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Choice grows in ACA exchanges, report finds, as Supreme Court mulls effort to kill law

Dive Brief: Insurer participation in the individual Affordable Care Act exchanges rose in 2019, according to a new report from McKinsey & Company. The findings show continued strength of the ACA marketplace even amid Republican attempts to undermine the law. In the 2019-2020 plan year, 245 individual carriers participated across the federal and state exchanges, compared to 218 carriers last year and 194 in the 2017-2018 plan year. Coverage and choice
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Stain and Label-Free Microscopy Enables Imaging of Extracellular Vesicles

Researchers at the Beckman Institute of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign have developed a method that employs ultrashort laser pulses to visualize extracellular vesicles in tissue samples without using stains or labeling compounds. An increase in the number of these small vesicles is known to be associated with cancer, whereby cancer cells use them to communicate with each other. Therefore, visualizing them microscopically could be useful in detecting cancer
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Precision Health Startup Q Bio Emerges Out of Stealth with $40M Led by Andreessen Horowitz –

– Precision health startup Q Bio emerges out of stealth mode, raising $40M in Series B funding led by Andreessen Horowitz to bring preventative health and the physical of the future to masses. – In 75 minutes or less, members are able to get a comprehensive picture of their health and receive a web-based dashboard that they can review from anywhere in the world with their chosen clinicians. Q Bio,
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Audiobook: How Payment Accuracy Enables the Transition to Value

http://traffic.libsyn.com/changehealthcare/Change_Healthcare_Audiobook__How_Payment_Accuracy_Enables_the_Transition_to_Value_2019-09-B.mp3Payment Accuracy is essential to reducing administrative costs, optimizing fee for service, and enabling the transition to value-based care.by Amy Larsson, VP Clinical Claims Management Solutions, Change HealthcareThis is part one of a two-part series, focused on trends and best practices in the payment accuracy industry. Part one focuses on How Payment Accuracy Enables the Transition to Value-Based Care. Part two focuses on How Pre-Submission Improves the Provider-Payer Relationship.Episode Resources
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UnitedHealthcare terminates Mednax from its network over pricing squabble

Dive Brief: UnitedHealth Group is cutting ties with Mednax, a physician staffing firm that focuses on providing specialty services including anesthesia, neonatology, and high-risk obstetrics in both urban and rural areas, Mednax reported Thursday. This means Mednax’s services will no longer be considered in-network for UnitedHealthcare members. Mednax said the "surprise terminations" will apply to all of its services throughout four states, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, effective between March
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Pill-Sized Chemical Heater for Point-of-Care Diagnostic Tests

Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a miniaturized chemical heater that can precisely heat biological samples during diagnostic tests, but does not require electricity or any specialized equipment to work. The low-cost technology is based on the exothermic reaction that occurs when lithium encounters water, and the precise shape of the pill-sized heater dictates the heating profile it can produce. Performing diagnostic assays to detect infectious diseases can
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KLAS Healthcare BI & Analytics Report: Is Microsoft Gaining Momentum?

– New KLAS report finds Microsoft’s business intelligence (BI) solution has surged in the healthcare BI and analytics market, due largely to the option of packaging the solution with Azure, Microsoft’s cloud data storage solution. – KLAS report finds Microsoft is tied with Health Catalyst for the second most considerations in healthcare BI and wins nearly all deals in which they are considered. The healthcare business intelligence (BI) and analytics
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Audiobook: How Presubmission Notification Improves Payer-Provider Relationship

http://traffic.libsyn.com/changehealthcare/Change_Healthcare_Audiobook__How_Presubmission_Notification_Improves_Payer-Provider_Relationship_2019-09-B.mp3Pre-submission of medical claims reduces friction and promotes collaboration between providers and payers.By Dave Cardelle, VP of Payment Integrity Solution Management, Change HealthcareThis is part two of a two-part series, focused on trends and best practices in the payment accuracy industry. Part one focuses on How Payment Accuracy Enables the Transition to Value-Based Care. Part two focuses on How Pre-Submission Improves the Provider-Payer Relationship.Episode ResourcesDownload the EbookContact Change HealthcareShow ResourcesSUBSCRIBE to
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ACOs ask CMMI for more shared savings in direct contracting model

Dive Brief: The National Association of Accountable Care Organizations is asking CMS to make changes to its primary care direct contracting payment model, including an increase to the shared savings rate from 50% to 75%. The group asked for more details on the financial methodology to be released immediately, saying members "are finding the lack of information a tremendous hindrance to participation." Applications for 2021 are due in about three
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Tozuda Head Impact Sensor: Interview with Jessie Garcia, Tozuda CEO and Founder

Tozuda, a company based in Philadelphia, has developed a head impact sensor that can be attached to a sports helmet, such as those worn by football or hockey players, and which will indicate if a dangerous impact has occurred. The sensor undergoes a simple color change if an impact that is powerful enough to cause a concussion occurs. The company has partnered with Protolabs, who were featured in another Medgadget