New York Doctors Refusing Obamacare

Doctors Treating ObamaCare Like the PlagueNew York doctors are resisting ObamaCare, a new survey reveals.

A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation’s new health-care plan.

Another 33 percent say they’re still not sure whether to become ObamaCare providers.

Only 23 percent of the 409 physicians queried said they’re taking patients who signed up through health exchanges.

“This is so poorly designed that a lot of doctors are afraid to participate,” said Dr. Sam Unterricht, president of the 29,000-member organization. “There’s a lot of resistance. Doctors don’t know what they’re going to get paid.”

Three out of four doctors who are participating in the program said they “had to participate” because of existing contractual obligations with an insurer or medical provider, not because they wanted to.

Only one in four “affirmatively” chose to sign up for the exchanges. Read More

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Obamacare Poll Shows Confusion, Misinformation

GetMedCallAssist - Obamacare poll shows confusion, misinformation.(NBC Health) On the eve of major health reform in America, Twenty-nine percent of Americans polled said they were angry about the Affordable Care Act, compared to just 24 percent who described themselves as enthusiastic. A Kaiser Family Foundation/NBC survey found low enthusiasm about the program among ordinary people and splits among party lines. Those numbers are the source of much of the angst surrounding the biggest change in health care in years.

Just over half said they were worried, while slightly less said they were confused. When enrollment begins Oct. 1, uninsured Americans will be asked to go shopping for a plan in state-based exchanges that are supposed to keep premiums low and provide low-income discounts.  Read More

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Can’t Wait for No-Wait Healthcare of the Future

(Nick van Terheyden) Imagine a world where your doctor already knows why you’re sick and can treat you over the phone–leaving the hospitals for the true emergencies. This is what many see as the future of health care.

There’s a video featuring the Kaiser Foundation that I found one day when I was perusing YouTube for insight on how the vision of the hospital has morphed over time. The video, which projects a 1950’s glimpse of the “ultra-modern hospital” offers the promise of all things streamlined and expedited, and includes amenities ranging from advanced lighting fixtures that promise no shadows during surgery to sliding baby drawers that provide mothers with easy access to their newborns (an idea ahead of its time as far as maternal-infant bonding benefits were concerned). Read More

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High-End Health Plans Scale Back to Avoid ‘Cadillac Tax’

New York Times LogoSay goodbye to that $500 deductible insurance plan and the $20 co-payment for a doctor’s office visit. They are likely to become luxuries of the past.

Get ready to enroll in a program to manage your diabetes. Or prepare for a health screening to determine your odds of developing a costly health condition.

Expect to have your blood pressure checked or a prescription filled at a clinic at your office, rather than by your private doctor.

Then blame — or credit — the so-called Cadillac tax, which penalizes companies that offer high-end health care plans to their employees. Continue reading

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New Smartwatch from Apple Uses Biometric Sensors

Apple Smartwach called The rumor mill over at Apple is kicking into high gear a year ahead of the projected release of its smart watch dubbed iWatch.  In typical Apple style, analysts last week leaked juicy tidbits about the development of the new product, saying that its main selling points may be its biometric functionality.

Traditionally, wristwatches were used for telling the time. Smartwatches will work with your smartphone to tell when someone sends you a text, posts a picture on Facebook, calendar meeting alerts and other standard types of incoming information, flashing or buzzing on the watch through haptics.

The iWatch is reported to house a pedometer for counting steps and sensors for monitoring health-related data, such as heart rates, according to Bloomberg, which declined to identify the source because the plans were not public.

Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities, said that “secure user identification mechanism” and “biometric functionality” on the Apple’s iWatch could well prove to be the main selling points for this device. These features will not only help in protecting their device but will also facilitate users to make use of advanced healthcare features. ===> Continue Reading

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Cycling: mHealth Grand Tour Tests Mobile Health Solutions for Diabetes

The mHealth Grand Tour - Mobile Health Solutions for DiabetesJoin the mHealth Grand Tour and cycle all four stages through Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France and Spain, all while road testing a new “ecosystem” of mobile health solutions for diabetes through an innovative partnership arranged by GSMA. Cycling 2,100km and more than 22,000 meters of climbs, it isn’t just a bike ride – it is also the opportunity to help demonstrate innovative solutions to the challenges of managing diabetes.

The Grand Tour is bringing the mobile and healthcare industries together with the diabetes community to raise awareness of diabetes and promote the development and delivery of mHealth solutions. The riders will take off from Parc Cinquantenaire in Brussels on 5th September 2013 during the Mobile 360 Europe event and arrive in Barcelona, the Mobile World Capital, in time for a charity event on 18th September. ===> Continue Reading

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Give mHealth this Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day - mHealth, Mobile Health & Telemedicine News & InformationIf you want to do something thoughtful for your aging mother this mother’s day, give her an mHealth plan.  You want to be there for Mom, but when you can’t, you and she can rest easy knowing that an emergency-trained doctor is just a phone call away.

Long gone are the days of the great digital divide.  Today most seniors are using mobile phones regularly.  Of American adults ages 65 or older, 69% report having a mobile phone, up from 57% in May 2010, according to Pew Research.  More than half, 53%, are using the Internet or email.

mHealth means access to a doctor using mobile communications.   A patient with a mobile health plan can simply pick up their cell phone or landline, place a call, verify their identity with an attendant, then be connected to a board-certified, emergency-trained physician within moments. GetMedCallAssist reports average wait-times of 2 minutes to speak to a doctor.

GetMedCallAssist related a story from this past week about a field rep using mHealth to care for his aging mother. ===> Continue Reading

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