The New Old Age: Got Medicare Advantage? Prepare for New Perks — and New Questions.
Medicare Advantage plans will be allowed to cover adult day care, home modifications and other new benefits. But they may not be available to all enrollees every year. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PAULA SPAN Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Elderly Medicare Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Verma, Seema Medicare Advantage United States Politics and Government Kaiser Family Foundation Source Type: news

How Would State-Based Individual Mandates Affect Health Insurance Coverage and Premium Costs?
Report provides state-by-state estimates of the impact on insurance coverage, premiums, and mandate penalty revenues if the state were to adopt an individual mandate. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

California's ACA Rates To Rise 8.7% Next Year
Premiums in California's health insurance exchange will rise by an average of 8.7 percent next year, marking a return to more modest increases despite ongoing threats to the Affordable Care Act. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplaces by Type
Use this interactive map to review the status of state action on health insurance marketplaces. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Editorial: Beacon Hill's health care fix fails to address the state's problem
Lawmakers are negotiating a bill that would shore up community hospitals at the expense of health insurance firms and larger hospitals. The bill is a misguided attempt to address shortcomings in the real issue: Health care costs are high. This bill makes them even higher. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Value-Based Health Insurance Design: How Much Does Socioeconomic Status Matter?
Socioeconomic status may significantly influence enrollee response to value-based benefit design approaches. Evaluating the association of wage status with claims experience may yield actionable insights. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tanzania:Co-Op Farmers Health Insurance Scheme Launches
[Daily News] PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa yesterday launched a tailor-made health insurance package, "Fao La Ushirika Afya," for farmers operating within cooperative set-ups, to widen health insurance coverage to citizens. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Florida Blue hiring 200 temporary workers ahead of open enrollment
Jacksonville-based Florida Blue health insurance is hiring 200 temporary workers for its call centers before open enrollment, which runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. Two job fairs will be held this week at the Florida Blue Centers at River City Marketplace, 13141 City Station Drive. One will be held on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and another will be held Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The positions will last for about four to five months. Training clas ses will be held in August and September.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Allison Colburn Source Type: news

What Is Your State Doing to Affect Access to Adequate Health Insurance?
Interactive map allows users to learn more about what actions that state is taking which may affect access to adequate coverage. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

All that sharing on social media could jack up your health insurance rates
Data brokers and the health insurance industry have teamed up to consume personal details about hundreds of millions of Americans — with little public scrutiny. They are tracking race, education, TV habits, marital status, social media activity, bills and online ordering, among others. Then they feed it into algorithms that generate predictions about health, NPR reports. Those assessments could raise your rates, NPR report s, though insurers argue that they use the data to uncover health issues… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Liver Cancer Death Rate In US Surged 43% In 16 Years
(CNN) — Death rates from liver cancer increased 43% for American adults from 2000 to 2016, according to a report released Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. The increase comes even as mortality for all cancers combined has declined. Liver cancer death rates increased for both men and women 25 and older, as well as white, black and Hispanic people. Only Asians and Pacific Islanders saw a decrease in mortality from liver cancer. The rise in mortality doesn’t mean that liver cancer is deadlier than before, according to Dr. Jiaquan Xu, the aut...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Cancer Liver Cancer Source Type: news

TriHealth, St. Elizabeth partner on health insurance plans
TriHealth and St. Elizabeth HealthCare are partnering with Mutual of Omaha and Lumeris to launch new Medicare Advantage health insurance plans for seniors in Greater Cincinnati. The new offering will be available for the 2019 plan year. Medicare is a federal health insurance program. Seniors can get such benefits through the government or Medicare Advantage plans offered by private companies approved by the federal agency, which pays the companies. Sometimes called MA pl ans, Medicare Advantage… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

New ACA marketplace plan coming to Memphis, ending Cigna's monopoly
Memphians in need of health insurance will have a new option in 2019. Minneapolis-based Bright Health will offer its Care Partner Health Plan in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville starting in 2019, citing a need for consumer choices in the health care marketplace. “Memphis has a large population in need of affordable health insurance, and in 2017 and 2018, there was only one carrier on the exchanges,” Bob Sheehy, chief executive officer of Bright Health, said. “Consumers need choices for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jason Bolton Source Type: news

Why Canadian Insurers Are Wary of Covering Medical Marijuana Why Canadian Insurers Are Wary of Covering Medical Marijuana
Sun Life Financial, Canada's No. 2 insurer, recently started covering medical marijuana in its Canadian health insurance plan - more than 17 years after the country first legalized it.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Adding to the nest: Eagles and IBC sign 6-year partnership
The Philadelphia Eagles and Independence Blue Cross have signed a six-year agreement that includes the Philadelphia-based health insurer serving as the football team's official health insurance partner and the presenting partner of Eagles training camp. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We are excited about our partnership and look forward to collaborating on new programs and health initiatives that strengthen the quality of life for residents across the Greater Philadelphia region,"… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

'Finally stabilizing': Health insurance-rate hikes significantly slower for 2019 in Colorado
Small-group rates are going up at a higher rate than individual plans. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 13, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Ed Sealover Source Type: news

