Headlines Archive for June 2012
The Supreme Court’s decision to let states opt out of the health overhaul’s Medicaid expansion without losing current funding for the program lifts a budget mandate from states but could mean fewer Americans gain insurance coverage under the law.
Wealthy investors, health insurance companies and medical device makers will face hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes stemming from the health-care law that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld today.
Neither the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) nor California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) do enough to address the privacy and security of patients’ health information.
Advocates for rural healthcare providers are objecting to a Medicare Payment Advisory Commission report this month that says that access to rural healthcare services is “similar” to access in urban areas and that reimbursement for that care is “adequate.”
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is at it again. This time, the government-appointed panel is on fat patrol. Its review of the medical literature found that diet and exercise combined with group counseling beat popping a pill when it comes to controlling weight.
Wal-Mart, which hosts 149 U.S. health-care clinics that offer simple services, such as vaccinations and testing for strep throat, has closed 33 clinics this year and is becoming more selective about the doctors and hospital chains it allows to set up shop on its premises
A top Senate Democrat says his party has been doing some contingency planning in case the Supreme Court spikes some or all of the health reform law on Thursday — even though they’ve insisted that the law will be upheld.
Crowdfunding—the new, hip way to raise money for early-stage technologies and interesting projects—has found a happy home in the world of high-tech. But can the same model work for the much stodgier health-care industry?
Happtique, a mobile health application store aimed primarily at healthcare providers, plans to launch an mRx program that will give hospitals and physicians a mechanism for prescribing mHealth apps to patients.
With primary-care doctors in short supply and often too busy to review medications, pharmacists are taking a more active role on the health-care team, going further than merely dispensing pills and sending out automated refill reminders
Taking prescription painkillers without a medical need increased 75 percent from 2002 to 2010, and most users were men, according to the first study to look at who is likely to abuse the drugs and how often it occurs.
If you thought Monday’s immigration decision was confusing, wait until the Supreme Court weighs in on health care Thursday. Court-watchers expect a flurry of opinions, dissents and concurring judgments — a confusing outcome for a complex law.
Doctors should check weight and height for all patients to determine if they’re obese and refer them to intensive diet and exercise programs if necessary, according to new guidelines from a U.S. government-backed panel.
The federal Health Data Initiative seeks to provide Health and Human Services (HHS) data to the public, free and with no strings attached, in effort to trigger the creation of health-related applications.
Genstar Capital is to acquire global provider of health outcomes research services eResearchTechnology for $8.00 per share in cash. Completion of the acquisition is subject to the satisfaction of closing conditions.
The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased by 6.14% over the 12-months ending April 2012, Standard & Poor’s Healthcare Economic Indices show.
The state-federal program that covers 60 million poor and disabled people would be greatly expanded under the health-care reform law, adding 17 million people starting in 2014. But if the entire law is struck down, states for the first time since 2009 would be free to tighten eligibility and make it more difficult for people to apply.
Attorney General Lori Swanson, who sued the Chicago-based company in January over alleged violations of privacy law, raised new claims today in a bid for permission to revise her complaint against Accretive for the second time.
To ease patients’ transition to home and to prevent readmissions, Fairfield Hospital received a grant in November to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Community-based Care Transitions project of the Partnership for Patients initiative.
ESO Solutions Inc., an Austin-based maker of software for the pre-hospital health care market, raised $4 million in funding from Austin Ventures. The Series B round will be used to bolster sales and marketing, among other growth efforts.
Medicare’s fee-for-service benefit design should be changed to provide better protection against high out-of-pocket cost sharing and to create incentives to encourage beneficiaries to make better healthcare decisions, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) said
The Supreme Court’s imminent decision on the Affordable Care Act will trigger a political firestorm whether they accept the legislation in its entirety, throw out every page of the 906-page bill or do something in between
Recession-plagued states diverted scarce money away from pensions to pay for more immediate concerns, leaving a $757 billion hole in the retirement funds covering millions of public employees, according to a study released Monday.
