Ricoh’s Theta V may not be the only 360-degree camera on the market, but come the spring it could have a big advantage over rivals. That’s when the Ricoh Theta V Partner Program will launch, the company has announced today at CES 2018, opening the door for third-party apps to run directly on its Android-based camera. Released last year, the Theta V is the latest in a long series of 360-degree cameras from Ricoh. It improved both image and video quality, in addition to cutting transfer times versus earlier models, but the real improvement wasn’t visible. Ricoh opted for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 chipset for the heart of the camera. More commonly found inside smartphones, it means the Theta V is effectively a phone – albeit one without a display or a cellular radio – when it comes to developing new functionality. Out of the box, Ricoh took advantage of that for Miracast streaming support, enabling the camera to connect directly to a compatible display or set-top box, and streaming media without demanding it be synchronized to a smartphone app or PC first. Come spring 2018, meanwhile, and that Android underpinning will be opened up for developers to get their hands on. There’s a new API and SDK for that, along with a marketplace which will act as an app store for sharing software and plug-ins for the Theta V. AdChoices广告For example, it would open the door for a livestreaming service to have a dedicated on-camera app, cutting out the current requirement for a tethered connection to a nearby laptop. Video editing tool developers could offer GoPro Fusion-style trickery without needing to develop their own hardware. Alternatively, it could find the Theta V new uses in vertical markets, like telepresence for engineers. Of course, the proof of the pudding will be in the developer interest, and for that we’ll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, our full review of the Theta V found that, though it lacked some of the more consumer-friendly features of other 360 cameras, its manual controls and clean stitching did still give it an edge.
Personally, I’d rather spend my money on a regular, 64 GB version of the Galaxy S9 or S9+ and then throw in a microSD card to boost its storage. You can pick up a new, unlocked Galaxy S9 64 GB for $719.98, or a Galaxy S9+ 64 GB for $839.99. Then you take advantage of a timely Amazon deal on a memory card. Today, for $66.08 you get a 200 GB Sandisk Ultra Micro SDXC card. That’s a 22-percent saving over the regular price. Sandisk bundles an SD card adapter, too, so you can use the same microSD card in a full-sized slot. Together, therefore, you’re spending a few cents over $786 for a Galaxy S9 with a total of 264 GB storage. Considering Samsung will be offering the 256 GB Galaxy S9 for $820 when it opens preorders tomorrow, that’s a not-inconsiderable saving of $34, and you’re getting a little more storage in the process.The math works out the same for the larger Galaxy S9+. Opt for a regular, 64 GB version of the phone and the microSD deal, and you’re looking at just over $906. Samsung, meanwhile, will charge you $940: thirty-four dollars more. Now, there are a few benefits to having onboard storage rather than using expandable memory. Internal capacity can be faster than using a microSD, which pays dividends when it comes to running apps from that memory or saving data-intensive 4K video files to it. Personally, however, I feel like the advantages of a microSD outweigh those factors. For a start, when you upgrade your smartphone next time, you can take the memory card out and use it again. Even if your future smartphone purchase doesn’t have a microSD slot, you could use the storage in a digital camera or other device. At the end of the day, it’s great to have choice, and I’m glad Samsung has more storage options for the Galaxy S9. Still, I can’t help but think that, for most people, taking advantage of the microSD slot that Samsung so helpfully provides is a better route to making a more flexible phone. The fact that it saves you money in the process is just the icing on the cake. SlashGear uses affiliate links, and sometimes if you buy a product we’ll get a small percentage of the sale. Story TimelineSamsung Galaxy S9 ReviewGalaxy S9’s Samsung DeX Pad price and US release confirmedmophie juice pack for Galaxy S9, S9+ extends your AR Emoji use Storage fans wanting the most capacious Android smartphone may be looking eagerly at Samsung’s new 128 GB and 256 GB Galaxy S9 and S9+ today, but those who consider themselves clever with money should look elsewhere. The new smartphones do address complaints from some quarters about the standard 64 GB that Samsung’s 2018 flagships launched with, but I’d argue they’re not the best way to get more space for photos and videos.
