Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• CMS announced that it would further delay enforcement of the controversial "two-midnight" rule through the end of the year. Enforcement of the rule, which calls for Medicare audit contractors to assume a hospital admission is legitimate only if it spans two midnights, was set to go into effect in September. Hospitals and physicians have strongly opposed the two-midnight policy, arguing that it undermines their clinical judgment. Source
• Dexcom, known for its diabetes-management devices, has partnered with Google's Life Sciences division to develop a miniature product line of its existing glucose monitoring system. The partnership is expected to help minimize the size and cost of Dexcom's current monitoring system and create an affordable bandage-size sensor that would send real-time glucose updates to the cloud. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29.1 million Americans have diabetes. Source
• States have begun to increase the number of residency positions at hospitals in order to have more practicing physicians within their borders and to help address doctor shortages. Sixty-eight percent of doctors who complete all of their training in one state end up practicing there, but not all states have enough residency positions for the medical students they've trained. The number of medical schools in the U.S. has grown to 175, but the number of residency programs has grown at a much slower rate. Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple took a slight loss to Android this week with a 0.01 percent dip in market share among pMD's charge capture physician users. Meanwhile, Apple's share price this month has dropped below $120 for the first time since February, right after the company's third quarter earnings report. It seems Android is starting to become more of a presence domestically, but with the next iPhone release this fall we could see another strong upward push from Apple.
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.