December, 2023

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HIPAA Enforcement is Changing. Providers Must Too.

HIT Consultant

Cam Roberson, VP at Beachhead Solutions Healthcare delivery organizations and those working with them that are still in business are either well aware of their duties under HIPAA, work with managed service providers that understand the law well, or…are lucky to have made it this far. Even for organizations that have steered clear of both cyberattacks and regulatory fines, vigilance is essential to maintaining a clean bill of (cybersecurity) health.

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New HIPAA Security Rule and Enforcement Coming in 2024

Healthcare IT Today

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it will update the HIPAA Security Rule in 2024 and will ask Congress for new laws and resources to increase civil money penalties for HIPAA violations, increase HIPAA enforcement, and conduct proactive audits. HHS released a new Healthcare Sector Cybersecurity strategy paper which cited a 93% increase in large breaches from 2018 – 2022 and a 278% increase in large breaches caused by ransomware.

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ChristianaCare pays $47M to resolve former compliance officer's kickback allegations

Fierce Healthcare

Wilmington, Delaware-based ChristianaCare has agreed to a $47.1 million settlement resolving illegal kickback allegations flagged by its former chief compliance officer, Ronald Sherman. | The agreement is the largest False Claims Act settlement in Delaware's history and paves the way for future cases against hospitals that provide private physician groups with free services from their employees, legal counsel said.

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How AI can improve patient experience and patient engagement

Healthcare It News

Hospitals and health systems, especially larger ones, are using AI in myriad new ways – including leveraging it for improved patient experience, and for better patient engagement with the goal of reducing health inequities. Tom Kiseau, digital leader and chief innovation officer at the Chartis Group, hosts a regular series of AI roundtables alongside colleagues and experts from other practices in the industry.

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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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UnitedHealth, OptumRx sued by independent pharmacy over ‘unconscionable’ fees

Healthcare Dive

Osterhaus Pharmacy in Iowa — which is also suing CVS Caremark — is taking issue with pharmacy benefit managers’ use of performance-based fees that it says are contributing to independent pharmacy closures.

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The intersection of telehealth and AI: How can they reinforce each other?

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Telemedicine took a huge leap forward during the pandemic as more providers and patients embraced remote delivery of healthcare services. Today, artificial intelligence-powered telemedicine tools that remotely diagnose patients and route them to the proper care setting have begun popping up; they are designed to increase access to healthcare services and assist providers in making informed decisions, ensuring timely and appropriate care.

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Q&A: Google's chief clinical officer on AI regulation in healthcare

Mobi Health News

Dr. Michael Howell, chief clinical officer at Google, discusses Med-PaLM's evolution in 2023 and recommendations for regulators developing rules for AI use in healthcare.

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2024 Outlook: Despite hurdles, stakeholders bullish on VR in behavioral health

Fierce Healthcare

Though often associated with gaming, virtual reality (VR) is a technology rapidly evolving in healthcare. | VR therapy is not a new concept, though it wasn’t until the last few years that the field became prominent. And as technology has improved and gotten more intuitive to use, it has also become less expensive.

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Where AI innovation has taken one EHR vendor in 2023

Healthcare It News

Healthcare IT News sat down with Paul Brient , chief product officer of athenahealth, to gain his insights into how artificial intelligence can improve patient experiences and healthcare delivery, simplify healthcare interactions, and make healthcare more accessible, as well as hear how the electronic health record vendor is using AI today. He said that new AI-driven features in athenaOne are already helping to improve healthcare efficiency and address clinician burnout by cutting administrative

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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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HHS’ new cyber framework for hospitals includes stricter requirements, potential penalties

Healthcare Dive

The agency’s plans include working with Congress to receive funding to support hospitals’ security infrastructures as the sector faces the growing threat of cyberattacks.

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President Joe Biden, the AI Wizard

Bill of Health

By Bobby Stroup Artificial Intelligence (AI) isn’t magic , but there is value in telling a magical story to non-technical stakeholders to describe how we’ll govern this transformative technology. In fact, President Joe Biden himself could benefit by borrowing from an existing legend. Let’s pick a story that’s already popular and one where heroes successfully overcame a dangerous technology.

