July, 2023

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Barbie in Health Care – Joining the Barbie Zeitgeist

Health Populi

Barbie is having a moment, marketers agree. This weekend, many of us will buy movie tickets (yes, to see “real” movies in “real” brick-and-mortar cinemas) to see both the new film Oppenheimer along with the Barbie movie. So many movie-goers will be making it a double-feature experience that started as a meme, the portmanteau “Barbenheimer,” to mark the cultural-phenomenon moment.

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HCA faces class action lawsuit after data breach

Healthcare Dive

The largest health system in the country reported a data security incident last week after information was taken from an external storage location and posted online, affecting an estimated 11 million patients.

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Hospital outpatient departments charging 'roughly double' for biologics compared to physician offices: report

Fierce Healthcare

Hospital outpatient departments are marking up the prices for biologic medicines more than physician offices, particularly for “innovator biologics” that have clinically equivalent and lower cost a | Consistently higher markups among hospital outpatient departments hamstring potential savings payers may hope to see down the line as more biosimilars become available, warned the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

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AWS’ head of health AI on Amazon’s new clinical documentation play

Healthcare Dive

AWS’ Tehsin Syed shared what differentiates HealthScribe from other AI-based medical scribes and how Amazon is approaching tricky questions of accuracy and responsibility around generative AI in healthcare.

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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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Cigna sued over algorithm allegedly used to deny claims

Healthcare Dive

The lawsuit filed in a California district court alleges the health insurer used the technology to “deny payment in batches of hundreds or thousands at a time,” violating state law.

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Biden administration cracks down on payers over mental health coverage

Healthcare Dive

The HHS and Treasury and Labor departments announced a new proposed rule on Tuesday that requires health insurers to analyze patient outcomes to ensure their benefits are administered equally.

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Location, Location, Location – Understanding Health Consumers’ Evolving Definition of Convenience

Health Populi

The definition of “convenience” in the eyes of patients, consumers, and caregivers is multi-faceted, with the concept of “location” shifting both physically and digitally. We learn this in new research from JLL , the global real estate services company. “Why is a real estate services company doing research into consumers’ views on health care?

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Learning from the ‘COVID War’

Bill of Health

By Sam Friedman Amid an emergent international consensus that the COVID pandemic is “over,” writings about the pandemic and its meanings have burst forth like the flowers of June. This article will focus on one such book, Lessons from the COVID War: An Investigative Report. Produced by an eminently established collection of people, The COVID Crisis Group.

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Why telemedicine must play a central role in solving the specialist shortage

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

There is a shortage of all physicians across the United States, but it's most keenly felt with specialists. It is difficult enough to find access – especially timely access – to needed medical specialists in large urban areas, but it can be next to impossible in rural communities. Virtual care has proven that it can be a big help in connecting patients with the right specialists , and in a timely manner.

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Exclusive Q&A: How digital health solutions can make money

Mobi Health News

Ralf-Gordon Jahns, managing director of Research2Guidance, joins MobiHealthNews to discuss R2G's findings on effective monetization strategies for digital health solutions.

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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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Patients report acceptance of AI in healthcare, but don’t prefer it

Healthcare Dive

Though some patients believe using AI in healthcare could reduce medical bias and improve diagnostic accuracy, the vast majority would rather see a human for services ranging from diagnosing a rash to managing their diets.

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CMS proposes $375M cut to home health Medicare payments in 2024

Fierce Healthcare

The Biden administration issued a proposal Friday to cut reimbursements to home health providers by 2.2% next year, or an estimated $375 million less than 2023 payment levels. | The Biden administration issued a proposal Friday to cut reimbursements to home health providers by 2.2% next year, or an estimated $375 million less than 2023 payment levels.

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GNC Offers “Free Healthcare” — Telehealth, Generic Meds, and Loyalty in the Retail Health Ecosystem

Health Populi

The retail health landscape continues to grow, now with GNC Health offering a new program featuring telehealth and “curated set” of 40+ generic prescription drugs commonly used in urgent care settings. The services are available to members of GNC’s new-and-improved loyalty program, GNC PRO Access , which is priced at a fixed fee of $39.99 for one year’s membership.

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Disability-Inclusive Climate Action in Bangladesh: Gaps and Opportunities

Bill of Health

Image courtesy of Matthew “Hezzy” Smith. By Matthew “Hezzy” Smith Bangladesh, at the frontlines of global climate change, provides a critical litmus test for advocacy to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The disastrous effects of last summer’s historic flooding in the Sunamganj and Sylhet districts on persons with disabilities show that while the country’s laws and policies gesture toward inclusion, considerabl

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Horizon Health gains operational ROI from EHR and telehealth integration

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Horizon Health Services, a behavioral health provider in New York, in November 2019 deployed telemedicine technology with the goal of meeting the demands of patients and the ever-changing world of technology. Then COVID-19 hit. That accelerated the use of telehealth for Horizon and the world. THE PROBLEM In the year after COVID-19 struck, healthcare changed.

