August, 2023

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State Genetic Privacy Statutes: Good Intentions, Unintended Consequences?

Bill of Health

By Christi Guerrini, David Gurney, Steve Kramer, CeCe Moore, Margaret Press, and Amy McGuire State legislators have enacted a flurry of genetic privacy bills that will strengthen the privacy and security practices of direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies and give customers more control over their data. What they might not realize is that these bills could be interpreted in ways that limit law enforcement’s ability to use a new technique that helps identify violent criminals and human rema

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How to Handle Subcontractors Under HIPAA

Total HIPAA

There are many scenarios in business and healthcare in which PHI is moved and shared. In the 1990s a lot of this happened over fax machines, over the phone and in person. In the modern landscape software and the internet are used to manage all data including protected health information. As you probably already know, these transactions require Business Associate Agreements.

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Veradigm receives third notice of noncompliance from Nasdaq

Healthcare Dive

The health IT company, which rebranded from Allscripts in January, has yet to file its annual report for 2022, or its quarterly reports for the first and second quarters of 2023.

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Top 5 Takeaways from CMS’s New 2024 Medicare Physician Payment Rule

HealthIT Answers

By Chris Emper - On July 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a 1,920-page proposed rule that would update payment policies and programs regarding Medicare payments to physicians and other providers under the Physician Fee Schedule on or after January 1, 2024. The post Top 5 Takeaways from CMS’s New 2024 Medicare Physician Payment Rule appeared first on Health IT Answers.

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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Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business.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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Can Artificial Intelligence Replicate The Human Touch in Healthcare Provision?

HIT Consultant

Ivor Campbell, CEO of Snedden Campbell Anyone who recalls the ‘turbo’ trend of the 1980s will have a foreboding sense of déjà vu about the sudden ubiquity of artificial intelligence in every aspect of our lives. What began with the Swedish motor manufacturer, Saab, unveiling its 99 Turbo Coupé in 1977, suddenly had manufacturers scrambling for their own version of the latest technological buzzword in everything from alarm clocks to hairdryers.

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Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Total HIPAA

What is AI? Artificial intelligence is the science of making machines that can learn, similar to the ways humans do. AI technology can process large amounts of data in ways that humans can’t. Machines and programs that incorporate AI in their design are able to recognize patterns and make decisions based on their experience of a dataset and therefore their ability to predict what would come next in a pattern.

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ATA takes a national stance on how states treat consumer health data

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Following conversations in Washington and state capitals, the American Telemedicine Association published its new Health Data Privacy Principles this week. They're meant to address concerns about state privacy laws governing consumer health data, according to ATA, which is urging policymakers to ensure conditions that stimulate innovation and advance patient access to virtual care.

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Employers should focus on provider quality to cut low-value care in plans, report finds

Healthcare Dive

In the employer-sponsored insurer market, employers play a “critical” role when it comes to quality and outcomes, according to a report by Morgan Health and Embold Health.

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Humana launches in-home primary care through CenterWell

Fierce Healthcare

Humana's senior-focused primary care business, CenterWell, is bringing its services into patients' homes. | Humana's senior-focused primary care business, CenterWell, is bringing its services into patients' homes.

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The Doctor Will See You Now…At Home? The AMA Launches a Health at Home Framework

Health Populi

An aging U.S. population with a preference for growing older at home — and a fiscally challenging health care financing outlook — are setting the demographic and financial table for the shift of medical care to peoples’ homes discussed in The State of Health at Home Models: Key Considerations and Opportunities , published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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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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From Reluctance to Resilience: Embracing Cloud Adoption in Healthcare

HIT Consultant

Doug McMillian, Healthcare Strategist at CDW While digital transformation has been on the rise across industries, results can be difficult to see and adoption can take time. Adopting digital solutions is innately important but doing so successfully requires identifying needs and adopting the right approach. Through all the technology transformation that drives innovation in the healthcare industry, the one that underpins it all is cloud adoption.

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15 Years Later: The State of Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Baha Zeidan, CEO, Azalea Health. The push to develop and deploy electronic health records (EHRs) over the past 15 years has brought many changes to the healthcare industry, but the work to fully realize […] The article 15 Years Later: The State of Electronic Health Records appeared first on electronichealthreporter.com.

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At Denver Health, telehealth education and equipment help close equity gaps and boost engagement

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The COVID-19 public health emergency prompted a rapid shift to telemedicine as both a replacement and adjunct to usual in-person care. However, based on the National Institute on Aging's National Health and Aging Trends Study , researchers estimated roughly one-third of older adults in the U.S. are not ready to participate in video visits. THE PROBLEM Inexperience with technology was the major barrier – those who were older, Black or Hispanic tended to have less education and lower inc

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Humana launches in-home senior care program through CenterWell in Georgia, Louisiana

Healthcare Dive

The program builds on Humana’s acquisition of home-based primary care provider Heal earlier this year, and could eventually expand to 10 additional southern and southwestern states.

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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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CMS suspects auto-renewal process at fault for wrongful Medicaid disenrollments

Fierce Healthcare

In a letter sent to all states (PDF), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ( | As more Medicaid beneficiaries are wrongly kicked off the program, CMS is requiring states to reevaluate its eligibility systems and auto-renewal process.

