April, 2024

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No appointments available: America’s escalating primary care shortage

Healthcare Dive

Chronic disinvestment and inadequate training have created a shortage of primary care workers. Leaders at the Milbank Memorial Fund, National Association of Community Health Centers and the American Academy of Family Physicians argue for solutions.

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Doctors are getting on board with genAI, survey shows

Healthcare It News

In an online survey of 100 practicing physicians who work in a large U.S. hospital or health system and use clinical decision support tools, four in five providers – 81% – agreed that generative artificial intelligence can improve care team interactions with patients. The doctors surveyed by Wolter Kluwer also indicated high standards for selecting genAI tools – with 89% reporting they need vendors to be transparent about the sources of CDS data and want to be sure it comes fro

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Concerns and Uncertainty In the Wake of Sweeping HTI-1 Rule

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Stephanie Jamison, Executive Committee Chair and Public Policy Leadership Workgroup Vice Chair, EHR Association. In the months that have passed since the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued the […] The article Concerns and Uncertainty In the Wake of Sweeping HTI-1 Rule appeared first on electronichealthreporter.com.

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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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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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Walmart shuttering all 51 health centers, citing lack of profitability

Fierce Healthcare

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information. | Walmart is shuttering all 51 health centers along with its virtual care services, the retail giant announced Tuesday morning.

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Lawsuit Alleges Obamacare Plan-Switching Scheme Targeted Low-Income Consumers

Kaiser Health News

A wide-ranging lawsuit filed Friday outlines a moneymaking scheme by which large insurance sales agency call centers enrolled people into Affordable Care Act plans or switched their coverage, all without their permission. According to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, two such call centers paid tens of thousands of dollars a day to buy names of people who responded to misleading advertisements touting free government “subsidies” and other

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Nurses have a deep distrust of AI – but transparency and training could help

Healthcare It News

While some nurses recognize the potential of artificial intelligence to minimize documentation burden and improve patient monitoring – and see a future with broader AI-enabled nursing – others are concerned about AI replacing empathetic human assessment of patients, cutting nursing jobs, risking protected patient data to compromise and more.

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FDA launches extended reality-enabled initiative for home health care

Mobi Health News

The Home as a Health Care Hub will use augmented reality and virtual reality to reimagine how the home can become a healthcare system to improve health equity.

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Digital from the start: New medical campus to rise in Singapore's east

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Singaporean Ministry of Health has officially broken ground on a new medical campus in eastern Singapore. To be located next to the downtown line of the Bedok North MRT station, the Eastern General Hospital (EGH) Campus comprises the Eastern General Hospital and Eastern Community Hospital. It will provide a range of emergency, inpatient, and outpatient care services, as well as continuing and rehabilitative care services.

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Hospitals no longer required to report COVID-19 data to CDC

Fierce Healthcare

Hospitals are off the hook for data reporting requirements that have been in place since the early COVID-19 pandemic. | Hospitals were required to share COVID-19 admissions, ICU capacity and other related data on a daily basis during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, then the reporting frequency shifted. The CDC said it still encourages hospitals to report their data on a "voluntary" basis and will soon begin displaying those data online.

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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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FTC Strengthens Health Data Breach Notification Rule to Protect Consumers

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized significant changes to the Health Breach Notification Rule (HBNR) , aiming to improve consumer protection in the digital age. – These updates clarify the rule’s application to modern technologies like health apps and expand the information healthcare providers must disclose in the event of a data breach.

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Steward bankruptcy likely as massive debt remains, with few options left

Healthcare Dive

Steward Health Care’s forbearance period ends in less than 15 days. Analysts say this time, creditors are unlikely to extend the embattled company another lifeline.

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ChatGPT's potential impact on preventative care and emergency visits

Healthcare It News

ChatGPT has been making an impact on enduring healthcare challenges. Many providers and patients are reporting the artificial intelligence helping with preventative care and preventing non-emergent emergency department visits. Imran Qureshi is chief technology officer at b.well Connected Health, a FHIR-based interoperability platform vendor. He has expertise in AI and a lot of advice to share on the subject of health systems harnessing ChatGPT and other large language model-based technologies.

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Talkspace launches behavioral health consortium with specialty care providers

Mobi Health News

The consortium will allow Talkspace users with high-acuity needs to access specialty care providers via clinician referral or through its wellness ecosystem, Health Collective.

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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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New codes from the AMA could mean more RPM reimbursement by 2025

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Today, most remote patient monitoring services are billed under four Current Procedural Terminology codes. These codes can be split into two categories to help understand their uses. There are two RPM device monitoring codes – 99453 and 99454 – and two timed RPM management service codes – 99457 and 99458. CPT 99453 covers the time it takes to enroll patients in RPM and get them set up on their devices.

