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

Hospital execs report growing inpatient volume

7/21/2014

  • BeckersHospitalReview.com

Inpatient volume was up 0.4% during the second quarter of 2014, according to a survey of hospital leaders by investment banking firm Jefferies. Respondents in states that have expanded Medicaid eligib… 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

Poll sheds light on the challenge of finding a doctor

7/21/2014

  • Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Sixty percent of Americans responding to a recent poll said they rely on physician recommendations from friends and family, close to half trust referrals from their doctor and fewer rely on online pat… Read More

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

News to improve employee and population health

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Survey shows students like new healthier meals

7/22/2014

  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

A survey of administrators at more than 500 elementary schools found 70% said students generally liked new healthier lunches by the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Study data showed schools where th… Read More

AMSUS SmartBrief

News for federal health professionals

AMSUS SmartBrief

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

SoonerCare boosts IHS, veterans' care in Okla.

7/16/2014

  • KGOU-FM (University of Oklahoma)

The tribal relations coordinator for SoonerCare, Oklahoma's Medicaid program, is encouraging eligible Native Americans, including veterans, to enroll in the program. All Indian Health Service provider… 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

Group creates ACO accreditation program

7/22/2014

  • Healthcare Informatics online

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission has created an accreditation program for accountable care organizations that will evaluate their network infrastructure and exchange connecti… Read More

Health IT SmartBrief

Health care IT news

Health IT SmartBrief

Teladoc, Castlight use telehealth to help cut employers' care expenses

7/21/2014

  • BeckersHospitalReview.com

Teladoc has partnered with Castlight Health to offer telehealth services to employers that work with both firms. The telemedicine offerings, which are accessible using Castlight's technology platform,… Read More

NADP SmartBrief

Dental Benefits News

NADP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Dental Plans

Should dentists offer HIV testing?

7/16/2014

  • New York magazine

Eighty-two percent of Sydney dental patients polled said they would not object to receiving an HIV test at their dentist's office. Most said they would prefer a saliva swab, 15% would choose a pinpric… Read More

AABB SmartBrief

News about transfusion and cellular therapies

AABB SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Blood Banks

Sovaldi clears hepatitis C in HIV patients, study finds

7/20/2014

  • Bloomberg

According to data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, combining Gilead Sciences' hepatitis C virus drug Sovaldi with ribavirin helped clear the most common strain of HCV in 7… Read More

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

News and information about wound care

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Advanced Tissue

Wound-diagnostic products to enter clinical testing

7/15/2014

  • MedCityNews.com

Two 20-clinic trials of two wound-assessment products from Woundchek Laboratories are set to begin this year. One product tests for bacterial pathogenesis to determine whether a chronic wound needs fu… Read More

NHCAA SmartBrief

Health care anti-fraud news

NHCAA SmartBrief

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

CMS withdraws planned limits on hospice drugs in U.S.

7/21/2014

  • Reuters
  • Hill, The

The CMS pulled its proposed restrictions of private insurance coverage for hospice drugs under Medicare because they were blocking some terminally ill patients' access to drugs. Prior approval for cov… Read More

Accountable Care SmartBrief

News about accountable care

Accountable Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Nurses delay retirement, boosting shift to accountable care

7/21/2014

  • Forbes

Twenty-four percent of registered nurses are postponing retirement, increasing the 2012 workforce by 136,000 RNs, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs. The trend makes the shif… Read More