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Getting Congress to understand IoT's promise vital for healthcare innovation

Congress has been a bit slow in getting up to speed on IoT, data security and privacy worries, and even slower on working to keep mHealth technology and Internet innovation advancing while solving hurdles stalling such innovation.

Software group lobbies Congress to help drive IoT, mHealth innovation

Mobile healthcare innovation and benefit gains for patients and providers is tied to a clear legal framework for accessing confidential data. That's the message Morgan Reed, executive director of ACT/The App Association, shared with a congressional panel focused on the Internet of Things.

Insurers continue to dodge mental health parity law

Many health insurers continue to dodge covering certain mental health-related costs even after Congress passed the parity law seven years ago, which bans discrimination against treating mentally ill individuals.

Cigna CEO David Cordani: Deal with Anthem should pass regulatory scrutiny

Despite growing speculation about the regulatory hurdles that the two major health insurance mergers will face, Cigna CEO David Cordani tells  CNBC  that there are several reasons his company and Anthem are confident their deal will win approval.

A potential weak link in patient safety: ER to inpatient handoffs

Physicians say that patient safety is often at risk because of ineffective communication during the emergency department handoff process when patients are moved to inpatient units.

Calls for relief for rural hospitals continue

The case for saving rural hospitals took center stage in Congress this week, with critical access hospital administrators asking the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee for relief from federal regulations that they say cause more harm than good.

More hospitals turn to 'laborists' to deliver babies

A growing number of hospitals are using OB hospitalists, also called laborists, to deliver babies, according to an article in  Kaiser Health News. Patient satisfaction, attempts to reduce malpractice risk and physicians who want to work for a salary instead of running their own practices are some of the factors driving the trend.

Rhode Island requires insurers to amp up value-based payments

The Rhode Island health insurance commissioner has announced an overhaul of the office's "affordability standards," requiring insurers to increase the percentage of their primary care networks that operate as "patient-centered medical homes" by 5 percentage points in 2016.

Observation status bill sails through Senate

The U.S. Senate this week unanimously approved a bill that would require hospitals across the country to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but aren't actually admitted to the facility--a difference that most patients miss until they receive their medical bills

CMS program to reduce hospital-acquired conditions has flaws

The Medicare program that penalizes hospitals financially for failing to adequately reduce hospital-acquired conditions might be backfiring, a new  study  published in JAMA  suggests.