WebMD has long been a top online source of reliable medical information, and the website was recently overhauled and relaunched with an eye toward becoming more of an interactive platform amid increasing competition. The new WebMD Care includes chiropractors, dentists, acupuncturists and other alternative health care practitioners in its directory of conventional health care providers, and searches return more comprehensive information on pharmacies and insurance plans; WebMD Labs offers testing for nine common sexually transmitted diseases; and WebMDRx searches for the lowest prescription drug prices.
The public comment period on proposed rules regarding disclosure of health care prices closes this week, and HHS and the departments of Labor and Treasury will be sorting through approximately 8,000 public comments. The rules would require insurance plans to make patient-specific out-of-pocket cost data available for all covered services and inform consumers, researchers, employers and third-party IT developers about previous out-of-network payments.
Physician practices should consider improving the design of their EHR inbox and reduce the number of messages that do not address patient care, according to a study published in JAMA Open Network Health Informatics. Other tips include allowing users to create a to-do list in the inbox and flag the most important messages.
Many of the 2,900 healthcare executives surveyed by Innovaccer said they do not have the IT infrastructure in place to move to value-based care. About 30% said all patient data is not in one place, and many organizations are not using artificial intelligence, the survey found.
Evaluating your practice then setting realistic expectations for the future and prioritizing them can help you grow your practice, writes David Burch, the business banking director of sales and specialty banking at Huntington Bank. Research the type of financing you need and create a business plan before applying for a loan, Burch writes.
Moving from manual and partially electronic processing to fully electronic processing for all administrative transactions would save $13.3 billion, according to the CAQH Index. Electronic processing is also a time saver and could save practices 17 minutes of time per transaction when submitting prior authorizations.
About 40% of people newly diagnosed with cancer who were offered access to view their online medical records did so, while 18% did not view their records, according to an ONC report. About 29% of people previously diagnosed with cancer were both offered access to and viewed their EHR, while the same percentage of previously diagnosed people were offered access but did not take advantage of it.
The FDA warns that GE Healthcare's Clinical Information Central Stations and Telemetry Servers are vulnerable to attacks that could interfere with the monitoring of patients' vital signs. GE is working on software updates with security enhancements.
The CMS said it plans to combine and standardize the eight existing Compare sites into a single tool called "Medicare Care Compare" this spring. In a blog post, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the move will permit "users to access the same information through a single point of entry and simplified navigation to find the information that is currently divided in places like Nursing Home Compare and Hospital Compare."
Lark Health's new artificial intelligence-driven apps coach users who want to lose weight, quit smoking, reduce stress or otherwise improve their overall health. Users can select one focus area at a time and move on to others after completing the program.
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