Veronica Combs

Veronica Combs

I am the editor in chief at MedCityNews.com. I started writing and editing in the print world and joined a dotcom right before the 2000 crash. I was at TechRepublic/CNET/BNET for 7 years. Health was more interesting to me than the latest version of Windows, so I left for a startup tracking prescription drug news. A year later, MedTrackAlert was acquired by HealthCentral, so I shifted to audience research. The fun of daily news and interviewing smart people brought me to MedCity News in February 2012.

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ACA subsidy rulings could encourage more state exchanges or be just a blip on the radar

ACA subsidy rulings could encourage more state exchanges or be just a blip on the radar

July 23, 2014 2:06 pm by | 1 Comments

Conventional wisdom is that the federal subsidies that help people buy insurance through state and federal exchanges will survive the current court ruling against them. However, the review by the…


Obamacare subsidies by the numbers – who gets how much?

Obamacare subsidies by the numbers – who gets how much?

July 22, 2014 9:17 pm by | 0 Comments

Via @CPearsonAvalere, a state-by-state look at how much premiums would shoot up if Halbig stands: pic.twitter.com/xURNRN0wS7 — Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) July 22, 2014 Today’s rulings about the legality of health…



One step forward, one step back in GOP fight against ACA subsidies

One step forward, one step back in GOP fight against ACA subsidies

July 22, 2014 4:48 pm by | 0 Comments

In a world … Where circuits conflict .. RT @cghoseBiz1st: Coming soon to a political theater near you: #ACA and #SCOTUS, together again! — Noah Blundo (@nblundo) July 22, 2014…


#ShowMeYourPump is diabetes education at its best

#ShowMeYourPump is diabetes education at its best

July 22, 2014 4:53 am by | 2 Comments

I have a friend whose son is very allergic to peanuts, so much so that he can’t eat any food processed on the same machines as peanuts. To make sure…


Medtronic tech leader offers 4 metrics for measuring an innovation department

Medtronic tech leader offers 4 metrics for measuring an innovation department

July 16, 2014 5:57 am by | 0 Comments

Paul Thompson, director of IT innovation at Medtronic, explained how he held on for four years to bring the “hospital of the future” to life. His work is part of…


Larry Page’s personal health challenge that might draw Google deeper into healthcare

Larry Page’s personal health challenge that might draw Google deeper into healthcare

July 16, 2014 5:49 am by | 1 Comments

Larry Page’s personal problem with vocal cord paralysis might be enough motivation to draw Google into a formal role in HIT and improving EMR data access.


One change all hospitals need to make now: Virtual rounds and virtual discharge

One change all hospitals need to make now: Virtual rounds and virtual discharge

July 15, 2014 10:31 am by | 0 Comments

It’s a grey, humid, and drizzly day outside, but Dr. Stephen Klasko had all the power and light we needed on the first day of CONVERGE. The President and CEO…



It’s way past time to make the experience of healthcare work for patients

It’s way past time to make the experience of healthcare work for patients

July 14, 2014 9:32 am by | 0 Comments

Download the MedCity Startup Index for June now Recently I wrote about my first experience with a patient portal. It was disappointing. Dr. Joseph Kvedar explained what Apple will have…


Three things: Kvedar’s wish list for Apple’s HealthKit

Three things: Kvedar’s wish list for Apple’s HealthKit

July 2, 2014 5:39 am by | 1 Comments

Dr. Joseph Kvedar has seen a few digital health efforts fail. As the director of Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, he knows what pitfalls are waiting for new…


Supreme Court: Only small, privately held companies can avoid ACA birth control rule

Supreme Court: Only small, privately held companies can avoid ACA birth control rule

June 30, 2014 10:01 am by | 0 Comments

UPDATE: The Supreme Court’s latest ruling about part of the Affordable Care Act is not a soundbite decision with clear implications for each side of the debate. In the Hobby…


Heads-up display for surgeons moves closer to launch

Heads-up display for surgeons moves closer to launch

June 27, 2014 5:39 am by | 0 Comments

Some startups you hear from in the beginning, when everything is new and exciting, but then they go radio silent. Either things aren’t going well and the entrepreneurs in charge…


Hospital patient profiling plan reads like a Daily Show story

Hospital patient profiling plan reads like a Daily Show story

June 26, 2014 1:14 pm by | 3 Comments

If this story didn’t have a Bloomberg byline, I would swear it was from last night’s edition of The Daily Show. Hospitals are now buying consumer purchasing data to figure…


Smokes and candy bars: One more patient data set that hospitals will hold hostage

Smokes and candy bars: One more patient data set that hospitals will hold hostage

June 26, 2014 12:34 pm by | 1 Comments

Now that they’ve got the snazzy websites with chirpy videos and lots of Facebook friends and Twitter followers, hospitals are catching on to the dark side of consumer marketing: profiling….


How to solve everyone’s HIPAA headaches: Make it opt out

How to solve everyone’s HIPAA headaches: Make it opt out

June 25, 2014 11:20 am by | 1 Comments

Today’s #Path2Cures panel is a great reminder that patients need to be at the heart of all we do. — Nick Valeriani (@njvaleriani) June 24, 2014 Dr. Martin Harris, Chief…


Soul-crushing regulations: How bureaucrats are chasing smart young entrepreneurs out of HIT

Soul-crushing regulations: How bureaucrats are chasing smart young entrepreneurs out of HIT

June 25, 2014 5:58 am by | 2 Comments

At the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s second roundtable on digital health, Jonathan Bush spoke up for the people who were not in the room. He and several of 10…