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House committee takes aim at healthcare consolidation, eyes site-neutral payments

Healthcare Dive

Equalizing Medicare payment between sites of service to cut down on provider consolidation is a “no brainer,” one witness testified during the hearing.

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Personalized communications help engage patients where they are

Healthcare It News

Trinity Health reaches out to patients on their preferred platform to encourage them to make needed visits. Dr. Roosevelt De Los Santos, its medical director for health informatics, describes why it works.

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Nearly 20% of donated organs go unused — here’s how we can fix it and honor donors

Healthcare Dive

The medical community needs to take “smart risks” to maximize organ donation use, according to the president of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations.

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5G Ushered Huge Advances in Healthcare Technology. What will 6G Offer?

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by John English, Director of Service Provider Marketing and Business Development at NETSCOUT Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, medical technology became essential for keeping healthcare running when other industries had to close. Cellular network technology, particularly 5G, has been a critical enabler in running medical services during and after the pandemic.

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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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More than a third of healthcare organizations aren’t prepared for cyberattacks: report

Healthcare Dive

Thirty-seven percent of healthcare organizations did not have a cyberattack contingency plan in place, despite half having experienced an attack, according to a new survey from Software Advice.

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Express Scripts’ new partnership is an olive branch to independent pharmacies

Healthcare Dive

Cigna’s massive pharmacy benefit manager has unveiled a new collaboration with a network of independent pharmacies at a time of rising tension between PBMs and the pharmacies they pay.

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The 20 highest paid specialties in 2023 as doctors see 6% boost in pay: Doximity

Fierce Healthcare

After several years of modest or declining growth, the average pay for doctors jumped 5.9% in 2023, rebounding from a decline of 2.4% in 2022. | After several years of modest or declining growth, the average pay for doctors jumped 5.9% in 2023, rebounding from a decline of 2.4% in 2022.

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Tufts Medicine lays off workers — again

Healthcare Dive

The struggling health system continues to cut roles as it struggles to chart a path to financial health.

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Centene taps McCormack Baron Salazar for investments in affordable housing

Fierce Healthcare

Centene's philanthropic arm is joining forces with McCormack Baron Salazar to develop new affordable housing options in multiple states. | Centene's philanthropic arm is joining forces with McCormack Baron Salazar to develop new affordable housing options in multiple states.

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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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Why It’s Time to Go on the Offensive with Healthcare Cybersecurity

HIT Consultant

Brian Montgomery, Expert Security Engineer, Altera Digital Health Being an avid soccer fan, player, and coach, I’ve heard countless times that “the best defense is a good offense.” As a cybersecurity professional, the concept of taking active steps to improve your team’s position resonates. However, cybersecurity programs within and outside the healthcare industry typically focus on reactive approaches.

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eClinicalWorks’ Bet on AI Paying Off for Practices

Healthcare IT Today

A year ago, eClinicalWorks made a big investment in AI, adding it to dozens of modules in their cloud EHR. That investment is paying off. Many customers have successfully deployed the new AI Assistant and seeing significant benefits. eClinicalWorks Leaned into AI a Year Ago In 2023, Healthcare IT Today attended the eClinicalWorks Enterprise Summit (for large practices) and the Health Center Summit (for community health clinics and federally qualified health centers – FQHCs).

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Ascension cyberattack: Updates from 11 states and DC

Becker's Health IT

Ascension, a 140-hospital system based in St. Louis, continued to deal with the fallout of a ransomware attack more than two weeks after the hack took its IT network offline.

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3 takeaways from Veradigm, ScienceIO CEOs on the potential for AI to transform EHRs

Fierce Healthcare

Interim CEO at Veradigm Shin-Yin Ho and Will Manidis, CEO and founder of ScienceIO (which was recently acquired by Veradigm), spoke about the potential of artificial intelligence on a panel at the | Veradigm and ScienceIO CEOs discussed how artificial intelligence will dramatically change the function of electronic health records, from making their contents more usable to demoting their prominence in healthcare.

