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Apple Watch takes countermeasures to prevent false Afib notifications

It takes five incidents of detected atrial fibrillation — Afib for short — before an Apple Watch will actually alert its owner to the condition, Apple's VP of Health said on this weekend's publication of the Apple Heart Study, run in conjunction with Stanford Medicine.
healthcare  apple 
5 hours ago by kradgean
Assemblywoman presents bills to require health insurers to apply certain payments to deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums
Democratic Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel presented two bills on Friday that would allow patients to apply cash payments on drugs and the costs of out-of-network emergency bills to their insurance plan deductibles or annual out-of-pocket maximums.

The two bills aim to reduce the financial burden of meeting high deductibles and annual out-of-pocket maximums, which have become increasingly common in recent years, by allowing patients to contribute payments made outside the scope of his or her insurance plan to them. But health insurers, at a hearing on the bills during a meeting of the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee on Friday, expressed concerns that the requirements as written could be technically difficult to accomplish and overly burdensome.

One of the bills Spiegel presented, AB185, would allow patients who choose to pay the cash price of a drug at the pharmacy counter to apply the payment to their insurance plan’s prescription drug deductible or overall deductible and annual out-of-pocket maximum. Spiegel argued that the change would save money both for patients, who may be able to get a cheaper cash price for the drug than they would with their insurance plan, and insurance companies, which wouldn’t be responsible for paying any share of those cash price prescriptions.

Spiegel showed lawmakers one example where a prescription for the drug levothyroxine, used to treat hypothyroidism, would cost patients a $15 co-pay and the insurers another $20.99 at one pharmacy, while the cash price for patients at another pharmacy would be only $10 with no additional payment required by the insurance company.
nevada  health  healthcare  insurance  government 
yesterday by jtyost2
Emergency room bills: what I learned from reading 1,182 ER bills - Vox
[[one hospital in Tennessee charged a patient a pretty reasonable $1 for bacitracin — while another hospital in Seattle charged $76 for the exact same ointment. Since prices aren’t made public, it was impossible for these (or any) patients to know whether they were at a hospital that charges $1 for a squirt of antibiotic ointment or one that charges 76 times that amount. 34 percent of emergency room visits lead to out-of-network bills in Texas — way above the national average of 20 percent.

And, much like the bills with high prices, these bills are really hard to prevent. Out-of-network doctors won’t often mention that they don’t accept the patient’s insurance; they might not even know.

patients can face steep bills even if they don’t see a doctor or have their ailment treated. They can decline treatment and still end up with a hefty fee.This is all due to the key fee I’ve been investigating this year: the ER facility fee. This is the fee that ERs charge for walking in the door and seeking care, something akin to a cover charge at a bar.

Hospital executives often argue that these fees help them keep the lights on and doors open for whatever emergency might come in, anything from a stubbed toe to a stroke patient.

But experts who study emergency billing question how these fees are set and charged, noting that they are seemingly arbitrary, varying widely from one hospital to another. A Vox analysis of these fees, published last year, shows that the prices rose 89 percent between 2009 and 2015 — rising twice as fast as overall health care prices.

How do I avoid a surprise ER bill? Or how can I get my ER bill lowered?

I wish I had a good answer, but I don’t. Patients are usually at the mercy of the hospital when it comes to ER billing.

I have talked to some patients who have successfully negotiated down their emergency room bills. Most of those people applied for financial aid, requested a prompt pay discount, or found an error on their bill.

Some especially savvy patients have even had luck arguing that their facility fee charge was coded incorrectly — that the hospital used a billing code that should be reserved for really intense, complex visits when their visit was actually pretty simple. I’ve noticed that these patients tend to have a doctor in their family who can help them make this type of argument.

Most patients who have successfully negotiated down a bill tell me it wasn’t easy. Erin Floyd from Florida told me about her experience reducing two of her daughter’s bills — one by 90 percent and one by 45 percent — through a combination of financial aid and prompt care discounts.

And then there are, as Slate has noted, patients who have had their bills reversed after journalists wrote about them. Our project, for example, has resulted in $45,107 in medical bills being reversed after Vox began inquiring about those charges.]]
against  USA  emergency  healthcare  cost  insurance 
yesterday by dandv
Memorial Sloan Kettering business deals created a web of conflicts - STAT
n forging partnerships with a New Jersey hospital and a data analytics startup, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has created a web of interlocking financial interests and conflicts that, ethics experts told STAT, raise doubts about whether the prominent New York City hospital can always put its patients’ interests first while using information in their medical records to make money
healthcare  COI 
yesterday by PieroRivizzigno
Vaccine, checkpoint drugs combination shows promise for pancreatic cancers. ecancer - News
Researchers have discovered a combination of a cancer vaccine with two checkpoint drugs reduced pancreatic cancer tumours in mice, demonstrating a possible pathway for treatment of people with pancreatic cancers whose response to standard immunotherapy is poor.
pancreas  vaccine  cancer  healthcare 
yesterday by PieroRivizzigno
PWE-206 Pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy in pancreatic cancer- a role for the dietician | Gut
In this audit, we demonstrated that while symptoms of PEI were present in the majority of patients, the minority of patients were given PERT
cancer  enzyme  healthcare  pancreas 
yesterday by PieroRivizzigno
CA19-9 elevation as an indication to start salvage treatment in surveillance after pancreatic cancer resection - ScienceDirect
CA19-9 is the most commonly used tumor marker in the diagnosis, prognosis and surveillance of pancreatic cancer. We hypothesized that CA19-9 elevation can be taken as an indication to start salvage treatment in surveillance after resection
ca-19.9  healthcare  pancreas  cancer 
yesterday by PieroRivizzigno
Collecting Your Family’s Cancer History | Cancer.Net
Sharing your family health history with your health care team is important. This is especially true if you have been diagnosed with cancer.
familiarity  cancer  pancreas  healthcare 
yesterday by PieroRivizzigno
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