Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program generated more than $384 million in savings in its first two years, without compromise to the quality of patient care. The Department of Health and Human Services has qualified the program for an expansion, and CMS plans to extend the program in the coming years. Source
• The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that out of the 223,000 jobs added in April, the health care industry was among the leaders with 45,200 new jobs. Hospital employment accounted for more than a quarter of that total with an increase of 11,800, while Nursing homes and residential-care facilities added 8,100 employees. Source
• The White House nominated Karen DeSalvo as the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services. DeSalvo, who joined ONC in January 2014, will continue to fulfill her responsibilities as the head of ONC until she is officially confirmed in her new position. Once confirmed by the Senate, she will leave ONC. Source
On The Front Lines:
This week Apple dipped back down by 0.04 percent in the physician charge capture device wars against Android. In tech news, Apple is reportedly planning to leverage its new ResearchKit, a software medical research platform, to let iPhone users test their DNA and submit their results to researchers via apps.
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 physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.