Medicare

By Brian Dolan May 12, 2010
We are holding Senate hearings to address reimbursement barriers for eCare and wireless health services, Dr. Mohit Kaushal, the director of healthcare at the FCC said during a presentation at the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance here in La Jolla, CA. The federal government is going to focus on cost cutting, Kaushal said, as it might has allocated $10 billion through 2019 for the creation of a CMS...
By Brian Dolan May 5, 2010
Following the publication of the FCC National Broadband Plan a new term entered the mobile health and connected health industries' lexicon: "eCare." The FCC adopted this term to serve as an umbrella concept for "the electronic exchange of information -- data, images and video -- to aid in the practice of medicine and advanced analytics. Encompasses technologies that enable video consultation,...
By Brian Dolan April 28, 2010
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore), one of the chairs of the Senate's Committee on Aging, held up at least four wireless health devices during the Senate hearing last week: Nonin's Bluetooth-enabled pulse oximeter, MedApps' HealthPal, Corventis' PiiX sensor and another one which we are working to identify, but looks like it might be a transdermal medication delivery patch made by Isis Biopolymer....
By MHN Staff April 7, 2010
Will the health reform law affect the emerging wireless health industry? Yes, of course. There are at least 21 specific provisions that will have an effect on the connected health and personal health industry.  With help from the policy wonks over at the Continua Health Alliance, we have assembled the following 21 provisions that are relevant to connected health. (We broke them into separate...
By Brian Dolan March 24, 2010
On page 526 of the more than 2,300 page healthcare reform bill that President Barack Obama signed earlier this week is a proposal for states to support the use of wireless health technology for chronic disease management: "A proposal for use of health information technology in providing health home services under this section and improving service delivery and coordination across the care...
By Brian Dolan February 24, 2010
By Laurie Orlov, Aging In Place Technology Watch Apocalypse and opportunity -- the bet is that we're not going to age well. Our favorite gloom-and-doom source, CNBC, has offered up today's Doomsday Boomer Prediction. Those boomers are going to be a healthcare nightmare: "They visit the doctor more, they consume more services, and they aren’t afraid to use their $7 trillion in collective wealth...
By Brian Dolan February 17, 2010
Wireless health services aim to improve care, but they also seek to reduce overall healthcare spending, which a recent study by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reports is increasing. The study shows that healthcare spending increased by 5.7 percent in 2009 and projects that this decade may bring about an average annual growth rate of 6.1 percent in healthcare spending. By...
By Brian Dolan November 20, 2009
The Wall Street Journal has an incendiary profile piece on the Jeffries analyst, Brian Kennedy, who predicted that Highmark CMS would cut its reimbursement rate for CardioNet's wireless cardiac monitoring  service. CardioNet is the only public company fully focused on wireless health, which makes it a true pioneer for the emerging industry. While the aftermath that followed Kennedy's April...
By Brian Dolan September 24, 2009
"It’s stupid of insurance companies to insist on an inferior device costing 10 times as much," Roger Ebert wrote in a letter to the Editor of the New York Times last week. Ebert, the famous film critic, was responding to a feature the Times had recently published about Medicare only covering dedicated text-to-speech devices, even though those devices are typically far more expensive than multi-...
By Brian Dolan September 16, 2009
It was a hard fight to get insurance companies to cover dedicated text-to-speech devices for speech-impaired patients, but it finally happened in 2001, according to a report in The New York Times. Now the fight is on to get insurers to pay for cheaper devices and software that they claim work just as well or better. The Times report highlights one patient's struggle: Kara Lynn, an ALS, or Lou...