Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• The Supreme Court ruled to uphold nationwide health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act in King v. Burwell. The ruling allows the federal government to continue providing tax subsidies to help lower and middle-class people buy health insurance, and all but ensures that the Affordable Care Act will survive after President Obama leaves office in 2017. Source
• The Google X research division has created an experimental health-tracking wristband that can be used in clinical trials and drug tests and would give physicians and researchers more data on patients' health. The medical device is intended to be prescribed to patients and can measure pulse, heart rhythm, and skin temperature. Source
• The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it will begin cracking down on hospitals and nursing homes for workplace hazards in an effort to formalize workplace safety regulations. The inspections of the care facilities could include potential hazards related to disorders caused by patient handling, as well as dangers from blood-borne pathogens, workplace violence, and tuberculosis. Source
On The Front Lines:
This week Apple lost 0.02 percent of the mobile device pie to Android among pMD's charge capture physician users. On a positive note, Apple has updated the terms of its AppleCare+ plan for iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch to cover batteries that retain less than 80% of their original capacity. Users won't have to settle for losing precious battery life in older phones!
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.