Healio (free registration)

A late-stage trial showed Novartis Pharmaceuticals' panobinostat, in combination with bortezomib and dexamethasone, was more effective than the combination of bortezomib, dexamethasone and placebo in … Read More

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

News and information about wound care

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Advanced Tissue

Smith & Nephew wound spray fails to meet clinical trial goals

10/14/2014

  • Reuters

An experimental spray for chronic venous leg ulcers failed to meet endpoints in a late-stage clinical trial. The product, known as HP802-247 and consisting of living cells, performed well in Phase II … Read More

NHCAA SmartBrief

Health care anti-fraud news

NHCAA SmartBrief

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

Billing firm to pay $1.95M to resolve fraud allegations

10/20/2014

  • Gwinnett Daily Post (Lawrenceville, Ga.)

Billing company Medical Business Service agreed to pay $1.95 million to settle allegations of altering diagnosis codes on Medicare and Medicaid claims from 2008 to 2010 in order to secure payments on … Read More

Accountable Care SmartBrief

News about accountable care

Accountable Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Study links depression, obesity in adults

10/17/2014

  • HealthDay News

Study data showed that 43% of adults with depression also were obese, and 55% of patients taking antidepressants were obese. Researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics said the data di… Read More