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Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  Health care spending has slowed down for the second year in a row. The lower rate can be attributed to a slower growth in hospital services, clinics, and physician offices, which make up 63% of health care spending, according to the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Read More

•  The USDA is easing up on the nutrition rules for school lunches. While the lunches are healthier than they were 5 years ago, schools need to have a little more flexibility in serving meals that kids would actually eat in order to avoid wasting food. The new rule gives administrators more leeway in serving non whole grain-rich breads and pastas, which is currently a requirement unless a waiver is in place.  Read More

•  Two rideshare giants are competing head to head to move into the health care space. Both Uber and Lyft have hired health care executives in an effort to become leaders in health care transportation services, providing reliable and comfortable transportation for patients.  Read More

•  The placenta has long been deemed an afterthought but more and more, scientists are viewing this ephemeral organ as critical to understanding the health and course of pregnancy. The placenta is the missing link between complications during pregnancy and development of the fetal brain.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture, secure messaging, clinical communication, MIPS registry, and care navigation software.


Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  In the wake of a growing trend where parents opt to not vaccinate their children, reported cases of measles worldwide have been on the rise. Measles, a highly contagious scourge, had been nearly eradicated in many parts of the world just a few year ago. However, due to under- or unimmunized children in recent years, measles outbreaks are increasing in places like the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean region, and Europe. At least 95 percent of a population must have immunity to control the spread of measles, according to public health officials.  Read More

•  Lyft, a ride sharing application, has announced the hiring of its first ever VP of Health Care.  Lyft has been focusing its efforts on reducing the health care transportation gap for patients and addressing some of the social determinants that cause care disparities.  Read More

•  The number of children in the U.S. who don't have health insurance is increasing, according to a report released on Thursday by Georgetown University. Advocates for children's health blame the current administration's policies on enrollment health plans for this rise. The uninsured rate for children rose by 276,000 in 2017.  Read More

•  In response to the ever-growing sentiment that physicians are becoming bogged down by EHRs, the federal government drafted a new strategy that details goals to reduce clinician burden surrounding their interaction with EHRs and improve EHR ease of use, while still meeting regulatory requirements.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture, secure messaging, clinical communication, MIPS registry, and care navigation software.


Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  For over a decade, hospitals across the U.S. have been merging at a rapid pace. Hospitals argue that consolidation benefits patients because of cheaper prices from coordinated services. However, in a recent analysis, mergers have been shown to actually cause an increase in prices on average hospital stays.  Read More

•  The Department of Health and Human Services is looking to remove regulatory barriers to sharing health information and recently passed the HIPAA request for information (RFI) on to the Office of Management and Budget. This is a big step in HIPAA reform as electronic data-sharing is becoming more the norm in health care.  Read More

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received at least 252 cases of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. This polio-like disease has affected a number of children between the ages of 2 and 8. The illness starts with a fever and, in some cases, progresses to paralysis.  Read More

•  In March, Uber launched a HIPAA-compliant health platform that allows providers to schedule rides for patients.  Now, Uber is seeking supporters within the industry to help expand its reach and help address access gaps for patients with limited transportation means and no cell phone.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture, secure messaging, clinical communication, MIPS registry, and care navigation software.


Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) proposed a new rule on Thursday that gives states more control over setting rates for capitated payments as well as providing a three-year transition period to shift from fee-for-service to managed care. The proposed reform would allow states to include access to telehealth providers and define what qualifies as a "specialist" in determining network adequacy standards.  Read More

•  Respondents to new research are skeptical about the role electronic health records (EHRs) will play in precision medicine, saying in a recent report that precision medicine may be too complex for EHRs. Hospitals all over the world are embarking on precision medicine work, even if EHR vendors are not poised to dominate the realm.  Read More

•  In recent experiments, mice genetically modified to develop symptoms like those of Alzheimer's were given a synthetic form of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, a substance found in marijuana, over a six week period. These mice performed as well as healthy mice on a memory test. Mice given placebos instead of THC exhibited signs of memory loss.  Read More

•  How much do you remember from this week's health care news? Take the weekly health quiz to find out!  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture, secure messaging, clinical communication, MIPS registry, and care navigation software.


Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  Amazon Web Services (AWS) is working with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to leverage cloud technology in order to make big biomedical datasets more easily accessible in health care and and for researchers. AWS is joined by Google Cloud and others for NIH's STRIDES Initiative, or Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability.  Read More

•  On Thursday, the government announced a new payment model that would more closely align Medicare Part B drug costs with prices of the same drug in other countries. This new payment model, called the International Pricing Index (IPI), is projected to save Medicare over $17 billion over a five-year pilot.  Read More

•  You've heard of microplastics showing up on beaches all over the world. And now, researchers have even found microplastics in samples of human waste from individuals spanning across 8 different countries. There's a concern that microplastics might be entering the blood stream, lymphatic system, and even the liver.   Read More

•  The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new flu drug, Xofluza, which is expected to work against drug-resistant strains. The drug is not approved for young children and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still strongly recommends that every American over six months of age get the flu shot as soon as possible.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture, secure messaging, clinical communication, MIPS registry, and care navigation software.


Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  The increasing rate of C-sections (or cesarean sections) is alarming to doctors and scientists across the globe. Such high rates can be attributed to an increase in elective C-sections where the procedure is done unnecessarily. The chance of death rises to at least 60 percent for moms who elect to have a C-section and in some circumstances as much as 700 percent.  Read More

•  Average Affordable Care Act plan premiums have begun to decline, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Thursday. Some say the decrease is a result of actions by the current administration while policy experts point to a market correction. However, there's one thing everyone is clear on: change must happen.  Read More

•  The U.S. is currently facing the largest drug epidemic in history, with opioid overdoses quadrupling over the past 20 years. Electronic Health Record (EHR) customizations are now proving to be a valuable weapon in the fight against the opioid crisis.   Read More

•  For women under 45, the risk for colorectal cancer is increased with obesity. Studies have shown that the higher a women's body mass index, the greater her risk for early onset colorectal cancer. Weight gain of 44 to 88 pounds had a 65 percent increased risk over those who gained 10 pounds of less.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture, secure messaging, clinical communication, MIPS registry, clinically integrated network, and care navigation software.


Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  The data of approximately 40,800 past and current patients at the Fetal Diagnostic Institute of the Pacific were impacted by a recent ransomware attack. It is crucial that health care employees are educated properly in ransomware prevention and should be paired with the right security tools and preventative measures.  Read More

•  JAMA Pediatrics recently published that usability standards for pediatric electronic health records (EHRs) should be considered different than those used for adult patients. The pediatric population faces unique safety challenges and these challenges should be addressed when designing EHRs.  Read More

•  The newest Apple watch includes a sensor that allows users to take an electrocardiogram that can be shared with their physician. While such heart data can provide insight on the patient's risk for stroke, there is also an increased chance of false positives.  Read More

•  On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared an epidemic surrounding teenage use of electronic cigarettes. The FDA gave device makers notice that they have 60 days to prove their ability to keep their devices away from minors.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture, secure messaging, clinical communication, MIPS registry, clinically integrated network, and care navigation software.


Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  Cats and dogs can serve a bigger purpose than simply being a house pet. More and more, animals are being used for therapeutic purposes, also helping to heal and provide joy to the sick. Animal-assisted therapy can include quality time with not just dogs and cats but also miniature horses, cats, rabbits, and even llamas, oh my!  Read More

•  Civica Rx, a nonprofit generic drug company established and launched by some of the country's largest health systems, aims to lower the cost of medications. The company, which has drawn interest from over 120 health organizations, is first focusing on 14 drugs that are being administered in hospitals.  Read More

•  The National Institutes of Health's All of Us program aims to enroll 100K participants to share their data for research purposes. This program bears similarities to the UK's National Health Service's October roll-out of services that will allow equitable access to genetic and genomic testing.  Read More

•  The Affordable Care Act is yet again the center of a health care saga. A recent lawsuit by Republicans aiming to strike down the federal health law has Democrats and Republicans facing each other in court. The lawsuit comes after Congress eliminated the penalty for not having health insurance, which was part of last year's tax bill. Republicans say this action renders the entire health law unconstitutional, while Democrats are arguing against this.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture, secure messaging, clinical communication, MIPS registry, clinically integrated network, and care navigation software.


Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  Over a third of calories that Americans consume these days come from foods purchased or eaten in restaurants, and most of these restaurant-goers are completely clueless about how many calories they're consuming. Every restaurant has their extreme calorie contenders, like Cheesecake Factory's Breakfast Burrito or Chili’s Honey-Chipotle Crispers & Waffles. The obesity crisis, which has reached epidemic proportions is showing no signs of slowing down for Americans over 5 years old.  Read More

•  A group of insurers filed a petition in July 2016 requesting two clarifications to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 2015 Omnibus TCPA Order, which allows HIPAA-covered entities to communicate with patients that give their phone number to a health care provider. The changes to the current language would allow a patient's phone number given to any HIPAA-covered entity to constitute prior consent to make non-marketing calls.  Read More

•  Federal health officials have reported a sharp increase in STDs in the U.S. for the fourth year in a row. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in 2017, a record high and 20,000 cases more than the previous year.  Read More

•  In a recent study from Pew Charitable Trusts, highly customizable EHRs that vary in design and use have been found to lead to inefficiencies that can fail to prevent patient harm or ultimately contribute to it. Organizations are encouraged to test EHR usability to evaluate system safety and identify challenges to prevent future harm.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture, secure messaging, clinical communication, MIPS registry, clinically integrated network, and care navigation software.


Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  A recent study showed that the combination of two immunotherapy drugs given to melanoma patients shrank brain tumors and prolonged the life of the patients whose cancer had spread to the brain. Melanoma is more likely than most cancers to invade the brain.  Read More

•  Trying to navigate the risks of overlooked Internet of Things (IoT) for hospitals can be a daunting task. One expert discusses some tips on how to avoid those unintended consequences resulting from the growing use of IoT in health care, such as performing due diligence on vendors and understanding what could go wrong any technology.  Read More

•  Falling from a plane and surviving? Sounds like a plot from a James Bond movie but a handful of lucky people have actually been in similar real-life scenarios and survived. A few tips on how to survive an insanely high fall? Being small, landing on something soft, not landing on ones head, and not falling in the first place are just a few factors that can help you survive a 10,000-foot fall.  Read More

•  Care coordination apps could be the answer to mismatched patient records shared between multiple providers. As little as 50% of patient records are correctly matched when more than one provider is involved. pMD's Care Navigation software is one such solution to this problem.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture, secure messaging, clinical communication, MIPS registry, clinically integrated network, and care navigation software.