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A web-based approach to preauthorization for insurance

Preauthorizations for insurance are akin to a four-letter word for providers. A March 2018 study by the American Medical Association showed 84% of physicians found the burden of having to get insurance prior approvals either high or extremely high, and 86% said the problem is just getting worse.

Enter startup ZappRx with a portable web-based app it hopes will eliminate the tedious back and forth with insurance companies and streamline physician communication and patient consent. Armed with six years of research and product development, as well as $41 million in just-raised B-level funding, ZappRx hopes to tackle this relatively obscure — and often overlooked by mainstream health IT efforts — problem on a broad scale.

And there’s no question it is a problem. Today’s aging population requires more access than ever to specialty medications for conditions ranging from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to cancer, and the vast majority of those drugs require preauthorization for insurance payment due to their high cost. In most practices, prior authorizations are done by staff, by hand, and transmitted via fax machine.

“The way they tracked preauthorizations before involved sticky notes and whiteboards and Excel spreadsheets,” said Libby Webb, senior vice president of product at ZappRx. “There was nothing that existed that kept that information in a centralized location.” The process was labor intensive, but also off-putting to patients. The AMA study showed 78% of doctors believed the delays inherent in preauthorization for insurance could lead to patients abandoning the treatment altogether.

With the ZappRx platform, the provider’s team can use an iPhone or iPad or tablet to fill out forms for preauthorization for insurance, capture patient consent and send the information to the insurance company. A central dashboard allows staff to see at a glance exactly where each request stands and provides access to any needed follow-up requests. For states allowing electronic physician signatures, that feature is built in. “The app saves all the data and it’s essentially ‘one and done’ for each patient,” Webb said.

“From the moment a patient is diagnosed and drugs are selected we process that entire journey through our web-based app today,” Webb said. “Otherwise it is a paper-based process with staff literally filling out forms by hand and faxing them to the payer for prior authorization. There is no way to know what’s happening with the payer or when forms are sent to the specialty pharmacy. It’s a black hole.”

The black hole is why ZappRx was founded in 2012, Webb said. The CEO had a family member who, while waiting on preauthorization for insurance of a specialty medication, grew dramatically more ill. So the idea for ZappRx was born with the hope that medications could get into the hands of the patients more quickly than before.

But providers and payers may also benefit from the streamlined process. Insurance companies devote a lot of staff to handling incoming faxes and they also have to spend time deciphering handwritten and often blurry paperwork, Webb said. Instead payers can print the ZappRx form and move forward. Provider practices may find this also eases the administrative burden for them, Webb said, which can translate to less staff turnover. “People don’t go into medicine to do paperwork.”

To date the ZappRx solution is at work in over 30 practices and large academic medical facilities. Now the platform is focused on three pulmonology diseases, and is in beta for gastroenterology, and with plans to move into rheumatology and orphan diseases/cancer in the near future, Webb said.

And, while ZappRx does not currently integrate preauthorization for insurance with any EHRs, Webb said the company is ready to work with customers on a plug and play API-based integration layer to make that vision a reality.

What’s Next for Visual Studio

Since we launched Visual Studio 2017 in March of that year, it has become our most popular Visual Studio release ever. Your feedback has helped our team publish seven updates since our initial GA, which have improved solution load performance, build performance, and unit test discovery performance. We’ve also made Visual Studio 2017 our most accessible releases ever, helping developers with low-vision or no-vision be more productive.

Our team is focused on introducing features that make every developer more productive: better navigation features like “go to all” (Ctrl + ,), features to improve code quality like Live Unit Testing, and most recently, to enable real time collaboration with Live Share. And we have even started to show how we will use artificial intelligence to assist developers with IntelliCode.

Now, it’s time to start to look at what comes next.

The short answer is Visual Studio 2019

Because the Developer Tools teams (especially .NET and Roslyn) do so much work in GitHub, you’ll start to see check-ins that indicate that we’re laying the foundation for Visual Studio 2019, and we’re now in the early planning phase of Visual Studio 2019 and Visual Studio for Mac. We remain committed to making Visual Studio faster, more reliable, more productive for individuals and teams, easier to use, and easier to get started with. Expect more and better refactorings, better navigation, more capabilities in the debugger, faster solution load, and faster builds. But also expect us to continue to explore how connected capabilities like Live Share can enable developers to collaborate in real time from across the world and how we can make cloud scenarios like working with online source repositories more seamless. Expect us to push the boundaries of individual and team productivity with capabilities like IntelliCode, where Visual Studio can use Azure to train and deliver AI-powered assistance into the IDE.

