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

Hypertension self-care lowers BP in at-risk patients

8/28/2014

  • MedPage Today (free registration)

Data on patients with diabetes, chronic kidney disease or other major cardiovascular risks revealed those who underwent a hypertension self-management program attained lower mean systolic blood pressu… 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

Stay current with labor laws to avoid legal challenges

8/28/2014

  • FindLaw

Avoid lawsuits by being aware of the state of labor law as it applies nationally and locally, writes Brett Snider. Various laws protect workers' rights to have meal breaks and take advantage of sick l… Read More

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

News to improve employee and population health

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Chico State outreach helps more students get counseling

8/28/2014

  • Chico News & Review (Calif.)

Chico State University's mentoring and outreach efforts have led more students to its Counseling and Wellness Center for mental health services, said counselor Juni Banerjee-Stevens. She said the inc… 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

Medical board updates guidelines for offering telehealth services in Ga.

8/28/2014

  • EHR Intelligence

Telehealth guidelines in Georgia were recently updated by the Georgia Composite Medical Board to add a provision that says doctors must have an in-person consultation with patients before offering the… 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

Bellicum raises $55 million for blood and prostate cancer therapies

8/28/2014

  • Xconomy

A Series C funding round has pulled in $55 million for Bellicum Pharmaceuticals. The funding will be used to expand ongoing clinical trials for drug candidates BPX-501 and BPX-201. BPX-501 is being de… 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

CFO of medical equipment firm admits to Medicare fraud

8/28/2014

  • WXIA-TV (Atlanta)

Daniel Lane, St. Louis-based Compass Healthcare's vice president and chief financial officer, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Lane admitted to working with Holly… 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