August, 2022

No Take-Backs: Moderna’s Attempt to Renege on its Vaccine Patent Pledge

Bill of Health

By Jorge L. Contreras. On October 8, 2020, Moderna, the maker of one of the first mRNA-based vaccines for COVID-19 and the recipient of billions of dollars of U.S.

California probes Kaiser over enrollee access to mental health appointments

Healthcare Dive

The investigation comes as a strike by therapists over staffing issues at Kaiser facilities in Northern California enters its third week

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How health IT can advance health equity for transgender and nonbinary patients

Healthcare It News

The Biden Administration recently issued an executive order advancing LGBTQ+ health equity. Health IT experts contend that technology can advance health equity for the transgender patient population, as this group has traditionally been marginalized by the healthcare industry.

Relief Granted: Issuers and TPAs Can Satisfy Website Posting Requirement

Compliance Now

By: Jennifer Berman, CEO, MZQ Consulting. On Friday, August 19, 2022, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury (the Departments) issued updated FAQs addressing the No Surprises Act and the Transparency in Coverage Rules.

2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Contract Life Cycle Management Report

Gartner has positioned Evisort in the Visionaries Quadrant of the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contract Life Cycle Management. Read the report to learn why Evisort is a Visionary provider in the market.

Follow the (Medical) Record: Rita Bowen and The Sequoia Project

MRO Compliance

Follow the (Medical) Record: Rita Bowen and The Sequoia Project.

Climate Change Is Not Good for Health and Living Things

Health Populi

There is an image from my childhood, drawn by Lorraine Schneider, which reads “War is not healthy for children and other living things.”

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Telehealth visits rose in May, mirroring COVID-19 diagnoses

Healthcare Dive

Patients made greater use of virtual care visits for a second straight month during an upturn in coronavirus cases

How the consumer app API rule of the Cures Act will push interoperability

Healthcare It News

The 21st Century Cures Act was signed in 2016 and covers various components of healthcare, including modernizing the FDA approval process. Another part of the law deals with interoperability.

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4 Growing Trends In Healthcare Technology

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. Healthcare innovation relies on expanding base knowledge as it improves technology designed to provide specific solutions in the healthcare field.

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MRO Makes Inc. 5000 Annual List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies for Eighth Consecutive Year

MRO Compliance

MRO Makes Inc. 5000 Annual List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies for Eighth Consecutive Year. Ranked No. 4838, the leading clinical data release platform in healthcare expands while maintaining high levels of service and quality. Norristown, PA, August 16, 2022 – MRO, Corp.

Navigating Joint Commission: How to Earn the Gold Seal of Approval

Speaker: Therese Gopaul-Robinson, MPH - Healthcare Consultant and Compliance Expert

Join compliance expert Therese Gopaul-Robinson for the roadmap to Joint Commission accreditation and reaccreditation.

Virtual Care and Mental Health Top of Mind for Employers’ Workplaces in 2023

Health Populi

The concept that all companies are “health care companies” takes on greater import in the wake of the pandemic.

Another Legislative Attempt to Revive Gene Patenting

Bill of Health

In its unanimous 2013 decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics (569 U.S. 576) the U.S. Supreme Court held that naturally occurring genomic sequences are not eligible for patent protection.

Mass General Brigham posts $949M net loss, cites ‘unprecedented’ pressures

Healthcare Dive

The Boston-based health system struggled with cost inflation, labor shortages and capacity constraints in its fiscal third quarter

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Leveraging the cloud and AI to transform the patient experience

Healthcare It News

Whether they are about mental health, COVID, general health concerns or any number of other issues, healthcare provider organizations constantly are managing droves of calls from patients.

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How Fertility Benefits Can Save Your Company Money

Speaker: Taylor Padalino - Account Executive, Enterprise Partnerships

In this webinar, we’ll explore how clinically managed fertility benefits can help your company reduce high-cost claims, guide employees toward less invasive care, and retain some of your most valuable employees.

Why telehealth is more than just a pandemic trend

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic brought telemedicine technology and services to a mainstream audience – like it or not. As it turned out, studies have shown that a great many patients and providers like the flexibility that telemedicine affords.

MRO Announces Nathan Eastman as New CFO

MRO Compliance

MRO Announces Nathan Eastman as New CFO. MRO announces Nathan Eastman as new CFO. Norristown, PA, August 9, 2022 – MRO, Corp. MRO) , the leading clinical data release platform in healthcare, announced that Nathan Eastman has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Using Data-Driven Fintech Tools to Tackle the Healthcare Affordability Crisis

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Chiranjib Gupta, Chief Risk Officer at PayZen. We are witnessing a healthcare affordability crisis in America.

