Entries in Thayer, Claire (193)

Friday
Dec082017

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition
 

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:

 

House tax writers weigh plan to suspend Obamacare insurer tax

House Republican tax writers are considering delaying Obamacare's health insurance tax for only limited markets next year, leaving out small businesses and possibly private Medicaid plans, according to sources on and off Capitol Hill. They would suspend it for all markets in 2019.

Politico

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hospitals Find Asthma Hot Spots More Profitable To Neglect Than Fix

Months of reporting and rich hospital data portray life in the worst asthma hot spot in one of the worst asthma cities: Baltimore. The medical system knows how to help. But there’s no money in it.

Kaiser Health News

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Providers See CMS Continuing Value-Based Care Push Despite Project Rollbacks

Though the Trump administration last week rolled back several Obama-era projects designed to shift the U.S. health care system away from fee-for-service care to models that pay doctors and hospitals based on the quality of care, industry groups believe the government is likely to continue with the push toward value-based care.

Morning Consult

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

States get big Medicaid savings from social services, outreach to sickest patients

Some states have achieved dramatic savings in health care costs for their sickest Medicaid patients by providing intensive one-on-one assistance and social services that help the patients better address their multiple, overlapping ailments.

USA Today

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CVS likely wants FTC antitrust review, not Justice Department, of Aetna deal

It is uncertain who in the U.S. government will carry out an antitrust review of CVS Health Corp’s (CVS.N) deal to buy health insurer Aetna Inc (AET.N), but the drugstore company is likely hoping the potentially more lenient Federal Trade Commission gets the nod, antitrust experts say.

Reuters

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.

 
Thursday
Dec072017

Are your healthcare consumers who they say they are?

By Claire Thayer, December 7, 2017

 

Verifying healthcare consumer identities has become enormously complex requiring sophisticated advanced authentication technology.  A HIMSS report on Patient Portal Identity Proofing and Authentication, tells us that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) identifies three factors as the cornerstone of identity authentication:

 

• Something you know (for example, a password)

• Something you have (for example, an ID badge or a cryptographic key)

• Something you are (for example, a fingerprint or other biometric data)

 

Multi-factor authentication refers to the use of more than one of the factors listed above, which NIST requires to reach a high level of confidence in authentication.  At least one of the factors must contain a secret that is securely presented to the electronic process that is verifying the user’s identity.  A second factor can be used to protect or activate the first. In this guidance report, the HIMSS Identity Management Task Force suggests that incorporation of smartphones as a second factor into the processes of identity proofing and authentication will significantly improve the security of electronic interactions with patients while minimizing the additional cost and difficulty.

This recent edition of the MCOL Infographic and e-Brief, co-sponsored by LexisNexis, focused on the intricacies, complexities and challenges involved with identity management:

 

 

MCOL’s weekly infoGraphoid is a benefit for MCOL Basic members and released each Wednesday as part of the MCOL Daily Factoid e-newsletter distribution service – find out more here.

Friday
Dec012017

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition
 

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:

 

Congress Isn’t Really Done With Health Care — Just Look At What’s In The Tax Bills

Having failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Congress is now working on a tax overhaul. But it turns out the tax bills in the House and Senate also aim to reshape health care.

Kaiser Health News

Friday, December 1, 2017

CMS makes it official: Two mandatory bundled-pay models canceled

The CMS has finalized its decision to toss two mandatory bundled-payment models and cut down the number of providers required to participate in a third.

Modern Healthcare

Thursday, November 30, 2017

CVS Nears Deal to Acquire Health Insurer Aetna

CVS Health Corp. is nearing an agreement to acquire health insurer Aetna Inc. for more than $65 billion, according to a person familiar with the negotiations, in a deal that could reshape the pharmacy and health insurance industries.

Bloomberg

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Marketplace Confusion Opens Door To Questions About Skinny Plans

Consumers coping with the high cost of health insurance are the target market for new plans claiming to be lower-cost alternatives to the Affordable Care Act that fulfill the law’s requirement for health coverage.

Kaiser Health News

Monday, November 27, 2017

As Health Care Changes, Insurers, Hospitals and Drugstores Team Up

They seem like odd couples: Aetna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, is in talks to combine with CVS Health, which manages pharmacy benefits. The Cleveland Clinic, a highly regarded health system, joined forces with an insurance start-up, Oscar Health, to offer individuals a health plan in Ohio.

NY Times

Sunday, November 26, 2017

These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.

 
Friday
Nov172017

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition
 

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:

 

Medicaid Expansion Takes A Bite Out Of Medical Debt

As the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress look to scale back Medicaid, many voters and state lawmakers across the country are moving to make it bigger.

Kaiser Health News

Friday, November 17, 2017

Medicare Seeks Comment On Ways To Cut Costs Of Part D Drugs

Noting that the true price of a drug is often hidden from consumers, Medicare officials requested comments late Thursday on how to use discounts and rebates to help decrease what enrollees pay for prescriptions.

Kaiser Health News

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Remembering Health Care Economist Uwe Reinhardt

Reinhardt, who died on Monday, helped shape the debate about health care by advocating for individual mandates and universal health care. Originally broadcast in 2009.

NPR

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sign-ups hit 1.5 million in first two weeks of ACA open enrollment

HealthCare.gov sign-ups continue to outpace last year's, with nearly 1.5 million people selecting plans during the first two weeks of open enrollment.

Modern Healthcare

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bill Gates says big data can help solve the Alzheimer's puzzle

Through his foundation, Bill Gates has focused on reducing global poverty, finding cures for infectious diseases, and promoting education and sustainable energy. Now Gates is getting into an area that's new for him: Alzheimer's disease.

Monday, November 13, 2017

These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.

 
Friday
Nov032017

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition
 

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:

 

House Tax Bill Would Scrap Deduction For Medical Expenses

The tax bill unveiled by Republicans in the House on Thursday would not, as had been rumored, eliminate the tax penalty for failure to have health insurance. But it would eliminate a decades-old deduction for people with very high medical costs.

Kaiser Health News

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hospital groups to sue CMS over $1.6 billion cut to 340B program

Less than an hour after the CMS released the final rule, America's Essential Hospitals, the American Hospital Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges said they believe the agency has overstepped its statutory authority by cutting 340B drug payments by $1.6 billion, or 22.5% less than the average sales price.

Modern Healthcare

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Panel Recommends Opioid Solutions but Puts No Price Tag on Them

President Trump’s bipartisan commission on the opioid crisis made dozens of final recommendations on Wednesday to combat a deadly addiction epidemic, ranging from creating more drug courts to vastly expanding access to medications that treat addiction, including in jails.

The New York Times

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

U.S. states allege broad generic drug price-fixing collusion

A large group of U.S. states accused key players in the generic drug industry of a broad price-fixing conspiracy, moving on Tuesday to widen an earlier lawsuit to add many more drugmakers and medicines in an action that sent some company shares tumbling.

Reuters

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Money For Health Law Navigators Slashed — Except Where It’s Not

Despite all the efforts in Congress to repeal the health law this summer and fall, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. People can start signing up for health insurance for 2018 starting Nov. 1. But the landscape for that law has changed a lot.

Kaiser Health News

Monday, October 30, 2017

These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.