Weekly Roundup: Health care news and notes

February 13, 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:

  • The Centers for Disease Control reported that American nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke fell to 25 percent in 2012 from 53 percent in 2000. [The New York Times]
  • CMS grants broader coverage for HIV screening of all Medicare beneficiaries. [Modern Healthcare]
  • As the government sets to extinguish Medicare’s “fee-for-service” system, specialists are looking for new ways to survive. [Bloomberg Business]
  • The number of people who survived cancer doubled from 1992-2014. [National Cancer Institute]
  • Patients are not shopping around for health insurance because of the lack of price transparency. [Modern Healthcare]
  • Two California lawmakers are looking to end “personal belief” vaccination exemption in the wake of the recent measles outbreak. [The Wall Street Journal]
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation commits $500 million, over the next ten years, towards decreasing childhood obesity [Robert Wood Johnson Foundation]
  • Debate heats up over safety of electronic health records: regulators are pushing EHRs while critics say they are downplaying the risks to patients. [USA Today]
  • A new initiative will enable patients to view and add notes to their physicians’ EHRs. [Medical Economics]
  • Several parents are pressuring pediatricians to stop treating unvaccinated patients. [NPR]
  • More than half of the country’s top hospitals implementing pilot programs of Apple’s HealthKit service. [Reuters]
  • New report highlights savings achieved by medical homes. [AAFP]
  • Pediatric ACOs attribute cost containment and overall success to value improvement metrics. [MedPage Today]
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