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Healthcare Hackathon for Caregivers

April 24, 2015 by Janet Kennedy

Caregivers of people with dementia face many challenges. To aid in problem solving for them, NCHICA, NW AHEC and Quintiles sponsored a healthcare hackathon in Durham, NC on April 11-12, 2015. Get Social Health was there to capture the "Voices of the Healthcare Hackathon."[read more]

Addressing Medicare Cuts

April 17, 2015 by Abby Norman

Yesterday, the house made a fascinating bipartisan decision to repeal the current Medicare payment model and implement what they term the “doc fix” for reimbursing physicians for their Medicare/Medicaid patients. But the problems to be solved with the reimbursement process are far more complex than a relatively simple patch could possible rectify.[read more]

Breaking Bad Healthcare: The Story of Healthcare.gov

April 15, 2015 by Anne Weiler

At a recent event sponsored by University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, Kurt DelBene provided a mini-business case on what went wrong with the project and how his team fixed it.[read more]

Medication Non-Adherence: A $290 Billion Unnecessary Expenditure

April 13, 2015 by Ashish Varshneya

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Drug therapy problems present a serious issue in healthcare in the United States. Industry estimates suggest total costs of unnecessary medical expenditures resulting from medication non-adherence to be approximately $300 billion, which represents more than 30% of the total waste (excluding fraud and abuse) in the healthcare system.[read more]

Taxing Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance?

April 3, 2015 by Brad Wright

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Well, we’ve come to the end. This is the final post in the multi-part series on the Burr-Hatch-Upton proposal known as the Patient CARE Act. This one is all about taxes. Specifically, it’s about repealing all of the taxes introduced under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and introducing new taxes to replace them.[read more]

Meaningful Use Stage 3: The Buzz About APIs

March 26, 2015 by David Harlow

The Meaningful Use - Stage 3 proposed rule has been released, with official publication due on March 30. Key to these rules, which lay the foundation for a post-Meaningful Use incentive-driven Health IT ecosystem, is the use of APIs - for the uninitiated, "application programming interfaces" - or simplified connectors that allow for easier transfer of data.[read more]

Medical Malpractice Reform Just Won’t Go Away

March 26, 2015 by Brad Wright

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We’re continuing along in our section-by-section analysis of the Burr-Hatch-Upton Proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and today’s topic is reforming the medical malpractice system. The goal, as is made evident by using the phrase 4 times in the course of 3 paragraphs, is the elimination of “junk lawsuits.”[read more]

A Medicaid Block Grant by Any Other Name Would Stink

March 24, 2015 by Brad Wright

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The Burr-Hatch-Upton proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) calls for a “transition to capped allotment to provide states with predictable funding and flexibility.” How do they propose to do this? By rolling back the Medicaid expansion and converting the Medicaid program to a block grant.[read more]

HIPAA Audits: The Latest Oracular Prognostications

March 21, 2015 by David Harlow

OMB cleared the HIPAA pre-audit survey late last week. That is one crucial prerequisite to OCR's initiation of the new round of HIPAA audits that have been the subject of all the Delphic prophecies we keep hearing (the survey is required to collect information about covered entities and their business associates).[read more]

Problem for Women Who Can't Afford Care

March 19, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Childbirth is the leading cause of hospital admission. Almost four million women were admitted to American hospitals to deliver babies in 2010 (latest available data). Good, safe obstetrical care is not precision medicine. The principles of maternity care are straightforward and can be practiced successfully worldwide. Even here.[read more]

Will Accountable Care Be a Game Changer?

March 17, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

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Accountable Care is the third transformational wave of trying to improve health care outcomes and costs since the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1966. Accountable Care dominates the healthcare industry discussion while ACA dominates the mainstream discussion.[read more]

Health Wonk Review: Spring Forward Edition

March 16, 2015 by Brad Wright

It’s been a volatile time in the world of health policy–and the ACA in particular. We’ve had the second open enrollment period come and go, the Supreme Court has heard oral arguments around the provision of federal subsidies to health insurance exchanges not run by the states, and Republicans have come out with a proposal to replace Obamacare.[read more]