Google WiFi, the company’s mesh networking product, has been updated with a new feature that enables it to monitor how each device on the network is performing. Google announced the feature today, explaining that it helps users figure out where the issue in their setup is located. The user may, for example, discover that they need to move one of their Google WiFi access points closer to the device. The new feature is part of the Network Check technology; with it, users can take a peek at how any given device on their network is performing. In the absence of a feature like this, Google says WiFi issues can be “a bit of a black box to troubleshoot.”Google WiFi owners already had the ability to check their Internet connection speed, as well as the quality of the network between the access points. However, figuring out why a device may be experiencing issues is tricky, so that’s where the new feature comes in. According to Google, its Google WiFi users have an average of 18 devices connected on each network. With the updated Network Check, the user can figure out if one (or more) of those devices needs moved closer to an access point — or if the access point itself needs moved closer to a certain area within the home or office.AdChoices广告Google will push out the new feature in “coming weeks” to Google WiFi users around the globe. Once it arrives, users will find it directly within the WiFi app.
Story TimelineYouTube TV voice remote feature appears in app for some usersYouTube incognito mode will stop the annoying video suggestionsYouTube Music launch next week will test brand’s profitability [UPDATE: it’s official] Today Google “revealed” YouTube Music and YouTube Premium – but it’s not that simple. This is a re-branding and a changing of the guard. Much like previous Google app products (we’re looking at you, chat,) Google’s released several products that are relatively similar. Today we’re going to make sense of the whole lot. 1. The TimelineGoogle started with YouTube and YouTube Red and Google Play Music, then moved on to YouTube Music Key, and YouTube Music, and a bunch of other stuff. It got confusing along the way. Today we’ll put it all in order, simply. • 2011: Google Play Music (music locker)• 2013: Google Play Music All Access (streaming music library)• 2014: YouTube Music Key (ad-free Music Videos on YouTube, background play) (subscription includes Google Play Music All Access)• 2015: YouTube Red (same as Music Key, but expanded to all YouTube Videos)• 2015: YouTube Music APP (Curated YouTube App focused on music content)An important distinction to make at this point: As of late 2015, you could pay a subscription fee for YouTube Red or Google Play Music All Access. Both were $10 a month, and a subscription to one meant you got the other for free. That’s simple enough, right?• 2017: YouTube Premium $12/mo• 2017: YouTube Music Premium $10/mo• 2017: Google Play Music All Access $10/moNow there’s three services you can subscribe to, but only minor differences between them. If you subscribe to YouTube Premium, you get everything. Subscribe to YouTube Music Premium or Google Play Music All Access, and you get access to both services, but not YouTube Premium content.2. Google Play Music All AccessThose already subscribed to this service AND those that’ll subscribe soon, both get the same stuff. The difference is in what that bonus includes. You’ll have gotten a free subscription to YouTube Red, but that’ll be a free subscription to YouTube Music Premium instead.You’ll no longer have access to the full YouTube Red experience because of this update. YouTube Music Premium includes access to the YouTube Music app and experience: ad-free music streaming, background listening to ANY YouTube video, and YouTube and music downloads. This takes away ad-free YouTube videos and will not include access to new YouTube Premium content (some new shows, movies, etc).3. YouTube Music All AccessThis is a NEW service that’s very similar to YouTube RED, but takes away ad-free YouTube videos. YouTube Music All Access includes all the benefits of the new YouTube Music App (coming next week or later), and full access to Google Play Music All Access. Also included: ad-free music streaming, background listening to ANY YouTube video, and YouTube and music downloads.NOTE: The music library you’ll get access to with YouTube Music All Access is PROBABLY the same music library you’ve had access to with Google Play Music All Access. Again, the new YouTube Music Play APP isn’t out at the time this article is set to go live – it’ll be a lot closer to services like Spotify and Google Play Music (All Access) than previous iterations of the Google Play Music app. 4. YouTube PremiumThis service costs $2 more than the others because it gives all the benefits of the others PLUS gives ad-free YouTube videos and future Premium content (new shows, movies, etc). 5. YouTube, YouTube Music, Google Play MusicThere are still “free” ad-supported versions of Google Play Music, YouTube, and YouTube Music. They’ll all be jam-packed full of advertisements and won’t be going away any time soon.
