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As telemedicine takes off, quality of care questions remain

In today's fast-paced world, telemedicine is catching on with consumers looking for convenient, affordable relief from minor illnesses. Although visits through companies such as Teladoc Inc., MDLIVE Inc. and American Well have more than doubled since 2011, questions remain in addressing the implications of delivering virtual care, according to an article from the  Wall Street Journal.

FTC mobile health privacy revelations deserve more attention

A new Federal Trade Commission study reveals that data sharing from mobile health and fitness apps to third-party services providers is taking place, yet there seems to be little public outrage over the trend.

First 2015 rate filings show premium hikes

Health plan rates proposed in Virginia, the first state to publicize rate proposals for 2015, support industry analyst predictions that premiums will rise next year, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Republicans still blast Medicare Advantage cuts

Insurers and Republican lawmakers earned a victory last month when the Obama administration reversed course on its planned Medicare Advantage cuts. But that isn't stopping the GOP from trying to block the cuts altogether.

Massachusetts bill softens EHR requirement

The Massachusetts House has recommended that a new law that would have required physicians to demonstrate that they're adept at using electronic health records as a condition of maintaining their license be less Draconian.

CT lawmakers pass bill on hospital mergers, practice acquisitions

Lawmakers in Connecticut passed a complex bill that will make it easier for hospitals to convert to for-profit status while providing another layer of oversight regarding sales involving acute care facilities and physician practices.

FTC: Health, fitness apps share user info with vendors

A Federal Trade Commission study revealed mobile health and fitness application vendors are sharing user data with third-party vendors. The data includes device use information, as well as personal health and fitness insight.

Insurers assess risk pools after Target breach

Following the Target data breach earlier this year, many insurers are assessing their risk pools to avoid possible security breaches of their own, reports Insurance & Technology.

EHRs and radiology: Despite progress, work remains

Research published this month in  Health Affairs  demonstrates the value that the implementation of electronic health records can bring to patient care when it comes to the radiological practice. 

Radiotracer price increase roils nuclear medicine community

An increase in the price of two commonly used radiotracers is creating an uproar in the nuclear medicine industry.