July 2018 – eNSIGHTS

eNSIGHTS at a Glance: Medicare Will Pay For Social Services, Amazon Wades Deeper Into Healthcare, and an Algorithm Predicts End of Life

Medicare Will Pay For Social Services

In a significant departure from Medicare’s traditional policy of paying only for health care services, the agency will now pay for items such as a wheelchair ramp at home, railing in the bathroom, air conditioners for people with asthma, and transportation to medical appointments. Read more

Amazon Wades Deeper Into Healthcare
Amazon announced on June 28 it is buying online pharmacy PillPack, which, overnight, will give it the capabilities to ship prescriptions nationwide, making it a threat to the traditional pharmacy business. Analysts estimate the purchase price to be roughly $1 billion.  Read more 
Algorithm Predicts End of Life
An algorithm developed at Stanford Medicine can predict which patients are likely to die in the next three to twelve months, thus giving patients and caregivers the option to weigh pros and cons of entering into palliative care. Read more


eNSIGHTS is an e-zine provided courtesy of the LHA Malpractice & General Liability Trust, at no subscription cost, for your reading convenience. This monthly publication provides news and analysis of breaking and emerging developments in healthcare risk management, government policies, technology, law, drugs, and consumer attitudes, all of which are transforming the healthcare industry.

July 2018 - eNSIGHTS