Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• Medicare announced a payment reform initiative this week that they will execute over the next three years. The payment reform is designed to move the United States’ health care system away from the fee-for-service model toward alternative and value-based payments linked to quality and value. Source
• New England was nearly brought to a standstill after a blizzard this week, but that didn't stop hospitals from doing everything they could to remain open and care for patients during the storm. Despite a statewide travel ban in Massachusetts, health care providers found a way to get to work in Boston, catching a ride with the Boston PD and even cross-country skiing! Source
• The US Department of Health and Human Services wrote a letter this week to Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Tom Marino (R-PA) stating they will begin to work with mobile health companies to clarify HIPAA rules and guidelines with regards to current technology. Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple surged ahead of Android with a 0.17 percent gain among pMD charge capture physician users this week. Fans of Apple may be getting excited for the Apple Watch, which is scheduled to ship this April according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
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.