Our goal with this next release is to make it a simple, easy upgrade for everyone – for example, Visual Studio 2019 previews will install side by side with Visual Studio 2017 and won’t require a major operating system upgrade.

As for timing of the next release, we’ll say more in the coming months, but be assured we want to deliver Visual Studio 2019 quickly and iteratively. We’ve learned a lot from the cadence we’ve used with Visual Studio 2017, and one of the biggest things we have learned is that we can do a lot of good work if we focus on continually delivering and listening to your feedback. There are no bits to preview yet, but the best way to ensure you are on the cutting edge will be to watch this blog and to subscribe to the Visual Studio 2017 Preview.

In the meantime, our team will continue to publish a roadmap of what we’re planning online, work in many open source repositories, and take your feedback through our Developer Community website. This blog post is just another example of sharing our plans with you early, so you can plan and work with us to continue to make Visual Studio a great coding environment.

John

John Montgomery, Director of Program Management for Visual Studio
@JohnMont

John is responsible for product design and customer success for all of Visual Studio, C++, C#, VB, JavaScript, and .NET. John has been at Microsoft for 17 years, working in developer technologies the whole time.

For Sale – Dell Inspiron 7577 – Gaming laptop

Initially just gauging interest before eBay.
Bought this in March and it’s literally had a few hours use. I just use my work laptop and tend to just use my switch and ps4 for gaming.

Anyway specs as follows:

Inspiron 15 – 7577

256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive
16GB (1x16GB) 2400MHz SDRAM DDR4 Non-ECC
Fingerprint Reader Palmrest
Internal UK/Irish Backlit Keyboard
Intel 8265 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth
Software Driver
15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ (Quad Core,up to 3.8GHz, 6MB Cache, 45W)
1 TB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics with 6GB GDDR5 vRAM
LCD Back Cover – Matte Black (Non Touch)

It’s in excellent condition as like I said I have barely used it. It will have warranty until March 2019.
Will upload some pics in a short while.

Price and currency: 750
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: Preston
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Dell Inspiron 7577 – Gaming laptop

Initially just gauging interest before eBay.
Bought this in March and it’s literally had a few hours use. I just use my work laptop and tend to just use my switch and ps4 for gaming.

Anyway specs as follows:

Inspiron 15 – 7577

256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive
16GB (1x16GB) 2400MHz SDRAM DDR4 Non-ECC
Fingerprint Reader Palmrest
Internal UK/Irish Backlit Keyboard
Intel 8265 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth
Software Driver
15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ (Quad Core,up to 3.8GHz, 6MB Cache, 45W)
1 TB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics with 6GB GDDR5 vRAM
LCD Back Cover – Matte Black (Non Touch)

It’s in excellent condition as like I said I have barely used it. It will have warranty until March 2019.
Will upload some pics in a short while.

Price and currency: 750
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: Preston
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Dell Inspiron 7577 – Gaming laptop

Initially just gauging interest before eBay.
Bought this in March and it’s literally had a few hours use. I just use my work laptop and tend to just use my switch and ps4 for gaming.

Anyway specs as follows:

Inspiron 15 – 7577

256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive
16GB (1x16GB) 2400MHz SDRAM DDR4 Non-ECC
Fingerprint Reader Palmrest
Internal UK/Irish Backlit Keyboard
Intel 8265 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth
Software Driver
15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ (Quad Core,up to 3.8GHz, 6MB Cache, 45W)
1 TB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics with 6GB GDDR5 vRAM
LCD Back Cover – Matte Black (Non Touch)

It’s in excellent condition as like I said I have barely used it. It will have warranty until March 2019.
Will upload some pics in a short while.

Price and currency: 750
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: Preston
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Dell Inspiron 7577 – Gaming laptop

Initially just gauging interest before eBay.
Bought this in March and it’s literally had a few hours use. I just use my work laptop and tend to just use my switch and ps4 for gaming.

