By Stewart Eisenhart, Emergo Group
It’s not just the US Food and Drug Administration mulling over how to regulate mobile medical applications these days. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has also recently come out with guidelines for medical app developers targeting advertising and privacy issues.
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U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner J.Thomas Rosch slammed the accountable care organizations instituted by ObamaCare at an antitrust conference yesterday, saying that Medicare cost savings would actually lead to higher overall costs and lower quality patient care.
The ACO initiative aims to shift the business of health care delivery from a fee-for-service model to one that pays hospitals and care providers based on quality of care, coordination of care and cost-effectiveness. It’s slated to kick off on a voluntary basis next year.
Accountable Care Organizations: What Exactly Are We Getting?
Remarks of J. Thomas Rosch
Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
ABA Section of Antitrust Law Fall Forum
November 17, 2011
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”), also known as “ObamaCare,” was signed into law by the President on March 23, 2010. One of the reforms in the Act is the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which promotes the formation and operation of Accountable Care Organizations (‘‘ACOs’’) to serve Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries….
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Regular attendance at religious activities at a young age can mean you’re twice as likely to become obese later in life, according to a study presented at an American Heart Assn. meeting.
The study by researchers at Northwestern University found that religiously observant young adults developed a higher risk of becoming obese than more secularly oriented people.