Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new accountable care organization (ACO) model on Tuesday, calling it the "Next Generation" ACO model. The model will give participants more predictable, and more risky, financial targets as well as more opportunities to coordinate care and engage beneficiaries. This is part of CMS' larger effort toward "paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they give patients." Source
• Apple announced a new framework this week called ResearchKit, which allows iPhone users to participate in medical trials and studies through health data sharing capabilities. The new health care framework is aimed at furthering medical research and making studies more accessible. Thousands of volunteers signed up for the early trials within a day of the launch. Source
• Oregon's failed health insurance exchange program, Cover Oregon, was formally disbanded with a bill signed by Gov. Kate Brown. This announcement came as no surprise, as state officials announced last spring that they intended to shut the site following numerous technical issues that made the site unusable. The state will rely on HealthCare.gov to sign up individuals for health insurance coverage. This leaves only 13 states and the District of Columbia with their own state-based exchanges. Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple lost 0.04 percent to Android this week in the mobile device war among pMD's charge capture physician users. Apple has also been the topic of a huge counterfeit scheme in China regarding its Apple Watch. Although the real Apple Watch won't go on sale until late April, knockoff devices are flooding China's black market. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so this could be an indication of huge success for the real devices come April.
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.