Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• Supreme Court justices met this week to discuss King v. Burwell, a case that focuses on federal subsidies paid to millions of Americans who bought health insurance through exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. The argument is over whether subsidies issued through exchanges operated by the federal government are legal; the justices remain divided along political lines. Source
• CMS released their 2015 Quality Measures report, an assessment of quality measures used by the agency. The report found that the U.S. has made significant progress in improving the national health care delivery system, and that improvements have been made in 95% of the 119 performance measures from 2006 to 2012. Source
• Nina Pham, the critical care nurse who worked at a Texas hospital and first contracted Ebola last year, has filed a civil lawsuit against Texas Health Resources (THR) this week. The lawsuit claims that THR's Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was deceptive and did not provide adequate protective gear or training. THR disputed some of the allegations, stating that they were "false and irresponsible." Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple is on a hot four week win streak, taking away 0.08 percent of the mobile device pie from Android this week among pMD's charge capture physician users. Rumor has it that Apple is also working on a new, larger iPad, and is telling their suppliers to start production in the second half of this year. The whopping 12.9 inch iPad will allegedly have additional inputs, like a USB port, and is said to be geared toward enterprise customers and professional users.
Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's charge capture physician users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.