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Big 3 hospitals say community benefits equal $1.3 billion in tradeoff for tax exemption

“UH dedicated 15 percent of its community benefit to community health improvement initiatives, which include things like health screenings and population health efforts” writes The Plain Dealer for cleveland.com. To decide how to invest locally, nonprofit private hospitals complete community health needs assessments every three years, as required by federal law.From 2013 to 2016, the local health systems saw double-digit growth in their operating revenues. Source: cleveland.com Share This:

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Birth control app highlights emerging health tech market

“The mobile app uses an algorithm to determine when women are fertile and should abstain from unprotected sex” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Natural Cycles, a mobile fertility app, this month became the first ever digital contraceptive device to win FDA marketing approval.The FDA gave its approval based on data from Natural Cycles involving 15,570 women who used the app for an average of eight months.The FDA said that if the app is used correctly all the time, 1.8 percent of women would get pregnant over one year. Source: seattletimes.com…

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Nevada receives application for Trump-backed healthcare plans

“A type of health insurance plan encouraged by President Trump, in which workers band together to get coverage, has applied to cover residents in Nevada” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The plans, known as “association health plans,” have been framed by the White House as a cheaper option for insurance coverage than Obamacare.Critics and pro-Obamacare groups have warned consumers that the plans may not be as extensive as those offered under the healthcare law. [Trump: Obamacare to be gone ‘pretty soon’] The latest plan was filed by the Chamber of Commerce to sell…

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Tech firms say A.I. can transform health care as we know it. Doctors think they should slow down

“As an industry reliant on patient records and beset by outdated technology, health care is widely thought to be a prime target for an artificial intelligence revolution” writes Ryan Browne for cnbc.com. Take Babylon Health for instance, which in June said its AI chatbot was able to diagnose medical conditions as accurately as a doctor.Stokes-Lampard continued: “We consider the different health conditions a patient is living with, their family history, any medications they might be taking, and a myriad of other considerations when formulating a treatment plan.”. The development indicated…

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Health officials reveal why nearly 650 people got sick after eating at Chipotle

“A Chipotle restaurant is at the center of a foodborne illness that sickened nearly 650 people” writes Hayley Peterson for businessinsider.com. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Health officials say they have identified the cause of a foodborne-illness outbreak stemming from a Chipotle restaurant in Powell, Ohio, that sickened at least 647 people.In response to the outbreak, Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol said: “Chipotle field leadership will be retraining all restaurant employees nationwide beginning next week on food safety and wellness protocols.”. He also said restaurants will be adding a “recurring employee knowledge assessment”…

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Why big media companies are branching into health care

“Now, Comcast is working on a 50/50 joint venture with Philadelphia-based health insurer Independence Health Group, the parent of Independence Blue Cross” writes Sarah Toy for marketwatch.com. The biggest issue facing digital health platforms is the lack of engagement.In some ways, media companies are uniquely positioned to tackle the space, said Dan D’Orazio, CEO of health-care research firm Sage Growth Partners.CMCSA, +2.07% which already provides broadband and networking solutions to health-care organizations, has been looking to expand its reach in the health-care space for some time.Read: Over 5 million U.S.…

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Smokers are better off quitting, even with weight gain, study says

“Regardless of the amount of weight gain, quitters always have a lower risk of dying” prematurely, Sun said” writes Mike Stobbe for nydailynews.com. If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another.”The paper makes pretty clear that your health improves, even if you gain weight,” said Dietz, who was not involved in the research.An editorial in the journal characterized it as “a mild elevation” in the diabetes risk.The researchers checked which study participants quit smoking and followed whether they…

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The Health 202: Senators to grill HHS official on agency’s alleged failures to keep tabs on unaccompanied migrant kids

“The Trump administration took particular issue with the contention that it had made matters worse by its policies” writes Colitkowitz Covers Health for washingtonpost.com. They list the numerous ways the Trump administration has taken steps to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, including the aforementioned “short-term plans.”.  Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Crossover Health, a little-known startup that got a big boost when Apple picked it to run medical clinics for staff, is ramping up big time

“While Apple decided earlier this year to build its own clinic in Cupertino, Crossover still works with other Apple employees in locations outside headquarters” writes Lydia Ramsey for businessinsider.com. One perk Apple landed on back in 2011: on-site health clinics.Symantec and the other clients Crossover works with aren’t alone in looking for new ways to get a more direct grip on the healthcare their employees consume.The world’s biggest tech company chose to work with a little-known startup called Crossover Health to operate its medical clinics in its Cupertino headquarters which…

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