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HealthAxis Group to exhibit at TIPAAA 24th Annual National Meeting

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HealthAxis Group to exhibit at The Independent Physician Association of America’s 24th Annual National Meeting Location: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando FL Date: March 21st, 2018 – March 23rd, 2018 HealthAxis Group will be attending the TIPAAA 24th Annual National Meeting to showcase our core stack technology platform including our Core Benefit Administration System and Web-Based Self-Service Portals as well as providing further information on our EHR/PM and Provider Solutions. For more information and to register, visit: https://tipaaa.com/annual-meeting/ About HealthAxis Group, LLC Through its affiliated companies, HealthAxis Group provides outstanding information technology […]
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Blockchain is proving itself for real-world healthcare applications

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Experts from IEEE, UC San Diego and Health Linkages say the key is to make sure it’s the “right solution for the right problem.” “Even if you don’t think blockchain is overhyped (and many people do), you may still be convinced that whatever real-world promise it holds for healthcare is either too far in the theoretical future to think much about, or it’s not yet worth the effort to implement. Whether it’s AI and machine learning, clinical trial recruitment, empowering patients to manage their own health records, IoT and assorted […]
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Building the Healthcare System of the Future

Medicare Advantage gets supplemental benefits flexibility, including for transport

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MA plans must still offer all enrollees uniform benefits, premiums and cost sharing. “Under the bipartisan budget deal signed by the president in February, Congress expanded supplemental benefits for the chronically ill to include those that “have a reasonable expectation of improving or maintaining the health or overall function of the chronically ill enrollee and may not be limited to being primarily health related benefits.” The law also authorizes CMS to waive uniformity requirements, but only with respect to supplemental benefits for enrollees with chronic conditions. As healthcare’s focus shifts […]
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Three reasons telemedicine will grow in 2017

6 things keeping CIOs up at night

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CIOs are acutely aware of the security complications medical devices and telehealth bring. “Last month, LexisNexis brought together 30 high-level executives, most of whom were CIOs from hospitals, nursing homes and health plans of all sizes from across the county to find out what data-related issues are weighing on them most as we get further into 2018. Ed Domansky, LexisNexis manager of media and analyst relations, and Erin Benson, Director of market planning, said six major themes emerged from their responses. It seems merger and acquisition activity sent waves through […]
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How Payers Could Assist Primary Care Docs with Value-Based Care

AHIP asks CMS to change Medicare Advantage payment formula

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should update its county benchmark calculation in the 2019 final notice being published April 2. “America’s Health Insurance Plans is asking the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services to change the way the agency calculates Medicare Advantage payment rates, ahead of a final notice due out Monday. AHIP said it strongly believes CMS should update its benchmark calculation in the 2019 final notice. These reflect spending for enrollees with only Medicare Part A for care in hospitals and other facilities, enrollees with only […]
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Key Challenges and Solutions of Healthcare Payment Reform

Better choices needed to manage US healthcare cost growth, says Paul Krugman at HIMSS18

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Economist Paul Krugman says more scrutiny on elective procedures could contribute to a long-term solution. “Though the U.S. still has the highest healthcare costs in the world, there are a few options that could be used to dig out of that — any of which would be better than the current state, said Krugman, which he described with a quote from Homer Simpson: “The U.S. government is an insurance company with an army.” To Krugman, “Medicaid looks more like the systems in other countries and is a well-established system. But if […]
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Predictive analytics can spot patients not taking their medicine

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While the U.S. spends billions of dollars developing new therapeutics, those investments won’t do much good if the drugs aren’t taken as physicians say they should be.  “Using big data to find incidents of medication nonadherence, and using it to tailor patient interventions, is a key component to population health. Any health system trying to tackle population health management in any meaningful way has to grapple with the challenge of patients who don’t adhere to their care plans – especially those who, for whatever reason, don’t take their medicines in […]
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Consumers open to more digital health use, survey finds

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Consumers are also using a wider array of digital health tools, according to the survey, which found a three-fold increase in mobile and tablet health apps over the past four years “Increasing consumer demand for digital health services is transforming the care delivery team, putting patients and technologies in the driver’s seat alongside physicians, a new Accenture survey suggests. The survey of 2,301 U.S. consumers finds greater acceptance of virtual medical encounters, artificial intelligence and other machine-based services being part of their healthcare experience. One in five respondents said they […]
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CMS offering $30 million in grant funding to improve quality measures

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The funding is to develop partnerships with health systems, clinicians and others to improve measures in the quality payment program of MACRA. “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is providing up to $30 million in grant funding to develop partnerships with health systems, clinicians and others to improve measures in the quality payment program of MACRA. CMS will provide funding and technical assistance in these cooperative agreements to address measure gaps. Focusing on patient perspectives will ensure measures focus on what is important to patients and drive the improvement […]
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HealthAxis Group to exhibit at TIPAAA 23rd Annual National Meeting

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HealthAxis Group to exhibit at The Independent Physician Association of America’s 23rd Annual National Meeting Location: Harrah’s Hotel & Casino, New Orleans, LA From Date: March 28, 2018 To: March 30, 2018 HealthAxis Group will be exhibiting at TIPAAA’s 23rd Annual National Meeting at Harrah’s Hotel & Casino in New Orleans, LA March 28-30, 2018, booth #43.  We will be showcasing our core stack technology platform including our Core Benefit Administration System and Web-Based Self-Service Portals as well as providing further information on our EHR/PM and Provider Solutions.  For more information […]
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