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Lawmakers mull telehealth quality, reimbursement as extension deadline looms

Healthcare Dive

Congress has until year-end to take action before some pandemic-era telehealth flexibilities expire, which could create new challenges for patients and providers used to virtual care, witnesses at House hearing said.

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Center for BrainHealth helps mental health patients develop social skills using virtual coaching

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Cognitive neuroscience researchers and clinicians had been encountering significant challenges in effectively addressing social skills development among individuals dealing with mental health conditions or neurodevelopmental disorders. THE PROBLEM Traditional approaches often lacked engagement and real-world applicability, making it difficult for individuals to generalize skills learned in therapy sessions to everyday social interactions.

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CMS proposes 2.6% payment increase for inpatient hospitals next year

Healthcare Dive

Regulators said payments to hospitals would increase $3.2 billion in 2025 under the proposed rule. However, the American Hospital Association called the hike “woefully inadequate.

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Navigating MSSP Quality Reporting

MRO Compliance

EHR Connection vs. Qrda-1: How to Pick the Best Reporting Path In the realm of healthcare quality reporting, the method of data exchange plays a critical role in the accuracy, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of the process. That’s why providers need to understand which path is best for them when it comes to partnering with an eCQM / Medicare CQM for direct Electronic Health Record (EHR) connection or using QRDA-1 for data uploads.

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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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Steward buy could add 3,000 doctors to Optum’s physician network, regulator says

Healthcare Dive

A Thursday board meeting among Massachusetts regulators shed more light on UnitedHealth’s proposed buy of Stewardship Health.

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Nearly 80% of docs employed by hospitals, corporate entities in continued shift away from independent practice

Fierce Healthcare

The decadelong decline of independent physicians rolled on in 2022 and 2023 with a new high of 77.6% doctors employed by hospitals or other corporate entities as of the new year, according to a new | Nearly 4 in 5 physicians are employed by a hospital, payer, pharmacy chain or other corporate entity as of Jan. 1, a 5.1% increase over early 2022 and a continuation of a decadelong trend, according to a new report.

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VieCure Streamlines Cancer Care with Integrated E-Prescribing and Medication Management

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – VieCure , a leading cancer care company, announced today that it’s integrating DrFirst’s e-prescribing and medication management solutions into its clinical decision support system. – VieCure is a well-established point-of-care intelligence system specifically designed for community oncologists. Utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) , patient data, and a comprehensive oncology knowledge base, VieCure generates personalized treatment plans for canc

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VillageMD taps new COO amid clinic closures

Healthcare Dive

Former Centene executive Jim Murray will lead operations at the Walgreens-backed primary care chain, which has shut down 140 clinics in recent months.

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Health systems urge Congress to lay down a 'permanent roadmap' for telehealth services as clock ticks on December deadline

Fierce Healthcare

Health systems urge Congress to lay down a 'permanent roadmap' for telehealth services as clock ticks on December deadline hlandi Thu, 04/11/2024 - 11:23

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Medical Properties Trust offloads 5 hospitals to Prime Healthcare

Healthcare Dive

One of the nation’s largest hospital landlords will pay down its debt load with the proceeds, executives said.

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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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High volume, high value hospital transactions kick off 2024

Fierce Healthcare

Hospitals and health systems have kicked off the calendar year with a flurry of merger and acquisition deals reflecting several different strategic trends driving providers in 2024. | A flurry of merger and acquisition deals unveiled during Q1 2024 reflect a blend of novel and continuing strategic trends within the hospital sector, writes Kaufman Hall.

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oVRcome announces pilot program with NHS for autistic individuals

Mobi Health News

The program will focus on decreasing the rate of canceled medical appointments by autistic individuals using oVRcome's VR-based exposure therapy platform.

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CMS officials say agency is monitoring concerns from ACOs about DME costs

Fierce Healthcare

Accountable care organizations have sounded the alarm on billions in durable medical equipment fraud, and officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said Thursday that the | Accountable care organizations have sounded the alarm on billions in durable medical equipment fraud, and officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Thursday that the agency is monitoring the issue.

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CipherHealth Launches Medication Affordability Program to Improve Patient Adherence with Health Systems

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – CipherHealth , a leader in patient engagement technology, announced a new Medication Affordability & Adherence Program that aims to increase access to life-saving medications and improve medication adherence for patients by addressing a major barrier: cost. – With this latest program, CipherHealth continues to pave the way in digital healthcare by including access to medication affordability options as a seamless part of outreach to patients.

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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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The Value of Sharing Health Data Between Acute Care and Post-Acute Care

Healthcare IT Today

PointClickCare , having promoted interoperability for a long time in a few areas such as senior care, has expanded to include acute care, and particularly to connect it with post-acute care. Brian Drozdowicz is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Acute & Payer Markets. In this video, he and Chief Medical Officer, Hamad Husainy, DO, FACEP, parse the effects of new regulations at both federal and state levels, as well as the allure of value-based care.

