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Health Management Technology News
November 25, 2013

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Administration Tests Fixes That Would Allow Insurers, Brokers To Enroll More Consumers

HealthCare.gov contractor had high confidence but low success

Fluke Biomedical launches its first mobile app

Watchful Eye in Nursing Homesg


Administration Tests Fixes That Would Allow Insurers, Brokers To Enroll More Consumers

Insurers and the Obama administration are testing fixes to healthcare.gov designed to allow insurers and web-based brokers to directly enroll consumers who qualify for subsidies under the health law.

Allowing insurers and online brokers to directly enroll customers in subsidized coverage could be key to signing up the millions of people the government had projected would gain coverage this year -- particularly if the glitch-ridden federal site continues to have problems. But so far, some of those same technical difficulties have prevented most insurers and brokers from being able to do that.

Late Friday afternoon, the administration said it had made progress in tweaking the website’s design, and was launching a pilot test of the fixes with insurers in Texas, Ohio and Florida. If successful, those fixes would roll out to insurers nationwide.

“Some issuers are already doing direct enrollment and many others will soon begin to take advantage of this process,” said administration spokeswoman Julie Bataille.

Some industry experts had expressed skepticism about the government’s ability to make the site work smoothly for most people, and earlier this month had pushed for an alternative that would bypass the most troubled parts of healthcare.gov.

Read the full Kaiser Health News article.

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HealthCare.gov contractor had high confidence but low success

At 9 a.m. on Aug. 22, a team of federal health officials sat down in a Baltimore conference room with at least a dozen employees of CGI Federal, the company with the main contract to build the online federal health insurance marketplace. For six weeks, the federal officials overseeing the project had become increasingly worried that CGI was missing deadlines, understaffing the work and overstating its progress.

As the meeting began, one of the officials reminded the CGI employees that HealthCare.gov was “the president’s number one priority,” assured them that the discussion would be a “blame-free zone,” and then bored in. “We must be honest and open with each other,” the official said, according to documents obtained from participants in the session. “I have to know what I don’t know.”

Read the full Washington Post article.

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Fluke Biomedical launches its first mobile app

EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fluke Biomedical, a global provider of medical device test and safety equipment, announced today the launch of its first-ever mobile iPad application. Designed with field service professionals in mind, the app is simple to use and offers detailed product information for all biomedical, diagnostic imaging, radiation, and nuclear power products.

Read the full press release.

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Watchful Eye in Nursing Homes

A pretty nightie, a new lipstick, a fresh toothbrush: Doris Racher noticed that small things she had bought for her 96-year-old mother, Eryetha Mayberry, a dementia patient at a nursing home in Oklahoma City, had been disappearing. Ms. Racher assumed the culprit was another resident who sometimes wandered into her mother’s room and fell asleep in her bed.

So in 2012, Ms. Racher placed a motion-activated camera in her mother’s room. It looked like an alarm clock, and Ms. Racher nearly forgot about it.

About two months later, the family decided to pore through the recordings.

The camera had not caught the petty thief. But it captured something else:

An aide stuffed latex gloves into Mrs. Mayberry’s mouth, while another taunted her, tapping her on the head, laughing. Hoisting her from her wheelchair, they flung her on a bed. One performed a few heavy-handed chest compressions.

Read the full New York Times article.

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