Tag Archives: health

Texas man who sold protected health information sentenced to prison

A McKinney, Texas, man who was accused of stealing protected health information was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison this week. According to a U.S. Department of Justice press release, 46-year-old Demetrius Cervantes pleaded guilty this past December to conspiracy to obtain information from a protected computer.    WHY IT MATTERS As outlined in… Read More »

Health experts are anxious to prevent a ‘catastrophic’ winter flu season

Medics in a pneumonia ward in the Philippines. Ezra Acayan | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — Mass vaccination campaigns are being rolled out across the developed world, but many countries are still contending with surges in coronavirus infections and new strains, such as the highly infectious delta variant. And now health experts… Read More »

Biodiversity and Your Health

Biodiversity is, in a nutshell, all life on Earth. It’s all the animal and plant species, how they coexist within our ecosystems, and the benefits we get from it all. For example, rivers and streams deliver flowing water; insects pollinate crops; livestock graze on grass; we eat fish from the ocean. Weather patterns and global… Read More »

Aduhelm and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Potential Medicare Budget-Buster Puts A Blazing Light on Health Care Costs and Innovation

The FDA’s approval of the first therapy to treat Alzheimer’s Disease in over twenty years brought attention to a not-yet-convened debate of U.S. health care costs and spending, innovation, and return-on-the-investment (as well as “for whom” do the returns accrue). In my latest post for Medecision, I explore different angles on the Aduhelm and Alzheimer’s… Read More »

Apervita’s NCQA approval helps health plans speed VBC analysis

Value-based care platform provider Apervita says it is the first company to be certified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for electronic clinical quality measures using a clinical quality language-based engine. The company’s newly certified CQL-based engine—based on HL7 logic standards that support both eCQMs and clinical decision support—can be adopted by healthcare organizations… Read More »