Wed.Sep 13, 2023

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The legal battle over drug price negotiations is just getting started

Fierce Healthcare

Pharmaceutical companies are waging war against federal agencies over one of the Inflation Reduction Act’s major provisions allowing Medicare to negotiate 10 drugs to reduce out-of-pocket costs for | Legal experts question whether the Inflation Reduction Act is within its rights to enforce its drug pricing negotiation provision.

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Lawmakers introduce bipartisan legislation addressing workplace violence in hospitals — again

Healthcare Dive

Despite widespread support from healthcare workers and hospital associations, federal regulations protecting hospital workers have previously failed to advance in Congress.

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A pioneering digital health journey in the UAE

Healthcare It News

The next goal on the UAE's pioneering digital health journey is to promote prevention and happiness by engaging patients with the HIE, explains Dr Mohammad Al Redha, director of health informatics and smart health at the Dubai Health Authority.

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‘It is time to settle the strike’: RWJUH nurse work stoppage hits 40th day

Healthcare Dive

More than 1,700 nurses have been on strike in New Jersey since the beginning of August. The hospital and union are expected to return to the bargaining table on Thursday.

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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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Petrie-Flom Welcomes 2023-2024 Student Fellows

Bill of Health

(Clockwise from top left: Joelle Boxer, Adithi Iyer, Vincent Joralemon, Hannah Rahim, Bobby Stroup ) We are excited to welcome a new group of Student Fellows to the Petrie-Flom Center family. These five students are a fantastic cohort of health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics scholars who join us from Harvard Law School. They each will undertake a year-long research project with mentorship from Center faculty and affiliates, and also will blog here at Bill of Health regularly.

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CVS CEO ‘optimistic’ payer will improve MA star ratings

Healthcare Dive

At Morgan Stanley’s healthcare conference on Tuesday, Karen Lynch also called into question the $500 million in savings Blue Shield of California expects from kicking CVS’ pharmacy benefit manager to the curb.

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Providers are increasing spending on IT and software, survey finds

Healthcare Dive

Nearly 6% of executives say they currently have a generative AI strategy, while about half are actively developing one or plan to do so soon.

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Oracle CEO warns Cerner EHR business facing 'near-term' headwinds for revenue growth

Fierce Healthcare

Oracle shares fell 13% Tuesday as the software giant's near-term revenue forecast was weaker than Wall Street analysts expected. | Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison told investors Monday that the company is working to modernize the Cerner EHR platform using an application code generator to enhance the software "one piece at a time." "On the business side of things, we think the Cerner business is going to get stronger and stronger," Ellison said.

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PBM reforms in Congress would have modest effect at best and backfire at worst, Brookings says

Healthcare Dive

Congress is inching closer to pharmacy benefit manager reform with new legislation released last week. But even eliminating all PBM profits would barely move the needle on U.S. drug spending, according to a new report.

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New tech, operating challenges pushing providers to spend more on IT, software

Fierce Healthcare

Healthcare providers have upped their spending on IT and software, a shift leaders said is driven by the new technologies, labor challenges and other financial pressures on their organizations, acc | Nearly 80% of polled provider executives report higher tech spending during the past year, and about three quarters say their numbers will grow over the next 12 months.

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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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CDC endorses new COVID boosters as focus turns to rollout

Healthcare Dive

Agency advisers voted 13-1 to recommend the updated shots for everyone over the age of 6 months, greenlighting the vaccines’ rollout one day after the FDA’s approval.

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Digital Twins: What Healthcare Organizations Can Learn from Other Industries

HIT Consultant

Aaron Schroeder, Director, AI Solutions & Head of AI Center of Excellence at TTEC Digital Digital twins are helping organizations make more informed decisions. These analytical tools use real-time data to represent a product or process, creating a realistic simulation that can be used to test, monitor, or predict outcomes for its real-world counterpart.

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Google announces funding for AI-enabled digital health projects

Mobi Health News

Fifteen projects, including eight digital health initiatives, received $3 million in cash, Google Cloud credits and technical assistance.

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Could contentious payer-provider negotiations become the post-COVID norm?

Fierce Healthcare

Providers are under significant pressure as the COVID-19 pandemic effects wear on, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that they're pushing payers for more in contract negotiations. | Providers are under significant pressure as the COVID-19 pandemic effects wear on, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that they're pushing payers for more in contract negotiations.

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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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Using Data to Advance Value-Based Care: A Way to Enhance Results

HealthIT Answers

By Mari E. Cely, MBA, PMP - In an era of transformative change within the healthcare industry, the shift from a FFS model to VBC has emerged as a beacon of hope. This transition is driven by the collective pursuit of achieving better patient outcomes at reduced costs. And empowering this model shift is data analytics. The post Using Data to Advance Value-Based Care: A Way to Enhance Results appeared first on Health IT Answers.