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DeepScribe Now Available on AWS Marketplace for Streamlined Clinical Documentation

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – DeepScribe , a leading company in ambient AI for clinical documentation, announced today the general availability of its platform on AWS Marketplace. – By offering their platform on the AWS Marketplace, DeepScribe simplifies adoption for healthcare organizations seeking to leverage the power of AI for more efficient and accurate clinical documentation.

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To realise their potential all virtual wards must be tech enabled

Digital Health News

In the first of a two-part series on virtual wards, Tara Donnelly examines evidence of “excellent” progress and explains why there is much more to do on tech enablement

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Wiscon Xealth & Locus Health Partner to Deliver Remote Monitoring for Kids at Children’s

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: Xealth, a pioneer in facilitating digital health on a large scale, revealed today that Children’s Wisconsin , the sole independent healthcare system in Wisconsin focused solely on children’s health, has adopted Xealth’s digital health platform system wide. This integration allows care teams to virtually connect with pediatric patients’ post-hospital discharge through Locus Health’s remote patient monitoring (RPM) solution.

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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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Osso VR launches surgical training app for Apple Vision Pro

Mobi Health News

The company is launching Osso Health, a medical training app with workflows for common procedures hosted on Apple's augmented reality headset.

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Securing Patient Data: A Practical Guide to Compliance in Open-Source Healthcare CMS

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Jon Stewart, Co-Founder and President at ZenSource Historically, the terms “patient data,” “open-source,” and “healthcare CMS” might have seemed incongruous. Open-source has often been perceived as the Wild West. But times have changed, and open-source platforms are now making significant strides, particularly in highly regulated industries.

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Not all patient care access is equal when it comes to mammograms, CDC report finds

Fierce Healthcare

Approximately 40,000 women die of breast cancer in the U.S. each year. | Breast cancer deaths can be avoided through mammograms, but many women find it hard to access such screening programs for a variety of reasons.

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Innovaccer Announces Acquisition of Pharmacy Quality Solutions to Accelerate Value-Based Care in Pharmacy Settings

Healthcare IT Today

Today, Innovaccer , a leading healthcare company, has announced the completion of its acquisition of Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS) , a leader in Pharmacy-Payer performance technology. This strategic move reinforces Innovaccer’s commitment to accelerating value-based care across the healthcare ecosystem and to have the largest distribution of providers and pharmacy network combined.

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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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96% of hospital websites share info with Meta, Google: Study

Becker's Health IT

A recent study by researchers from Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania found 96% of hospital websites transmit user information to third parties such as Meta and Google.

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Augmedix, Andor Health collaborate for ambulatory virtual care

Mobi Health News

Augmedix AI-enabled ambient automation will be integrated into Andor Health’s AI virtual consultation platform, ThinkAndor.

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Report: Spending on Leqembi could hit $3.5B next year, CMS says

Fierce Healthcare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expecting outlays on Alzheimer's disease drug Leqembi that far outpace the drugmaker's estimates next year. | The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is expecting outlays on Alzheimer's drug Leqembi that far outpace the drugmaker's estimates next year.

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Upgraded phone technology for GP practices rolled out across England

Digital Health News

Upgraded phone technology has been rolled out across the country, enabling more patients to get through to their GP surgery for an appointment.

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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.

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NeueHealth raises $30M in capital from investors

Fierce Healthcare

Just days after issuing executive bonuses for hitting performance measures, NeueHealth increased its loan commitment on its amended credit facility by $30 million. | NeueHealth relinquished control of 10% of its company to raise up to $30 million from investment partner New Enterprise Associates.

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An Enterprise Master Person Index Enables Accurate and Consistent Identity Data

HealthIT Answers

By Jitin Asnaani - The sheer amount of information generated in healthcare and the variability of sources increases the risk of duplicate, inaccurate, incomplete, or inconsistent identity data. This can result in numerous hurdles. The post An Enterprise Master Person Index Enables Accurate and Consistent Identity Data appeared first on Health IT Answers.

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10 ransomware groups frequently targeting healthcare

Becker's Health IT

"Discover the top 10 most active ransomware groups targeting the healthcare sector, with LockBit 3.

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Direct Billing by MFTs and MHCs: A Comprehensive Guide for Year 2024

Medisys Compliance

A New Era for Mental Health Access The landscape of mental healthcare in the United States underwent a significant change on January 1, 2024. Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) and Mental Health Counselors (MHCs) can now directly bill Medicare for services they furnish and diagnose. This milestone represents a major victory for the mental health professions, expanding access to much-needed care for Medicare beneficiaries and offering exciting new possibilities for MFTs and MHCs.

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How to Leverage AI for Actionable Insights in BI, Data, and Analytics

In the rapidly-evolving world of embedded analytics and business intelligence, one important question has emerged at the forefront: How can you leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance your application’s analytics capabilities? Imagine having an AI tool that answers your user’s questions with a deep understanding of the context in their business and applications, nuances of their industry, and unique challenges they face.