Of course, some might say that, in the world we’re headed toward, steering wheels themselves will be redundant. The approach of self-driving cars would seem like it could do away with manual controls altogether, as occupants rely solely on the vehicles’ autonomous systems to get them from A to B. That’s why Jaguar’s “Sayer” steering wheel isn’t actually found in the car itself. Instead, it’s the gateway to an artificial intelligence that helps an individual to interact with their self-driving vehicle. As Jaguar envisions it on the FUTURE-TYPE vision concept, Sayer would live in the home where it would be a “trusted companion”, using voice commands. It would also be a way to manage participation in an on-demand car share network. Rather than owning a single car, the automaker suggests, users could “call upon the vehicle of their choice where and when they need it.” Sayer would end up being the only part of the vehicle that the individual actually owns. It’s named after Malcolm Sayer, one of Jaguar’s designers who worked at the car company between 1951 and 1970. For instance, Sayer could remind owners when they need to get up depending on their day’s schedule. It could automatically order an autonomous car to arrive in time for their first appointment, too, like Google Now blended with Uber. Since Jaguar is still keen on manual driving being part of the experience, Sayer could even give advice on which parts of the journey might be rewarding for enthusiasts to take the wheel, while less-inspiring sections could be left to the AI. Jaguar’s approach to future transportation so far has focused on electrification. The automaker plans to launch its I-PACE electric SUV in late 2018, based on an entirely new architecture that focuses on maximizing interior space by pushing the various drivetrain components underneath the cabin. However, Jaguar Land Rover also has a deal with Lyft that will see the firms collaborate on autonomous vehicles. As the car of the future – and the ownership model to go with it – approaches, Jaguar is setting out a vision of a smart steering wheel that doesn’t even live in your garage. The automaker is outlining its concept at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest, a new event intended to explore the cutting edge in transportation, including self-driving vehicles, on-demand ridesharing, and more. First up? Much cleverer controls. Story TimelineJaguar: customers aren’t cargo, won’t make self-driving carsJaguar Land Rover researching electric Drive Module tech for future EVs, hybridsThe Jaguar I-PACE got loose, and even British weather can’t overshadow it
At the Geneva Motor Show, one of the coolest new cars unveiled came from Swedish hypercar maker Koenigsegg. The car was called the Jesko, named after the company founder’s father. The Jesko is crazy and insanely expensive hypercar that will start production at the end of 2020. Koenigsegg has been mum on pricing, but reports indicate the hypercar will set you back about $3 million. When the Jesko was announced, the car was confirmed to be a 125 unit run. That isn’t many cars for an ordinary automaker, but the 125 unit run for the Jesko makes it Koenigsegg’s highest production car ever offered.Koenigsegg says that of that 125 unit run, 83 of the cars were sold before the show. Within five days of the debut of the Jesko, the remaining cars sold. If you are wealthy and have $3 million burning a hole in your pocket, you still have a chance.Koenigsegg says that some of the cars already sold were to dealers who wanted to have the car in their inventory. It’s going to be a long time before those buyers get their hypercar.Jesko production won’t kick off until the end of 2020, and then only one car will be built per week meaning some deliveries are several years away. The Jesko will be street legal everywhere and comes in track or top speed models.