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Telemedicine M&A trends moving into 2024

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Drake Star is a tech-focused investment bank that works with top tech companies. Christophe Morvan is managing partner at Drake Star, and Lawrence Giesen is a partner. Both specialize in telemedicine. As 2023 turns to 2024, the two experts have a lot of thoughts on the state of the market for virtual care. Healthcare IT News sat down with the men to discuss main players in the U.S. telemedicine sector, merger and acquisition trends for telemedicine, main financial backers and investment dynamics

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Sensitive Data Requires Great Responsibility: The Importance of ‘Privacy and Security by Design’ in Healthcare

HIT Consultant

Chris Bowen, founder and CISO at ClearDATA In healthcare, sensitive data comes with great responsibility. For companies entrusted with managing and protecting patients’ personal information, ensuring the privacy of that data must be the highest priority. These companies are called to act as vigilant guardians, especially when you consider that secure and accurate data can literally save lives.

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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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Few health plans have dedicated Alzheimer’s and dementia care management strategy: survey

Fierce Healthcare

Health plans and value-based care organizations are ill-prepared to help patients with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia. | Only a small fraction of health plans and value-based care organizations have a fully developed care management model for its enrollees with dementia or Alzheimer's, a new survey shows.

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Biomarker legislation could improve patient access in 2024

Healthcare It News

Panel biomarker testing can unlock some of the mysteries of treating patients so that they experience fewer side effects, better quality of life, longer survival rates and potentially, lower costs. At least 22 states are opening up, or looking at how to open up access to it. This past week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed Senate Bill 1196a/Assembly Bill 1673a into law directing all state-regulated health plans, including Medicaid, to cover comprehensive biomarker testing, clearing the path

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Healthcare executives look to implement generative AI next year, survey finds

Healthcare Dive

Though only a quarter of respondents said they’d already adopted the tools, 58% reported they were likely to do so within the next year, according to Klas Research.

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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: Responding to Public Health Emergencies by Upholding Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law

Bill of Health

By Anita Gholami The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which brings together parliamentarians from 46 member States, has been a vigilant guardian of respect for the European Convention on Human Rights and other international standards throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Assembly has adopted a number of resolutions and recommendations seeking to equip parliaments in our European member States and beyond with the relevant tools and expertise to uphold human rights, democracy and t

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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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Successful RPM needs leading edge tech, thoughtful implementations

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

This flu season will see at least 26 million cases, 290,000 hospitalizations, and 19,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pair that with a longstanding physician shortage and it could be a recipe for disaster in ERs and urgent care centers this winter. One way to alleviate the burden on healthcare workers and potentially improve the patient experience and outcomes is remote patient monitoring.

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Where AI will impact healthcare in 2024

Mobi Health News

Digital health stakeholders said that AI will be used next year to help ease administrative tasks for providers, improve clinical trial participation and increase transparency in healthcare.

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BCBS of Massachusetts faces backlash from docs over anesthesia coverage policy change

Fierce Healthcare

A new policy from Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, starting Jan. | Some patients needing a colonoscopy in Massachusetts won't be covered for monitored anesthesia care, or MAC, starting Jan. 1. Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts is standing by the policy, which will save the insurer money but require the patient to remain awake for the operation.

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FirstHealth of the Carolinas solves access problem with Virtual Provider program

Healthcare It News

Access to providers is a challenge across healthcare. The industry faces severe provider shortages – exacerbated by a terrible burnout problem. This is not news. But finding successful solutions to access problems is. And that is what FirstHealth of the Carolinas has done, using telemedicine technology. Three components to the program The health system's Virtual Provider program has a few components to it.

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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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A Cigna-Humana merger could face a long regulatory delay. But it might get approved.

Healthcare Dive

As rumors swirl that the two major health insurers are inching toward a merger, experts say antitrust agencies have grounds to block a deal — but may not be successful.

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Will 2024 See True Value-Based Care Transformation?

HealthIT Answers

Our annual predictions for 2024 continues with Value-Based Care in 2024. Throughout the next few weeks we will be asking the industry experts what they think we will see in 2024. Check back as we cover AI, digital health, interoperability, privacy, security, access, and equality. The post Will 2024 See True Value-Based Care Transformation? appeared first on Health IT Answers.

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South Korea expands telemedicine pilot and more briefs

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

South Korea expands telemedicine pilot Starting 15 December, the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare will be introducing additional measures to its national telemedicine pilot. According to a media statement, the programme is now allowing the conduct of telemedicine services at night and on holidays. Patients who have had face-to-face treatment within the past six months from a clinic can now also access telemedicine.

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Study: Google reveals LLM that helps accurately diagnosis complex cases

Mobi Health News

The tech giant revealed it created an LLM optimized for diagnostic reasoning with the ability to generate a differential diagnosis or assist clinicians in coming to a diagnosis.

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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.