“Patient Engagement” is a big buzzword these days and can come in multiple forms, but too little is said about how to actually achieve it. From patient portals to patient loyalty programs — healthcare is seeing solutions similar to their cousins in the retail and banking sectors, all geared to incentivize patients in various ways to increase their consumption of healthcare. But do they work?

The FDA’s latest mHealth draft guidance reduces approval requirements for certain mobile devices. The agency proposes to largely deregulate a sizable list of Class II and Class I medical devices and no longer require their makers go through the 510(k) process. “This is big news, and a huge boost to the mobile health industry,” the mHealth Regulatory Coalition’s Bradley Merrill Thompson wrote MobiHealthNews in an email.

On July 16, 2013, CMS announced the first year outcomes from the Pioneer ACO Demonstration Project. While CMS presented the results as generally positive, financial details were not disclosed on all of the participating organizations, and CMS’ initial press release included the results of just 15 of the 32 Pioneer ACOs.

By combing through various analyst reports from organizations like Triple Tree Advisors and reviewing media reports, we have been able to pull together a little more detail.

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The information in this article was provided by trainRX in their October Newsletter. ICD-10 - 12 months left to meet the Oct. 1, 2014 Deadline!  Let's take a look at the true cost of this complex conversion to ICD-10 The true cost of the ICD-10 transition may not be as easy to calculate as you think. Take a look at the list below to make sure you've put everything in your budget.

We are now two weeks into the launch of the Healthcare Exchanges created as part of the new Affordable Care Act. The Exchanges were launched in an effort to enable individuals and families to compare options and purchase health insurance. The ACA mandates that everyone has health insurance (employer-based, government-sponsored or individually purchased) by March 2014 or face a penalty of up to 1% of their annual family income in 2014. Penalties eventually scale to 2.5% in 2016. Insurance premiums may be subsidized depending on a family’s income.

Hospitals are actively buying physician practices in the hopes of being prepared for the future as reimbursement strategies shift to payments based on bundled services and incorporate increased risk sharing.