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By Brian Dolan 04:32 am September 1, 2009
Highmark Medicare Services (HMS) confirmed with remote monitoring service provider CardioNet that the reduced reimbursement rate for mobile cardiovascular technology will become effective today, September 1, 2009. The new rate is $754 per service and that represents a 33 percent reduction from the $1,123 reimbursement rate the service has retained all year. "We are very disappointed at HMS'...
By Brian Dolan 05:21 am August 31, 2009
New England-based health plan Harvard Pilgrim Health Care announced plans to pilot a medication adherence study that makes use of MedMinder Systems' wireless-enabled pillbox.  The randomized controlled study, which is set to begin in early September, aims to determine how effective MedMinder's system is on a population of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD affects 26 million...
By Brian Dolan 10:53 am August 17, 2009
Vanguard Health Systems has become the tenth company to join the Dossia Consortium, which is a non-profit organization made up of U.S. employers that seek to empower their employees to make smarter, more informed healthcare decisions by providing them with access to their healthcare data through what the consortium calls a personally-controlled health record (PCHR). That sounds a lot like a...
By Brian Dolan 10:44 am August 17, 2009
Healthcare leader joins major U.S. employers group to help deliver empowering health data to employees through personally-controlled health records CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Dossia, a leading provider of personally-controlled health records, today announced that Vanguard Health Systems is the newest member of the Dossia Consortium, a non-profit organization comprised of nine other top U.S. employers...
By Brian Dolan 04:35 am August 17, 2009
eHealth Mobile platform provides health insurance options for consumers on the go MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, August 17, 2009 - eHealthInsurance, the leading online source of health insurance (www.ehealthinsurance.com) for individuals, families and small businesses, announced today that it is offering Individual, Family and Short-term health insurance products through a specially designed mobile ecommerce...
By Brian Dolan 07:23 am August 7, 2009
"If we have learned one thing, it's that we need to leverage existing devices," Aetna's head of eHealth Product Management, Dan Greden said during his presentation at the World Healthcare Congress' Wireless Health event in Boston last week. Aetna has more than 19 million customers for its medical insurance plans. "A very good example is the iPhone as exercise tracker," Greden explained. "Someone...
By Brian Dolan 01:05 am August 6, 2009
Every day more than 3.5 billion are sent. Some 1 trillion were exchanged throughout last year. Yes, the humble 160 character text message remains a considerably popular means of communication. Disagree? We send more texts than we make calls: A Nielsen Mobile report last year found that U.S. mobile phone users sent an average of 357 texts per month in the second quarter of 2008 versus an average...
By Brian Dolan 11:18 am July 16, 2009
Cisco, UnitedHealth ramp up remote doctor visits: Insurance company UnitedHealth said it will use Cisco's HealthPresence in a nationwide program to enable doctors to treat patients remotely. The companies aim to create a nationwide network to enable video medical imaging, audio communication and health record information exchange between remote locations like retail stores, office settings and...
By MHN Staff 02:03 pm July 13, 2009
CONSHOHOCKEN, Penn. - CardioNet (Nasdaq: BEAT), announced today that on Friday, July 10, 2009, it received a letter from Highmark Medicare Services stating effective September 1, 2009 Highmark was adjusting its reimbursement rate for MCOT services to $754 per service. This reimbursement change affects all providers covered under CPT Code 93229. Randy Thurman, Chairman, President and CEO of...
By Brian Dolan 05:18 am July 13, 2009
After months of rumors and analyst speculation, Highmark CMS has, after all, cut the reimbursement rate for wireless cardiac monitoring MCOT services from $1,123.07 to $754. While some analysts have been anticipating a rate drop on the order of about $200 for the past few months, the rate cut was almost double that. CardioNet, the only pure-play wireless health company that has gone public, is...