Politico: Programs provide services outside of typical health care sphere–Commonwealth Care Alliance, a nonprofit out of Massachusetts believes, “the best way to treat a patient’s health problems sometimes means providing services that aren’t strictly health care.” Programs like this one are popping up all over the country, but it is still unclear if federal and state health money will eventually contribute to additional health services outside of medicine, like meals and transportation.
BuzzFeed: Apple debuts first over-the-counter product to offer ECG– This week Apple revealed the newest iteration of its smartwatch has a built-in electrocardiogram (ECG) functionality. After 30 seconds of holding a finger to its surface, users get a heart rhythm classification. The functionality is much more accurate than previous models and current competitors.
Wall Street Journal: Russian bots were part of health law social discourse– Since 2014 to this May, nearly 600 Russian troll accounts posted to Twitter about the Affordable Care Act and health policy. “One account, called TEN_GOP, rocketed from fewer than 1,000 followers to more than 138,000 in two years, sending 60 tweets that potentially reached followers more than four million times.”
MarketWatch: Medicare questions answered if you are employed and 65+– Many that are currently working and are 65 and older have questions about how enrollment in November will affect them. “In most cases, you should only delay enrollment in Medicare if your job-based insurance is the primary payer (meaning it pays first for your medical bills) and Medicare is secondary.”