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ResMed Succeeds with Tech, Then Hires a CTO
One of medtech’s most connected health technology companies has just hired its first chief technology officer. Sleep apnea device manufacturer ResMed credits its remote sleep-monitoring patient platform, AirView, with downloading more than 1 billion nights of sleep data. Patients can use the company’s smartphone app myAir to access their information. The company also crows about how those technologies combined with its CPAP machines and updated masks improve patient compliance with the therapy and the likelihood of that therapy being covered by insurance. How did it do all this without a CTO? Raj Sodhi, preside...
Source: MDDI - April 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Authorities: Woman faked cancer claims for insurance money
State officials have accused a North Carolina woman of filing nearly 300 insurance claims for cancer although she didn't have the disease (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Rheumatology leaders respond to Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance proposed rule
(American College of Rheumatology) In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the American College of Rheumatology expressed concern that the Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance proposed rule could weaken consumer protections that enable individuals living with rheumatic diseases to access quality, affordable care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Don't Loosen Short-term Insurance Rules, AAFP Warns HHS
A proposal to expand the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance would hurt enrollees and destabilize the insurance market, the AAFP told HHS. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Insurance giant Anthem eyes Minnesota stop-loss market
The nation's second-largest insurer filed for regulatory approval to sells stop-loss coverage to Minnesota employers, though a spokeswoman said no decision had been reached about such a move. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 23, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Katharine Grayson Source Type: news

Doctors Performed the First Full Penis and Scrotum Transplant on an American Military Vet
Physicians at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore have performed the first total penis and scrotum transplant in the world, the hospital announced on Monday. The surgery, which took place over 14 hours on March 26, was performed by a team of nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons. The penis and scrotum (without testicles) and partial abdominal wall came from a deceased donor. The recipient is a military veteran who was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Afghanistan and wishes to remain anonymous. The hospital said he has recovered from the surgery and will be discharged...
Source: TIME: Health - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized Johns Hopkins medicine penis transplant Surgery transplants Source Type: news

Dear Royal Baby: Being the Youngest Child Comes With Some Surprising Advantages
Dear (Royal Baby Name to Be Determined): I was going to buy you a gift, I really was, something that would be waiting for you whenever you arrive. But when your biggest gift on your first day on Earth is going to be your own share of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Other Realms and Territories beyond the Seas, it’s pretty hard to move the needle with a Tickle-Me Elmo doll. So I’ll settle for offering advice instead. There’s no denying that you’re going to go through life feeling special (yes, that really is great-grandmum Queen Elizabeth II on the money). But from the mo...
Source: TIME: Science - April 23, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized onetime royal baby Royal Family Source Type: news

Comments from Richard Besser on Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance Proposed Rule
RWJF comments in response to the proposed rule published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury to expand the sale of short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) in the individual market. (Source: RWJF - News Releases)
Source: RWJF - News Releases - April 23, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Tags: Health Coverage Source Type: news

Health Insurers: Trump's Short-Term Plans Will Trigger Loss Of Coverage
Health insurance companies say the number of uninsured and under-insured Americans would rise thanks to the Trump administration ’s proposal to introduce into the market cheaper short-term plans with skimpier benefits. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:CNC NYSE:ANTM NYSE:CI Source Type: news

Some Hospitals Launch Concierge Care Clinics to Raise Revenue, Generating both Controversy and Opportunity for Medical Laboratories
Critics are quick to note that this creates a disparity in how patients access healthcare services Independent concierge care (AKA concierge medicine) is available to anyone willing to pay the additional costs, which are over and above any health insurance. In a concierge care medical practice, patients pay an annual retainer fee to gain increased […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 23, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations AA Source Type: news

How do you get teens to stop cellphone use while driving? Survey says, show them the money
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Teens who admit to texting while driving may be convinced to reduce risky cellphone use behind the wheel when presented with financial incentives such as auto-insurance apps that monitor driving behavior, according to a new survey. However, while more than 90 percent of teens surveyed said they were willing to give up sending or reading text messages, almost half indicated that they would want to retain some control over phone functions such as music and navigation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

easyMedicare.com Creates New Online Chat Feature
easyMedicare.com launches new FinTech live chat platform designed to help consumers successfully enroll in Medicare insurance plans(PRWeb April 23, 2018)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/04/prweb15430598.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - April 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Doctors Attack Trump's Short-Term Health Plans Ahead Of Comment Deadline
Doctor groups including the AMA and American Academy of Family Physicians have unleashed detailed critiques of the Trump administration's effort to introduce cheaper health insurance with skimpier benefits. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 22, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:CNC NYSE:ANTM NYSE:CI NYSE:MOH Source Type: news

