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

Parkinson's drug tied to risk of impulse control disorders

10/21/2014

  • HealthDay News

An analysis of FDA data showed use of dopamine receptor agonists was associated with greater odds of developing impulse control disorders such as compulsive shopping, pathological gambling and hyperse… 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

How voluntary benefits work for employers

10/21/2014

  • PayScale.com

Offering voluntary benefits is a cost-effective way to recruit and retain the best employees, writes human resources expert Tess Taylor. Insurance for pets, identity theft protection, auto and home po… Read More

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

News to improve employee and population health

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

Tulsa companies embrace employee wellness programs

10/21/2014

  • Tulsa World (Okla.)

Tulsa, Okla., companies seeing the benefits of employee wellness programs include Bama Cos., which had health claims decrease $1 million, and Mathis Brothers Furniture, which is building an onsite wel… 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

Five Key Considerations for Extending your EHR

10/21/2014

Some hospitals are extending their own EMR solutions to independent hospitals and clinics. However, achieving the greatest benefit means overcoming some significant challenges. This presentation will … Read More

Health IT SmartBrief

Health care IT news

Health IT SmartBrief

Mayo Clinic deploys telemedicine kiosk in Austin, Minn.

10/21/2014

  • Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)

The Mayo Clinic Health System has deployed a telehealth kiosk at its campus in Austin, Minn., as part of its Mayo Connected Care pilot initiative to enable employees to easily consult with providers a… 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

Cerus seeks FDA approval to treat blood plasma from Ebola survivors

10/21/2014

  • San Francisco Chronicle (free content)

Cerus has filed an application with the FDA for a compassionate use license so that its Intercept Blood System can be used to treat blood plasma from Ebola survivors. The system will screen for and de… 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

N.J. resident pleads guilty to submitting false claims

10/21/2014

  • NJ.com (Hackensack, N.J.)

Donna Dzienisewski, a resident of Middletown, N.J., will likely serve a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to submitting $500,000 in false claims to a private insurer, according to her pl… Read More

Accountable Care SmartBrief

News about accountable care

Accountable Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: America's Health Insurance Plans

CDC to release stricter Ebola guidelines for health care workers

10/19/2014

  • Associated Press, The
  • Reuters
  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will update its protocols for protecting health care workers as they treat Ebola-infected patients, and the requirements will include covering all skin a… Read More