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Epic plans to launch AI validation software for healthcare organizations to test, monitor models

Fierce Healthcare

As artificial intelligence rapidly advances in healthcare, the industry is grappling with how to evaluate AI models for accuracy and performance and monitor the technology for any downstream advers | The healthcare industry is grappling with how to evaluate AI models for accuracy and performance and monitor the technology for any downstream adverse outcomes.

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ONC Releases Common Agreement V2.0, Paving the Way for TEFCA Exchange via FHIR

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), along with The Sequoia Project, Inc., a Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE), has released Common Agreement Version 2.0 (CA v2.0). What is the Common Agreement? The Common Agreement establishes a set of common rules and technical standards for secure health information exchange across different health information networks (HINs) and their users.

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More than three-fourths of doctors are employed by corporations, report finds

Healthcare Dive

Rampant consolidation continues to threaten the existence of independent physicians, according to a new report from Avalere and the Physicians Advocacy Institute.

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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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In Saudi Arabia, machine learning model helps reduce outpatient no-shows

Healthcare It News

Two years ago, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs' Riyadh-based hospital, King Abdulaziz Medical City, became the first in the world to reach Stage 7 in four different HIMSS models. (It's recently become a pioneer with some impressive work to reach Stage 6 on another model.) Its advanced use of health information and technology has been a boon for the health system's 1.3 million patients.

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The Evolution of Healthcare at Home, the Technology Driving this Change, and It’s Impact on the World of Healthcare

Healthcare IT Today

The world of healthcare is ever-evolving, especially when new technology is being adopted. One such new area is healthcare at home. Although we were forced into fully remote operations with COVID-19, we have been making modifications along the way and have discovered how beneficial it can be to our organizations and our patients. To make further strides though, we have to understand where we’ve come from, where we are now, and how it is making an impact.

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Patient concerns in healthcare digitalisation: Rising inequalities

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Digitalisation in healthcare holds the promise of optimising processes and expanding access to care. In some European countries such as Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia, Poland and Hungary, patients can access national portals that contain their prescriptions, referrals, discharge letters, etc. In other countries such as Belgium and Spain, patients can access regional portals.

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Google, Bayer team up to develop new AI products for radiologists

Fierce Healthcare

Healthcare company Bayer has tapped Google for its cloud and artificial intelligence capabilities to build new tech products to assist radiologists. | Bayer wants to pair its radiology, healthcare regulator and clinical data handling expertise with Google's tech muscle and ongoing work in generative AI to speed up innovation in media imaging.

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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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DrFirst and PatchRx Partner to Combat Medication Non-Adherence

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Healthcare technology leader DrFirst has joined forces with medication adherence company PatchRx to tackle a major healthcare challenge: medication non-adherence. – The strategic collaboration aims to improve patient health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs associated with patients not taking their medications as prescribed.

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Walmart Health shuts down

Healthcare Dive

The unexpected closure of Walmart’s 51 health centers and virtual care business highlights the difficulty of providing healthcare at this moment in time.

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HIMSSCast: New analytics strategies for patient-centric pop health

Healthcare It News

The shift toward value-based reimbursement demands that hospitals and health systems take a more thoughtful approach to population health management. That requires the development of robust analytics strategies to track care quality and help patients manage their chronic conditions. To achieve this, provider organizations should embrace an enterprise-wide approach that focuses on integrating key data into clinical workflows to identify high-risk patients – and, crucially, provide proactive

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Hackers lurked in Change Healthcare's network for more than a week

Becker's Health IT

Hackers gained entry to Change Healthcare's IT systems nine days before the ransomware attack on the UnitedHealth Group subsidiary, The Wall Street Journal reported April 22.

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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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At Providence, RPM is improving patient health and reducing provider workload

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Providence, a 52-hospital health system based in Renton, Washington, views digital innovation as an important vehicle to overcoming industrywide challenges and transforming care delivery for the betterment of the communities it serves. Many of the virtual care and digital health systems in development, as well as those pursued over the past several years, are geared toward addressing three macro challenges healthcare currently faces: workforce shortages and burnout; hospitality capacity and thro

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Medicare Advantage rate cut remains as feds keep up pressure

Fierce Healthcare

Insurers will feel resentful Monday as the feds opted to not reverse its decision to decrease Medicare Advantage benchmark payments by 0.16%, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced. | CMS is not deviating from its January proposal to modestly rein in Medicare Advantage. Benchmark payments will still decrease 0.16% but the feds expect it will still pay up to $600 billion in payments to plans in 2025.

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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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Nurse staffing rule slammed by both industry and advocacy groups

Healthcare Dive

The rule places more stringent staffing requirements on nursing homes than those initially proposed and offers exemptions for certain providers. Still, interest groups on all sides slammed the rule, calling it either too stringent or lax.

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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.