UnitedHealth CEO makes 298 times as much as its median worker
UnitedHealth Group Inc. CEO David Wichmann was paid nearly $17.4 million in 2017, the year in which he took the top executive spot at the insurance giant. Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth disclosed Wichmann's pay and benefits in a securities filing. Wichmann became CEO on Sept. 1, 2017; he was previously president of the company. In 2016, his compensation total was $12.3 million. Wichmann's salary only increased slightly, but the value of his stock an d options awards both increased by nearly 70 percent. His… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 20, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Patrick Rehkamp Source Type: news

UnitedHealth CEO makes 298 times as much as its median worker
UnitedHealth Group Inc. CEO David Wichmann was paid nearly $17.4 million in 2017, the year in which he took the top executive spot at the insurance giant. Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth disclosed Wichmann's pay and benefits in a securities filing. Wichmann became CEO on Sept. 1, 2017; he was previously president of the company. In 2016, his compensation total was $12.3 million. Wichmann's salary only increased slightly, but the value of his stock an d options awards both increased by nearly 70 percent. His… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 20, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Patrick Rehkamp Source Type: news

Colon Cancer Survival Varies by Insurance Type
Patients with Medicaid or no insurance have lower survival versus those with private coverage (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - April 20, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Viewpoint: Mass. is at forefront of family care giving
Massachusetts has a rich history as an innovative leader of high-quality health care. From our commitment to investing in new devices and academic research to the passage of the nation ’s first law ensuring that affordable insurance is available to every citizen, the commonwealth has led by example. With the recent passing of the RAISE Caregivers Act, another area of Massachusetts’ forward thinking will now go national. The RAISE Caregivers Act, signed into law after a rare display of bipartisan… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 20, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Oral health outshines relationship with friends in Delta Dental survey
Most Americans view oral health as important to their life and overall health in well-being national surveyOAK BROOK, Ill.,April 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Proper oral health is crucial to a healthy life, according to a recent national survey from Delta Dental. The results reveal that more adults say their oral health (85 percent) is important to their life than their diet or nutrition (71 percent), relationship with friends (71 percent), or weight (71 percent).Making a health connectionThe Delta Dental survey shows that most adults (85 percent) recognize their oral health is important to their overall health...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - April 20, 2018 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Legislature considers raising fees on employer health plans to stabilize individual market
Colorado ’s individual health-insurance market is failing, with average premiums rising 20 percent in 2017 and another 27 percent this year. As such, a bill moving through the Colorado Legislature asks this question: Is it fair to ask some 2 million people in this state to pay between 2 and 8 percent more for their insurance premiums next year in order to stabilize the individual market for roughly 140,000 people who face the prospect of even more skyrocketing costs without some kind of help? The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 20, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Ed Sealover Source Type: news

Legislature considers raising fees on employer health plans to stabilize individual market
Colorado ’s individual health-insurance market is failing, with average premiums rising 20 percent in 2017 and another 27 percent this year. As such, a bill moving through the Colorado Legislature asks this question: Is it fair to ask some 2 million people in this state to pay between 2 and 8 percent more for their insurance premiums next year in order to stabilize the individual market for roughly 140,000 people who face the prospect of even more skyrocketing costs without some kind of help? The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 20, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ed Sealover Source Type: news

Colon Cancer Survival Varies by Insurance Type
FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 -- Compared to patients with private insurance, colon cancer survival is lower for patients with no insurance or with Medicaid, according to a study published in the May issue of Diseases of the Colon& Rectum. Dianne... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

KFF Study Finds HDHPs and Increased Cost-Sharing Requirements for Medical Services are Making Healthcare Increasingly Inaccessible to Consumers
Though ACA reforms may have slowed healthcare spending, rapidly increasing deductibles and cost sharing requirements have many experts questioning if patients can afford care at all, despite the increased availability of insurance coverage Much of the debate surrounding efforts to replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has centered on premiums as a central […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 20, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing ACA Affordable Care Act anatomic pathology CDC cen Source Type: news

Avoid AI silos with a vendor-neutral analytics platform
The advent of advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) is threatening...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: NTT Data partners with DataFirst on AI NTT Data secures NY contract NTT Data rolls out new insurance software NTT Data, Pieces Technologies to collaborate NTT Data debuts analytics platform, partners with MD.ai (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 20, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

RapidSOS collects $16M to deliver stronger data to emergency response teams
RapidSOS, a five-year-old startup focused on updating emergency response systems with data-driven technology, has raised $16 million in funding from Highland Capital, Microsoft Ventures, and CSAA Insurance Group, according to a statement. Fort é Ventures also contributed. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - April 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

