Billions in Health Care Subsidies Hang on Supreme Court Decision

This Kaiser Family Foundation infographic shows the number of people at risk of losing federal subsidies if the Supreme Court strikes down the IRS rules and limits the subsidies for coverage in the state exchanges.

A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis reveals how much is at stake in a health insurance law premium Continue reading

Mobile Health Applications Make an Impact in the UK

Mobile health applications via smart phones or tablets are making an impact on engaging patients with their wellness throughout the United States. The US, however, isn’t the only country where mobile health applications reign. The United Kingdom, for example, has an opportunity to link any health data recorded via their iPhone onto their secure medical records platform Continue reading

Could Tumeric Save Us from the CDC’s Bacteria

A new study published in the journal Molecule indicates that the ancient Indian spice turmeric may help to countermand the growing threat of bacteria that have become completely resistant to Continue reading

Most Employees Don’t Know Difference between FSA, HSA: Survey

Most employees don’t know the basic difference between health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts, according to a new survey.

Nearly 75% of those responding to a Fidelity Investments survey said HSAs were pretty much the same thing as FSAs or were unsure of how FSAs and HSAs differ. Continue reading

Berg Insight Says 2.8 Million Patients Are Remotely Monitored Today

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, around 2.8 million patients worldwide were using a home monitoring service based on equipment with integrated connectivity at the end of 2012. The figure comprises all patients that were using dedicated devices for remote monitoring. Continue reading

Print Me an Ear: 3-D Printing Tackles Human Cartilage

An ear, unsurprisingly, is difficult to make from scratch. Ear cartilage is uniquely flexible and strong and has been impossible for scientists to reproduce with synthetic prostheses.

If a child is born without one, doctors typically carve a replacement ear out of rib cartilage, but it lacks the wonderfully firm yet springy qualities of the original ear. And it often doesn’t look Continue reading

Pilot Aims to Cut Children’s Wait Times for Mental Health Services

A new program offering online psychiatric appointments will serve children who, in many cases, would otherwise wait months before receiving treatment.

The Pediatric Telepsychiatry Pilot program in Champaign County will offer Continue reading

Fewer Young Doctors Choosing General Internal Medicine Careers

Fewer young doctors are choosing general medicine careers, and current training models are unlikely to produce the generalist workforce needed to treat an aging population with multiple chronic conditions, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers from Continue reading

States Cut Medicaid Drug Benefits To Save Money

Illinois Medicaid recipients have been limited to four prescription drugs as the state becomes the latest to cap how many medicines it will cover in the state-federal health insurance program for the poor.

Doctors fear the state’s Continue reading

Prescription Drug Use Under Watch

The goal is to identify those who may abuse prescription drugs.

Software designed by a local physician to “score” patients’ risk for prescription drug abuse will be used in a federal pilot study looking at prescription practices.

NarxCheck, developed by Dr. Jim Huizenga, an emergency department doctor at Kettering Medical Center, and Eagle Software Corp., will be used in the study, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Continue reading

The Telemedicine Reporter – International Edition – December 2nd 2011

Smartphone health applications expected to exceed $400M annually by 2016

ABI Research (London, UK) predicts the sports and health mobile application market will grow to more than $400 million in 2016, up from $120 million in 2010. The report “Mobile Devices and mHealth” expects the ability Continue reading

The Telemedicine Reporter – International Edition – September 23, 2011

Blumenthal: Electronic health records, despite flaws, make doctors better

Blumenthal, who left his federal role earlier this year and is a Harvard Medical School professor of health care policy, said that as he learned to use the electronic systems as a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital Continue reading

Health Care Reform: It’s a Mistake to Dial Down the Messages to Employees

This year’s been a quiet in terms of health care reform.

There aren’t major changes as there were last year or as there will be in 2014. Because of that, many employers are turning down the dial on health care reform messages and information.

That’s a mistake.

With annual enrollment about to steamroll us, employers have a brilliant opportunity to introduce what’s coming down the pike — which will be dramatic, no matter the company size. Employers are facing decisions about whether to continue offering benefits and how rich to keep their benefits plans.

4 rules you should be focusing on

What’s driving these decisions is the health care reform timeline. In 2014, employers will face a number of new requirements, possible penalties and a potential exit hatch: health insurance exchanges.

Despite some startling projections and thoughtful rejoinders, our magic 8 ball’s been dreadfully unwilling to deliver concrete answers  Continue reading

Qatar Implementing Effective and Integrated e-Health System for All

Qatar will establish an effective and integrated national e-health system ensuring full compatibility across all levels of care and full participation by all healthcare providers.

This has been announced in the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2011-2016 launched on Monday.

It is envisaged to raise the percentage of primary care practitioners accessing the online diabetes registry from 0% to 25%.

It will be ensured that 100% of medical im Continue reading

Credentialing Telemedicine to be Streamlined Soon

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has transmitted to the Office of Management and Budget a final rule to streamline credentialing processes for physicians and other practitioners providing telemedicine services.

OMB review is one of the last steps before a rule is officially published in the Federal Register. The rule will revise conditions of participation for hospitals and critical access hospitals to permit a new credentialing and privileging process for telemedicine practitioners.

“We recognize the advantages and benefits that telemedicine provides for patients and are interested in reducing the burden and the duplicative efforts of the traditional credentialing and privileging process for Medicare-participating hospitals, both those which provide telemedicine services and those which use such services,” CMS stated in a proposed rule published in May 2010. “Therefore, we are proposing to revise both the hospital and CAH credentialing and privileging requirements to eliminate these regulatory impediments and allow for the advancement of telemedicine nationwide while still protecting the health and safety of patients.”