Covering all the bases ahead of a momentous Supreme Court ruling, the Obama administration plans to move ahead with major parts of the president’s health care law if its most controversial provision does not survive
Axial Exchange has acquired mRemedy, a company formed in 2009 by DoApp and Mayo Clinic to offer a mobile healthcare platform to healthcare providers. Axial Exchange is backed by a syndicate of top venture capital firms, led by Canaan Partners.
Many parents have experienced the angst of a crying baby with an ear infection. Some 30 million medical visits in the U.S. alone are due to pediatric ear infections each year. A startup called CellScope has developed a device that could make such visits unnecessary.
If the Supreme Court decides to strike down the health-care law’s requirement that almost all Americans have health insurance by 2014, it could translate to cutting a “few hundred billion dollars” from projected spending
Norwest Equity Partners announced that it has acquired Pentech Holdings, Inc. Pentec is a leading national provider of specialty infusion services to patients who require access to complex pharmaceutical products and services outside of the hospital setting.
An aging population, improving economy and President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul will push spending on medical services to almost 20 percent of U.S. gross domestic product by 2021, the government projected.
Ridgemont Equity Partners, a middle market buyout and growth equity firm, today announced the closing of a majority equity investment in Hometown Urgent Care, a leading provider of urgent care medical services. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
If you said insurance companies or the government, you’re only half right. Because the prices your insurance company pays are based on a set of values listed in a phone-book sized directory of billing codes.
Economists have been puzzling over whether a three-year slowdown in the growth of health-care spending, prompted by the economy, portends a permanent change. Federal projections indicate that isn’t the case.
The national blood testing lab Quest Diagnostics has been handing thousands of Southern California Medicare patients with diabetes a “non-coverage” notice called an “Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage,” or ABN
The private equity arm of OMERS has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Lifeways from August Equity for an undisclosed sum. Lifeways is the UK’s market leading provider of supported living services for adults with learning disabilities.
Ms. DeParle reassured the lobbyist. Although Mr. Obama was overseas, she wrote, she and other top officials had “made decision, based on how constructive you guys have been, to oppose importation” on a different proposal.
UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it will offer some benefits and consumer protections created by the U.S. health-care overhaul even if the law is struck down by the Supreme Court. The exception: Those involving people with pre- existing illnesses.
IntegraMed America Inc., which develops and manages health care facilities that specialize in fertility and vein care, is being acquired by a group led by one of its shareholders, Sagard Capital Partners LP, for about $168.6 million.
While the U.S. health system has the highest per capita cost of the 12 nations studied — spending 17.6% of its gross domestic product on healthcare — it ranked at the bottom in terms of readiness to implement a value-based care system
GE and Microsoft announced they have completed the formation of Caradigm™, a 50-50 joint venture aimed at enabling health systems and professionals to use real-time, organization-wide intelligence to improve healthcare quality and the patient experience.
Health IT specialists will soon want to know more about a field called geo-medicine, which combines geographic information system (GIS) software with clinical databases to provide insights that might improve individual and population health
The full genetic code of a fetus has been cracked. The technique, used by scientists at the University of Washington, could offer parents safer and more comprehensive prenatal testing in the future. The ethical questions that arise from this kind of testing abound.
Some of the nation’s best-known hospitals get poor grades on patient safety, according to a new Hospital Safety Score released by The Leapfrog Group, the health-care quality watchdog formed more than a decade ago by large employers.
When U.S. Supreme Court justices picked apart the government’s arguments in defense of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, they buoyed the hopes of the law’s opponents that it would be ruled unconstitutional.
The justices will deliver their landmark ruling on the 2010 health care law this month, and the government is in line to reap hundreds of billions of dollars in savings — perhaps more than $1 trillion — if certain parts of it are struck down.
he Supreme Court is expected to announce its ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this month and speculation about the impact of that decision is heating up on both sides of the “Obamacare” debate.
Hospitals across the country have been adding programs in palliative care — which focuses on treating pain, minimizing side effects, coordinating care among doctors and ensuring the concerns of patients and their families are addressed — at a feverish pace.