Healthcare News October 30, 2012

  • Report: Health law’s costs continuing to grow

    The most expensive part of President Obama’s healthcare reform law keeps getting more expensive.

    The cost of providing subsidies to help people buy insurance could continue to rise, straining the federal budget more than expected, the conservative American Action Forum said in a paper published Monday.

    The think tank, led by former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, compared CBO’s initial estimates for the Affordable Care Act to CBO’s most recent analysis, issued this summer after the Supreme Court upheld the law.

    The estimated cost of insurance subsidies has risen nearly 25 percent since the law was passed, according to the AAF analysis.

  • House Dem slams drug compounders in new report

    Compounding pharmacies were responsible for deaths before the current outbreak of meningitis, one House Democrat charged Monday.

    Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) released a report that chronicles the rise of compounders, which remix medicines for patients with special needs, and the patchwork of regulations that applies to them.

    Markey’s report alleges that at least 23 patients have died and 86 have been seriously sickened or injured as a result of medications distributed by compounding pharmacies in recent decades. 

  • Supreme Court turns down appeal in Okla. ‘personhood’ case

    The justices left in place a lower court ruling that found a personhood measure would violate the Constitution.

  • Activ Doctors Online Partners with Network of 30 Hospitals in France for Transplant Patient Telemedicine Services

    Goals:  Easier Access for 30,000 transplant patients; $250 Million in Savings

    MIAMI, October 1, 2012 – Activ Doctors Online, a global telemedicine innovator that offers personal health records, second medical opinions and e-consults all in one unique integrated web-based platform, has announced that it has partnered with the Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris network of 30 government-owned hospitals in France to provide telemedicine services for their transplant patients.

    “Activ Doctors Online telemedicine solutions will save our patients time and money associated with trips to the hospital, allowing them to check in with their physicians from the comfort of their homes for some of their follow up care,” said Professor Francois Durand, MD, Director of Hepatology and Liver Intensive Care of Paris-based hospital Hôpitaux Beaujon, a member of the hospital network. “And the hospitals can maintain continuity of care for transplant patients while reducing the number of in-person hospital visits by up to one-third, providing an estimated savings of about $250 million annually in the cost of follow up care for the 30,000 transplant patients in the network.”

    “Currently, transplant patients average approximately two visits per month for follow up care at the hospitals,” according to Professor Durand, at a average cost of 3,000 Euros per hospital visit (about $3,600 U.S.)

    “This marks an important milestone in advancing the Activ Doctors Online mission to change the face of the world’s healthcare by providing people with more control of their medical records and access to the world’s best specialists,” said Activ Doctors Online Founder and Chief Executive Officer Florent Monssoh.  “We are passionate about empowering people to control their health destiny with more intelligent, secure information management tools and easy access to medical experts,” he said, noting that Activ Doctors Online was the first provider to introduce telemedicine services to France.

    “We have long been concerned that the barriers to visit transplant specialists would discourage people from getting the follow-up they really need to ensure that their transplants are successful,” stated Dr. Howard Zahalsky, U.S. Medical Director of Activ Doctors Online.

    “This important partnership will allow for better access to health care for patients throughout France.  For the first time, patients have the option to get laboratory tests and clinic visits done via the Activ Doctors Online platform, rather than making an extended visit to the hospital.”

    To find out more about how organizations and consumers can take control of their health destiny through Activ Doctors Online’s Web-based information and telemedicine platform, call 888-51-ACTIV or visit
    About Activ Doctors Online

    The Activ Doctors Online personal health records system and suite of telemedicine solutions help people and organizations reduce their healthcare costs while better managing their healthcare to save money, time and even lives.  The company provides a secure, user-friendly portal for individuals and families to control their health information through professionally managed Personal Health Records. Members can also use the portal to access a network of more than 1,500 physician specialists for second medical opinions, and to connect with their primary physicians through e-consult.  Global operations encompass the U.S., Europe and Asia.
    About Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris

    The largest university hospital in Europe, Public Assistance Hospitals of Paris is the University Hospital of the Ile de France. Providing community care to support the most serious emergencies and rare diseases, AP-HP meets the needs of millions of patients annually.

    AP-HP trains thousands of professionals and conducts numerous research projects and teaching programs to shape the future of medicine, and exports its medical and paramedical expertise around the world. United by a common goal of excellence, the 90,000 professionals of AP-HP aim to provide sustainable care for all patients and their families, regardless of their diseases and their resources. We cared for 7 million patients in 2011, and conducted more than 2,700 research projects.

    Serving an area of some 12 million residents, the AP-HP offers a network of 37 hospitals in 12 hospital groups.

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