HCA Holdings Inc., the biggest for-profit U.S. hospital operator, told investors that federal prosecutors in Miami are probing the “medical necessity” of cardiology procedures performed at several of its hospitals in Florida. The company made an unusual statement defending its operations in anticipation of a New York Times article that appeared online late Monday. The New York Times: Hospital Chain Inquiry Cited Unnecessary Cardiac WorkHCA, the largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States with 163 facilities, had uncovered evidence as far back as 2002 and as recently as late 2010 showing that some cardiologists at several of its hospitals in Florida were unable to justify many of the procedures they were performing. Those hospitals included the Cedars Medical Center in Miami, which the company no longer owns, and the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. In some cases, the doctors made misleading statements in medical records that made it appear the procedures were necessary, according to internal reports (Abelson and Creswell, 8/6).The Wall Street Journal: HCA Discloses Federal ProbeHCA Holdings Inc. said federal prosecutors in Miami are probing the “medical necessity” of cardiology procedures performed at several of its hospitals … The company, which is the biggest for-profit U.S. hospital operator with 163 facilities, also made an unusual statement defending its operations in anticipation of a New York Times article that appeared online late Monday. The statement addressed potential questions on its cardiac care, emergency-room billing practices and treatment of uninsured patients. In the wake of the disclosures, HCA shares fell 4% to $25.55 in 4 p.m. composite trading on the New York Stock Exchange, despite second-quarter earnings that were up from last year, largely based on improved patient volumes (Mathews and Weaver, 8/6).The Associated Press/Los Angeles Times: HCA Holdings Questioned About Need For Some Cardiology ServicesHospital chain HCA Holdings said the Justice Department wants information about heart procedures performed at some of its locations. HCA said it has been asked about reviews that assessed the medical necessity of some cardiology services. The questions came from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami, the company said. The New York Times published a report late Monday citing evidence that some HCA hospitals in Florida were performing unnecessary, and sometimes dangerous, heart procedures with the aim of driving up profit for the hospital chain (8/7).Reuters: U.S. Probes HCA Heart Procedures, Hospital BillingU.S. authorities are probing whether heart procedures performed at HCA Holdings Inc hospitals were medically necessary and are investigating the company’s billing practices, the company said on Monday. Shares of HCA, the largest U.S. for-profit hospital chain, fell as much as 10 percent after the news. HCA, in an unusual move, issued a detailed rebuttal defending itself ahead of the publication of a New York Times article that said a complaint by a nurse at an HCA hospital in Florida led to an internal investigation that uncovered evidence of unnecessary heart procedures being performed at some of the company’s hospitals (Berkrot and Kelly, 8/7). Bloomberg: HCA Says Heart Procedures In Florida Scrutinized by U.S.A U.S. attorney in Miami has asked HCA Holdings Inc. (HCA), the nation’s biggest hospital operator, for information on the “medical necessity” of the cardiac procedures done in its Florida hospitals, according to a regulatory filing. The disclosure came as the New York Times reported that Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA had investigated numerous cases in which doctors conducted unnecessary surgeries in its facilities, and didn’t contact patients, medical authorities or insurers about the results of those probes …”I think we have to look at it seriously” in weighing the potential risk for the company, said Sheryl Skolnick, a CRT Capital Group LLC analyst in Stamford, Connecticut, in a telephone interview (Nussbaum, 8/7). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. HCA Faces Scrutiny About Need For Some Cardiac Procedures
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. First Edition: September 18, 2012 Today’s headlines include a New York Times report about the health law’s limits on young immigrants who will be allowed to stay in the United States as part of a new federal policy. Kaiser Health News: Urgent Care Centers Are Booming, Which Worries Some DoctorsKaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz, working in collaboration with The Washington Post, reports: “Such centers treat the most common injuries and illnesses – including colds, ear infections, cuts and back pain – in addition to taking X-rays and performing simple blood, urine and drug tests. And they are booming: An estimated 3 million patients visit them each week, according to the Urgent Care Association of America” (Galewitz, 9/17). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Medicaid Helps D.C. Clinic Care For Ex-PrisonersDavid Schultz, reporting for Kaiser Health News and NPR, writes: “Dr. Ilse Levin specializes in internal medicine, but you could say she really focuses on incarceration medicine. Levin works at a community health center in southeast Washington, D.C., that pays a lot of attention to treating a population that is often left out of health care: newly released prisoners” (Schultz, 9/17). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Insuring Your Health: Often Overlooked In Nursing Home Admission Paperwork Is An Arbitration AgreementKaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes: “A mandatory arbitration agreement is an often overlooked document tucked inside the package of admissions documents at many nursing homes these days. It can have an outsize impact if something goes wrong. But anxious seniors or their caregivers often sign every document that’s put in front of them, perhaps only glancing at the content” (Andrews, 9/17). Read the column.The New York Times: Limits Placed On Immigrants In Health Care LawThe White House has ruled that young immigrants who will be allowed to stay in the United States as part of a new federal policy will not be eligible for health insurance coverage under President Obama’s health care overhaul. The decision — disclosed last month, to little notice — has infuriated many advocates for Hispanic Americans and immigrants. They say the restrictions are at odds with Mr. Obama’s recent praise of the young immigrants (Pear, 9/17).The Wall Street Journal: States Seek A Middle Ground On MedicaidA handful of states are considering only partially expanding their Medicaid programs under the federal health-care overhaul—a new twist on how states are interpreting the Supreme Court’s ruling on the law. Indiana, New Mexico and Wisconsin are among the states asking the federal government to let them omit from the Medicaid expansion residents whose incomes put them just above the poverty level. The states hope to take advantage of provisions in the Affordable Care Act that offer a federal subsidy to help these residents buy private insurance, starting in 2014 (Radnofsky and Weaver, 9/18).Politico: Elana Kagan Had Planned To Sit Out Health Care Reform Talks, Toobin Book SaysElena Kagan deliberately stayed away from legal strategy meetings on health care reform in early 2010 — a critical decision as solicitor general that allowed her to participate in the health care ruling when she joined the Supreme Court later that year, according to Jeffrey Toobin’s new book on the court to be released Tuesday. The revelation in Toobin’s book — “The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court” — sheds new light on why Kagan did not recuse herself from the case (Nather, 9/18).The New York Times: Widow Takes On Congressman Who Ousted Her HusbandMs. Adler and her Democratic allies have pounded away at Mr. Runyan for supporting a House Republican budget proposal that would overhaul Medicare, the health care program for older Americans. The Democratic attacks, which claim that the Republican budget would gut Medicare, have grown more persistent since the architect of that budget, Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, was chosen as Mitt Romney’s running mate. Mr. Runyan has argued that Ms. Adler and her Democratic allies are not only distorting the issue but are actually the ones who would endanger Medicare. He points out that the Ryan plan makes long-term changes that prevent the program from going broke. He also notes that the proposed changes would not affect Americans who are 55 or older (Hernandez, 9/17).The Wall Street Journal: GE Feels Its Own CutsGeneral Electric Co.’s GE -0.27%$18 billion health-care business is being forced to navigate a slowdown in medical imaging—one that in some ways has been aggravated by GE itself. GE put its 85,000 U.S. white-collar workers on a high-deductible health plan in an effort to stem the growth of its U.S. health bills, which are now running $2.5 billion a year. In the first two years after the plan went into effect, use of advanced imaging including MRIs and CT scans has dropped by as much as a quarter, as covered employees’ overall use of health services fell, according to the company (Linebaugh, 9/17).USA Today: Study: Military Needs To Better Address Substance Abuse By TroopsThe Pentagon must acknowledge a “public health crisis” in the growing abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs by troops and show stronger leadership in dealing with it, according to a report by a blue ribbon committee released Monday (Zoroya, 9/17).Los Angeles Times: Filipino Nurses Win Language Discrimination SettlementA group of Filipino nurses who claimed they were mocked for their accents and ordered to speak “English only” won a nearly $1-million settlement against a Central California hospital where bosses and co-workers were allegedly urged to eavesdrop on the immigrant workers. The $975,000 settlement, announced Monday by lawyers from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is believed to be the largest language discrimination settlement in the U.S. healthcare industry, according to the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (Do, 9/18).Los Angeles Times: New York’s Soda Limits Could Boost Similar Efforts In CaliforniaCalifornia health advocates hope their state will see some movement on limiting sugar-laced soda following action last week to cap serving sizes for sugary drinks in New York City (McGreevy, 9/17).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Confusion In Wake Of Court Ruling Overturning Wisconsin Union LawWisconsin school and government employee unions on Monday were considering whether to seek new contract talks after a state court threw out a controversial law that restricts public workers’ collective bargaining rights. … The law limits bargaining on wage increases to the rate of inflation. Other issues, such as workplace safety, vacation and health benefits, were excluded from collective bargaining (9/17).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.