East Africa:MYDAWA, Sanlam Insurance Partner to Offer Affordable Healthcare Products
[CIO] MYDAWA has announced its partnership with Sanlam General Insurance to provide its medical cover policy holders with access to quality, convenient and affordable healthcare products on its portal. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How the Affordable Care Act Has Affected Health Coverage for Young Men with Higher Incomes
Study compares the impact of the ACA's rating rules on the number of insured young men, older adults, and others. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Why Disability Insurance Might Be The Right Choice
About 40 million workers in the private sector have long-term coverage through their employer; the number who need coverage is far greater. ... Those who work for a living, rely on their paycheck t... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - April 19, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The essential scan: Top findings in health policy research - April 19
Blog post focuses on new research in consumer-directed health plans, Maryland's global budgeting program, the impact of repealing parts of the ACA on vulnerable populations, misuse of limited prescription drug distribution networks, and multimarket contact in the health insurance industry. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UNC Health Care pushes forward in virtual care
After an initial rollout for co-workers, UNC Health Care has launched a new virtual care service to the public.   Through UNC Urgent Care 24/7, patients are able to access physicians via their phones, tablets or computers when it comes to the treatment of nonemergency medical issues, according to UNC. Virtual visits cost $49 or less depending on patients’ insurance. UNC Urgent Care 24/7 – aptly named f or its round-the-clock access to care – is offered through Sunrise, Florida-based MDLIVE. “As… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 19, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

UNC Health Care pushes forward in virtual care
After an initial rollout for co-workers, UNC Health Care has launched a new virtual care service to the public.   Through UNC Urgent Care 24/7, patients are able to access physicians via their phones, tablets or computers when it comes to the treatment of nonemergency medical issues, according to UNC. Virtual visits cost $49 or less depending on patients’ insurance. UNC Urgent Care 24/7 – aptly named f or its round-the-clock access to care – is offered through Sunrise, Florida-based MDLIVE. “As… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 19, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Insurance coverage for genomic tests
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - April 19, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Phillips, K. A., Trosman, J. R., Deverka, P. A., Quinn, B., Tunis, S., Neumann, P. J., Chambers, J. D., Garrison, L. P., Douglas, M. P., Weldon, C. B. Tags: letters Source Type: news

Behind the Boom in Breast Pump Innovation
About 75% of women that work full time have children under age 18, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. With more women entering the workforce, many of them re-entering after maternity leave, breast pump sales have steadily increased. According to a Grand View Research report, the market is expected to grow 7.6% annually through 2020. As women balance motherhood with multiple other responsibilities, both working women and stay-at-home moms alike have sought more convenient and discreet pumps. Multiple startups have responded to their demands by offering breast pumps with user-friendly designs, compact profiles, and ...
Source: MDDI - April 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Heather R. Johnson Tags: Pumps & Valves Design Source Type: news

UNC Health Care pushes forward in virtual care
After an initial rollout for co-workers, UNC Health Care has launched a new virtual care service to the public.   Through UNC Urgent Care 24/7, patients are able to access physicians via their phones, tablets or computers when it comes to the treatment of nonemergency medical issues, according to UNC. Virtual visits cost $49 or less depending on patients’ insurance. UNC Urgent Care 24/7 – aptly named f or its round-the-clock access to care – is offered through Sunrise, Florida-based MDLIVE. “As… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Opinion: Maryland's reinsurance bill is good for small business
Maryland lawmakers just approved a bill that will curb the cost of health insurance premiums for 150,000 residents through a $380 million reinsurance program. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 18, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Eric Rettig Source Type: news

A Game-Changer for High Insurance Prices? Reinsurance Presents an Option to Aid a Troubled Market
This paper gives a basic overview of how a Colorado reinsurance program could work, examines who would and would not benefit from reinsurance, and poses critical questions for policymakers to consider. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Proposals for Insurance Options That Don't Comply with ACA Rules: Trade-offs In Cost and Regulation
This brief explains state and federal proposals to create a market for more loosely-regulated health insurance plans outside of the ACA regulatory structure. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Aetna to hire 250 as part of 'innovation hub' expansion in Wellesley
Health insurance giant Aetna is expanding its presence in the Bay State, months after choosing New York over Boston to relocate its headquarters. Aetna announced Tuesday that it would expand its Consumer Health and Services Organization — or "innovation hub" — in Wellesley, adding 250 jobs by 2020 to the area of the company that develops new products, services, and technologies. In total, Aetna will build out an additional 80,000-squar e-feet of space at its existing location on Worcester Street,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Aetna to hire 250 as part of 'innovation hub' expansion in Wellesley
Health insurance giant Aetna is expanding its presence in the Bay State, months after choosing New York over Boston to relocate its headquarters. Aetna announced Tuesday that it would expand its Consumer Health and Services Organization — or "innovation hub" — in Wellesley, adding 250 jobs by 2020 to the area of the company that develops new products, services, and technologies. In total, Aetna will build out an additional 80,000-squar e-feet of space at its existing location on Worcester Street,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Wyden report details $100B 'bonanza' to health care industry from tax law
Pharmaceutical, health insurance and other health care corporations will receive $100 billion in tax cuts over the next 10 years under the new tax law, according to a report released today by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat. The report details a "bonanza" the health care industry will receive from corporate tax cuts, stock buybacks and offshore accounts. “Millions of working Americans lie awake at night wondering how to make ends meet. Do they pay for their electric bill or their child’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Wyden report details $100B 'bonanza' to health care industry from tax law
Pharmaceutical, health insurance and other health care corporations will receive $100 billion in tax cuts over the next 10 years under the new tax law, according to a report released today by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat. The report details a "bonanza" the health care industry will receive from corporate tax cuts, stock buybacks and offshore accounts. “Millions of working Americans lie awake at night wondering how to make ends meet. Do they pay for their electric bill or their child’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Buoyed By Optum, UnitedHealth Group Remains On A Roll
UnitedHealth Group's profits soared 31% to $2.8 billion in the first quarter thanks to solid performance across insurance and its Optum health services lines of business. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:UNH NYSE:CVS NYSE:AET NYSE:HUM NYSE:WMT Source Type: news

