Fri.Feb 03, 2023

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Cigna addresses MA overhaul, fresh off $6.7B in profit

Healthcare Dive

CEO David Cordani addressed the CMS’ recent changes to the Medicare Advantage program, Cigna’s multibillion-dollar investment in VillageMD and more in the payer’s fourth-quarter earnings on Friday.

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Virtual care enables BrightView Health to increase outpatient access

Healthcare It News

BrightView Health, a behavioral health facility that specializes in addiction treatment and substance abuse, already was using telehealth when the COVID-19 pandemic and associated response happened. The organization mostly was using telehealth between its various locations. THE PROBLEM However, BrightView did not have a secure communications platform to engage with patients either synchronously or asynchronously.

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To improve employees’ health in 2023, employers must take a hard look at where and how employees receive care

Healthcare Dive

Morgan Health CEO Dan Mendelson and partner Cheryl Pegus advocate for embracing value based care and using virtual tools available as a complement.

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Bipartisan House bill proposes permanent telehealth benefits

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Telehealth Benefit Expansion for Workers Act would amend the Public Health Service Act, the Employee Retirement Income and Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers to treat benefits for telehealth services like excepted benefits. WHY IT MATTERS The bill aims to keep stand-alone telehealth benefits separate, not as a replacement of medical plans, offering them under a group health plan or group health insurance coverage as excepted benefits.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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Healthcare added 58K jobs in January with ambulatory, nursing homes leading gains

Healthcare Dive

The gains are slightly above last year’s average for the sector, which was 47,000 new jobs per month.

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Healthcare Chatbot Explosion on The Way?

Healthcare IT Today

While healthcare providers have been relatively slow to put chatbots to work, the time may have come for a chatbot explosion. With ChatGPT generating frenzied global interest, we may be at the tipping point for using chatbots in our daily lives, and providers will have good reason to meet consumers where they are. Over the last few years, there has been a slowly growing movement toward using chatbots in clinical care.

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Solve.Care and EarthID Sign to Power Decentralized & Multi-faceted ID for Healthcare

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: Solve.Care & EarthID have announced a collaboration to employ blockchain technology to decentralize ID data and provide verification of credentials to create a powerful ID management system to be put in the hand on individuals. The collaboration will enable individuals to aggregate all their multi-faceted data related to their identity for healthcare purposes, while maintaining complete control.

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Medsi Raises USD $10M in Debt-Financing Round to Onboard First 30,000 Mexican Customers Currently on the Waitlist for its “Health Assurance” Super App

Healthcare IT Today

Fast-expanding healthcare marketplace, Medsi, aims to solve big challenge of Latin American gap in access to affordable care via first-of-its-kind offering focused on the Mexico market first With only a tiny fraction of Mexicans having health insurance or access to the necessary credit or savings, a medical emergency can be a catastrophic event as evidenced by the recent COVID-19 pandemic that hit Mexico harder than the rest of North America.

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TripleBlind Taps Mayo Clinic Platform To De-Identify Patient Data

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – TripleBlind , an automated, real-time data de-identification company has expanded its relationship with Mayo Clinic Platform. – For the first time in healthcare, the use of TripleBlind’s Privacy Builder software will enable healthcare systems, via Mayo Clinic Platform, to strategically collaborate on developing the next generation of digital healthcare solutions within secure environments.

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Optimizing Medical Waste Management: A Guide to Best Practices

Feeling overwhelmed by medical waste regulations? This comprehensive guide unravels the complexities of medical waste disposal, ensuring you stay compliant and prioritize safety. Inside you'll find: Clear categorization: Learn to precisely classify medical waste for proper handling and disposal. Labeling & Storage: Discover best practices for clear labeling and secure storage of medical waste.

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Digital health advances end with the PHE

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Enterprise Taxonomy: Node settings: Exclude from Accelerate RSS feed

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Alabama hospitals' margin declines 'far more severe' than industrywide losses, prompting calls for more funds

Fierce Healthcare

Alabama hospitals' margin declines 'far more severe' than industrywide losses, prompting calls for more funds dmuoio Fri, 02/03/2023 - 17:05

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Royal Society calls for adoption of Privacy Enhancing Technologies

Digital Health News

Public sector institutions, like the NHS, are being encouraged to adopt Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) by the Royal Society to help unlock data.

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Data sharing at the state and local levels requires more resources

Mobi Health News

At Digital Frontiers in Public Health, panelists from California and Maryland spoke of the difficulties they've faced in garnering data to improve public health outcomes.

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How Embedded Analytics Gets You to Market Faster with a SAAS Offering

Start-ups & SMBs launching products quickly must bundle dashboards, reports, & self-service analytics into apps. Customers expect rapid value from your product (time-to-value), data security, and access to advanced capabilities. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools can provide valuable data analysis capabilities, but they have a barrier to entry that can stop small and midsize businesses from capitalizing on them.

