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ACA Rollout Hits Some Massachusetts Businesses Harder Than Expected

July 30, 2014 by David E Williams

Massachusetts / shutterstock

Like many, I’ve been surprised that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act has had such an impact on Massachusetts. But somehow Massachusetts screwed up the rollout of the Obamacare exchange, which is costing $100 million to fix, and at least some Massachusetts small businesses are getting hit with big rate hikes as they renew.[read more]

HIPAA Violations are on the Rise [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 30, 2014 by Morgan Brown

Top 5 HIPAA violations

We've compiled a collection of data around HIPAA complaints over the past decade to give you a better picture of the regulatory landscape and enforcement actions across the country, along with the types of complaints, breaches and fines that most often occur when it comes to HIPAA compliance issues.[read more]

CLL and Lymphoma Drug Approvals: Kudos to the FDA

July 30, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

Dr. Richard Pazdur

I gotta be fair to Dr. Richard Pazdur, the king of cancer drug approvals (or rejections) at the FDA. I have been sharply critical of him in the years past, but now it seems a combination of better science, great support from patients and advocates, and yes, a kindler/gentler Dr. Pazdur and the FDA, has all led to quicker drug approvals.[read more]

Meeting the Deductible: Cancer Drugs, Insurance and a Happy Ending

July 29, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

Denied claims, long arguments, an eternity spent on hold arguing over a bill? Yes. But! Sometimes there are happy endings in the conversation with the billing office and the insurer. As deductibles and co-insurance rise, it’s more important than ever to know how to explore whether that bill is right or that statement is right.[read more]

2014 Medicare Payment Cuts for Radiology Services

July 29, 2014 by Andy Salmen

Radiology payment changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2014 hospital outpatient prospective payment system updates late last year. Unfortunately for radiology professionals, there was a decrease in many different kinds of imaging procedures that will have an economic impact on the field.[read more]

FDA Social Media Guidance: Hangout on Air

July 29, 2014 by David Harlow

FDA

Last month, the FDA released draft guidance on social media and internet platforms with character space limitations and a separate draft guidance for correcting misinformation posted online. I discussed these guidance documents with Kathi Browne in a Google+ Hangout on Air.[read more]

Medicaid Should Not Impoverish Doctors and Hospitals

July 28, 2014 by David E Williams

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Since Medicaid pays doctors and hospitals 27 to 65 percent less than commercial health plans, it makes it awfully difficult for providers to be payer agnostic. Sure enough, we see even supposedly mission-driven non-profit healthcare systems looking to maximize their share of the commercial population by catering to that group.[read more]

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How Big Data Hadoop Can Save Patients from a Crippling Healthcare System

July 28, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

Hadoop to the rescue?

One of the biggest challenges that our information-driven healthcare industry faces is the fact that data is growing faster than healthcare organizations can consume it. 80% of medical data is unstructured, yet clinically relevant. The Big Data solution could be Hadoop and the Enterprise Data Hub.[read more]

Multiple Lifestyle Interventions May Help Those at Risk for Alzheimer's

July 27, 2014 by Liz Seegert

image: Robert Wallce / Flickr CC

Physical activity, nutritional guidance, cognitive training, social activities and management of heart health risk factors improved cognitive performance, according to Finnish researchers. The two-year randomized controlled trial included 1,260 participants aged 60 to 77 with modifiable risk factors for cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s.[read more]

Medical Mistakes: To Err Is Human - Yes and No?

July 26, 2014 by Bill Crounse

medical mistakes

According to information shared at a recent Senate hearing, preventable medical errors are the number three killer in America. It is estimated that medical mistakes kill 1000 Americans every day and harm another 10,000 people a day due to complications resulting from non-fatal medical errors. How can that be, you say?[read more]

Millions of Americans Could Lose ACA Subsidies

July 21, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

ACA in danger?

Yet another provision of the ACA, this one concerning ACA subsidies, is under scrutiny, and this one could change health insurance as we know it. A case which has become the topic of discussion as of late is Halbig v. Burwell. This is one of four currently flowing through the appeals process, with similar emphasis and focus.[read more]

Passive Medical Income While You Sleep?

July 18, 2014 by Tony Mork

medical income

Generating revenue from a website is not a strange concept. Unless of course, you are a doctor. Most medical professionals consider their websites as information portals with nothing to do with e-commerce, but as the money dries up with the actual practice of medicine, you need to consider some alternatives to bolster falling revenues.[read more]