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How to improve patient trust and strengthen cybersecurity

Healthcare It News

The policies that followed a pre-HIPAA workplace data breach won back patient trust, sparking his interest in cybersecurity, recounts Dr. Eric Liederman, director of medical informatics for the Permanente Medical Group.

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Bayer launches precision health unit in latest digital health venture

Healthcare Dive

The pharma company said it will work with startups and other digital health companies as well as add to its own capabilities as it builds out the consumer-focused business unit.

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Lift the Blood Ban, But Don’t Penalize PrEP Users 

Bill of Health

By Doron Dorfman On May 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is lifting its highly contested blood deferral policy for men who have sex with men (MSM, i.e., gay and bisexual men), colloquially known as the blood ban. While this decision should be applauded as a step toward equality, the policy remains flawed and needlessly stigmatizing, as it excludes potential donors who use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an antiviral regimen that prevents HIV infection from sex.

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Over half a million disenrolled amid Medicaid redeterminations so far

Healthcare Dive

A KFF analysis of 11 states found many of the people who have already been removed from the Medicaid program were disenrolled for procedural reasons.

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Download Your FREE HIPAA Checklist Now!

Confirm your healthcare compliance with our easy-to-use HIPAA checklist. Safeguard data, avoid penalties, and streamline security best practices effortlessly. As you know, HIPAA has many requirements, and just missing one could lead to devastating consequences for your organization. Don't miss out— get your free and instant download now!

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Medicare to broaden coverage of Alzheimer’s drugs after full FDA approval, but with some restrictions

Fierce Healthcare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services outlined plans Thursday to broadly cover a new class of Alzheimer’s drugs once the medications get full approval from the Food and Drug Administration | CMS outlined plans Thursday to broadly cover a new class of Alzheimer’s drugs once the medications get full approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

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Medicaid changes, end of COVID emergency hampered hospital margins in April

Healthcare Dive

Inflation and high expenses are placing a burden on hospitals as they recover from COVID-19 challenges. Hospital labor expenses rose 3% in April from March, according to Kaufman Hall.

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Healthcare costs top $31,000 for family of 4 in 2023

Healthcare Dive

After declining briefly in 2020, family healthcare costs are rising as the industry faces an uncertain macroeconomic environment.

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Oak Street Health unveils expansion plans to open centers in 4 new states

Fierce Healthcare

Less than a month after CVS Health acquired Oak Street Health, the primary care provider plans to expand into four more states. | The company plans to open value-based primary care centers in Little Rock, Arkansas; Des Moines and Davenport, Iowa; Kansas City, Kansas and Richmond, Virginia, beginning this summer. Oak Street Health will operate centers in 25 states by the end of the year.

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BJC HealthCare, Saint Luke’s Health System plan to merge, forming $10B system

Healthcare Dive

The organizations signed a non-binding agreement to form a 28-hospital system serving patients in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois.

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IRS Reminds Plan Sponsors of Cafeteria Plan Claims Substantiation Requirements

Compliance Now

By Jessica Waltman, Principal, Forward Health Consulting The federal Section 125 “cafeteria plan” regulations permit health plans to reimburse participants for qualifying medical and dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis through health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and dependent care assistance plans (DCAPs) if those claims are properly and fully substantiated.

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Ensure Continuous Patient Care: How to Avoid Disruptions Due to Ransomware

The industry has seen an increasing pace of ransomware, zero-day, and remote-code execution attacks. Learn how to defend against these against these attacks in this eBook.

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Oak Street, post CVS acquisition, plans to enter 4 new states

Healthcare Dive

Oak Street Health, which was acquired by CVS in May, plans to enter Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and Virginia beginning this summer.

