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Health Care Week in Review: Telemedicine For Addiction Treatment, Apple to Enter EHR Market, New Rule Proposed for Medicare Advantage Part D, Abnormal Skin Proteins in Rare Brain Disease

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Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  Doctors are now allowed to prescribe addiction medication virtually, after the President declared the opioid crisis a health emergency. However, some health care professionals are skeptical. The in-person visits establish trust and allow physicians to pick up on things like body language that are often hard to determine through a screen.  Read More

•  The health care industry is a buzz with rumors that big tech giants like Apple and Amazon are poised to enter the EHR market. Apple is rumored to be working on putting health records on the iPhone, making it easy for users to access their own medical records. Amazon has started a secret lab to explore business prospects in the health care sector.  Read More

•  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a new rule last week for Medicare Advantage, Part D. The proposed rule would make several changes aimed at reducing regulatory burden for plans and promoting flexibility when it comes to Medicare Advantage.  Read More

•  The presence of abnormal proteins, or prions, in the skin samples of those diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare brain-destroying disease, may be used to improve detection of the disorder. Currently, the disease is diagnosed using more invasive procedures such as brain biopsies or autopsies.  Read More

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