Softheon’s Commitment to Healthcare Amidst COVID-19

The health and safety of Softheon’s clients, partners and employees, as well as our clients’ members, has always been our highest priority. To take precaution against the growing impact of COVID-19, Softheon has strongly encouraged all employees to work from home. We have also suspended all non-essential travel.
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How the Presidential Candidates Plan to Control Health Care Costs

Per capita, the United States spends more on health care than any other developed country. Despite growing awareness over the issue, new reports show the numbers are getting worse. According to the Health Care Cost Institute’s 2018 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report, average health care spending for people with employer-sponsored insurance rose to an all-time high in 2018, costing $5,892 per person annually. From 2014 to 2018, total annual spending per person increased 18.4%. Average out-of-pocket spending increased to $907 per person annually.

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Hack@CEWIT 2020 Recap

Over the weekend of February 14-16, Softheon was proud to sponsor the HACK@CEWIT for the fourth year in a row! The two-day technical challenge awarded over $5k in prizes to the most innovative, ambitious, original, and health-conscious projects  at the CEWIT building on Stony Brook’s R&D campus. This year’s theme was “Machine Learning, Blockchain, Security, and Social Impact.” 

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Open Enrollment 2020 Reflection

Open enrollment officially ended on December 18. The original closing date was December 15, but on this last day, the website glitched, preventing consumers from enrolling. This was the second time the site glitched during the enrollment period. During the first day of open enrollment on November 1, consumers also had trouble enrolling prompting members of Congress to write a letter to Administrator Seema Verma of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Acceleration in National Health Care Spending and Why

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new data showing that national spending on health care increased to $3.6 trillion in 2018, or $11,172 per person. 2018’s growth rate was 4.6 percent, where 2017’s was 4.2 percent.

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WEDI Conference Recap

This past week, hundreds of health care information technology (IT) stakeholders descended on Arlington, Virginia to attend the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange’s (WEDI) 2019 winter conference. WEDI brought together doctors, hospitals, health plans, laboratories, pharmacies, clearinghouses, dentists, vendors, government stakeholders and more.

In case you were not able to attend, here is a recap of the key topics discussed:

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