Friday, December 19, 2014

Featured Report: Who owns health data? Supreme Court may try answering that question

Modern Healthcare

Who owns health data? Supreme Court may try answering that question
by:  Lisa Schencker
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering hearing a case that could have implications for self-funded insurers nationwide and as many as 16 states that have passed laws creating healthcare data collection programs.  The case, Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., asks the question of whether self-funded insurers should have to hand over certain information to state databases upon request or whether those insurers don't have to under federal law. 
The state of Vermont argues that it needs such data—on claims, member eligibility and other issues—to help it improve the cost and effectiveness of healthcare. The insurance company, however, counters that the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, exempts it and its third-party administrator from having to submit the information to state databases. Read More

Med City News

A mobile health startup uses doctor moms for medical query business
by: Stephanie Baum

A mobile health startup using doctors who are mostly stay-at-home moms to respond to medical queries by text message has raised $6 million in a Series A, according to a company statement. In a phone interview with MedCity News, First Opinion co-founder and CEO McKay Thomas said the platform was designed to eliminate the needless visits to a physician, which it reckoned accounts for seven out of 10 office visits The investment round was led by first time investor Polaris Partners, with additional contributions being made by existing investors, including True Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Scrum Ventures and Monashees Capital. Thomas said the funding would be used mainly for developing strategies and partnerships. Thomas emphasized that it wasn’t interested in collaborating with insurers. Read More

Fierce Health Payer

Payers take steps forward with mobile apps in 2014
by: Dori Zweig

In a busy year for the healthcare industry, payers tried to move beyond the technical glitches and court rulings associated with the Affordable Care Act and focus instead on the ACA's aim to make healthcare more accessible and personal.

Fierce Health IT

Study: Nearly half of patients would withhold data from providers
by: Susan D. Hall
Nearly half of patients participating in a trial looking at patient control of the medical records withheld clinically sensitive information from some or all of their care team.
The Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University School of Medicine and Eskenazi Health (formerly Wishard Health Services) conducted the six-month trial involving 105 patients at a primary care clinic. Patients were allowed to designate who could see their records, including information on sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse or mental health.
Patients were able to hide some or all of their data from some or all providers--and 49 percent of them did. However, healthcare providers were able to view the hidden data, if they felt the patient's healthcare required it, by hitting a "break the glass" button on their computer screens, according to an announcement. Read More

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