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Banner Health Settles Alleged HIPAA Security Rule Violations for $1.25 Million

HIPAA Journal

The HHS’ Office for Civil Rights has announced its second financial penalty of 2023 to resolve alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Banner Health has agreed to pay a financial penalty of $1,250,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to resolve the alleged HIPAA Security Rule violations. Phoenix, AZ-based Banner Health is one of the largest non-profit health systems in the United States.

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Join Us at the American Telemedicine Association ATA2023 Annual Conference & Expo

Healthcare Law Today

With only a few weeks until ATA2023 – the American Telemedicine Association’s 27th Annual Conference & Expo – our team looks forward to seeing people from across the telemedicine industry for conversations and insights about the future of digital health. This year’s conference will explore the theme “ From Now What?

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DOJ withdraws 'outdated' and 'overly permissive' healthcare antitrust enforcement guidance

Fierce Healthcare

DOJ withdraws 'outdated' and 'overly permissive' healthcare antitrust enforcement guidance dmuoio Fri, 02/03/2023 - 14:37

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The unique challenges of cybersecurity at a children's hospital: Q&A with CISO Stoddard Manikin

Becker's Health IT

A strong cybersecurity posture has become a top concern for healthcare executives in recent years, as massive systems suffer data breaches and cybercriminal organizations target healthcare organizations hoping for financial payout or to damage a geopolitical rival.

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HIPAA Compliance: Can Your Organization Avoid Costly Government Penalties and Fines?

Colington Consulting was established in 2013 and helps organizations achieve HIPAA compliance and ensures clients stay current with the latest enforcement trends. We provide a full range of HIPAA compliance services and consulting. What separates us from our competitors is our knowledge of HIPAA compliance regulations and their application to each of our client’s particular scenarios and requirements.

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Industry Voices—To pursue health equity, start with your own employees

Fierce Healthcare

Industry Voices—To pursue health equity, start with your own employees pminemyer Fri, 02/03/2023 - 15:40

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Q&A: How pharma partnerships could benefit digital therapeutics companies

Mobi Health News

Austin Speier, chief strategy officer at Click Therapeutics, discusses the company's expanded partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim.

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Clinicians are taking on the onus of bridging the digital divide, survey finds

Fierce Healthcare

Clinicians are taking on the onus of bridging the digital divide, survey finds aburky Fri, 02/03/2023 - 17:01

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Florida hospital takes down IT systems, diverts patients amid IT security issue

Becker's Health IT

Tallahassee (Fla.) Memorial HealthCare is canceling outpatient procedures, non-emergency surgical procedures and diverting ambulances as it deals with an IT security issue.

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Embedding BI: Architectural Considerations and Technical Requirements

While data platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and programming platforms have evolved to leverage big data and streaming data, the front-end user experience has not kept up. Holding onto old BI technology while everything else moves forward is holding back organizations. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) aren’t built for modern data platforms and don’t work on modern architectures.

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VA dodges ivermectin prescriptions that cost payers millions: study

Fierce Healthcare

VA dodges ivermectin prescriptions that cost payers millions: study fdiamond Fri, 02/03/2023 - 13:15

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Medscape Diagnoses Worsening Burnout and Depression Among U.S. Physicians

Health Populi

In the organization’s annual study into physicians’ wellbeing, Medscape has diagnosed worsening burnout and depression among America’s doctors. Over one-half of U.S. physicians say they are burned out or depressed, the chart from the U.S. Physician Burnout & Depression Report for 2023 calls out. “I cry but not one cares,” is one of the represented color comments provided by one of the physicians included in the survey of 9,175 physicians polled online between Ju

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Mississippi lawmakers consider easing restrictions on public hospitals

Modern Healthcare

Government-owned community hospitals are currently not allowed to operate outside of service areas. A proposed bill would let them consolidate or work together.

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U.S. Department of Labor announces annual adjustments to OSHA civil penalties for 2023

Total Medical Compliance Resources

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced changes to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) civil penalty amounts based on cost-of-living adjustments for 2023. In 2015, Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act to advance the effectiveness of civil monetary penalties and to maintain their deterrent effect.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About FACIS, but Didn’t Know to Ask

Speaker: Amy Anderson

FACIS® helps organizations mitigate patient and organizational risk. Maintaining compliance and safeguarding against fraud and abuse in today’s changing healthcare landscape can be challenging. Most healthcare organizations screen and monitor providers against the OIG but that’s only ONE of FACIS®’ primary sources. FACIS® pulls data for every taxonomy from the lowest level employee to the highest level licensed professional.