A free mobile application was released by the National Committee for Quality Assurance to allow consumers to find NCQA-accredited insurers and doctors. The tool, which works on iPads, iPods and iPhones, can also be used to look for accredited practices and medical homes that offer high-quality services for specialized care.
Drugmakers and medical device firms' payments to hospitals and doctors dropped in Massachusetts in 2012, according to data posted by the state Department of Public Health as required by the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturer Code of Conduct. The 20 leading drug and device companies that made the highest payments gave $27.1 million in 2012, down from 2011's $35.2 million and 2010's $38.3 million. The declines may reflect a desire to avoid the list as well as hospitals tightening their rules, Health Care for All's Brian Rossman said.
Purview has released a cloud-based image storage and sharing tool to allow users to view any clinical image through a secure Web-based portal. The innovative platform also allows providers and patients to use mobile devices to access, manage and share the medical images that were uploaded and stored in the cloud.
The cost of workers' compensation prescriptions in Pennsylvania and Maryland was higher when dispensed by physicians than by pharmacies, according to studies by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. "In many states across the country, policymakers are debating whether doctors should be paid significantly more than pharmacies for dispensing the same drug," the WCRI's Richard Victor said. "One question for policymakers is whether the large price difference paid when physicians dispense is justified by the benefits of physician dispensing."
Health care technology company Qardio has unveiled the QardioArm blood pressure monitor and QardioCore portable EKG monitor to help patients with cardiovascular conditions easily track their heart rates and blood pressure. The devices leverage wireless technology to allow users to send real-time health data to a corresponding application where their doctors and physical trainers can access the information and examine their progress.