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Kaiser Health News

7.3 Million Who Picked Exchange Plans Paid Their Premiums

19 September 2014, 6:59 amThat number, which reflects the tally of people who obtained insurance via the health law, fell slightly from the estimated 8 million mark that was released in the spring. It means that at least 700,0...

Will Illinois Build State Exchange? Calif. Exchange Neutral On Prop 45

19 September 2014, 6:58 amTime is running out for deadlocked Illinois lawmakers to build a state-based exchange. Meanwhile, California exchange officials stay neutral on a ballot initiative to allow the state insurance commiss...

When It Comes To Health Prices, Getting Information Is Difficult

19 September 2014, 6:29 amNew Hampshire is one of a handful of states that requires disclosure of health care prices. Also, The Miami Herald continues its coverage of the problems Miami-Dade County has in trying to get details...

Obama Orders Plan To Reduce Peril Of Antibiotic Resistance

19 September 2014, 6:28 amThe measures include incentives to develop new drugs, tighter control of existing ones and better tracking of resistant microbes. "Super bugs" are thought to cause 23,000 deaths and two million illnes...

Miami-Dade County, Like Many Employers, Denied Tools To Trim Health Costs

19 September 2014, 6:27 amAs the Florida county negotiates health insurance changes with labor unions, it isn't allowed to know the prices its own insurance plan administrator negotiates with providers, even though it's self-i...

Demand For $84,000 Hepatitis C Drug Slows

19 September 2014, 6:25 amHealth care providers may be waiting for other, soon-to-be-released drugs to treat hepatitis C. Also, an Indian pharmaceutical company faces Justice Department questions on pricing data for Medicaid.

In A Change, VA Auditor Says Wait Times May Have Played A Role In Deaths

19 September 2014, 6:25 amIn testimony before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin says that delays in getting treatment at some VA centers may have been a factor in the deaths of...

Some Doctors Could Face Stiff Fines Because Of Shifting CMS Rules

19 September 2014, 6:25 amThe physicians, who have already spent millions of dollars to set up electronic health record systems, could now face penalties because of a timing glitch in federal rules.

GovHealthIT.com

Want big bucks? Consider a career in health IT

19 September 2014, 9:13 amA new survey from online jobs search firm HealthITJobs.com reveals that work in health IT results in above-average salaries for many positions in the field, depending on experience, location and gende...

NHIT Week: Are patients really ready for the health data dance?

19 September 2014, 5:12 amAmid all the National Health IT Week discussion is the notion that engaging patients in their own care by granting them access to health data will advance the nation toward the Triple Aim. But what if...

Verizon and Ginger.io aim to neutralize Medicaid 'superutilizers'

18 September 2014, 8:48 amSuperutilizers. They’re the Medicaid elite, as in its most expensive patients. Hospitals, policymakers, and IT vendors, in fact, are working to simultaneously improve superutilizers’ healt...

4 takeaways from the Privacy & Security Forum

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Proposed bill takes aim at meaningful use full-year reporting

17 September 2014, 10:10 amThe requirement that providers must report for a full year of meaningfully using their EHR in 2015 has caught the attention of Congress. On Tuesday Republican North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmer...

Chipping away at the uninsured rate

17 September 2014, 6:07 amOnce an international embarrassment, the nation’s population without health insurance is gradually falling, according to the federal government’s latest data. In the first three months of...

Making patients the 'hub' of their own healthcare

16 September 2014, 8:21 amNational Health IT Week is officially underway in Washington, DC, and it's only fitting that interoperability and patient engagement are the primary themes being discussed. Primary Topic:&n...

Cloud security concerns hold back federal agencies

15 September 2014, 12:32 pmA whopping 89 percent of federal IT executives are apprehensive about migrating applications to the cloud, with only one in five completely confident in their vendor’s security. That’s acc...

Health.Mil

TRICARE Urges Beneficiaries to Prepare for Flu Season

18 September 2014, 9:00 pmFever? Check. Muscle aches? Check. Chills? It’s almost flu and cold season beneficiaries, and in order to make sure these flu symptoms don’t ruin your Fall, the best way to protect yoursel...

Part 3 of a Series: Navy Petty Officer Considers Suicide

18 September 2014, 9:00 pmWASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 – This month is Suicide Prevention Month, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said preventing military suicides is one of the Defense Department’s highest prio...

USU Center Contributes to National Preparedness Year Round

16 September 2014, 9:00 pmSeptember may be National Preparedness Month, but the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health at the Uniformed Services University works year round to improve national preparedness and...

Leaders in Military Medicine Praise Bono during Promotion Ceremony

16 September 2014, 9:00 pmRear Adm. Raquel Bono was promoted to rear admiral upper half (two-star) during a ceremony held at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Sept. 15.Bono is the director of the Defense Health Agen...

Peer Support Network Ignites Calls for Expansion

15 September 2014, 9:00 pmA warfighter contemplating suicide may be helped by talking with a comrade who understands military service and its stresses, the Defense Suicide Prevention Office has found.As the military community...

TRICARE Shines Light on Suicide Prevention

12 September 2014, 9:38 amSuicide is the tenth leading cause of death for Americans, and military veterans make up 20 percent of suicide deaths each year. TRICARE works with the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, the Departmen...

