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Change Healthcare: $262B in Healthcare Claims Initially Denied in 2016

A new analysis by Change Healthcare of $3 trillion in medical claims submitted to payers last year revealed 9% of charges, representing $262 billion, were initially denied. For the typical health system, as much as 3.3% of net patient revenue, an average of $4.9 million per hospital, was put at risk due to denials. While... Read More

The South Australians Are As Bad On Taxation As They Are With Health IT. Seems To Be A Bit Of A Competence Deficit In Cabinet!

Last week the SA Government sprung a small Bank Levy surprise on five unsuspecting banks. The banks, and the rest of the business community are less than impressed.South Australia bank tax an act of 'economic vandalism'Shock announcement: South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis delivers the state budget yesterday. Show More Summary

Qardio Integrates QardioMD Solutions with Hint’s Direct Primary Care Platform

Digital health ecosystem Qardio has announced an integration partnership with Hint, a direct care administration platform. The integration will instantly allow the doctors to provide QardioMD devices to their patients while gaining access...Show More Summary

The ADHA National Digital Health Strategy Is Due Very Soon. What Do We Need To Learn?

In a blog published about 4 months ago I showed the Dec 2016 plans for release of the National Digital Health Strategy.Here is the link: partShow More Summary

The Real Lesson From The CBO Report On The GOP Health Bill

Rhe big news about the CBO's report is not that headline number. It is that the report paint the health insurance market created by the BCRA as an unstable dystopia that replicates most of the problems of the Affordable Care Act, while covering fewer people, cutting taxes, and saving money.

Where should babies sleep? A pediatrician responds.

A new study about the best place for babies to sleep — in their own rooms, or sharing a room with their parents — contradicts current AAP guidelines. But hopefully, in the long run, it will help more parents and babies get a better night’s sleep overall. The most recent “safe sleep” guidelines were published […]

To solve the overmedication problem, follow the physiatrists

Medical school prepares physicians to prescribe medications for prevention and treatment of disease, but little to no time is spent teaching something just as important: de-prescribing. In our current system of auto-refills, e-prescriptions,...Show More Summary

Antitrust Suit Against AOA Proceeds to Discovery Phase in New Jersey

10 hours agoIndustries / Medical : Dr. Wes

The United States' primary certifying body for osteopathic physicians, the American Osteopathic Association, is set to proceed to discovery in a fraud and antitrust suit in the District of New Jersey after a federal judge in Camden denied...Show More Summary

Tiny Barometric Sensor to Detect Presence of Disease Biomarkers

10 hours agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

Researchers from Jinan University in Guangzhou, China and Washington State University have developed a novel type of sensor that works by measuring pressure changes induced by the production of oxygen (O2). The technology may miniaturize and make readily available testing of a wide variety of biomarkers. The team of researchers has already demonstrated how the […]

Exosomes, The Elusive Tiny Vesicles Produced by Cells, Have Lots of Potential for Medicine

10 hours agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

Exosomes are tiny capsules (30-130 nanometers) produced by cells that seem to be involved in all sorts of processes within the body, but only lately have they been properly studied. Because these natural nanoparticles are involved in many different biochemical processes, they may be relevant for a wide variety of clinical applications including diagnostics, therapy, […]

Coffee Helmet for Better Nose and Throat Surgery

10 hours agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

Engineers at Vanderbilt University have developed a silicon cap filled with coffee grounds to track patient head movements and orientation during delicate nose and throat surgery. The technology was recently presented at the International Conference on Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions in Barcelona, Spain. Show More Summary

WONTECH Picocare Laser System for Tattoo Removal Cleared by FDA

10 hours agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

Korean company WONTECH won FDA clearance to introduce its Picocare laser-based tattoo removal device. The system relies on a Nd:YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet) laser that generates light in a choice of four different wavelengths and delivers it in pulses lasting only 750 picoseconds (.00000000075 s). The laser light is able to break up tattoos of […]

Death and Medicaid

By ANISH KOKA, MD A GOP congress may never again get a chance to kill so many people. Could rival the Iraq war in its total. — David Cutler (@Cutler_econ) June 22, 2017 11. Overall, for every ~300 to 800 adults who get coverage, rigorous studies suggest we save one life per year. — Atul

If Your Premiums Go Down but Coverage Gets Worse, Does Your Healthcare Matter?

By JASON CHUNG Picture this. Amy becomes pregnant while working as a high school teacher. Her employer’s health insurance plan pays the maternity bills and she happily raises her twins. Fast-forward a few years. She’s decided to become an entrepreneur and runs a small business. She becomes pregnant again but, this time, finds that her

There is no place for blame in cancer

I recently read a post by oncologist Dr. Stephanie Graff on the experience of blame, from self and others, that people with cancer are subjected to: The talk about risk factors and early detection makes us think we can achieve perfection, and that cancer is somehow a personal fault … let us stop making accusations and blaming […]

What the Better Care Reconciliation Act says about America

The Senate version of the Republican health care bill lays bare the priorities of America’s current political leadership. It is not pretty. The new bill demonstrates the Republicans’ entirely unbalanced view of government and fiscal policy, where monetary value trumps all other values, and where only the wealthy are worthy of a helping hand. These […]

Medtronic, Aetna Form Outcomes-Based Partnership for Diabetic Patients

Medtronic, a medical technology provider has entered into a new outcomes-based, risk-sharing agreement with Aetna for type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients currently on multiple daily insulin injections for their diabetes management. The...Show More Summary

Seattle Genetics Drug Scratches Out Win In Hodgkin Lymphoma

In a closely watched result, Adcentris, a cancer drug sold by the biotech firm Seattle Genetics and the Japanese drug giant Takeda, outperformed traditional chemotherapy in front-line Hodgkin lymphoma, a result that is likely to lead to a broadened approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

CBI’s 9th Hub and SPP Model Optimization

CBI’s 9th Hub and SPP Model OptimizationSeptember 26-27, 2017 | San Diego, all manufacturers, specialty pharmacies, PBMs and hub service providers!Head to San Diego this September to discuss the opportunities and challenges for swiftly moving data among all stakeholders to improve patient access and hub performance. Show More Summary

Merit Medical’s Embosphere Microspheres for Minimally Invasive Treatment of Enlarged Prostate

21 hours agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

Merit Medical has announced winning de novo clearance for its Embosphere Microspheres to be used for prostatic artery embolization procedures as a treatment option for symptomatic enlarged prostate. The de novo classification means that this is the first product that can be used to embolize the prostatic artery without resorting to surgery. The tiny spheres, […]

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