Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• House committee members voted unanimously on Thursday to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, which is aimed at streamlining the drug approval process in the U.S. Congress did not cut the 340B drug discount program to fund the Cures bill; the 340B program is considered a backbone for hospitals that serve low-income Medicare and Medicaid patients. Source
• Banner Health officials chose 34 SNFs in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area as "recommended facilities" for patients leaving its hospitals who need short-term skilled-nursing care. The preferred providers will work closely with Banner to return patients home more quickly and prevent hospital re-admissions, in exchange for a greater volume of referrals. Source
• A recent survey found that 83 percent of health care executives believe that the ICD-10 transition will happen on Oct. 1, 2015 with no further delays. Meanwhile, Rep. Diane Black (Tennessee) has introduced the ICD-TEN Act, a bill requiring an 18-month transition period to test the submittal of ICD-10 claims during which time medical practices would not be penalized. Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple saw a tiny 0.01 percent jump in market share this week among pMD's physician charge capture users. Users may be a tiny bit excited about Apple's next operating system, iOS 9, which will reportedly feature new optimizations to support older generation iPhones and iPads.
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.