November, 2023

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FCI on the brink of closing down

Digital Health News

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics (FCI) has told its members that it will likely have to be closed down due to severe financial and other pressures.

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UnitedHealth sued over use of algorithm to deny care for MA members

Healthcare Dive

The lawsuit alleges UnitedHealth used nH Predict to deny claims for Medicare Advantage seniors, despite the algorithm’s determinations being overturned in more than 90% of appeals.

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Non-State Actors and Public Health Emergencies

Bill of Health

By Rossella De Falco Strong, well-coordinated and resilient public health care services play a vital role in preventing and responding to public health crises. Under international human rights law, States have a positive, primary obligation to ensure that such health care services are of the highest possible quality and accessible to everyone, everywhere, and without discrimination.

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How behavioral healthcare can benefit from patient portals

Healthcare It News

Some behavioral healthcare practices have begun advancing their patient portal and mobile app offerings. Native telehealth integration was a rarity in patient portals not too long ago. But it has become more common since the COVID-19 pandemic – and this trend is likely to continue. After telehealth appointments , patient portals can grant access to information about self-care and healthy habits between appointments, and also can be a vehicle for reporting patient health indicators over tim

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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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EHR documentation burdens increasing with virtual care expansion, says study

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network compared patient messaging among ambulatory physicians before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, finding they were mostly documenting visits and not messaging patients. WHY IT MATTERS The study proposed that if telemedicine expansion indicates physicians spending more overall time in EHRs, health systems and policymakers may need to alter productivity expectations and their reimbursement policies.

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“My Doctor’s Office” Should Accept Wearable Tech Health Data, Most Patients Say

Health Populi

“Do personal health trackers belong in the doctor’s office?” Software Advice wondered. “Yes,” the company’s latest consumer survey found, details of which are discussed in a report published on their website. Unique to this study is the patient sample polled: Software Advice surveyed 876 patients in September 2023 to gauge their perspectives on wearable tech and health.

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Healthcare bankruptcies are rising. Here are five major filings so far in 2023.

Healthcare Dive

Bankruptcies have spiked this year as federal COVID-19 funding lapsed and heightened interest rates, regulatory changes and labor shortages squeezed the sector.

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Cristina Britez and the Many Faces of Obstetric Violence

Bill of Health

By Alma Beltrán y Puga This past weekend marked the 25 th of November, a day to remember that all manifestations of gender-based violence should be prevented and eliminated in health procedures. Unfortunately, one of the most prevalent forms of gender-based violence — obstetric violence — has not been sufficiently addressed by health practitioners.

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Prisma Health saves $4M, and counting, with patient engagement tech

Healthcare It News

Prisma Health, the largest nonprofit healthcare provider in South Carolina, says that by integrating digital patient communications, it's decreased no-shows to the tune of $4 million in savings within the first two years. That achievement, accomplished with help from patient engagement company Artera, is estimated to result in an $8 million overall cost savings.

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In-Ear Wearable Measures Blood Flow to the Head for Long COVID POTS

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: STAT Health emerges from stealth to introduce a 24/7 in-ear wearable that measures blood flow to the head to better understand symptoms such as dizziness, brain fog, headaches, fainting, and fatigue that occur upon standing. These are common symptoms for illnesses like long COVID, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and other orthostatic (caused by standing) syndromes that affect more than 13 milli

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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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An Antidote to Loneliness – Amazon’s 2023 Holiday Ad-Video Is A Lesson in Social Health, Aging and Love

Health Populi

To complement today’s sobering Health Populi post discussing Accenture’s 2024 Life Trends Study — an outlook for a decade of “deconstruction” based on technology and other trends in the ether — I share with you Amazon’s ad for this holiday season gift-giving motivation. The agency responsible for the campaign, Hungry Man and director Wayne McClammy, weave together a beautiful plotline of friendship, the Beatles’ In My Life, and a time-traveling ima

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CVS Health beats the Street with $2.3B in Q3 profit

Fierce Healthcare

CVS Health beat the Street on both earnings and revenue in the third quarter, reporting $2.3 billion in profit. | By comparison, the company reported a $3.4 billion loss in the third quarter of 2022 as it paid out its part in a global settlement over the opioid crisis.

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Where are all the nurses? Hospitals, advocates disagree on crisis

Healthcare Dive

Hospitals and nursing unions clash on what’s driving sluggish application rates for open registered nurse positions at hospitals — a lack of qualified candidates or a lack of interest.

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GPT-4 outperformed 99.98% of simulated human readers in diagnosing complex clinical cases

Mobi Health News

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine says GPT-4 correctly diagnosed 52.7% of complex cases compared to only 36% of medical journal readers.

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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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Palantir to be named as winner of Federated Data Platform

Digital Health News

Palantir and Accenture have been chosen as the winner of the £480m Federated Data Platform procurement, with an announcement expected imminently.

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Guarding Patient Privacy in the Age of AI Healthcare

HIT Consultant

Kevin Kirkwood, Deputy CISO, LogRhythm 2022 research from Morning Consult reveals that the healthcare field in particular has witnessed substantial enhancements in medical diagnoses, mental health evaluations, and the expeditious discovery of treatment options following the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI). In fact, 59% of U.S. healthcare executives believe that AI is effective at improving clinical outcomes.

