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Health Care Week in Review: ACO Success, Pesticides, Individual Health Insurance Mandate, Fitbit Devices in NIH Study

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Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  Recent data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that providers who stuck with accountable care organization (ACO) models are starting to see success in savings. One shining example is the ACO for NYC Health + Hospitals. They have reduced costs to Medicare by more than $31 million, generated $14 million in shared savings payments, and are providing other organizations with lessons in fostering leadership in ACOs.  Read More

•  Skin on fruits and veggies don't always form an impermeable barrier when it comes to pesticides.  Depending on the pesticide, it can either sit on the outer peel or can be designed to absorb into the tissue of the fruit or vegetable to keep out bugs that penetrate the skin. Do your research when it comes to deciding which fruits and veggies are necessary to buy organic!  Read More

•  On Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis of the current individual health insurance mandate. According to the report, getting rid of this requirement, which states that everyone in the country should have health insurance coverage, would save the government $338 billion over the next decade. However, the savings would come at the expense of more than 13 million individuals who will no longer have insurance coverage by 2027.  Read More

•  The National Institutes of Health's (NIH) All of Us Research Program will be using Fitbit devices for a longitudinal study aiming to collect data and gain insight on the characteristics of more than a million Americans.  The data being collected for this one-year study includes physical activity, heart rate, sleep, and other health outcomes.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture software.
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