'Finally stabilizing': Health insurance-rate hikes significantly slower for 2019 in Colorado
Small-group rates are going up at a higher rate than individual plans. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 13, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ed Sealover Source Type: news

Virtual Assistants Not HIPAA Compliant
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- Virtual assistant programs like Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa are not yet in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), warns an article published in Medical Economics. While it is... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Did Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Yield a Health Benefit?
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- While the legalization of same-sex marriage improved gay men's chances of having both health insurance and access to health care, it didn't translate into better health, a new study suggests. " We found that lesbian, gay or... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 13, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Cutting Insurance Eligibility Ups Peds Hospitalization Cost Burden
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- Reducing public insurance (Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program) income eligibility limits would result in large numbers of newly ineligible pediatric hospitalizations, according to a study published online... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Why Canadian insurers are wary of covering medical marijuana
Sun Life Financial, Canada's No. 2 insurer, recently started covering medical marijuana in its Canadian health insurance plan - more than 17 years after the country first legalized it. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Georgia health insurers seeking more modest premium hikes for 2019
The four health insurance companies offering individual plans in Georgia are no longer threatening to break consumers ’ piggy banks. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 13, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Dave Williams Source Type: news

Georgia health insurers seeking more modest premium hikes for 2019
The four health insurance companies offering individual plans in Georgia are no longer threatening to break consumers ’ piggy banks. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 13, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Dave Williams Source Type: news

Stabilizing and strengthening the individual health insurance market
Report examines the causes of instability in the individual market and identifies measures to help improve stability based off of interviews with key stakeholders in 10 states. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Releases Reports on the Performance of the Exchanges and Individual Health Insurance Market
CMS released three reports that provide important information on the current condition of the Federal and State-based Exchanges and state individual health insurance markets. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Federal navigator funding cuts not expected to affect New York
Navigators who help enroll people in health insurance in New York are funded by the state, not the federal government, according to the state Department of Health. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 12, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

CMS: Medicaid Program; Reassignment of Medicaid Provider Claims
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would remove the regulatory text that allows a state to make payment to third parties on behalf of an individual provider for benefits such as health insurance, skills training, and other benefits customary for employees. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 12, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CardioFocus launches HeartLight in Japan
CardioFocus said today it launched its HeartLight endoscopic ablation system in Japan in conjunction with its distribution partner JapanLifeline. The launch follows reimbursement approval the Marlborough, Mass.-based company won under Japan’s National Health Insurance this month, after having won regulatory approval with the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare last July. The HeartLight system is designed to allow electrophysiologists to control the delivery of laser energy through direct visual guidance to isolate pulmonary veins with a high procedural flexibility. The device includes a compliant balloon ...
Source: Mass Device - July 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular CardioFocus Inc. Source Type: news

CMS: Medicaid Program; Reassignment of Medicaid Provider Claims
Public inspection notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would remove the regulatory text that allows a state to make payment to third parties on behalf of an individual provider for benefits such as health insurance, skills training, and other benefits customary for employees. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 11, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Trump administration cuts grants to help people get Obamacare
The Trump administration is cutting most of the funds previously provided to groups that help people get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and will push them to promote plans lacking the law's benefits and protections, a government agency said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

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The Trump administration’s proposed regulations encouraging the sale of health insurance plans that do not comply with Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) benefit requirements or consumer protections could siphon healthy enrollees from the ACA marketplaces, leaving them with a smaller, sicker group of enrollees. The problem could be compounded when the penalty for not having health insurance is eliminated in 2019.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Newsroom)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Newsroom - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

State Responses to the Evolving Individual Health Insurance Market
July 20, 2018 12:00-1:30pm ET; Washington, DC. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Humana forced by feds to pay out back wages
Louisville-based Humana Inc. has been forced to pay back wages to 17 employees after an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division, marking the second time this year that the company has been compelled by the department to pay employees. The Labor Department announced Monday that the Louisville-based health insurance and health care provider has paid $128,422 in back wages to the employees after an investigation found that Humana violated overtime and record-keeping provisions… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 9, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Chris Larson Source Type: news

Is Working Remotely Bad for Your Health?
Imagine rolling out of bed in the morning and, rather than racing to get out the door and into morning traffic, you could go for a run or make yourself breakfast. It’s the kind of daydream every chained-to-his-desk office worker has now and then. And for many, that daydream has become a reality. Following the Great Recession and the rise of the app-driven gig economy, more and more American workers have found themselves jettisoned from traditional office spaces and thrust into jobs that require them to work remotely, at least some of the time. A 2016 study from Harvard and Princeton found that the percentage of the ...
Source: TIME: Health - July 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Research Source Type: news

BLJ: Health records law moves slowly
While access to medical records has increased over the years, it ’s not happening as quickly as it could in Western New York, according to an attorney who works closely with the medical profession.  “As we know, HIPPA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is supposed to provide greater access to the content of medical records, as well as provide for better sharing of records between medical providers,” said Patrick Curran, a member at Hurwitz& Fine P.C. “It seems to… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 9, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Michael Canfield Source Type: news

