Contributor: Telehealth Claim Lines Increased 4132% Nationally From June 2019 to June 2020

September 3rd 2020, 1:30pm


Telehealth claim lines increased 4132% nationally from June 2019 to June 2020, rising from 0.16% of medical claim lines in June 2019 to 6.85% in June 2020, according to new data from FAIR Health’s Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker.

Do ICD-10 Codes Accurately Reflect COVID-19 Symptoms?

August 18th 2020, 4:17pm


Findings published in JAMA Network Open show ICD-10 codes perform poorly in capturing COVID-19-related symptoms, highlighting the critical need for meticulous data validation to feed multicenter registries built from electronic medical records.

NGS, Liquid Biopsy Combined to Detect Specific Mutation in NSCLC

August 12th 2020, 4:30pm


It is the first such approval for a diagnostic that combines next-generation sequencing and liquid biopsy in one test.

Fitbit-Type Devices Useful for Coaching but Not Clinically Accurate in COPD

August 12th 2020, 4:00am


Activity trackers, like Fitbits, are not accurate enough for clinical use but may be helpful for coaching in conditions like COPD, a study says.

Leveraging Health Information Technology for ACO Success

April 3rd 2020, 1:00am


Investments in technology infrastructure are necessary for accountable care organization (ACO) success. When the proper tools are in place, improvements in care delivery and cost savings are achievable.

Seema Verma Envisions a US Health System That Shares Data, Is Truly Value-Based

May 31st 2019, 10:11pm


Creating a healthcare system that prioritizes a well-informed consumer and rewards improvements in quality requires overhauling the current system. Through a series of programs and initiatives, CMS, under Administrator Seema Verma’s leadership, is trying to fix some of the issues that plague the current US health system and make accessing care challenging for patients.

Victor Murray Describes How Data Can Drive Interventions for Complex Patients

February 21st 2019, 7:00pm


When data is allowed to flow freely, it can be used to understand the patient better and wrap a targeted intervention around them, explained Victor Murray, director for care management initiatives at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers.

What We're Reading: Biosimilar Rituximab; Turning Back Time on EHRs; OTC Cough Products for Kids

November 5th 2018, 8:25pm


Sandoz announced it will no longer pursue FDA approval for its proposed biosimilar rituximab; when it comes time to set the clocks back an hour for daylight saving time, hospitals opt for paper records during the night shift to compensate for challenges with electronic health records; new research on the effectiveness of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines finds little evidence that these products will relieve a child’s symptoms when sick.

Process for Requesting Medical Records Remains Burdensome

October 11th 2018, 9:53pm


Although patients have the right of access to their protected health information, actual access remains limited. A new study, published in JAMA Network Open, has found that the processing of requesting medical records remains burdensome despite policy efforts.

What We're Reading: Maintenance; USMCA Drug Exclusivity; Medicare Telemedicine Proposal

October 10th 2018, 5:26pm


When consumers try to sign up for Affordable Care Act health plans on the federal marketplace, they may encounter hours-long downtime for the site; the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement would increase pharmaceutical exclusivity from 8 years to 10 years, delay access to competition from biosimilar biologics; Medicare is considering paying for telemedicine for a 5-minute check-in call, but physicians question the proposal.