Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

1) Report: ACA plans have a third fewer providers than employer-based plans. The Washington Post, July 15, 2015.

Consumers who bought insurance on the health exchanges had access to one-third fewer doctors and hospitals than people with employer-provided coverage.

2) Mobile apps helping reduce readmissions. Healthcare IT News, July 15, 2015.

Apps that are currently in development will allow patients to identify local resources, schedule appointments, and promote patient wellness and chronic disease management.

3) Federal Health Exchange Approved Fake Claims. The Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2015.

The Affordable Care Act’s federal exchange approved 11 fictitious applications submitted in an undercover operation by the Government Accountability Office.

4) EHRs aren’t enough for value-based care. Healthcare IT News, July 15, 2015.

Healthcare is changing and shifting to improve effectiveness, but EHRs were designed only for a fee-for-service environment.

5) Head of Obama’s Health Care Rollout to Lobby for Insurers. The New York Times, July 15, 2015.

Marilyn B. Tavenner has been chosen to be the top lobbyist for the nation’s health insurance industry.

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