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Florida Medicaid enrollment up 8 percent due to federal health-care law sign-ups - Palm Beach Post

Florida Medicaid enrollment up 8 percent due to federal health-care law sign-ups - Palm Beach Post | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
Live Insurance News Florida Medicaid enrollment up 8 percent due to federal health-care law sign-ups Palm Beach Post Florida's Republican lawmakers remain staunchly opposed to expanding Medicaid — a system they've repeatedly said is too expensive...
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Scripps study to assess ability of mobile devices to reduce health costs - FierceMobileHealthcare (press release)

Scripps study to assess ability of mobile devices to reduce health costs - FierceMobileHealthcare (press release) | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
Scripps study to assess ability of mobile devices to reduce health costs FierceMobileHealthcare (press release) STSI researchers are enrolling 200 study participants with chronic conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure or heart...
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Federal Officials Give Final OK For Florida's Medicaid Managed ...

Approval by the Obama administration was expected after it gave its initial go-ahead just hours before Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced his support for the health law's Medicaid expansion.
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Senate advances competing Medicaid alternatives - MiamiHerald.com

WJXT Jacksonville Senate advances competing Medicaid alternatives MiamiHerald.com TALLAHASSEE -- A Senate panel on Wednesday passed two very different proposals to expand health insurance for low-income Floridians under the federal health law,...
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Ex-Google health chief launches an online community for cancer patients

Ex-Google health chief launches an online community for cancer patients | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
Google's former lead health strategist has launched a new website, SmartPatients, which helps cancer patients connect with each other, and learn more about their disease.

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CMS pays providers $12.3B in EHR incentives | Healthcare Finance News

With some healthcare providers now into their second year of meaningful use reporting, Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments were estimated at $12.3 billion paid to a total of 219,000 physicians and hospitals through February since the program’s inception.

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will post final figures for February later this month as it captures more complete data, said Robert Anthony, a specialist in CMS’ Office of eHealth Standards and Services at March 14's Health IT Policy Committee meeting.


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Medicaid Expansion Divides Florida GOP - Kaiser Health News

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Florida Medicaid expansion suffers legislative setback

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 4 (Reuters) - Florida Governor RickScott's plan to expand Medicaid coverage to cover about 1million more poor people suffered a setback on Monday when theproposal failed to (Hmm.
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Webinar: Insuring the Uninsured and the Medicaid Expansion | Reporting on Health

Webinar: Insuring the Uninsured and the Medicaid Expansion | Reporting on Health | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
Now that each state must decided whether to grow its Medicaid rolls as health reform moves forward, what once seemed like a story about process is... (@felicejfreyer @DickKnox Covering #Medicaid expansion and #ACA changes?
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This webinar is targeted to journalists but it might be of benefit to non-journalists as well.

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Cancer research to be aided by smartphone game developed at hackathon (Wired UK)

Cancer research to be aided by smartphone game developed at hackathon (Wired UK) | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
Facebook, Google and Amazon Web Services developers are joining academics for a hackathon that will see genetic data transformed into a citizen science mobile game

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Murray McKercher's curator insight, March 1, 2013 5:21 PM

This is an amazing effort..You can track the progress of the game jam by following the hackers at #CRUKgame

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Hospital Readmissions for US Medicare Patients Decline - Businessweek

Hospital Readmissions for US Medicare Patients Decline - Businessweek | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
Hospital Readmissions for US Medicare Patients Decline
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Hospital readmission rates for Medicare patients are dropping after increasing for more than five years as the 2010 U.S.
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Mental Health Law Increases Access To Substance Abuse Treatment, But Costs Rising - Forbes

Mental Health Law Increases Access To Substance Abuse Treatment, But Costs Rising - Forbes | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act signed into law in 2008 by President George W.
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How the medical industry is using (and could use): Pinterest

How the medical industry is using (and could use): Pinterest | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
The picture-driven social media tool Pinterest made Internet history by rocketing to 10 million subscribers in just under two years, and already surpasses YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn for referral traffic.

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60,000 With HIV Left Uninsured In States Not Expanding Medicaid – Capsules - The KHN Blog

60,000 With HIV Left Uninsured In States Not Expanding Medicaid – Capsules - The KHN Blog | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
60K with HIV Left Uninsured In States Not Expanding Medicaid, from @JennyAGold: http://t.co/RHiiQlk0J5
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Is Healthcare Gamification The Key to Controlling Healthcare Costs? - HIT Consultant

Is Healthcare Gamification The Key to Controlling Healthcare Costs? - HIT Consultant | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
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Insurance claims clearinghouse worries new Medicaid system not ...

An insurance claims clearinghouse that works with North Carolina healthcare providers is worried about the state's new Medicaid payment system. As first reported in the Triangle Business Journal, an executive with ...
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Seniors and the Affordable Care Act – Fact Sheets | HealthCare.gov

Seniors and the Affordable Care Act – Fact Sheets | HealthCare.gov | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
Learn what seniors should know about the Affordable Care Act. Find the information you need at HealthCare.gov.
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Comparing the Bean and Negron alternatives to Medicaid expansion - MiamiHerald.com (blog)

Comparing the Bean and Negron alternatives to Medicaid expansion - MiamiHerald.com (blog) | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
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States Seek to Direct Medicaid Patients to Exchanges - Bloomberg

States Seek to Direct Medicaid Patients to Exchanges - Bloomberg | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
States Seek to Direct Medicaid Patients to Exchanges
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Lower-income residents eligible for Medicaid may be directed to buy coverage from health insurance exchanges using tax dollars, an option the Obama administration is weighing.
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Health Reform Hits Main Street

Health Reform Hits Main Street | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
Confused about how the new health reform law really works? This short, animated movie -- featuring the "YouToons" -- explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014.
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Why Is It So Hard To Fix Pay for Doctors Taking Medicare Patients?

Why Is It So Hard To Fix Pay for Doctors Taking Medicare Patients? | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
Why is it so hard to fix pay for doctors taking #Medicare patients? http://t.co/kHvQExsQiA
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Will Medicaid expansion add jobs? Yes, no, yes no - MiamiHerald.com

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Will Medicaid expansion add jobs? Yes, no, yes no
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TALLAHASSEE: Medicaid expansion faces uncertain future in Legislature - Florida - MiamiHerald.com

Top House and Senate leaders are skeptical about the idea of expanding Medicaid to more Floridians. (Medicaid expansion faces uncertain future in Legislature: Top House and Senate leaders are skeptical about the...
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4 ways mobile health could save $400B in health costs

4 ways mobile health could save $400B in health costs | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
A report from the GSMA and PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that mobile health could save developed countries $400 billion in 2017. Here are four uses of mobile technology that could help make that happen.
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Overcoming Obstacles to Better Health Care

Overcoming Obstacles to Better Health Care | Health Care Trends & Costs | Scoop.it
Transforming the American health care system could include offering safe harbor from malpractice suits for doctors who demonstrate high-quality care.

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Joseph Rugg's curator insight, February 24, 2013 9:30 AM

Meaningful healthcare reform needs tort reform so that healthcare providers can spend less time (and less inurer's money) on defensive medicine and more time (and arguably less insurer's money) on preventive medicine and thereby achieve more accountable medicine.