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December 27, 2013

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Where are the New Medicare ACOs? A regional breakdown

In thin air: Could touch display projected on mist replace physical screens?

Sprint is reportedly in final stages of acquiring T-Mobile

Here’s how AT&T could get in hot water for sharing customer data with the CIA

 


Where are the New Medicare ACOs? A regional breakdown

The Southern region of the United States is the region with the most accountable care organizations in the 2014 class of the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

Earlier this week, CMS named 123 new accountable care organization members of its Medicare Shared Savings Program, the largest MSSP class announced since the program started in 2012. Of the new members, 57 ACOs are either headquartered in a Southern state or the South is their main service area.

The following is a regional breakdown of where the ACO members of the MSSP's 2014 class are headquartered or will serve patients. Note: ACOs are listed in alphabetical order by region. Their service areas are listed after their names. If an ACO's service area spans more than one region, it is listed in the region where it is headquartered. The regions used are the four main regions defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin)

1. Central Missouri Medical Network (Missouri)
2. Central US ACO (Arkansas, Missouri)
3. CHA ACO (Indiana, Michigan)
4. Cleveland Quality Healthnet (Ohio)
5. Franciscan Select Health Network ACO (Indiana, Michigan)
6. GGC ACO (Michigan)
7. Illinois Health Partners ACO (Illinois)
8. Ingalls Care Network (Illinois, Indiana)
9. Integrity Health Innovations (Minnesota, Wisconsin)
10. Kansas Primary Care Alliance (Kansas, Missouri)
11. Mercy Health System ACO (Illinois, Wisconsin)
12. MetroHealth Care Partners ACO (Ohio)
13. Midwest Independent Physicians (Nebraska)
14. North Collaborative Care (Minnesota)
15. Northern Michigan Health Network (Michigan)
16. Physician Alliance of Kansas (Kansas)
17. Physician Collaborative of Kansas City (Kansas, Missouri)
18. Physician Direct Accountable Care Organization (Michigan)
19. PMC ACO (Michigan)
20. Primary Comprehensive Care ACO (Illinois)
21. Reliance ACO (Michigan)
22. SSM ACO (Illinois, Missouri)
23. South Bend Clinic Accountable Care (Indiana, Michigan)
24. The Accountable Care Organization, Ltd. (Michigan)
25. Via Christi Health Alliance in Accountable Care (Kansas)

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In thin air: Could touch display projected on mist replace physical screens?

If buttons are a thing of the past and touch screens are the present, what are the screens of the future?

It's not a riddle, but it is a trick question: if the projections of companies like Displair are true then the screens of the future won't be screens at all but interactive images floating in mid-air.

According to Russian designer Max Kamanin, creator of Displair, high-tech displays made from mist and air are "the next step in visual technology".

Tired with "electronic junk" such as TV sets and monitors, Kamanin wanted to invent something that would allow people to display and interact with information without cluttering the physical environment.

His solution? Projecting 3D images onto sheets of mist, giving the illusion of a hologram: "An airstream is created from tiny water drops, similar to the ones in the clouds. The water drops are so tiny they don't have any moisture in them; you can test it on paper or your glasses -- your piece of paper will remain dry and your glasses won't steam up. We can then see images that are projected onto these tiny water drops," he explains.

With the technology consisting of air, water and light Displair is one of the simpler concepts in the burgeoning holographic and 3D projection industry.

"I realised that everything already exists in nature and everything that people create comes from nature: we just need to watch it carefully and you will soon get your answers."

With Displair, users need not wear special glasses as with many other new screen systems because the image is being displayed onto an invisible screen; and that screen responds "intuitively" to hand movements -- 1500 of them -- many of which are similar to those used on our mobile devices, such as pinch-and-zoom.

Read the full CNN article

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Sprint is reportedly in final stages of acquiring T-Mobile

Sprint Nextel Corp.'s Japanese parent company, SoftBank Corp., is reportedly close to acquiring rival T-Mobile from German communications company Deutsche Telekom in a deal that is expected to be worth more than $19 billion.

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Sprint was interested in T-Mobile, but Japan's Nikkei news service said Tuesday that SoftBank had entered final stages of talks with Deutsche Telekom about the deal, according to Reuters.

SoftBank, which acquired 80% of Sprint this year, is reportedly interested in acquiring T-Mobile to create a third wireless power that could compete with Verizon and AT&T, the top two carriers in the U.S.

Read the full LA Times article

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Here’s how AT&T could get in hot water for sharing customer data with the CIA

AT&T may have committed itself to publishing periodic transparency reports, but here's one thing those disclosures won't cover: secret deals between the company and the Central Intelligence Agency, which  the New York Times has reported amounted to $10 million in annual federal payments. The arrangement had AT&T handing over phone numbers and call records to spies, according to the Times.

Since the CIA isn't considered law enforcement, its relationship with telcos would mostly evade the sunlight that these transparency reports are meant to provide. In light of that, consumer advocates have come up with another tactic: going through telecom regulators.

The Federal Communications Commission has taken up a petition from a bevy of advocates headed by the interest group Public Knowledge. The petition, filed with the FCC on Dec. 11, urges the regulator to classify the anonymized metadata that AT&T reportedly gave the CIA as a type of privileged information subject to consumer protection law.

There are strict rules about when a phone company can give out this information in a non-anonymized format. This generally only applies when it comes to telemarketers who want to share or sell the data to somebody else; they're not allowed to do that unless the customer consents or asks for the data to be shared.

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