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Koskinen: IRS Did a Good Job on the ACA - Accounting Today

Koskinen: IRS Did a Good Job on the ACA - Accounting Today | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
The IRS is holding up its end of the chore of filing implications created by the ACA, according to Commissioner John Koskinen s tax day testimony before a Senate committee.
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The rate of heroin overdose deaths has nearly tripled in just three years

The rate of heroin overdose deaths has nearly tripled in just three years | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
The most common victim is now white and younger, instead of black and middle-aged.
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U.S. Doctor Shortage Could Hit 90000 By 2025 - Forbes

U.S. Doctor Shortage Could Hit 90000 By 2025 - Forbes | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
The nation’s shortage of doctors will rise to between 46,000 and 90,000 by 2025 as the U.S. population grows, more Americans gain health insurance and new alternative primary care sites proliferate.
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Healthcare Outcomes Improve When Technology Imitates Nature - Forbes

Healthcare Outcomes Improve When Technology Imitates Nature - Forbes | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
With recent advances in computing technology, improving outcomes in healthcare may not require new or revolutionary approaches. It may just require a more informed look at the way Mother Nature has already been working for billions of years.
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Language on Twitter Tracks Rates of Coronary Heart Disease

Language on Twitter Tracks Rates of Coronary Heart Disease | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it

Twitter can serve as a dashboard indicator of a community’s psychological well-being and can predict county-level rates of heart disease, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of theAssociation for Psychological Science.


Previous studies have identified many factors that contribute to the risk of heart disease, including behavioral factors like smoking and psychological factors like stress.


Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrated that Twitter can capture more information about heart disease risk than many traditional factors combined, as it also characterizes the psychological atmosphere of a community.


The findings show that expressions of negative emotions such as anger, stress, and fatigue in the tweets from people in a given county were associated with higher heart disease risk in that county. On the other hand, expressions of positive emotions like excitement and optimism were associated with lower risk.


The results suggest that using Twitter as a window into a community’s collective mental state may provide a useful tool in epidemiology:


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Blue Cross payment disparities puzzle, intrigue Charlotte health execs - Charlotte Observer

Blue Cross payment disparities puzzle, intrigue Charlotte health execs - Charlotte Observer | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
Charlotte’s health care executives, blindsided when Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina revealed its pricing to the public, say the numbers raise questions for them as well as consumers.
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New Program Combines Medicare and Medi-Cal in Santa Clara County - New America Media

New Program Combines Medicare and Medi-Cal in Santa Clara County - New America Media | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism.
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When ObamaCare came to Harvard

When ObamaCare came to Harvard | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
ObamaCare has come to Harvard, and the faculty is in a state of shock and dismay. In what has to be considered an early contender for the most hilarious and enjoyable news story of the year, The Ne...
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Supreme Court case over ACA will drive 2015 healthcare debate - ModernHealthcare.com

Supreme Court case over ACA will drive 2015 healthcare debate - ModernHealthcare.com | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
The specter of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down premium subsidies for millions of Americans will loom over the healthcare policy debate in Washington during the first half of 2015, and its fallout could dominate the second half of the year.
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Improving Medicaid for 'Medically Complex' Kids

Improving Medicaid for 'Medically Complex' Kids | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
Finding care for children with medically complex or rare conditions—which may affect fewer than 100 kids nationwide—can force parents to tap into networks of highly specialized physicians and hospitals scattered around the country.
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Doctors to demonstrate in protest at 'plan B' proposed Medicare changes

Doctors to demonstrate in protest at 'plan B' proposed Medicare changes | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
AMA president says public rallies in Sydney, Brisbane and possibly Canberra will draw ‘hundreds if not thousands of doctors’
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How Vera Peters revolutionized treatments for Hodgkin's, breast cancer

How Vera Peters revolutionized treatments for Hodgkin's, breast cancer | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
Vera Peters was a pioneering Canadian doctor who radically changed the way breast cancer is treated, making lumpectomy an option for women with early stages of the disease. Her achievement is celebrated in a new play about her life.
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Lavish ‘Cadillac’ Health Plans Dying as Obamacare Tax Looms

Large employers are increasingly putting an end to their most generous health-care coverage as a tax on “Cadillac” insurance plans looms closer under Obamacare.
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Microsoft Band now shares activity, updating the Health app wth iOS, Android ... - PCWorld

Microsoft Band now shares activity, updating the Health app wth iOS, Android ... - PCWorld | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
The Microsoft Band and Health apps will begin comparing your fitness to a cross-section of your peers. And if you don't have a Band, no problem -- the Health app will use your iPhone or Android phone, instead.
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Another Study Confirms The Beauty Of The Mediterranean Diet. So Why Are We Not All On It Already?

