Tag Archives: Risk

OIG says $2.6B paid out under MA risk adjustment with scant encounter data

Dive Brief: Medicare Advantage health plans billed the federal government $ 2.6 billion in 2016 for more than 617,000 patients whose risk-adjusted medical conditions were diagnosed without their physician present, a new report from the HHS Office of the Inspector General concludes. Further, the OIG report showed that 80% of those health risk assessments were… Read More »

VA apps pose privacy risk to veterans’ healthcare data

The increasing use of apps provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs is meant to improve access to patient health and benefits information in convenient digital platforms. However, members of Congress are worried that this electronic data is vulnerable. “When a veteran downloads an app from the VA’s app store, how much personal information does… Read More »

Common hypertension medications may reduce colorectal cancer risk

Research Highlights: People who take angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-i) or angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) for conditions such as high blood pressure were less likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer after having a normal colonoscopy. This is the first study to show potential benefits on colorectal cancer development from these commonly prescribed hypertension… Read More »