Anyway specs as follows:

Inspiron 15 – 7577

256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive
16GB (1x16GB) 2400MHz SDRAM DDR4 Non-ECC
Fingerprint Reader Palmrest
Internal UK/Irish Backlit Keyboard
Intel 8265 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth
Software Driver
15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ (Quad Core,up to 3.8GHz, 6MB Cache, 45W)
1 TB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics with 6GB GDDR5 vRAM
LCD Back Cover – Matte Black (Non Touch)

It’s in excellent condition as like I said I have barely used it. It will have warranty until March 2019.
Will upload some pics in a short while.

Price and currency: 750
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: Preston
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Coffee Lake i3 Mid Tower Base Unit (Pics Added)

Hi, i have the following base unit for sale, it was built between jan and march 2018 with all new components mostly bought from scan computers.
It was bought by my father and i will be happy to deal with any warranty claims on the cpu, motherboard, memory and aio water cooler, i no longer have the reciepts for the power supply, ssd or case so cant offer warranty on these parts.

The computer has had very little use since built, hence the sale, everything is working fine as it should and is in mint condition.

Game Max Onyx RGB Mid Tower Computer Chassis
Tempered Glass, LED Colour Control Button, 3x 120mm RGB Fans, USB 3.0
MSI Intel Z370M GAMING PRO AC WiFi Coffee Lake Micro ATX Motherboard
Intel Z370, S 1151, DDR4, SATA3, Dual M.2, 2-Way SLi/CrossFire, GbE/WiFi, USB 3.1 A+C, MicroATX
Intel Core i3 8100 Coffee Lake Desktop Processor
S 1151, Coffee Lake, Quad Core, 4 Thread, 3.6GHz, 6MB Cache, 1100MHz GPU, 65W, CPU, Box
Corsair 8GB DDR4 Red Vengeance LPX 3200MHz 2x4GB Kit
PC4-25600 (3200), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 16-18-18-36, XMP 2.0, 1.35V
Game Max Iceberg 240mm Hydro Cooler
240mm All-In-One Hydro CPU Cooler, 2x120mm Fan, 7 Colour PWM Fan
Kingston 120GB A400 SATA 3 Solid State Drive/SSD
2.5″ SSD, SATA III – 6Gb/s, 2Ch, TLC, 500MB/s Read, 320MB/s Write, Retail
Aerocool 500W 80 plus Bronze power supply
500W Aerocool Integrator 80PLUS PSU with 120mm Quiet Black Fan

No O/S included, although i will pre load it with a win10 trial.

The sale includes all the boxes and accessories for everything except the ssd.

I need to transfer it into the gamemax case so no pictures yet sorry, i will do this either when their is any interest or in the next day or so, i’ll update the thread title when i have added some pics.

Collection only, sorry.

Price and currency: £430
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Bank Transfer or Cash on collection.
Location: Warrington, Cheshire.
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Coffee Lake i3 Mid Tower Base Unit (Pics Added)

Hi, i have the following base unit for sale, it was built between jan and march 2018 with all new components mostly bought from scan computers.
It was bought by my father and i will be happy to deal with any warranty claims on the cpu, motherboard, memory and aio water cooler, i no longer have the reciepts for the power supply, ssd or case so cant offer warranty on these parts.

The computer has had very little use since built, hence the sale, everything is working fine as it should and is…

Coffee Lake i3 Mid Tower Base Unit (Pics Added)

Coffee Lake i3 Mid Tower Base Unit £430

Hi, i have the following base unit for sale, it was built between jan and march 2018 with all new components mostly bought from scan computers.
It was bought by my father and i will be happy to deal with any warranty claims on the cpu, motherboard, memory and aio water cooler, i no longer have the reciepts for the power supply, ssd or case so cant offer warranty on thses parts.

The computer has had very little use since built, hence the sale, everything is working fine as it should and is…

Coffee Lake i3 Mid Tower Base Unit £430

Coffee Lake i3 full computer £430

Hi, i have the following computer for sale, it was built between jan and march 2018 with all new components mostly bought from scan computers.
It was bought by my father and i will be happy to deal with any warranty claims on the cpu, motherboard, memory and aio water cooler, i no longer have the reciepts for the power supply, ssd or case so cant offer warranty on thses parts.

The computer has had very little use since built, hence the sale, everything is working fine as it should and is in…

Coffee Lake i3 full computer £430