Fitbit recalls 1 million units; HASA picks Mana Health for its HIE;

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> Wearable fitness tracker Fitbit issued a voluntary recall of its Fitbit Force after discovering that prolonged use could lead to skin irritation likely due to allergy to some of the materials used in its construction, according to TechCrunch. The recall is official with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Around one million units are included in the recall. Article

> Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), the health information exchange for South Central Texas, has selected Mana Health's Patient Gateway as its patient portal solution. Once completed, the portal will be the first of its kind in Texas to give patients an aggregated medical record across multiple organizations from a single community portal, according to an announcement. Announcement

> was the top source of referral traffic to on Tuesday, according to a tweet from White House senior communications adviser Tara McGuinness, after President Obama appeared with Zach Galifianakis on "Between Two Ferns" to promote the Affordable Care Act. Tweet

Health Provider News

> During the country's transition period from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement, medical practices struggle to find financial incentives to hire the right allied health professionals to truly staff a patient-centered medical home (PCMH), according to new research published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Article

> In a testament to the strength and survival of the physician-patient relationship, new research shows that patients are unlikely to leave doctors ranked in low-performing tiers by health plans. Rather, patients with lower-ranked physicians are more apt to switch health plans to avoid higher copays to see a physician with whom they have an ongoing relationship, according to the study from Health Services Research. Article

Health Insurance News

> Health plan drug benefits in Massachusetts and California don't meet essential health benefits requirements, even though the plans received approval, according to research published in the American Journal of Managed Care. Article

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