2017 CMS Medicare Advantage Provider Directory Audits Out. The Results? Not So Good. Medicare Advantage Plans’ Provider Directory Data Still Found Inaccurate

In January 2018, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the results of their second round of Medicare Advantage (MA) online provider directory audits. The 2017 CMS provider directory data audit covered 12,780 locations for 55 Medicare Advantage health plans and found that 52.6% of the locations listed on provider directories had at least one inaccuracy.

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HackMentalHealth builds tools to tackle mental health issues

“Not your typical hackathon”, advertised HackMentalHealth’s brochure. This is was definitely the overarching feeling after a full weekend focused on improving mental health through technology. The first of its kind event brought together 300 talented and inspiring people devoted to finding solutions to depression, anxiety or finding balance.

HackMentalHealth was organized on February 3-4, 2018 at the California Institute of Integral Studies, by a group of passionate people who wanted to start a mental health movement in the Bay Area.

People formed 30+ teams that each developed ideas and applications to improve mental health.  The solutions ranged from consumer facing emotion tracking tools to apps that helped manage hospital beds better or improved the eligibility process performed by a doctor.

BetterDoctor was grateful to be a sponsor for the event and let the participants use its provider data API to easily pull information about physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals from our provider database.

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Meetup Recap: Healthcare Interoperability Today & Tomorrow

On Thursday December 14, BetterDoctor hosted this year’s last SF healthcare data and APIs meetup. We had a great evening with a wonderful group of about 50 developers, data scientists and other healthcare data geeks, who gathered to discuss healthcare data interoperability.

The evening began with lightning talks by our three speakers:

Anya Schiess, Co-Founder and Partner at Healthy VC, Kelly Ling, Senior Product Manager at Change Healthcare, and Daniel Kivatinos, COO and Co-Founder at drchrono. Below is a quick recap of the event – videos will be posted on your YouTube channel soon (link will be added here). Thank you all for participating and joining!

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BetterDoctor’s Provider Directory & Data Summit 2017 Recap

As part of this year’s Provider Directory & Data Summit, hosted by BetterDoctor, we had over 40 attendees gather at Google Launchpad to talk about provider data management, how to fix provider rosters, and how to overcome regulatory challenges facing providers and health plans. People from diverse backgrounds joined — from health plans to individual brokers —  to bring solutions to the longstanding problem of inaccurate provider data.

Healthcare industry leaders took the stage and had dynamic conversations with our audience about what the new future of healthcare will look like with accurate provider data, what the blockers are, and how to overcome legacy technology challenges. The attendees agreed that more transparency and collaboration will need to happen in the industry to fix the provider data problem as a whole and to eventually improve provider directories for both industry and consumer use.

Below we recap and include videos of our panels from the summit. Enjoy!  

Update: In 2018, BetterDoctor Provider Directory & Data Summit 2018 will be hosted on September 17-18th. Venue TBA in San Francisco. Click here to RSVP.

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BetterDoctor API Helps Stanford Students Leverage Provider Data

This past weekend, Stanford hosted its Health++ hackathon. Organized for the second time by a student volunteer group called SHIFT, the healthcare hackathon welcomed nearly 200 people from a myriad of backgrounds, varying from med school to bioengineering and data science. The teams flew in from all over the world, including Japan, China and India. BetterDoctor participated as an API sponsor and spoke about how to innovate with healthcare data.

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BetterDoctor API Leveraged at Health 2.0 Hackathon

Last weekend, BetterDoctor’s API was used to innovate healthcare solutions at Hack Healthcare! by Health 2.0 San Francisco. The hackathon, organized by a team of volunteers, was the first of its kind and brought together healthcare APIs (BetterDoctor, Athenahealth, Yelp Fusion) as well as other healthcare players’ APIs (Grand Rounds, Limelight health) to support finding solutions for provider access and availability.

During the three day event, Google Launchpad hosted 10 teams and 70 participants with technical, design, and business expertise combined with healthcare and clinical backgrounds.

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Event Recap: How can Machine Learning be Used to Maintain Accurate Provider Directories

Last week, Virta Health, a health tech startup that helps patients reverse type 2 diabetes, hosted a meetup called,  ‘Machine Learning in Healthcare.’ We joined to discuss the potential of these learning algorithms and heard five talks focused on how machine learning could improve healthcare.

Lightning talks were given by:

Below are 5 key takeaways about machine learning and how they can be  applied to improving provider directories.

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Student Feature Case Study: Doctor search app combines provider data with speech recognition. DocFinder by Eben Holderness, Claire Sun, R Matthews, and Nila Mandal

This Summer, Brandeis University students Eben, Claire, R, and Nila, joined the Justice Brandeis Semester Program for a course on Voice, Web, and Mobile Apps. Without knowing each other before and all coming from different fields of study, they created DocFinder to give everyone a chance to find a provider near them by using a simple voice command. (more…)

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