The Trump administration has proposed new rules that would make short-term health insurance, with low prices and less coverage, more widely available. Proponents say the move will allow for greater choice and affordability in the market, but AHIP spokeswoman Kristine Grow warned that "expanded use of short-term policies could further fragment the individual market, which would lead to higher premiums for many consumers, particularly those with pre-existing conditions."
Breaking down silos: managing reference data Health plans must prioritize reliable and accurate reference data for analytics. Strategies that support management of reference data across the enterprise—and that break down silos of big data with a single source of truth—enable powerful analytics to reduce costs and improve services. Read more.
Cyberattacks cost organizations nearly $600 billion each year, up from $445 billion four years ago, according to a McAfee report. "With this report, we're seeing unprecedented growth in intellectual property theft, state-sponsored bank robbery, ransomware, cybercrime as a service and increased reliance on anonymization services," said McAfee chief scientist Raj Samani.
Patient-generated health data gathered by EHRs, online questionnaires, apps, wearable monitors and connected medical devices may play a role in engaging patients in their care, but many health care systems and research institutions lack the means to use PGHD, and patients might not realize the benefits of sharing their data, writes Emily Mitchell, leader of the ONC's Patient-Generated Health Data project. In an effort to address these challenges, new reports and guidance from the ONC outline best practices, gaps and opportunities for gathering, sharing and using PGHD, Mitchell writes.
Primary care physicians may spend more time managing EHRs than they do interacting face-to-face with patients, frequently working through lunch, staying late and working at home on EHR tasks, researchers reported in Family Medicine. The study, which involved 982 patient visits, found the mean length of visits was 35.8 minutes, with face-to-face time lasting a mean of 16.5 minutes and EHR time lasting a mean of 18.6 minutes per visit.
A Health Catalyst report found that in 2017 almost three dozen health care organizations documented 125 improvements in quality, cost and efficiency using data and analytics to guide interventions. The report found 42% of the improvements involved clinical outcomes, 18% were related to financial outcomes and 35% involved operational improvements.
An interactive, tailored decision support website helped women with newly diagnosed early-stage breast cancer make high-quality decisions about surgical treatment in a randomized trial comparing the intervention with a static version of the website. The interactive tool improved patient knowledge, and patient-facing decision support tools should be integrated into clinical workflows, researchers wrote in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
The NIH released interim baseline data from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study that include anonymized demographic, neurocognition and pubertal hormone data and physical and mental health evaluations. Scientists can use the data to explore adolescent brain development and the effects of sports injuries, screen time and substance use.
NuVasive's data collection and quality improvement tool for spine practices, SpineTRACK Registry, has been designated by the CMS as a qualified clinical data registry for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.
HHS withdrew an $11.5 billion budget request to fund the Affordable Care Act's risk-corridor program, saying the request was the result of an accounting error, but the president's budget request still includes funding for the program. Two insurers that have sued over unpaid risk-corridor funds stated in court documents that the budget item contradicted the government's argument that it is not obligated to make risk-corridor payments to insurers.
A CDC report found that 9% of all Americans, or 28.9 million, were uninsured from January to September 2017, statistically unchanged from a year before but 19.7 million lower than in 2010. Among those ages 18 to 64, 12.7% lacked coverage, 69.3% with coverage had a private plan, and 43.2% had a high-deductible plan, up from 39.4% in 2016.
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