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Families with subsidized health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may experience indirect financial benefits that go beyond health costs—to housing, according to new research published in the Journal of Public Economics. 

Prior authorization that requires physicians to get approval from health insurers for certain drugs, tests and treatments isn’t good for patients, according to a survey of 1,000 practicing physicians from the American Medical Association (AMA).

The growth in hospital prices is driving up healthcare costs for private insurance more than the rise in physician prices, according to a recent study in Health Affairs.

President Trump’s second annual State of the Union speech was held on Feb. 5, during which the president touched on many subjects, including several healthcare goals and changes. 

Slack, a messaging app for business, could be on the brink of venturing into the healthcare space. The company recently filed confidential IPO papers with the SEC earlier this month and updated its security page to note HIPAA compliance, according to CNBC.

The use of electronic health records (EHRs) does not guarantee a higher quality of care, just a higher quality of reporting, according to a meta-analysis of articles published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.

Serkan Kutan has been appointed chief technology officer to the healthcare joint venture between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. The venture, still unnamed, was formed at the start of 2018.

Spending growth per Medicare beneficiary has slowed considerably since 2005, and 56 percent of that decline can be linked to reduced spending on cardiovascular disease and related risk factors, researchers reported Feb. 4 in Health Affairs.

Emergency authorities found a bloody and unconscious 67-year-old Norwegian man on his bathroom floor in the nick of time. His savior was Apple Watch’s fall detection feature, which is available for users who are 65 and older.

After signing a letter of intent to explore a merger in October 2018, Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann Health System have dissolved the plan.

For CFOs, whose roles have changed and expanded, rising pressures in the healthcare landscape have led to a greater need for coordination across financial, clinical and operational stakeholders, according to a recent CFO outlook report from Kaufman Hall. 

A patent application filed by Google indicates that the company is looking to develop an electronic health records (EHR) system that uses AI to predict a patient’s future medical events.