Ambulatory surgery centers, physician offices and other health care sites will be subject to appropriate use criteria for advanced diagnostic imaging services beginning Jan. 1. Requirements include consulting an electronic clinical decision support tool before ordering advanced diagnostic imaging for patients covered by Medicare Part B, and the CMS will begin denying claims in 2021 if the CDS tool has not been consulted.
Google is far from the only technology company collecting and storing personal data and protected health information, and the collection of such data is legal as long as patients have signed a common HIPAA form, says Cynthia Burghard, a research director at IDC. "When you go to a health care provider's office as a patient, you sign a HIPAA release form, which allows the institutions to use your data for medical research or improved care management; so there is patient consent there," Burghard says.
Deloitte and Amazon Web Services are offering customers the ability to find and use cloud-based third-party health care data. Deloitte is integrating its ConvergeHEALTH Miner with the AWS Data Exchange to create a health care data system for biomedical research, clinical trials, insights into real-world data, population health and reimbursement.
The FDA approved the use of Ultromics' artificial intelligence-based system for analyzing echocardiograms and calculating left ventricular ejection fraction to detect cardiovascular disease. The FDA also approved Hologic's AI-powered breast tomosynthesis system.
US Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., said during an interview about health care in 2020 that Republicans could be on the wrong side of history with Medicare for All if they can't convince the health care industry to enact its own reforms. HHS Secretary Alex Azar said too much time is spent discussing the Affordable Care Act, which is a small part of US health care, when the focus should be protecting what works and making it better.
A $50 million venture capital fund will be created by the American Hospital Association and Concord Health Partners to invest in early-stage health care startups. Children's National Health System and Virginia Tech said they will jointly build a Virginia Tech biomedical research facility at the Children's National Research & Innovation Campus.
A survey of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the family medicine department at Ohio State University found 95% sometimes or often talk about exercise with African-American female patients, but 76% have never included hair care in the discussion, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Hair care can be a barrier to exercise among black women and study leader Sophia Tolliver said if clinicians do not talk with patients about the subject, they are not doing all they can to reduce that barrier to exercise.
Children who had their initial congenital heart disease surgery within 10 years of birth had increased cumulative end-stage kidney disease and all-cause mortality incidence at one, five and 10 years, compared with the general population, researchers reported in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The findings also linked greater CHD severity with increased odds of ESKD and death, with youths who had hypoplastic left heart syndrome having the highest risk.
As part of AHIP's podcast "The Next Big Thing in Health," Oscar Health Chief Product Officer Sara Wajnberg discusses how technology can improve the health care experience, citing as an example the company's use of an algorithm to personalize what it calls care routing -- guiding members to the best health care provider for them. Going forward, health insurance providers should focus on making care more accessible for patients, and Oscar Health is addressing this challenge by offering telemedicine and exploring its use for not only acute care, but also chronic disease care, Wajnberg noted.
The CDC reported Thursday that the number of severe lung injury cases associated with vaping is now at 2,172, up from 2,051 from the previous week, and confirmed deaths have reached 42 in 24 states and the District of Columbia. More than 85% of cases have been associated with products containing THC, and officials are also examining the role of vitamin E acetate.