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Upcoming Healthcare Regulations and Their Impact on Healthcare IT

Healthcare IT Today

For something as important and as sensitive as healthcare, there are plenty of rules and regulations in place to protect both patients and organizations. However, with healthcare being ever-evolving our regulations are also ever evolving. This can make it extremely difficult to not only follow all of the ones in place today but to prepare our organizations for the upcoming regulations.

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Texas Federal Court Issues Fourth Ruling Invalidating Parts of the Administration’s No Surprises Act Regulations

Health Law Advisor

On August 24, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued an opinion and order in Texas Medical Association, et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”)(“TMA III”). TMA III challenged certain portions of the July 2021 No Surprises Act (“NSA”) interim final rules proposed by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury, along with the Office of Personnel Management (the “Departments”).

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Leveraging API Infrastructure to Avoid Healthcare Data Silos

HIT Consultant

Erica Jain, CEO and co-founder of Healthie Healthcare providers depend on comprehensive patient data to make fast, informed decisions. Unfortunately, our existing healthcare ecosystem has evolved into a collection of data silos that have, over the years, multiplied because of legacy healthcare systems that have stacked on top of one another. These silos of data were constructed around intentional business decisions to hold data, making it harder for new entrants – both EHR platforms and pr

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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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Favom headline sponsor for new Digital Health AI and Data show

Digital Health News

Favom, the pioneers in healthcare AI and machine learning, have been confirmed as the headline sponsor for Digital Health AI and Data 2023.

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Medicaid cracks down on states over children wrongly losing coverage during redeterminations

Healthcare Dive

The Biden administration is threatening state Medicaid agencies with sanctions after finding an automation glitch that could cause eligible children to lose coverage.

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Info blocking enforcement for health IT entities begins Sept. 1, brings fines of up to $1M per violation

Fierce Healthcare

Enforcement of information blocking penalties for health IT entities is slated to go into effect on Friday, opening the door to penalties of up to $1 million per violation. | The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General said it expects to receive more complaints than it can investigate and so will be prioritizing those meeting certain criteria.

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Social Isolation: A Broader View

Healthcare IT Today

The previous articles in this series explain how technology is being used to bring people out of social isolation. But sometimes, loneliness springs from other mental conditions, such as anxiety and depression. Targeting these problems can help bring the patient back into a community. Treating Psychological Conditions One of subtler negative effects of moving online is that people lose the small, casual social interactions that previously would buoy their spirits and leave them smiling: asking f

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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.

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Mississippi system delaying surgeries as Epic EHR experiences outage

Becker's Health IT

Ocean Springs, Miss.-based Singing River Health System said its Epic EHR system was hacked during a Aug. 21 cyberattack, hindering some of its day-to-day operations, WLOX reported Aug. 30.

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Regard Launches Chatbot + Clinical Workflow LLM, Powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT-4

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: Regard , a software company developing an artificial intelligence (AI) co-pilot for clinicians to help diagnose medical conditions, announced today that it has expanded its relationship with OpenAI , an AI research and development company. Through this relationship, Regard will release new core product functionalities and a new chatbot, Max, that is built on OpenAI’s large language model (LLM), GPT-4.

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Gateshead Health launches innovative digital patient engagement service

Digital Health News

Gateshead Health has launched a new patient engagement platform designed to save costs and improve patients' ability to arrange appointments.

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Prisma Health files suit against UnitedHealthcare, alleging ‘bad faith’ contract negotiation tactics

Healthcare Dive

The South Carolina-based health system alleges that the insurer broke its contract and gave "false and misleading" statements to the press about Prisma’s proposed rates for 2024.

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HIPAA: Why It Matters to Your Practice

85% of practices are not complying with the government’s HIPAA standards. The large majority of practices are likely trying to protect patients’ information, but they may not be doing all that they need to meet government requirements. Not complying with HIPAA has definite drawbacks, with one major one being massive fines. The government can fine up to 1.5 million dollars for a single HIPAA breach incident - an amount that would put most small practices out of business.

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Providers can now see patients' insurance coverage in GoodRx's cost comparison tool

Fierce Healthcare

GoodRx has launched a new feature to allow healthcare professionals to see the cost of a patient’s prescription with their insurance. | The feature, embedded in GoodRx's provider solution, surfaces a patient’s coverage and benefits at the point of care with the goal of increasing price transparency and access to drugs.

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Three Ways Healthcare Organizations Can Improve System Security Right Now

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Dr. Richard Searle, Vice President of Confidential Computing at Fortanix, Inc. Today’s world is increasingly driven by technology and digitalization, and the healthcare industry finds itself at a vital intersection between patient care and data security. The rise of cyberattacks, particularly in the healthcare industry, has shone a spotlight on the significant disparity between the healthcare sector’s commitment to cybersecurity and the continually

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What you need to know about the organ transplant overhaul

Modern Healthcare

The Securing the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Act would end the United Network for Organ Sharing's nearly four-decade monopoly over the transplant system.

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4 Ways AP Throttles Business Growth at Medical Facilities

HIT Consultant

Eyal Feldman is Founder & CEO of Stampli Is Accounts Payable the weakest link in your medical facility’s growth strategy? At first glance, the answer to that question may seem to be a resounding “no.” The standard playbook for success in the medical facility industry focuses on factors like identifying and delivering in-demand services, establishing a strong brand and building relationships with local hospitals and physicians to create a referral network.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.