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Medicare and Remote Patient Monitoring

The long road toward reimbursement for remote patient monitoring services
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As remote patient monitoring through mobile medical technologies continues to proliferate, Medicare coverage for physician services using these technologies has remained largely stagnant. Unfortunately, over the past years there have been few new areas of coverage or incentives. The good news is that there have been some important recent developments that may change this situation dramatically.

Access and Aging: Leveling the Tech Playing Field

By Roman Smith, Director, Sustainability Operations, AT&T
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Recently the AT&T Advisory Panel on Access & Aging (AAPAA) met in Washington, D.C. for a semi-annual meeting to discuss needs and trends in the accessibility and aging community with guest speakers and corporate advisors. AAPAA is a group of 15 different organizations that have a vast network of constituencies looking to AT&T to bring innovative technology to the market that allows individuals in accessibility and aging communities to lead fulfilling lives.

New Healthcare Business Model Takes Effect in Maryland - The Minute

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The ongoing debate over the future shape of American health care has turned the spotlight on an innovative model that is at work right now, and that holds out promise for a major goal of all health care reform: to control costs.

Top 100 Hospitals Record Higher Profits, Lower Costs Under ACA - The Minute

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In this new era of healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are working hard to improve outcomes, both for patients and for their bottom lines. There are two main drivers for change. One is negative: financial penalties, such as the one percent cut in Medicare payments under the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Hospital-Acquired Reduction Program, which penalizes poor performing hospitals. This year, 724 hospitals will be penalized for failing to meet new standards. The other driver is positive: the opportunity for increased profitability.

2014: A Healthcare Revolution Begins- Health Minute for January 13, 2014

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January 13, 2013 /3BL Media/ - 2014 looks like a year of the biggest changes in U.S. health care since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s. This month, comprehensive health coverage for millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans begins, through subsidized private insurance or expanded Medicaid.

Your Tax Dollars at Work for Health Care—or Not - Health Minute for September 30, 2013

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Lost in the fight over the Affordable Care Act is a bottom line dollars and cents issue about health care in America. The continuing  “sequestration” produces short-term savings, but at the cost of the long-term investment needed to generate greater, sustainable savings in medical care and research down the road. Created without data and without hearings, and using an arbitrary percentage for across-the-board cuts, sequestration has eliminated $45 billion from health care reimbursements over the next decade.

The Dangerous Debt Ceiling Dance

The Politics of Economics and more tall tales...
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This past week, the words of founding father, Thomas Jefferson came to mind: “The credit and fate of the nation seems to hang on the desperate throes and plunges of gambling scoundrels.” That was 1792 and over two centuries later, we are still held hostage to the throes and plunges of scoundrels. Shocking as it may be to contemplate, America has been levered up since its inception. Somehow we have become the world’s greatest economic power despite this. Alexander Hamilton believed that debt was actually good for the nation and banked our future on it.

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This past week, the words of founding father, Thomas Jefferson came to mind: “The credit and fate of the nation seems to hang on the desperate throes and plunges of gambling scoundrels.” That was 1792 and over two centuries later, we are still held hostage to the throes and plunges of scoundrels. Shocking as it may be to contemplate, America has been levered up since its inception. Somehow we have become the world’s greatest economic power despite this. Alexander Hamilton believed that debt was actually good for the nation and banked our future on it.

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