Uber-style vendor tapped to provide rides for Medicaid patients in Idaho | (Boise) Idaho Statesman
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare chose a new contractor to arrange transportation for Medicaid patients to go to healthcare appointments. After evaluating bids from five companies, the state hired Veyo, a San Diego startup that uses Uber-like technology in urban areas to move patients in a way it says is more efficient and less costly.
Nurses’ union threatens strike at Maine hospital | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
Unionized nurses at The Aroostook Medical Center in Maine have delivered a 10-day notice of their plan to strike for two days in protest of staffing concerns they’ve raised during contract negotiations.
Fighting a hospital superbug reveals an unexpected benefit | National Geographic
The new “superbug” known as MCR has medical authorities wondering how to prevent it from spreading. A new report in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases reveals that an infection-control program can reduce transmission of the gut bacteria that can carry MCR by more than 40%. The remarkable thing: The program was designed to combat a different infectious threat. Its intended target: MRSA.
The use of telemedicine first became popular as an aid to rural residents, but a new pilot program in Newark focuses on the underserved population in public housing.
Minnesota's health tech firms saw big funding increase in first half | Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota health technology firms saw another sharp increase in investment capital in the first half of the year, according to an industry survey. Through June 30, 64 companies raised $227 million, about $174 million of which came in the second quarter alone.
Even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the American College of Physicians says the prevalence of cost-sharing requirements in insurance policies increases the cost of care for people who cannot afford it.
Princeton Healthcare may join U-Penn system, companies say | NJ.com Princeton Healthcare System, which operates a relatively new hospital in Plainsboro, may join the University of Pennsylvania healthcare system, the two companies announced Wednesday.