Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds Still On the Rise | Investopedia

Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds Still On the Rise | Investopedia

Although the broader financial world has been slow to recognize cryptocurrencies as a viable area of investment, that hasn’t stopped some hedge fund managers from making moves in that direction. In fact, as cryptocurrency interest among everyday investors has surged over the past year, the number of cryptocurrency-focused hedge funds launched has also climbed. (See also: Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds Gained More Than 1,000% In 2017.)

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5 Companies That Want to Take the Time Suck Out of Prior Authorization Requests

5 Companies That Want to Take the Time Suck Out of Prior Authorization Requests

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The prior authorization process is a frequent, time-consuming process for physicians. A survey of 1,000 physicians revealed they made prior authorization requests 37 times per week on average, according to data from the American Medical Association. About one-fifth of the survey participants said it takes 20 hours to do these requests each week. It’s no wonder small and large health IT vendors see opportunities to use technology to create a more efficient workflow. It’s also yet another reason  One of the best and most recent examples of the opportunity health IT vendors see in this market is the huge acquisition of CoverMyMeds earlier this year. (more…)

StartEngine To Host ICOs That Are Compliant With the US Securities and Commissions (SEC) Regulations

StartEngine To Host ICOs That Are Compliant With the US Securities and Commissions (SEC) Regulations

StartEngine has decided to take ICOs into a whole new level. Being a US regulated crowdfunding business and a Regulation A+ platform, StartEngine will be the first crowdfunding platform to introduce ICOs, to the mainstream economy, as a modern vehicle for crowdfunding. Today, StartEngine published a press release that announced that the company will start accepting ICOs .

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Learning from failure: What Theranos, Interleukin Genetics, & Courtagen can teach us about IVDs

Learning from failure: What Theranos, Interleukin Genetics, & Courtagen can teach us about IVDs

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In the aftermath of the Theranos downfall, dozens of pundits have performed virtual autopsies of where CEO Elizabeth Holmes went wrong, generally highlighting a lack of full disclosure about the technology its labs were using. In the beginning of July, Interleukin Genetics announced that it was laying off more than half of its staff amid a decision to halt sales of its genetic test for periodontal disease risk. Just a few weeks later, Courtagen Life Sciences announced it would no longer offer its next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based tests for neurological disorders due to difficulties with reimbursement and the regulatory environment.

What’s the biggest mistake startups make when it comes to intellectual property?

There are few things more exciting in law practice than seeing a startup take shape and come to market. From the initial meeting of the principals and company formation to actual launch of products and services, the process of bringing a startup to life and watching it evolve never gets old. Inevitably, every startup faces hurdles… and those hurdles do not exclude the creation and protection of intellectual property assets. In fact, almost all of the startups I have had the pleasure to counsel over the last 20+ years have had challenges regarding their IP and how to protect and best leverage it in the marketplace. What is even more surprising is that there is a specific step that most of these startups ignored regarding their IP that caused headaches at some point along the road to market (and beyond)… and it is not what you may think.

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Pivot Health wants to change the way healthcare professionals find jobs

Pivot Health wants to change the way healthcare professionals find jobs

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Today marks the launch of a new startup: Pivot Health, which is looking to disrupt the traditional healthcare staffing market.  The Seattle-based company seeks to help healthcare professionals advance their careers. Its platform also helps employers (like hospitals) find premiere talent.  “Healthcare is the fastest growing labor market in the country and also the most inefficient,” cofounder Simon Frey said in a recent phone interview. “We are transforming how clinicians find jobs and how hospitals connect with talent.”Here’s how it works: Prospective job seekers can set up a profile for free on the startup’s website. Hospitals that use the site to make a placement have to pay Pivot Health a fee of 15 percent.

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