Each week, KHN reporter Alvin Tran compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.Archives Of Surgery: Association Of Postdischarge Complications With Reoperation And Mortality In General Surgery – The authors note that hospitals need detailed data about postdischarge (PD) complications among surgical patients in order to develop “appropriate quality improvement interventions and potentially avoid reimbursement penalties.” In attempt to bridge this knowledge gap, researchers from Yale and Stanford Universities evaluated procedure types, rates and risk factors for PD complications occurring within 30 days after 21 groups of inpatient general surgery procedures for more than 500,000 patients. “We found that more than 40% of all postoperative complications occurred PD; approximately 1 in 14 general surgery patients who underwent an inpatient procedure experienced a PD complication,” the authors state. They conclude: “Fastidious, procedure-specific patient triage at discharge as well as expedited patient follow-up could improve PD outcomes” (Kazaure, Roman, and Sosa, 11/2012).Annals Of Internal Medicine: Pharmacy Dispensing Of Electronically Discontinued Medications – “Most physician offices do not transmit orders for medication discontinuation to the pharmacy, creating the potential for errors in dispensing of previously prescribed medications,” write the authors. They analyzed five common prescription medicines and found that, of 83,902 medications that were electronically discontinued, 1.5 percent continue to be refilled by the pharmacy. The authors conclude: “The dispensing of discontinued medications represents an important ambulatory patient safety concern. Electronic health records should be used to facilitate better communication between providers and pharmacies and improve medication safety” (Allen and Sequist, 11/20). Journal of Neurosurgery: Association Of A Higher Density Of Specialist Neuroscience Providers With Fewer Deaths From Stroke In The United States Population – Researchers at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center sought to identify a relationship between the availability of specialist neuroscience providers and reduction in stroke-related deaths. With a retrospective analysis of data from more than 3,000 counties, the researchers found a link between a higher density of neurologists and neurosurgeons and a decreased risk of death from stroke and concluded that “availability of local neurologists and neurosurgeons may be an important factor in the overall likelihood of survival after stroke, and therefore underlines an importance of promotion specialist clinical neuroscience education and practice throughout the country” (Desai et al., 11/30). Kaiser Family Foundation: Premiums, Cost-Sharing And Coverage At Public, Private And Non-Profit Employers: A View From The 2012 Employer Health Benefit Survey – Workers at private firms on average pay more toward their health premiums and face greater cost sharing than those working for public or private non-profit employers, a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds. Workers covered by an employer plan at private firms contribute 30 percent of the premium for family coverage compared to public employees who contribute 23 percent for family coverage, according to data from the annual Kaiser/HRET Employer Health Benefits Survey. The analysis is the second in a series of “snapshots” taking a closer look at data from the benchmark annual study that examines national trends in employer-sponsored coverage (Rae, Panchal, Claxton, 11/2012). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Research Roundup: High Rates Of Postdischarge Complications
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Business Roundtable Offers Medicare Plan To Increase Eligibility Age To 70 The Associated Press reports that, under this plan, “people 55 and older would be protected from cuts but younger workers would face significant changes.” Meanwhile, CNN Money takes a look at the cost of such a move. The Associated Press: Business Group Of CEOs Calls For Raising Retirement AgeAn influential group of business CEOs is pushing a plan to gradually increase the full retirement age to 70 for both Social Security and Medicare and to partially privatize the health insurance program for older Americans. … Medicare recipients would be able to enroll in the traditional program or in private plans that could adjust premiums based on age and health status. … [Gary] Loveman, who chairs the Business Roundtable’s health and retirement committee, said the business leaders will be meeting with members of Congress and the administration to press them to enact their plan (Ohlemacher, 1/16).CNN Money: The High Cost Of Raising The Medicare AgeIf seniors were not allowed to enroll in Medicare until 67 starting next year, federal spending would drop by $5.7 billion in 2014, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. But Americans enrolled both in private health insurance plans and Medicare, as well as employers and states, would see expenses jump by $11.4 billion. “Raising the age doesn’t address the larger concern of reducing health care spending overall,” said Juliette Cubanski, associate director of Kaiser’s Program on Medicare Policy. “It just shifts costs from the federal government to other payers in the system.” Medicare reform is back in the spotlight as the White House and Congress gear up for another deficit reduction battle in coming weeks (Luhby, 1/17).
