Walmart has a deal with insurer, Anthem, one of the largest insurers in the nation, to encourage those on Medicare to purchase over-the-counter medication and health supplies at Walmart. Experts say Walmart may soon be looking into providing health services including basic medical care. Read more…
Despite the rhetoric, Americans might not understand what Medicare for all does (and does not) cover. Traditional Medicare doesn’t include vision, dental or prescription coverage. Medicare users who have access to those services do so through Medicare Advantage plans which could be eliminated in Medicare for All. Read more.
Thank you to all who came to the SIIA Conference in September—we hope you were able to stop by the Complete Health Systems booth to learn more about our services and meet some of the members of our team.
Each year at the conference, we draw attendee names and those winners receive a $50 gift card for themselves and Complete Health Systems also donates $50 to the charity of their choice. If they choose one of the charities that we support, like the ones below, Complete Health Systems will double the amount to $100 donated in the winners’ name, to the charity.
Amanda Lima (Wounded Warrior Project)
Meghan Jones (Children’s Miracle Network)
Tara Carney (Wounded Warrior Project)
Suan Bennett (Children’s Miracle Network)
Medical device company, Medtronic, disabled internet updates over concerns about hacking risk. A flaw in the CareLink devices, which provide information to doctors of cardiac patients, has concerned the FDA.
The flaw could allow hackers to change the device’s function as it doesn’t require programmers to verify that they are still connected to a virtual private network (VPN) before downloading updates.
The fix will prevent existing programmers from accessing the Medtronic software distribution network and will require updates only through a USB update. Read more.
Source: Healthcare IT News
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Affordable Care Act “silver plans” will decrease in price in 2019—the first time since the program began.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma attributed this price drop to the Trump Administration’s market stabilization rule and seven state innovation waivers which allow states to provide access to health care in innovative ways that provide comprehensive health care that is affordable to consumers and doesn’t increase the federal deficit. Read more.
Source: Modern Healthcare
Long-term care insurers, citing significant losses, are raising rates as much as double for customers.
Senators from both parties are looking to limit or end the practice known as “surprise billing or “balance billing” which occurs when hospitals or doctors charge patients for doctors and hospitals not in their network. The new legislation would require patients to pay what is outlined in their insurance plan, but not above that, instead looking back to the insurance company for resolution. Another proposal would have hospitals notify emergency patients their insurance is out of network and provide the option to leave and go to a new facility.