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US Military Says National Security Depends on ‘Forever Chemicals’

Kaiser Health News

The Department of Defense relies on hundreds, if not thousands, of weapons and products such as uniforms, batteries, and microelectronics that contain PFAS, a family of chemicals linked to serious health conditions. Now, as regulators propose restrictions on their use or manufacturing, Pentagon officials have told Congress that eliminating the chemicals would undermine military readiness.

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Physician groups decry finalized Medicare payment cuts for 2024 as expenses rise

Fierce Healthcare

The Biden administration Thursday finalized policy changes for Medicare reimbursements in 2024 that will cut payments to physicians by 1.25% compared to 2023. | The Biden administration Thursday finalized policy changes for Medicare reimbursements in 2024 that will cut payments to physicians by 1.25% compared to 2023.

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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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PeaceHealth will pay up to $13.4M to settle charity care probe

Healthcare Dive

The Washington-based nonprofit said their policies center care, "not maximizing collections." The state's attorney general said the hospital failed to notify patients about financial assistance options.

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The Tools Needed to Succeed in Private Practice Today

HealthIT Answers

By Michael A. Brickman MD - Multiple industry factors have made it increasingly difficult for individual physicians to successfully maintain a private practice, and patients could shoulder the negative effects of a more consolidated healthcare system. The post The Tools Needed to Succeed in Private Practice Today appeared first on Health IT Answers.

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Disquiet grows over perceived Palantir takeover of FCI

Digital Health News

The FCI has been wracked by more resignations of trustees, triggered by deep disquiet among some members about growing ties to Accenture and Palantir.

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From Paper to Pixels: The Future is Bright for Health Information Management

Healthcare IT Today

The evolution of Health Information Management (HIM) professionals has been remarkable. They are no longer paper pushers (literally) and are now stewards of healthcare data. Jennifer Mueller, President of the American Health Information Management Association ( AHIMA ), sees a bright future for the HIM industry. Healthcare IT Today sat down with Jennifer Mueller, AHIMA President and the Vice President & Privacy Officer at the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center ( WHAIC ) to the

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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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Majority of Americans Believe AI Can Revolutionize Healthcare in 2024

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: More than half (51%) of U.S. adults are optimistic new applications of artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to major advancements and breakthroughs in healthcare in the year ahead, according to a new survey from Medtronic , a global healthcare technology leader, and Morning Consult. Some of the highest levels of optimism for AI in healthcare are around diagnoses and improving healthcare access.

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UnitedHealthcare hit with class action over alleged use of AI to deny Medicare Advantage claims

Fierce Healthcare

UnitedHealthcare is facing a potential class action lawsuit following allegations that it used an algorithm to deny claims for post-acute care services in Medicare Advantage. | UnitedHealthcare is facing a potential class action lawsuit following allegations that it used an algorithm to deny claims for post-acute care services in Medicare Advantage.

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AstraZeneca creates digital health unit, with big-name partnerships already in place

Healthcare Dive

Called Evinova, the unit will operate as a separate business within AstraZeneca, which sees digital health solutions as a market primed for growth.

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Popular and Emerging Use Cases for Interoperability

HealthIT Answers

Join us for the State of Healthcare Interoperability Virtual Summit 2023 on Dec. 6th starting at 12pm ET. Today we are highlighting the third panel session moderated by Kathryn Ayers Wickenhauser, sponsored by Secure Exchange Solutions, and with panelists Michele Darnell, Adam Russell, Ann Santifer. The post Popular and Emerging Use Cases for Interoperability appeared first on Health IT Answers.

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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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Frontline digitisation funds at risk to cover industrial action costs

Digital Health News

A new guidance letter from NHSE to trusts on industrial action suggests investment for frontline digitisation may be pulled from more mature trusts

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Getting the Patient Into the Office at Sun Life Health

Healthcare IT Today

Sun Life Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) near Phoenix, Arizona, is leveraging their eClinicalWorks EHR platform to persuade patients to get the care they need. By closing these care gaps, not only are they better serving the community, Sun Life Health is also able to secure more federal funding. Taming the Paper Tiger In an interview with Healthcare IT Today Trey Davis, Director of Information Systems at Sun Life Health, shared insights into how the healthcare organization has

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AI Empowers Healthcare: Streamlined Data, Supported Workers, Enhanced Patient Experiences

HIT Consultant

Rick Bryant, Healthcare CTO, Veritas Technologies The healthcare industry is known for holding on to data – and for good reason. With valuable insights and patterns to be derived from patient information, more is more. Where healthcare IT departments run into issues is when this data becomes unmanageable: disorganized and siloed and partially stored in dusty offices with the rest sitting exposed on outdated legacy systems.

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Prior authorization and other regulatory burdens have increased since last year, practices tell MGMA

Fierce Healthcare

Nine in 10 polled medical practices say their regulatory burden has increased over the past year with prior authorization, audits and appeals, the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) and require | The latest annual poll of practices' regulatory burden outlined prior authorization, audits and appeals, Medicare QPP and other leading pain points that physicians say are weighing down theor staff and ability to deliver care.

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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.