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Senators Joe Manchin, Marco Rubio introduce bill to make violence, threats against hospital workers a federal crime

Fierce Healthcare

Senate legislators have rolled out a bipartisan, industry-backed bill that would make assault or intimidation of hospital workers a federal crime. | The bipartisan Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees Act has industry support and follows similar legislation brought in the House.

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Why Home-Based Care Needs Smarter Referral Management

HIT Consultant

Annie Erstling. Chief Operating Officer of Forcura In home-based care, the way we manage care transitions must change. Poorly managed care transitions have become more prevalent in the sector and have a considerably negative impact on patients. In addition, less-than-ideal transitions place a tremendous amount of pressure on providers, who face the risk of referral rejections, hospital readmissions and the consequences of below-average value-based care performance – often all due to messy proces

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Digital health, health IT funding slumped in Q2, but some bright spots remain, Pitchbook finds

Fierce Healthcare

Digital health and health IT funding continued to decline in the second quarter of 2023, according to two new reports from Pitchbook. | Digital health VC deal flow hit a new low, though several strong segments persisted. VC deals in health IT also dropped quarter over quarter but are beginning to recover from their low in 2022.

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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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Enhancing Healthcare Through Industry-Specific Large Language Models

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Tisson Mathew, Founder and CEO at SkyPoint AI Why Large Language Models Trained on Industry Context are Essential for Effective Generative AI in the Healthcare Space Ask ChatGPT an important but complicated healthcare-related question, and you might very well get a wrong—and potentially dangerous—answer. Navigating the complexities of medical data, regulations, and patient care can place demands on generative AI technologies that can’t be fulfilled.

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Elevance Health research outlines ways health plans can fight loneliness in MA beneficiaries

Fierce Healthcare

Elevance Health research outlines ways health plans can fight loneliness in MA beneficiaries fdiamond Wed, 09/13/2023 - 13:26

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Provider AI Strategy Moves From The IT Dept. To The C-Suite

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: A new study from Bain & Company and KLAS Research shows US healthcare providers are accelerating spending on IT and software. The research shows nearly 80% of healthcare executives say they increased spending materially over the past year, spurred by emerging technologies—particularly generative AI—labor shortages, and cost pressures.

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Brainomix brings its artificial intelligence technology to TIPAL trial

Digital Health News

Brainomix will be trialling its novel imaging biomarkers in its e-Lung platform as a sub-study of the TIPAL trial for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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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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Employers Struggle with Employee Weight Care as GLP-1 Demand Soars

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: Found, a medically assisted weight loss program, released its inaugural State of Weight Care Report from a survey representing 500 large employers with a minimum of 5,000 employees each and more than 350 active individual Found members. The 2023 report illuminates what employers and benefits decision-makers need to do to support employees on their healthcare journeys.

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Xealth: Connecting Hospitals and Health Systems to Patient Apps and Health Information

Healthcare IT Today

Accelerated innovation is affecting health care in several ways. For instance, it’s increasingly important to offer services and monitoring to patients in the home, because those interventions are key to managing chronic conditions as well as rehabilitation after surgery or other medical procedures. Furthermore, a wealth of home-based solutions are being offered by a range of IT companies.

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AI Algorithm Alerts Therapists to Suicide Risk in Patients

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: In light of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Talkspace announced the results of its unique AI algorithm over the last three years of identifying individuals at risk of self-harm or suicide. Using machine learning capabilities, the Talkspace platform can detect language patterns consistent with high-risk behaviors that place individuals at risk for self-harm.

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Will the DEA, finally, set up a special registration process for telehealth prescribing? Doctors and lawmakers say it's long overdue

Fierce Healthcare

Will the DEA, finally, set up a special registration process for telehealth prescribing?

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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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Belong.Life Launches AI Clinical Trial Matching Assistant for Cancer

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Belong.Life today announced the launch of Tara, a new conversational AI SaaS solution to assist health providers and CROs with cancer clinical trial matching and recruitment. – Available as a SaaS solution for providers, hospitals, health systems, CROs and other organizations, the technology can be embedded into websites, mobile apps or text messaging platforms to enable easy communication with opt-in patients.

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How digital is helping to put people in charge of their fertility  

Digital Health News

Fertility treatment is the latest form of healthcare to populate the market for digital applications. We look at three companies working in this busy space.

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Russian National Indicted for Scripps Health Ransomware Attack; 11 TrickBot/Conti Actors Sanctioned

HIPAA Journal

The indictments of multiple members of the TrickBot/Conti Ransomware groups have recently been unsealed and 11 members of these cybercriminal operations have been sanctioned by the United States and the United Kingdom. A federal grand Jury in the Southern District of California indicted and charged Russian national, Maksim Galochkin, his role in a cyberattack on Scripps Health in May 2021.

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Outpatient hospital care costs much more than care at doctors' offices, surgery centers: Blues research

Fierce Healthcare

Outpatient hospital care costs much more than care at doctors' offices, surgery centers: Blues research fdiamond Wed, 09/13/2023 - 15:47

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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.