Happy holidays! As we wind down from Christmas, Hannukah, and all other celebrations this holiday week, Signor Goat is here to provide an update on this week’s health care news.
Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• The percentage of Americans without health insurance is the lowest in years, according to data released by the National Center for Health Statistics. The percentage of uninsured people in the US fell from 14.4% in 2013 to 11.3% in the second quarter of 2014, the largest gain of coverage since the mass enrollment in Medicare and Medicaid programs in 1966. Americans can rest easy knowing they’re insured for any holiday-related mishaps. Source
• A study was published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found that patients admitted to teaching hospitals with heart failure and heart attacks were just as likely to survive when there were fewer cardiologists in the hospital. While we hope everyone is staying healthy this week, it’s good to know hospitals are as safe as ever even when providers may be away for the holidays! Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple remains on the upswing, gaining back additional market share from Android this week. Looks like Santa has been busy delivering Apple devices to pMD’s physician 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.