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Walmart patent proposes storing patient records on the blockchain

Two items of interest here…   This potentially is fabulous tech, and one first responders have been asking about for years It’s Walmart – the next biggest healthcare organization??   ——————————–   Walmart patent proposes storing patient records on the blockchain Written by Julie Spitzer | June 18, 2018 | Print  | Email   https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/walmart-patent-would-store-patient-records-on-blockchain.html […]


Envision Healthcare to be acquired by KKR

Envision Healthcare to be acquired by KKR By Shelby Livingston  | June 11, 2018 Private equity firm KKR on Monday said it would buy physician staffing company Envision Healthcare for $9.9 billion.  http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180611/NEWS/180619998 The companies expect the deal to close in the fourth quarter of 2018. The announcement comes after Nashville, Tenn.-based Envision […]


Bloomberg – Air Ambulances Are Flying More Patients Than Ever, and Leaving Massive Bills Behind

Air Ambulances Are Flying More Patients Than Ever, and Leaving Massive Bills Behind Rising prices, billing disputes, and a quirk in federal law are creating a new health-care headache. By John Tozzi June 11, 2018   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-06-11/private-equity-backed-air-ambulances-leave-behind-massive-bills   When three-year-old West Cox’s fever hit 107 degrees, doctors called a helicopter.   […]


GAO calls on CMS to continue prior authorization experiments

GAO calls on CMS to continue prior authorization experiments By Virgil Dickson  | May 21, 2018   http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180521/NEWS/180529994   The CMS hasn’t moved to continue prior authorization experiments even though they could save Medicare billions of dollars, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Under the experiments, the CMS only pays for some […]


HCA, private equity firm join forces to make bid for Envision

HCA, private equity firm join forces to make bid for Envision Written by Ayla Ellison May 21, 2018   https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-transactions-and-valuation/hca-private-equity-firm-join-forces-to-make-bid-for-envision.html   Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare and KKR & Co., a New York City-based private equity firm, have teamed up to make an offer for Nashville-based physician services provider Envision Healthcare, […]


BCBS of Texas: Some members may have to pay entire bill for non-emergent use of out-of-network ED

BCBS of Texas: Some members may have to pay entire bill for non-emergent use of out-of-network ED Morgan Haefner April 25, 2018   https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/payer-issues/bcbs-of-texas-some-members-may-have-to-pay-entire-bill-for-nonemergent-use-of-out-of-network-ed.html   BlueCross BlueShield of Texas may begin requiring some members who access non-emergent care at out-of-network emergency departments to pay their bills in full.   Here […]


Congress Introduces Air Ambulance Quality and Accountability Act

Congress Introduces Air Ambulance Quality and Accountability Act   Summary: H.R.3780 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)   Introduced in House (09/14/2017)   Air Ambulance Quality and Accountability Act   This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to modify standards and payment for air-ambulance services under the Medicare Program. […]


Uber to the ER?

Uber to the ER? Ambulances are expensive. Some cities are beginning to offer other ways to get to the hospital. BY MATTIE QUINN MAY 2018   http://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/gov-ambulances-expensive-uber.html   It’s more than just an inexpensive, convenient way to get to the airport or back home safely from an evening of bar-crawling. More […]


CMS to launch $25 billion quality initiative

CMS to launch $25 billion quality initiative By Virgil Dickson  | May 16, 2018   http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180516/NEWS/180519932   The CMS wants to consolidate several Medicare quality programs in an effort to identify the highest performing organization and have them scale their efforts under a contract that’s worth up to $25 billion. Quality improvement networks […]


UnitedHealth hits back at Envision over ER billing practices

By Shelby Livingston March 20, 2018 UnitedHealth Group has shot back at physician staffing firm Envision Healthcare over allegations surrounding emergency room billing, creating a website blaming Envision for patients’ costly emergency room bills. The two companies are locked in a dispute over payment issues. Envision, which has previously landed […]