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Patient Focused Features from Online Scheduling to Chatbots

Healthcare IT Today

In this video, Richard Eells, Vice President of Operations Administration at United Digestive, shares how his organization uses the healow suite of apps to handle appointments and other logistical support for multiple providers. healow is a service provided by eClinicalWorks that really changes how a medical practice can change the experience for its patients at scale.

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Marginalized patients more likely to be skipped over in emergency departments, study finds

Healthcare Dive

Black, Hispanic or Latino, Spanish-speaking and Medicaid patients are more likely to be jumped over in line, which increases their odds of leaving before receiving treatment.

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Hospitals will recoup $9B under HHS' proposed remedy to 340B ruling

Fierce Healthcare

The federal government will pay eligible hospitals in the 340B program $9 billion to offset payment cuts the Supreme Court ruled unlawful last year. | The federal government will pay eligible hospitals in the 340B program $9 billion to offset payment cuts the Supreme Court ruled unlawful last year.

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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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Aging and the New Home Health, Tech-Enabled – Learning from Nature

Health Populi

“Digital technologies offer tremendous potential for shifting from traditional medical routines to remote medicine,” with the role of wearables playing a growing role in the new home care for healthy aging. But what are the challenges of deploying this promising tech with older people keen to be independent at home? We learn a lot about prospects and challenges in Digital health for aging populations, a Perspective report in Nature Medicine ‘s July 2023 issue.

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Running Cover for Death: Pandemic Minimizers Normalize an Inhumane Baseline

Bill of Health

­­By Nate Holdren Last week, David Leonhardt took to the pages of the New York Times to celebrate the latest COVID death figures , which he claims mean the U.S. is no longer in a pandemic, because there are no more “excess deaths.” The hunger for good news is, of course, understandable amid this ongoing nightmare. But to respond to death with “smile everyone, it could have been more deaths!

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Q&A: Using biofeedback to modify immersive experiences in real-time

Mobi Health News

Sarah Hill, CEO of Healium, gives MobiHealthNews a peek into the company's VR and AR offerings as well as its neurofeedback and spatial computing technology.

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Featured Health IT Job: Paragon Lab and Clinical Documentation Analyst

Healthcare IT Today

We like to regularly feature a healthcare IT job that might be of interest to readers. Today, we’re featuring the Paragon Lab and Clinical Documentation Analyst position that was recently posted on Healthcare IT Central. This position was posted by Stoltenberg Consulting Inc. and is remote. Here’s a description of the position: Now seeking a Paragon specialist to assist a client hospital with daily system support and maintenance across both Lab workflows and general Clinical Documen

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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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New antitrust merger guidelines could have significant chilling effect on healthcare deals

Healthcare Dive

Regulators have historically struggled to halt complex and non-traditional tie-ups. That could change with new guidelines, as the Biden administration increases scrutiny of healthcare M&A, antitrust experts said.

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Digital health app users report increased bipolar depression correlated with worsening air quality

Fierce Healthcare

Air pollution shown to increase depression symptoms in individuals with bipolar disorder, a new study published by Cambridge University Press found.

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Hospitals to receive $9 billion under proposed 340B remedy

Modern Healthcare

Some 1,600 affected 340B-covered hospitals would receive the $9 billion payment that looks to offset the 340B reimbursement reductions the Supreme Court deemed unlawful.

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Meet Susannah Baruch: Q&A with the Petrie-Flom Center’s New Executive Director

Bill of Health

On June 20 th , the Petrie-Flom Center welcomed Susannah Baruch on board as its new Executive Director. Susannah comes to the Petrie-Flom Center with expertise in reproductive health law policy, genetics, and genomics, and a wealth of experience in nonprofits, academia, and government. We asked Susannah to share a bit about herself and her past work by way of introduction to Bill of Health ’s readers.

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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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AI-enabled brain imaging company icometrix receives CPT III code

Mobi Health News

The FDA-cleared and CE-marked image analysis software helps providers diagnose and monitor patients with neurological conditions.

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Open Data Platform Simplifies Payment Estimates

Healthcare IT Today

With laws such as the “No Surprises Act,” government has thrown its considerable weight behind the pressure on payers and clinicians to give patients good-faith estimates of the total cost of treatment. According to Marcus Dorstel, VP of Operations at Turquoise Health , both payers and providers have struggled and invested large amounts of effort in meeting the new requirements.

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CMS says data of 612K Medicare beneficiaries affected in MoveIt breach

Healthcare Dive

A data breach earlier this year has affected tens of millions of individuals to date, and also compromised the sensitive personal and medical information of Medicare seniors.

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VA, Stanford Medicine unveil plans to develop new comprehensive cancer center in Palo Alto

Fierce Healthcare

Stanford Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) unveiled plans Friday to collaborate on a project that will bring a new National Cancer Institute-designated joint cancer care and rese | Stanford Medicine and the VA unveiled plans on Friday to collaborate on a project that will bring a new National Cancer Institute-designated joint cancer care and research center to the VA Palo Alto campus.

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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.