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The State of Healthcare Interoperability: Slow Progress, Fragmented Landscape and Technical Challenges

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. Welcome to this three-part series examining healthcare interoperability in the United States and the reasons for its slow progress. In Part 1, we delve into the fragmented healthcare landscape and the technical challenges that impede […] The article The State of Healthcare Interoperability: Slow Progress, Fragmented Landscape and Technical Challenges appeared first on electronichealthreporte

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Medicare keeps limits on Alzheimer’s drug coverage, but loosens policy

Healthcare Dive

The agency will reimburse Alzheimer’s treatments if they receive full FDA approval, but plans to still require data collection via a patient registry.

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Attack by notorious ransomware group compromises personal data of 8.9M dental patients

Fierce Healthcare

Data breaches for the year have reached the high-water mark with the data of nearly 9 million individuals being compromised in a reported cyberattack on one of the country’s largest dental health i | Managed Care of North America posted a notice Friday that between Feb. 26 and March 7, a digital intruder stole the data of 8.9 million people. The cyberattack is the largest of its kind in 2023 to date.

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Generative AI for Contracts Is Here: New Tools to Accelerate Drafting and Editing

The emergence of generative AI is reshaping the landscape of contract management, enabling businesses to generate and negotiate legal agreements with greater ease and speed. In this on-demand webinar, Hal Marcus, VP of Product Marketing at Evisort discusses how Evisort's generative AI transforms contract creation and negotiation, empowering legal teams to streamline processes while reducing risk.

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FDA hits iRhythm with warning letter over problems at heart monitor facility

Healthcare Dive

IRhythm can continue to manufacture and sell its products and does not expect the warning letter to materially affect its financial results.

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Idaho hospital diverts ambulances, turns to paper charting following cyberattack

Fierce Healthcare

For more than 24 hours, a hospital in Idaho has been diverting ambulances due to a cyberattack. | Idaho Falls Community Hospital along with adjacent Mountain View Hospital and local clinics are still recovering from a cyberattack that occurred earlier this week.

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Serial biotech founder Tim Springer on investing in startups and democratizing antibody research

Healthcare Dive

Springer, who became a billionaire after investing in Moderna, spoke after gifting $210 million to his nonprofit institute in Boston.

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Georgia places troubled insurtech Friday Health Plans into receivership, forcing 40,000 patients to seek new coverage

Fierce Healthcare

Georgia places troubled insurtech Friday Health Plans into receivership, forcing 40,000 patients to seek new coverage fdiamond Thu, 06/01/2023 - 13:04

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Best Practices for Sharing Protected Health Information (PHI)

In this ebook, you will learn about the 18 PHI indicators, the legal requirements and penalties surrounding PHI, and how your healthcare teams should securely exchange this data. Key takeaways from this ebook: Gain confidence in identifying PHI. Acquire practical implementation strategies for exchanging PHI within your organization. Emphasize the importance of using compliant communication tools within healthcare teams.

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Unpacking Averages: Understanding the Potential for Bias in a Sepsis Prediction Algorithm, a Case Study

Health Law Advisor

Would it surprise you if I told you that a popular and well-respected machine learning algorithm developed to predict the onset of sepsis has shown some evidence of racial bias? [1] How can that be, you might ask, for an algorithm that is simply grounded in biology and medical data? I’ll tell you, but I’m not going to focus on one particular algorithm.

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Somavedic Launches AI-Enabled, Biomarker Analysis App

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: Somavedic Technologies (Inc.) , makers of the scientifically-studied sleep & well-tech device by the same name, launches Attune Health Mobile App , an AI-enabled, biomarker analysis, offering 100% contactless solution that enables anyone to measure a wide range of vital signs by simply using their smartphone camera. Somavedic aims to empower consumers with the knowledge to make informed wellness decisions through instant and accessible wellness markers delivered to the

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Idaho Hospitals Divert Ambulances and Clinic Temporarily Closes Due to Cyberattack

HIPAA Journal

Mountain View Hospital, Idaho Falls Community Hospital, and several clinics in rural Idaho run by the same operator have been affected by a recent cyberattack. The decision was taken to temporarily close one of the clinics – Mountain View RediCare – while the attack is remediated. All other clinics have remained open but are offering reduced services.