A New Theory for Gene Ownership

Bill of Health

By James Toomey. The story of Henrietta Lacks is surely among the most famous in the history of bioethics, and its facts are well-known. Lacks sought treatment for cervical cancer. After conducting a biopsy on her tumor, her doctors learned that her cancer cells reproduced uniquely effectively.

Top 3 Data Privacy Challenges for Contract Compliance in 2022

The data privacy landscape is quickly becoming fragmented with dozens of new laws. Outdated compliance practices expose businesses to issues that can cost millions of dollars. Download this paper to find out how contract intelligence can help.

15M Medicaid enrollees risk coverage loss when PHE ends, HHS reports

Healthcare Dive

A disproportionate number of those who stand to lose coverage are children and young adults, according to the agency

OptimizeRx AI pilot identifies non-adherence risks

Healthcare It News

Patients can experience unexpected access and affordability barriers that physicians lack visibility into, but by searching for the early indicators of non-adherence, physicians could act to help patients stay on their treatment plans. Rochester, Michigan-based OptimizeRx Corp.,

How telemedicine can leverage the shrinking number of physicians

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Physicians are burning out and leaving the front lines of healthcare in big numbers. The pandemic has aggravated this problem. Solutions to this critical problem are needed.

Use Case: Audit Manager

MRO Compliance

Use Case: Audit Manager. Background Summary. Leverage technology to automate repetitive and duplicative tasks, ease the burden of volatile staffing levels, and drive a positive financial impact of claim monitoring and adjudication with MRO Audit Manager.

Global Parity for Fertility Benefits: Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker: Leslie Neitzel, Chief Human Resource Officer

In this webinar, we’ll share what employers should know about cultural differences in fertility care, how companies can assess whether a fertility benefit is truly global, and what to look for in a fertility benefit that works for all of your employees.

CommonWell, MEDITECH, TEFCA, and QHINs

Healthcare IT Today

The topic of TEFCA and QHINs has been an extremely important one in the world of healthcare IT and particularly when it comes to healthcare interoperability. In many ways, it’s setting the national infrastructure for healthcare interoperability going forward.

An Ob/Gyn Reflects on Dobbs: ‘The Time Has Passed for Neutrality’

Bill of Health

By Samantha DeAndrade. Last week, in response to a petition written by myself and colleagues, the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ABOG), which is headquartered in Texas, reversed its decision to pursue in-person board certification exams.

No ‘slam dunk fix’ in HIPAA privacy law to protect abortion patients

Healthcare Dive

In an increasingly murky legal environment, providers should focus on minimizing and protecting the data they collect, while keeping abreast of shifting abortion legality in their state, experts said

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Athenahealth adds automated patient engagement feature to help with medication adherence

Healthcare It News

Whether it’s due to high out-of-pocket costs, concerns about side effects, procrastination or other factors, 20-30% of patients don’t act on their new prescriptions, while others do not take medications as prescribed. WHY IT MATTERS.

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10 Zen Ways to Manage Cash Flows with Contract Intelligence

When you have instant access to your contract data, making strategic decisions in tough times (and good times) becomes much easier. Cash flow management especially can be a top priority for finance, procurement, and other business leaders.

Former Amazon medical officer examines Surgeon General's clinician burnout warning

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The U.S. Surgeon General’s recent advisory about clinician burnout cited numerous societal, cultural, structural and organizational causes – including excessive workloads, administrative burden and lack of organizational support.

Follow the (Medical) Record: Cassi Birnbaum and HIM

MRO Compliance

Follow the (Medical) Record: Cassi Birnbaum and HIM. In this episode, host Don Hardwick interviews Cassi Birnbaum, Senior Enterprise Director at PeaceHealth. Cassi and Don discuss the importance of an enterprise-wide solution when it comes to medical records, and releasing those records.

The Biggest Challenge to Lowering Costs in Healthcare

Healthcare IT Today

In all of my conversations, people know that I often go back to one basic principle: Follow the Money. It’s amazing how often that explains various behaviors, market dynamics, or trying to understand the why of something that seems unexplainable.

Prior Authorization Insurance Requirements: A Barrier to Accessing Lifesaving Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder?

Bill of Health

By Juan M. Hincapie-Castillo and Amie J. Goodin. Policies to mitigate the drug overdose crisis continue to fall short, as evidenced by increasing rates of opioid-involved overdoses and deaths in the United States.

Beyond the Dollar: Why Fertility Benefits Are About More Than Financial Support

Speaker: Leslie Neitzel, Chief Human Resource Officer

In this session, we’ll discuss the complexities of fertility health and all the pieces a fertility benefit should include in order to best support your employees on their journeys.