A selection of health policy stories from New York and Texas.The Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: Excellus Dropping Out Of Medicaid Managed CareExcellus BlueCross BlueShield says it’s dropping out of public health insurance programs for the poor and disabled. The insurer has notified doctors and other providers it’s withdrawing from the Medicaid managed care and Family Health Plus programs because it expects to lose about $100 million on those programs this year. The move will affect more than 22,000 central New Yorkers (10/15).The Texas Tribune: On Dental Claims, State’s Bark Worse Than Its BiteTexans discovered nearly two years ago that the state was spending more on orthodontic claims in its Medicaid program than the other 49 states combined, but recovery of millions in purportedly misspent Medicaid money has moved slowly (Aaronson, 10/15). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State News: Insurer Drop-Out To Affect 22,000 On N.Y. Medicaid Managed Care
Women Sue University Of Southern California Over Its Alleged Failure To Address Gynecologist’s Behavior Dr. George Tyndall has been accused of inappropriate behavior under the guise of medical exams. USC acknowledges that administrators had reports about misconduct by Tyndall dating back to at least the early 2000s. Bloomberg: USC Sued For Failing Student Victims Of Abuse By Gynecologist Six women filed civil lawsuits Monday alleging that a longtime gynecologist at the University of Southern California sexually victimized them under the pretext of medical care and that USC failed to address complaints from clinic staff about the doctor’s behavior. One woman alleged Dr. George Tyndall forced his entire ungloved hand into her vagina during an appointment in 2003 while making “vulgar” remarks about her genitalia, according to one of the lawsuits. Another woman alleged that Tyndall groped her breasts in a 2008 visit and that later he falsely told her she “likely had AIDS.” A third woman accused the doctor of grazing his ungloved fingers over her nude body and leering at her during a purported skin exam, the lawsuit states. (Hamilton, Ryan and Winton, 5/21) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Associated Press: USC Sued Over Clinic Gynecologist Accused Of Misconduct The New York Times: 5 Women Sue U.S.C., Alleging Sexual Abuse By Campus Doctor Los Angeles Times: 6 Women Sue USC, Alleging They Were Victimized By Campus Gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall routinely made crude comments, took inappropriate photographs and forced the plaintiffs to strip naked and groped them under the guise of medical treatment for his “sexual gratification,” the civil lawsuit said. Tyndall, who worked at a USC clinic for 30 years, denied wrongdoing in interviews with the Los Angeles Times. He didn’t return phone calls and it wasn’t known Monday if he has an attorney. The complaint accuses the university of failing to properly respond to complaints about Tyndall. USC said in a statement that it was aware of the lawsuit. (5/21) USC issued a report last week in which it admitted that complaints dating back to 2000 were sufficient to terminate the gynecologist. The doctor worked at the university since 1989 and examined as many as 16 women a day, according to the complaint. The former student seeks to represent the hundreds, if not thousands, of other women who were examined by the gynecologist at USC. The university said in a statement that it was aware of the lawsuit. (Pettersson, 5/21) “There will be other women coming forward,” said Louanne Masry, a lawyer at Taylor & Ring, a law firm in Manhattan Beach, Calif., that represents one of the women. “We’re getting lots of calls in. This is only going to grow.” A second lawsuit, filed on behalf of four unnamed women, called the former gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, a “serial sexual predator” and blamed the university for “actively and deliberately” covering up Dr. Tyndall’s predations for years. (Arango, 5/21)
Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 Arrives For Display Purposes In Australia So proud to be launching the new #nissan #leaf today. I’m currently driving my third, been an owner since 2011. I’ve driven this car and the e-pedal alone is worth getting behind the wheel for. pic.twitter.com/ophVdOqtWP— Osher Günsberg (@oshergunsberg) October 3, 2018 We are delighted to launch #NissanLEAF in Australia and transform the way we live #Nissan #NissanFutures @Nissan_Aus @NissanAO @oshergunsberg #Schillaci #Sanada pic.twitter.com/YHPMicuTI0— Lavanya Wadgaonkar (@drlavanyaw) October 3, 2018 Hyundai Kona Electric Headed For Australia Renault ZOE Now Available In Australia Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 5, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Interestingly, despite Australia not being a big market for electric cars (market share is negligible), Nissan said that during the current mid-term plan (“Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022”), one-third of its Australian volume will include electric technology. We could guess that maybe some e-POWER series-hybrids are coming to Australia, as it’s hard to imagine that 1/3 of sales will be plug-ins.Nissan Australia managing director, Stephen Lester said:“Electrified vehicles will represent a third of Nissan volume in Australia during our mid-term plan. By introducing more electric alternatives on several of our key models, we will make mass market electrification a reality. I have no doubt electric vehicles will be a success here, and sooner than many think, and Nissan is planning for this now to ensure we meet the future needs of the buyer.” The new LEAF will soon land Down Under.Nissan is finally introducing the new Nissan LEAF in Australia, although first customer deliveries are still not scheduled until mid-2019.The Japanese brand intends to sell the LEAF at 89 dealerships across the country (up from 12 in the case of the first-generation LEAF in 2012). The market launch will be supported by EV installation experts JET Charge.New EVs in Australia
Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 16, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News See Also InstaVolt Second Only To Tesla Supercharger In Customer Satisfaction Google Maps now includes a charging station search featureGoogle announced that Google Maps got a new feature of searching for charging stations and displaying information about the sites.As of today, Google integrated the first several major networks. The company says that the ability to search for electric vehicle charging stations starts rolling out on Android and iOS, with desktop launching in the coming weeks.Google Maps now supports charging stations around the world, including:Global: Tesla, ChargepointUS: SemaConnect, EVgo, BlinkUK: Chargemaster, Pod PointAU & NZ: Chargefox ChargePoint And FLO Initiate Roaming Agreement In North America Here is how it works:“Our newest feature brings helpful information about electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to the Map, so you can be confident that your car will be charged and ready for your ride, wherever you’re headed.”“A quick search for keywords like “ev charging” or “EV charging stations” will display the nearest supported stations. To help you make a quick decision about which station to use, we’ll show you information about the business where the station is located, the types of ports available, charging speeds, and how many ports there are. You’ll also see information about the station from drivers, including photos, ratings, reviews and questions.” ChargePoint To Install 2.5 Million Charging Points By 2025 Source: Electric Vehicle News Additionally, the new feature enables businesses that have charging stations to add information about the charging site if available.
Honda, with its Chinese partner GAC, has launched a new all-electric crossover in China and it’s going to sell for the equivalent of just ~$25,000 USD. more…The post Honda launches new all-electric Everus VE-1 for ~$25,000 in China appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward
Subtle external revisions come with some price changesSource: Electric Vehicle News
Most likely Tesla will produce the upcoming Model Y at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, from late 2020 on.Source: Electric Vehicle News
Source: Charge Forward Amid Tesla’s incredibly important end-of-the-quarter push, Electrek has obtained exclusive information about the automaker reaching new record “sales numbers” in North America as it offers employees new bonuses in order to deliver all the vehicles by the end of the month. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Tesla sales reach new high, offering bonuses to deliver this month – leaked info appeared first on Electrek.