Another Study Confirms The Beauty Of The Mediterranean Diet. So Why Are We Not All On It Already? | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
The medical community may be part of the problem. But our psychology around food might explain more.
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Even Some Doctors Fear These 10 Questions - NPR (blog)

Even Some Doctors Fear These 10 Questions - NPR (blog) | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
Just 10 questions about bad childhood experiences can turn up undiagnosed illness in adults, research suggests. So why don't more doctors ask? Some say they aren't equipped to deal with the answers.
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Top mHealth apps as rated by doctors

Top mHealth apps as rated by doctors | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
HealthTap published a survey of the top physician-rated apps for both iOS and Android, and breaks it down into 30 separate categories.


HealthTap founder and CEO Ron Gutman said the company's goal is to give clinicians and consumers a guide to choosing apps that have been approved by doctors, rather than resorting to the user ratings found in app stores (HealthTap's AppRx app, by the way, has a healthy 4.72 star rating in the Apple App Store, he said). The apps are judged on three standards – ease of use, effectiveness and medical accuracy, validity and soundness. They're not given a number rating, but are ranked solely based on how many doctors would recommend them.


Top 10 Health and Medical Apps for Android

1. Weight Watchers Mobile (Weight Watchers International)

2. White Noise Lite (TMSoft)

3. Lose It! (FitNow)

4. First Aid (American Red Cross)

5. RunKeeper – GPS Track Run Walk (FitnessKeeper)

6. Emergency First Aid/Treatment (Phoneflips)

7. Instant Heart Rate (Azumio)

8. Fooducate – Healthy Food Diet (Fooducate)

9. Glucose Buddy – Diabetes Log (Azumio)

10. Pocket First Aid & CPR (Jive Media)


Top Health and Medical Apps for iOS

1. Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker (MyFitnessPal.com)

2. Weight Watchers Mobile (Weight Watchers International)

3. Lose It! (FitNow)

4. White Noise Lite (TMSoft)

5. First Aid (American Red Cross)

6. Runkeeper (FitnessKeeper)

7. Stroke Riskometer (Autel)

8. Emergency First Aid & Treatment Guide (Phoneflips)

9. Instant Heart Rate (Azumio)

10. Fooducate (Foducate)


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Erie Co. Legislator Pushes For Inmates To Pay For Healthcare - TWC News

Erie Co. Legislator Pushes For Inmates To Pay For Healthcare - TWC News | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
A recent audit of Erie County's cost for providing healthcare to inmates has one local leader pushing for a new policy to require the incarcerated to shell out a copay for medical services.
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The Biggest Problem Politicians Are Tempted to Ignore - Daily Signal

The Biggest Problem Politicians Are Tempted to Ignore - Daily Signal | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
With so many issues facing the incoming Congress, lawmakers might be tempted to ignore one of the most persistent problems in Washington: overspending.
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NC doctors, patients face Medicaid pinch in 2015 - Charlotte Observer

NC doctors, patients face Medicaid pinch in 2015 - Charlotte Observer | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
Some North Carolina doctors could see Medicaid payments drop 20 percent as a temporary boost from the Affordable Care Act goes away.
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Medicare begins paying doctors to coordinate chronic care for seniors - PBS NewsHour

Medicare begins paying doctors to coordinate chronic care for seniors - PBS NewsHour | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
Starting this month, Medicare will pay primary care doctors a monthly fee to better coordinate care for the most vulnerable seniors - those with multiple chronic illnesses - even if they don't have a face-to-face exam.
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Web Briefing: Early Impacts of the Medicaid Expansion for the Homeless Population

Web Briefing: Early Impacts of the Medicaid Expansion for the Homeless Population | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
The Kaiser Family Foundation website provides in-depth information on key health policy issues including Medicaid, Medicare, health reform, global health, HIV/AIDS, health insurance, the uninsured and much more.
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Tax time brings sobering surprise as health care act's penalties kick in - NorthJersey.com

Tax time brings sobering surprise as health care act's penalties kick in - NorthJersey.com | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
The Affordable Care Act rolled out last year with the promise of health coverage for those who hadn’t been able to get it before. That was the good part.
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Obamacare Hyper-Inflates IRS: 4th Branch of Govt

Obamacare Hyper-Inflates IRS: 4th Branch of Govt | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
More than 200 years ago, enlightened men of a far more superior intellect than anyone in authority today established a framework which is the foundation of
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The Medicare changes you weren't told about

The Medicare changes you weren't told about | HealthcareToday | Scoop.it
The Australian Medical Association predicts many doctors will be caught out by a change quietly made by the Abbott government two days before Christmas which will cut the Medicare rebates which apply for short consultations for one class of doctors.
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