The New Health Care: Sometimes Patients Simply Need Other Patients
Using the internet for a diagnosis is not recommended, but there ’ s great power in sharing stories. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: AARON E. CARROLL and AUSTIN FRAKT Tags: Medicine and Health Health Insurance and Managed Care PatientsLikeMe Source Type: news

New data show patients out-of-pocket costs are rising faster than their insurers ’ costs
Newly releaseddata from the Kaiser Family Foundation show out-of-pocket costs for patients with employer-sponsored health insurance rose faster than the costs paid by their insurers between 2006 and 2016. Over this decade, the total amount patients spent out of pocket grew, on average, from $525 to $806. That increase of 54 percent is higher than the increase in payments by health insurers, which rose 48 percent, on average, over the same time period (from $3,182 to $4,724). (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - July 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: drug cost out of pocket costs Source Type: news

New data show patients ’ out-of-pocket costs are rising faster than their insurers’ costs
Newly releaseddata from the Kaiser Family Foundation show out-of-pocket costs for patients with employer-sponsored health insurance rose faster than the costs paid by their insurers between 2006 and 2016. Over this decade, the total amount patients spent out of pocket grew, on average, from $525 to $806. That increase of 54 percent is higher than the increase in payments by health insurers, which rose 48 percent, on average, over the same time period (from $3,182 to $4,724). (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - July 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: drug cost out of pocket costs Source Type: news

Randall Crow Takes Over QualChoice as President and CEO (Movers & Shakers)
Crow will be taking over the positions from Mike Stock, who retired in June after 16 years with the health insurance carrier. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - July 9, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Insurance gaps linked to five-fold rise in hospital stays for adults with type 1 diabetes
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) A new study finds that one in four working-age adults with type 1 diabetes had at least one gap of at least 30 days in their private health insurance, within an average of a three-year period. A temporary loss of coverage had a sizable impact on the patients' use of health care once they got insurance again. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health Insurers Warn of Market Turmoil as Trump Suspends Billions in Payments
The Trump administration said it would suspend a program that stabilizes markets by paying billions to insurers that enroll many unhealthy people under the Affordable Care Act. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ROBERT PEAR Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Blue Cross and Blue Shield Assn Verma, Seema Trump, Donald J United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

Artificial Intelligence: The Game Changer of Medtech
The year 2018 has seen a good influx of innovative medical devices. Artificial intelligence (AI) serves as a critical component in most of these novel devices. FDA has defined artificial intelligence as: “A device or a product that can imitate intelligent behavior or mimics human learning and reasoning. Artificial Intelligence includes machine learning, neural networks, and natural language processing. Some terms used to describe artificial intelligence include: computer-aided detection/diagnosis, statistical learning, deep learning, or smart algorithms.” While AI has long been relegated to perform tasks like m...
Source: MDDI - July 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Mohammed Abdul Rahman Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

Greece: Health System Review.
Authors: Economou C, Kaitelidou D, Karanikolos M, Maresso A Abstract This analysis of the Greek health system reviews developments in its organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms and health system performance. The economic crisis has had a major impact on Greek society and the health system. Health status indicators such as life expectancy at birth and at age sixtyfive are above the average in the European Union but health inequalities and particular risk factors such as high smoking rates and child obesity persist. The highly centralized health system is a mixed model in...
Source: Health systems in transition - July 5, 2018 Category: Health Management Tags: Health Syst Transit Source Type: news

Even When Insured, Heart Disease Can Bankrupt Poor Families
THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 -- In the United States, heart disease can ruin a poor family financially even if they have health insurance, a new study finds. One in four low-income families with someone suffering from coronary artery disease had... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

South Africa:Cosatu Rejects and Denounces the Baseless Attacks On the National Health Insurance By Funded Lobbyists
[COSATU] The Congress of South African Trade Unions denounces and rejects the specious and baseless attacks directed at the National Health Insurance by some funded lobbyists, who are hell-bent of maintaining the status quo. Since the gazetting of the NHI bill on the 21st of June 2018, some neoliberal economists and political parties, to name a few have launched a scathing attack on the bill as well as the NHI policy. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:We Need National Health Insurance Now More Than Ever
[Daily Maverick] The NHI is a necessary reform in realising the right to quality healthcare services for all, as enshrined in the Constitution, writes Dloze Matooane. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Obamacare Is Proving Hard to Kill
In spite of Republican attacks, the insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act are stubbornly resilient. While consumers can expect sharp price increases in some areas, premiums are going up modestly in others. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: REED ABELSON Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) United States Politics and Government Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

Chronic heart disease causes high financial burden for low-income families
New findings by Yale and University of Texas researchers may support recent advocacy for a more progressive social and national health insurance program. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - July 3, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

When Health Insurance Prices Rose Last Year, Around a Million Americans Dropped Coverage
People earning too much to qualify for subsidies are finding themselves priced out, according to a new government report. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Tags: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Health Insurance and Managed Care Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Source Type: news

Allina-Aetna CEO: New joint venture will 'transform' health care and reduce costs
Tom Lindquist will lead a joint venture launched by Allina Health System and Aetna Inc. into the Twin Cities ’ increasingly competitive health insurance market. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 2, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Katharine Grayson Source Type: news