Seniors increasingly want home healthcare tech

Think seniors can't handle technology when it comes to their healthcare? Think again. Results of a new Accenture study indicate just the opposite.

A law student's easy fix for King v. Burwell

The conservative think tanks behind King v. Burwell aren't the only ones giving a close reading to the Affordable Care Act's text.

Medical debt woes decline for families eligible for insurance subsidies

Families who qualified for the most financial aid also reported the biggest drop in trouble paying medical bills during the first six months of subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Replacing Obamacare presents conundrum for conservatives

Obamacare inspired the usual red-meat rhetoric at the Conservative Political Action Committee gathering Thursday. But the attendees also acknowledged that's no longer enough.


FDA will assess endoscope manufacturers' reprocessing guidelines

The man slated to take over as head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the agency never reviewed the efficacy of manufacturers' instructions for cleaning and reprocessing medical endoscopes associated with the spread of drug-resistant bacteria.

Tax season shuffle: Exchange enrollees see subsidies clawed back

More than half of people who signed up for health insurance through a state exchange or the federal website have to repay a portion of their premium subsidy, according to an analysis by H&R Block.

Collaborative effort aids vaccination rates: study

Sending reminders to parents to get their children vaccinated was more effective and cost-efficient when physicians collaborated with public health departments compared with practice-based notification efforts, a new study found.


Is Kaiser the template for value-based care?

Kaiser Permanente is often viewed as the gold standard of successful health systems but, rather than ape what it has done, others seem intent on finding their own paths to the promised land of value-based care.

Drugs, insurance costs behind latest spike in healthcare spending

Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, is usually an astute observer of the healthcare scene. But his latest column on the Wall Street Journal website missed identifying the main drivers behind the recent uptick in healthcare spending.


Healthcare apps not likely to make Apple Watch tick

The soon-to-be-revealed reality of the Apple Watch's healthcare capabilities will likely disappoint those who had been hoping for much more.

Startup Chicago incubator targets healthcare delivery

Entrepreneurs at Chicago-based incubator Matter will work with clinician mentors to develop businesses that might improve healthcare delivery.


Surgical setting depends on the body system

As changing healthcare delivery models continue to shift patients from inpatient to outpatient settings, it is becoming almost unheard of for certain common surgical procedures to require inpatient care, according to data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

One-fourth of nonprofits compensate non-employee board members

One-fourth of tax-exempt healthcare organizations compensate independent board members, and 7% are considering doing so, according to a recent study.

Investors bullish on 2015's first digital health IPO

When Inovalon, the first digital health IPO of 2015, was planning its initial stock offering, it hoped to raise $500 million. But it garnered about $100 million more when its shares began trading this week, a sign of continued investor bullishness for the health tech sector.

King plaintiffs likely lack legal standing but Supreme Court unlikely to care

It isn't exactly surprising that all four individual plaintiffs in the King v. Burwell case have dubious legal standing to pursue their challenge to Obamacare's premium subsidies before the U.S. Supreme Court. Similar legal standing questions arose in 2011 about the two individual...

Latest 'coffee lowers cancer risk' study called weak brew

Just when you thought there was another upside to living with the over-caffeinated jitters, along comes the healthcare news police to throw cold water on the still warm grounds.

High deductibles could stymie efforts to slow healthcare spending

Increasingly, households have insurance that requires patients to spend $1,000 or more before health plans offset the cost of medical care. As households seek less care to avoid the cost, the nation spends less on healthcare. That frugality is not without cost, however.

HHS committee to reverse long-standing cholesterol warning

An HHS advisory committee is expected to upend years of nutritional advice to Americans by saying it no longer considers cholesterol a “nutrient of concern for over-consumption” when it issues a report expected in several weeks.

Hospitals may have improved productivity after all

The U.S. spends more healthcare dollars in hospitals than anywhere else, and that makes hospitals an attractive target of efforts to increase productivity. Federal statistics suggest they've lagged behind the rest of the economy, but new research has a different take.


Big healthcare breaches affected millions before Anthem's hack

The hack on health insurer Anthem's IT system was by far the largest known healthcare data breach, exposing information belonging to as many as 80 million current and former customers and employees. But Several other healthcare breaches each affected more than a million people. Here's how they...

Why do we continue to tolerate price secrecy?

The news that Prime Healthcare Services and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan have agreed to undisclosed payment rates when Kaiser members are treated at Prime hospitals is aggravating.

8 signs of imminent cancer death identified in new study

The onset of certain physical changes in patients with advanced cancer may signal that death is likely within three days, according to new research that could lead to improvements in the quality of care the patients receive at the very end stages of the disease.

New GOP reform plan unlikely to stave off chaos if justices kill subsidies

Congressional Republican leaders are hoping their new Obamacare repeal-and-replace proposal will convince Chief Justice John Roberts and his conservative colleagues on the U.S. Supreme Court that it's safe to strike down the premium subsidies at the heart of the healthcare reform law.

HIV death rate for blacks improves, but still lags other groups

The death rate among black people living with HIV fell by 28% over the past few years, but the annual number of deaths within this group remains much higher compared with other racial groups, according to a government report released this week.

Would you take an unvaccinated child as a patient? Should you?

The current U.S. measles outbreak is causing providers and pediatricians in particular to consider how they should talk with parents about vaccinations.


Health savings and reimbursement accounts show modest balances

The theory behind consumer-driven health plans is that people who have them will use healthcare more prudently because they have to pay for services from their own savings accounts. But the generally low balances in them raise questions about whether they do enough to make healthcare affordable.

Secondhand smoke endangers fewer Americans; big disparities continue

While fewer Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke than a decade ago, the high rates of exposure among children, blacks and low-income groups highlight continuing disparities among certain groups for certain health risk factors.

Show them the evidence: CMS OKs coverage for far fewer pricey new treatments

Getting big-ticket medical devices, drugs and procedures covered by Medicare is getting harder, according to a new analysis of national coverage decisions between 1999 and 2012. The CMS was about 20 times more likely to say no in the more recent years.

Hard-to-find prices stop insured patients from comparison shopping

What patients with health insurance spend out-of-pocket for a handful of common medical services varies greatly, according to a new analysis that suggests patients can benefit from shopping around but often don't because of the entrenched lack of price transparency in healthcare.

Reading tea leaves at the White House's precision-medicine confab

The odd mix of people invited to the White House for last week's announcement on precision medicine ranged from top health officials to basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and that strange cross-section of attendees probably wasn't an accident.

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