Weekly Roundup: Health care news and notes

March 20, 2015 · NCQA

Every Friday NCQA gives a rundown of some of the health care news stories from the past week. Here are some of our picks for this week:

  • Apple launched ResearchKit, a tool allowing researchers to collect medical data and monitor patients. [Modern Healthcare]
  • Antipsychotic overuse remains a problem for dementia patients in various settings, not just nursing homes. [Modern Healthcare]
  • A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that about a quarter of all non-elderly Americans with private insurance coverage do not have sufficient funds to pay even a mid-range deductible. [The Wall Street Journal]
  • The Congressional Budget Office’s latest analysis shows a decrease in Affordable Care Act spending, even as expected ‘Cadillac’ tax revenue falls. [Modern Healthcare]
  • Mental health providers look for incentives to go digital. [Kaiser Health News]
  • More young people but fewer minorities picked Affordable Care Act plans during the open enrollment period. [USA Today]
  • Resistance to guidelines ebbs, but “less is more” approach may help cancer care providers. [AJMC]
  • Price transparency: removing the blindfold. [Health Affairs]
  • Making small, incremental changes can bring big results and help craft the patient-centered medical home. [Health IT Analytics]
  • Infographic: Physicians are overestimating patient communication. [Health Care Communication]
  • Having a more interconnected primary care team bodes well for patients with cardiovascular disease. [Annals of Family Medicine]
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