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The Evolution of Interoperability in Healthcare: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are Today, and Where We’re Going

HIT Consultant

Stuart Hanson, CEO of Avaneer Health We take for granted that we can seamlessly send money to another person regardless of where they bank, or that we can easily text someone who uses a different cellular network. It’s called interoperability, where disparate systems can seamlessly connect and share data with each other and it’s almost always in real or virtually real-time.

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Buyer's Guide: Evaluating and Selecting the Best CLM Solution for Your Organization

Evaluating and selecting the right contract lifecycle management (CLM) platform can be complicated. However, by getting the right people involved, prioritizing your business needs, and testing your technology options, you can make it easier.

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Do You Understand the Quality of Your Data and the Value Clean Data Can Provide?

Healthcare IT Today

We live in a messy world (and a biased one), so hardly any organization can claim to have data as accurate as they want. According to Mike Noshay, Founder and Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Verinovum , provenance is “supreme.” In other words, the way to good data is to know how it was collected, who collected it, when events happened and were recorded, and so on.

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Brazilian Health Insurance Company Sami Secures $18M

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: Sami, a health insurance startup that aims to revolutionize the Brazilian private health care system, today announced it raised $18 million USD in a Series B round led by Redpoint eventures and Mundi Ventures. Other investors participating in the round Endeavor Catalyst, Didi Digital Horizon and Tau Ventures, joining current investors monashees, Valor Capital, Kevin Efrusy (Accel) , Ricardo Marino (Itaú), Mancora Ventures , Mauro Figueiredo (former director of Bradesco Saúd

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Why Addressing Stress is the Foundation for Better Health

Fierce Healthcare

When it comes to improving population stress levels, there’s one movement that really gives us hope: We can empower individuals with information, tools, and insights to take better control of their | When it comes to improving population stress levels, there’s one movement that really gives us hope: We can empower individuals with information, tools, and insights to take better control of their stress, and improve their overall health and wellbeing.

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Compassionate Care: 3 Steps for Health Plans to Improve CMS Star Ratings

HIT Consultant

Jake Sattelmair, EVP and GM at Wellframe Health plans have an incredible opportunity to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of Medicare beneficiaries. It’s a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. One way health plans can ensure they’re providing the best possible care to members is to focus on improving CMS Star Ratings.

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Your HIPAA Compliance Checklist: Easily Find Out Your HIPAA Requirements

This checklist is your best free resource for assessing your current HIPAA compliance status. Including all of the components of an effective compliance program, you’ll be sure you’re not missing a single piece of compliance. HIPAA is a complex law - protect your organization from financial and legal ramifications by ensuring your compliance program has all of the proper elements in place.

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Strive Health scores $166M to scale value-based kidney care

Mobi Health News

The company will use the funds to support and grow its team, enhance its platform and expand partnerships with payors, health systems and physicians.

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Walmart Raises Pay, Invests in Over 7,000 Pharmacists & Opticians

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: Walmart announced this week it has raised pay for approximately 3,700 pharmacists, raising the average salary for pharmacists to more than $140,000, not including bonuses and incentives. These investments build on the raises for 36,000 pharmacy technicians that took place last year. Additionally, Walmart will be raising pay for more than 4,000 opticians, bringing the average wage for opticians to be more than $22.50 an hour.

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15 healthcare systems have been hit with ransomware attacks in 2023

Becker's Health IT

Since the start of 2023, 15 healthcare systems operating 29 hospitals have been targeted by a ransomware incident, BankInfoSecurity reported May 31.

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Unlocking the Power of Price Transparency Data

Fierce Healthcare

Did you know the average total cost of a knee replacement surgery in the U.S. can range from $14,188 to $49,016? | Over a billion new rates-based data sets are now publicly available via machine-readable files, but these files are hard to use. Learn how to harness the power of this data for a competitive advantage.

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Forrester Wave™ Contract Lifecycle Management for 2023

In The Forrester Wave™ Contract Lifecycle Management, Q3 2023, Evisort has debuted as a Strong Performer.