Studies Link Lack of Sleep to Greater Suicide Risk

12 September 2014, 9:04 amThree out of four deployed service members have trouble sleeping, a particular concern for the Military Health System since recent studies show that getting enough sleep has a direct correlation to pr...

TAPS Provides Comfort to Suicide Survivors

11 September 2014, 9:00 pmA family member holds a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Run and Remember sign May 17 before the start of a race in Fargo, N.D. DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. LippFor more inf...

Army Health News

World Class Athlete Program Soldier set for Invictus

9 September 2014, 9:00 pmSgt. Ryan McIntosh of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program intends to win six medals in the inaugural Invictus Games, scheduled for Sept. 10-14, 2014, in London. The Invictus Games is an internat...

'Unconquered' warriors in London for first Invictus Games

7 September 2014, 9:00 pmSome 400 wounded, ill or injured warriors from the U.S., and 13 other allied nations, will compete at the first-ever Invictus Games in London, Sept. 10-14, 2014, and the U.S. team was sent off by a p...

Program enables surgeons to save sawed-off thumb

4 September 2014, 9:00 pmBrooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, has launched a formal microvascular surgery program to better serve military and civilian trauma patients throughout the region.

U.S. Army Europe Expert Field Medical Badge candidates begin testing

3 September 2014, 9:00 pmTesting for the 2014 U.S. Amy Europe Expert Field Medical Badge kicked off Sept. 4, 2014, at Camp Aachen in the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany.

Searching for answers: Panel reviews Reserve suicides

2 September 2014, 9:00 pmIn 2013, 57 Army Reserve Soldiers decided the only way out of their particular situation was to take their own life, and a recent study looked at each of the cases.

Dietary supplements: Safety still an issue, better options available

1 September 2014, 9:00 pmBeing a Soldier is as physically demanding, at times, as being a professional athlete. As a result, Soldiers are especially conscious of physical training requirements and the need to remain fit and r...

Army uses holistic approach to weight loss

26 August 2014, 9:00 pmThe staff at the Soldier Family Fit Facility at Fort Hood, Texas, utilizes a multi-tiered approach to weight loss. The staff provides guidance for Soldiers and family members, seeking to not only help...

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to perform, educate Fort Riley community about resiliency

26 August 2014, 9:00 pmThe Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will visit Fort Riley, Kansas, for a series of free events, with some open to DOD personnel and some for the public, Sept. 5-8, 2014.

HHS.Gov

Health care law saves consumers money, provides more resources to states

18 September 2014, 10:01 pmHealth care law saves consumers money, provides more resources to states...

HHS spurs innovation to develop next-generation portable ventilator

16 September 2014, 10:01 pmHHS spurs innovation to develop next-generation portable ventilator...

New Affordable Care Act tools and payment models deliver $372 million in savings, improve care

15 September 2014, 10:01 pmNew Affordable Care Act tools and payment models deliver $372 million in savings, improve care...

U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps to help treat Ebola patients in Liberia

15 September 2014, 10:01 pmU.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps to help treat Ebola Patients in Liberia...

HHS awards more than $295 million in Affordable Care Act funds to increase access to primary care at health centers

11 September 2014, 10:01 pmHHS awards more than $295 million in Affordable Care Act funds to increase access to primary care at health centers​...

HHS provides additional flexibility for certification of electronic health

9 September 2014, 10:01 pmHHS provides additional flexibility for certification of electronic health...

HHS announces $60 million to help consumers navigate their health care coverage options in the Health Insurance Marketplace

7 September 2014, 10:01 pmHHS announces $60 million to help consumers navigate their health care coverage options in the Health Insurance Marketplace...

Secretary Burwell further strengthens HHS management team

3 September 2014, 10:01 pmSecretary Burwell further strengthens HHS management team...

Health.Com

Gluten-Free Skincare: Do You Need It?

19 September 2014, 12:46 pmThe gluten-free phenomenon has officially made its way from grocery aisles to cosmetic shelves. Here’s what it means for people with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance.

Cyberbullying Seems to Ramp Up in Middle School

19 September 2014, 12:37 pmFRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As kids transition from elementary to middle school, they are increasingly the targets of cyberbullies, according to a recent study. But the researcher...

How to Make Your Own Eye Makeup Remover With Coconut Oil

19 September 2014, 12:27 pmIf you have sensitive skin or you just want an all natural makeup remover, you’re going to love this beauty trick.

Why Almost Everyone Needs a Flu Shot

19 September 2014, 12:17 pmLess than half of all Americans got a flu shot last year, so U.S. health officials on Thursday urged that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for the coming flu season.

5 Signs Your Hormones Are Out of Whack

19 September 2014, 12:15 pmRaise your hand if, in the last few weeks, you’ve felt tired, bloated, or cranky.

Grumpy Cat Lifetime Movie? Best. News. Ever.

19 September 2014, 11:35 amNot content with merely being a successful recording artist, a commercial spokeskitty and a beloved American pop culture icon, Grumpy Cat is about to add another credit to her growing IMDb page.

Tight Blood Sugar Control Doesn’t Prevent Strokes in Diabetics: Study

19 September 2014, 10:37 amBy Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A six-year study of people with type 2 diabetes found that intensively lowering blood pressure had a long-lasting e...

Some U.S. Troops May Face Greater Skin Cancer Risk

19 September 2014, 10:37 amFRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — U.S. military troops deployed to sunny climates may have an increased risk of skin cancer, according to a new study. Many returning troops reported get...