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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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Redox, Snowflake Partner to Streamline Healthcare Data Exchange for AI and Machine Learning

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Redox , a healthcare interoperability company, and Snowflake , the Data Cloud company, have joined forces to simplify the exchange of healthcare data. – This strategic partnership aims to revolutionize how healthcare organizations access and utilize patient data, ultimately leading to improved patient care. Unifying Legacy Systems for Seamless Data Flow The collaboration leverages Redox’s expertise in unifying healthcare data from various sources, includ

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Real-world data platform Atropos Health raises $33M

Mobi Health News

The company will use the funds to enter into strategic relationships with life sciences organizations focusing on oncology and specialty care.

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Providence, Microsoft, UW Develop AI-Powered Pathology Model

HIT Consultant

Image: Ella Maru Studio What You Should Know: – A collaborative effort between Providence , Microsoft , and the University of Washington has yielded a breakthrough in cancer diagnostics with the development of an AI-powered pathology model, Prov-GigaPath. – Prov-GigaPath is an AI-powered pathology model designed to improve patient care and transform cancer diagnostics.

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Breach affects 400,000 patients at Texas hospital

Becker's Health IT

In April, hackers breached the IT network of CentroMed, a healthcare provider based in San Antonio, Texas, compromising the protected health information of 400,000 patients.

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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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Three Acute Hospital Alliance trusts to implement shared EPR

Digital Health News

The three trusts that form the Acute Hospital Alliance are to implement a new shared electronic patient record (EPR), which will go live in 2026.

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Ransomware Attack on Texas Ophthalmology Practice Exposes Data of 80,000 Patients

HIPAA Journal

A Texas ophthalmology practice has experienced a ransomware attack that resulted in the encryption of files on its computer systems. The attack affected Victoria Surgery Center, Victoria Eye Center , and Victoria Vision Center and involved the personal and protected health information of 80,122 individuals. The attack was detected on March 21, 2024, when the file encryption made certain computer systems inaccessible.

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NHS England sets ambition to improve access to virtual wards

Digital Health News

NHS England has announced proposals to increase access to virtual wards in a bid to reduce emergency department (ED) waiting times.

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15 State Attorneys General Ask Congress to Respect State Privacy Laws

HIPAA Journal

The American Privacy Rights Act (APRA), the successor of the A merican Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA), has been criticized by 15 State Attorneys General who are urging Congress not to proceed with the proposed federal data privacy law in its current form. A draft of the APRA was released in April 2024 that addressed some of the problems with the ADPPA that prevented the bill from progressing.

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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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The Healthcare Interoperability Universe: FHIR, Governance, and Transparency

HealthIT Answers

By Pieter De Leenheer, Ph.D. - FHIR is designed to be a modular and open-source standard, encouraging global adoption and continual refinement. It allows for local customization to meet specific needs, which is critical given the diverse regulatory and operational needs in healthcare. The post The Healthcare Interoperability Universe: FHIR, Governance, and Transparency appeared first on Health IT Answers.

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Patient Data Exposed in Laptop Theft Incidents

HIPAA Journal

Incidents involving the theft of portable electronic devices containing protected health information are now relatively rare, but two incidents were reported this month. Former Multnomah County Health Department Employee Failed to Return Laptop Containing Patient Information Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, OR, has notified 1,092 Multnomah County Health Center patients that some of their protected health information has been exposed.

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Making Sense of Older Americans Act Updates

MedTrainer

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) recently updated the Older Americans Act (OAA) for the first time in 34 years to ensure older adults receive broader services and support from state and territorial agencies – and the healthcare organizations that provide services through them. The final OAA rule took effect March 15, 2024, and regulated agencies have until Oct. 1, 2024, to comply with the updates.

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2024 Call for MIPS Improvement Activities is Open

HealthIT Answers

CMS encourages you to submit improvement activities for consideration for future years of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. The MIPS Annual Call for Improvement Activities process allows clinicians, professional associations and medical societies that represent clinicians, researchers, consumer groups, and others to identify and submit activities.

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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.