UnitedHealth boosts outlook after earnings jump
UnitedHealth Group Inc. posted better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter as its core insurance business and Optum services unit both turned in double-digit growth. Reuters has an early report on the numbers from Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth (NYSE: UNH), which reported net earnings of $2.84 billion, or $2.87 per share, up from $2.17 billion or $2.23 per share for the same period a year ago. Excluding one-time impacts, earnings were $3.04 per share Revenue r ose 13 percent to $55.19 billion. RELATED:… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Mark Reilly Source Type: news

UnitedHealth profit beats on strong growth across businesses
(Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc on Tuesday posted a quarterly profit that beat Wall Street estimates, fueled by growth in its core insurance and health-services businesses and raised its earnings forecast for the year. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

What employers should look for when choosing an insurance broker
Regardless of company size or industry, insurance brokers can serve as an employer ’s go-to expert and advisor on the always-changing health benefits landscape. While a broker’s services are at no cost to an employer, the objective information on multiple carriers and plan designs, industry expertise, and marketplace relationships are invaluable. From negotiating premium rat es with carriers to explaining plan designs and benefits to employees, a broker can be your partner and trusted resource… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Scott Carpenter Source Type: news

What employers should look for when choosing an insurance broker
Regardless of company size or industry, insurance brokers can serve as an employer ’s go-to expert and advisor on the always-changing health benefits landscape. While a broker’s services are at no cost to an employer, the objective information on multiple carriers and plan designs, industry expertise, and marketplace relationships are invaluable. From negotiating premium rat es with carriers to explaining plan designs and benefits to employees, a broker can be your partner and trusted resource… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Scott Carpenter Source Type: news

HHS, CMS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019; Rule
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a final rule on Federally-facilitated health insurance exchanges and State exchanges on the federal platform. Includes information on risk adjustment and risk adjustment data validation programs, cost-sharing parameters, user fees, and flexibility to States to apply the definition of essential health benefits to their markets, among other things. The final rule will go into effect on June 18, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 17, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Tool Helps Health Care Providers Find Lower Drug Prices
CVS pharmacists will now be able to tell customers whether their prescriptions are the least expensive options under their insurance plans by using a new tool to see instantly whether drugs prescri... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - April 17, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Maryland's ACA exchange moves forward with plan to lower premiums, stabilize insurance marketplace
The board of trustees of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange voted Monday to take initial steps toward applying for a federal waiver that would allow the state to experiment with a new way of stabilizing its Obamacare-born individual marketplace. The vote comes on the heels of legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly, and signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan, which calls for the state's health exchange to apply for an “innovation waiver” under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

Maryland's ACA exchange moves forward with plan to lower premiums, stabilize insurance marketplace
The board of trustees of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange voted Monday to take initial steps toward applying for a federal waiver that would allow the state to experiment with a new way of stabilizing its Obamacare-born individual marketplace. The vote comes on the heels of legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly, and signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan, which calls for the state's health exchange to apply for an “innovation waiver” under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

What employers should look for when choosing an insurance broker
Regardless of company size or industry, insurance brokers can serve as an employer ’s go-to expert and advisor on the always-changing health benefits landscape. While a broker’s services are at no cost to an employer, the objective information on multiple carriers and plan designs, industry expertise, and marketplace relationships are invaluable. From negotiating premium rat es with carriers to explaining plan designs and benefits to employees, a broker can be your partner and trusted resource… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Scott Carpenter Source Type: news