In negotiating the creation of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals took a big gamble, with the expectation that they would soon have millions of new Medicaid customers. In states that expanded Medicaid, the bet paid off.
January 5, 2015
Posted by Michael Kessler
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PCORnet is a large, national network for conducting comparative effectiveness research and other types of health studies more rapidly and efficiently. When completed, the network will support studies using clinical data gathered in routine clinical practice in real-world settings.
Launched in 2009, the FDA's Mini-Sentinel pilot program has established secure access to the electronic healthcare data of more than 178 million patients across the country. Building on this success, Mini-Sentinel has now morphed into the new full-scale Sentinel, envisioned by the FDA as a nationwide rapid-response electronic active surveillance system.
Mayo Clinic plans to open two medical kiosks in Austin Public Schools for use by staff and their families. The kiosks offer Mayo Clinic Health Connection — a new telemedicine delivery system through the HealthSpot platform, which combines cloud-based software and a private walk-in kiosk that offers medical treatment at the workplace.
Scientists are developing mock human organs that can fit in the palm of your hand. These organs-on-a-chip are designed to test drugs and help understand the basics of how organs function when they are healthy and when they are diseased. For instance, you have your gut-on-a-chip being developed at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Financial penalties for hospitals under the Affordable Care Act are making themselves felt locally and nationwide. Hospitals whose rate is judged too high for hospital-acquired conditions or presumably preventable conditions — such as infections patients acquire in the hospital — get reduced Medicare payments this fiscal year, which started Oct. 1.
Trends, Financings and Transactions for the Week
* Gannett Vends Off Healthcare Unit to OnCourse Learning
* Stryker bid for Smith & Nephew could be in the works
* Cincinnati revenue cycle company acquires small competitor
* Simply Healthcare acquired by Anthem for $1 billion