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3 Ways to Achieve HIPAA-Compliant Communication for Behavioral Health

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Ram Krishnan, CEO at Valant Communicating with patients – in a compliant manner – is essential for behavioral health practices. All practices must comply with HIPAA, as well as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). To protect patient privacy and respect patient communication preferences, these laws require certain guidelines to be followed.

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Is GroupMe HIPAA Compliant?

Compliancy Group

GroupMe is a widely used messaging app that allows users to create groups and send messages, photos, and videos. It is famous for its ease of use and simplicity. However, when it comes to sharing Protected Health Information (PHI) in a healthcare setting, there are specific requirements that need to be met for compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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Forging a Secure Healthcare Future: HHS OCR Achieves Resolution with L.A. Care Health Plan in HIPAA Security Rule Case

Compliancy Group

In a groundbreaking move, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reached a settlement with L.A. Care, the nation’s foremost publicly operated health plan, renowned for its exceptional healthcare benefits and coverage through state, federal, and commercial programs. This agreement stems from two OCR investigations triggered by a significant breach report and an eye-opening media article highlighting a distinct security incident.

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Informed Consent in Healthcare Training

American Medical Compliance

When a medical professional informs a patient of the advantages, disadvantages, and alternatives of a procedure or intervention, informed consent is obtained. In the US, medical professionals are also required by ethical and legal standards to gain consent from patients, which stems from the patient’s right to control what happens to their body.

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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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Improving Patient Care With a “Prevent, Detect, Report” Strategy  

YouCompli

Mitigating fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA) is taking on a new urgency for healthcare compliance professionals. Enforcement agencies are prioritizing efforts to deter FWA as more individuals enroll in government healthcare programs like Medicare and Medicaid, and telehealth services continue to evolve post-pandemic. Compliance professionals can help their organizations reduce FWA with a “prevent, detect, report” strategy, guided by recommendations from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and

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A Categorical No to Categorical Accommodation Denials Related to COVID-19?

Bill of Health

By Katherine Macfarlane and Irina Manta Since fall 2021, when most colleges and universities reopened their campuses to in-person activities, it has become increasingly difficult for faculty and students with disabilities to obtain reasonable accommodations to teach or attend class remotely. Remote accommodations were granted freely during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in 2021, the in-person aspect of teaching and learning was suddenly deemed essential, and at many institutions, r

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Senators push back on DEA proposed telehealth rules, say they'd affect patient care

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

This is a developing story with updates expected. U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and four of their colleagues expressed support for the Drug Enforcement Administration's new engagement on a potential special registration for telehealth with this week's listening sessions hosted by the DEA's Drug Diversion Control Division, but said they had several concerns.

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Telehealth visits billed at a lower level of service than office visits, study finds

Healthcare Dive

The results indicate patients might select in-person office visit over telehealth options if they feel they need a higher level of care or closer proximity to other tests and assessments, according to a study from Epic Research.

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The 'power of VR' shows its worth across multiple specialties

Healthcare It News

Virtual reality made significant improvements in patient experiences. It has turned resistors at Hoag Hospital into champions, says Thomas Hutchinson, executive director of digestive health and experiential reality, and neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Louis.

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An Intersectional Analysis of Proposed Fertility Leave in England and Wales

Bill of Health

By Elizabeth Chloe Romanis and Sabrina Germain For people in England and Wales needing access to fertility treatment, economic barriers can be a huge hurdle. There are the direct costs of the treatment (some, but not all, of which are covered by the National Health Service). But there are also the less visible indirect costs associated with accessing these treatments.

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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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Consumers Continue to Spend on Technology, Seeking “A Happy, Healthy Connected Life”

Health Populi

Most U.S. consumers will continue to spend their disposable incomes on connected consumer devices, but will be looking for more balance in their digital lives according to Deloitte’s fourth annual 2023 Connected Consumer Survey. In this year’s update, the Deloitte Center for Technology, Media & Telecommunications found that most households use five key digital devices daily: above all, smartphones, followed by laptop and desktop computers, tablets, and computer monitors.

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CMMI teases new behavioral, maternal health models launching this year

Healthcare Dive

The timeline of the two upcoming models could be pushed back if Congress doesn’t come to a funding agreement and the government shuts down, CMMI head Liz Fowler said.

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A pioneering digital health journey in the UAE

Healthcare It News

The next goal on the UAE's pioneering digital health journey is to promote prevention and happiness by engaging patients with the HIE, explains Dr Mohammad Al Redha, director of health informatics and smart health at the Dubai Health Authority.

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Petrie-Flom Welcomes 2023-2024 Student Fellows

Bill of Health

(Clockwise from top left: Joelle Boxer, Adithi Iyer, Vincent Joralemon, Hannah Rahim, Bobby Stroup ) We are excited to welcome a new group of Student Fellows to the Petrie-Flom Center family. These five students are a fantastic cohort of health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics scholars who join us from Harvard Law School. They each will undertake a year-long research project with mentorship from Center faculty and affiliates, and also will blog here at Bill of Health regularly.

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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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Geisinger doubles down on collaboration with Best Buy Health, Geek Squad to support tech-driven care in the home

Fierce Healthcare

As at-home healthcare becomes more tech-driven—think wireless biosensors and connected blood pressure cuffs—it creates more logistical challenges for providers. | Geisinger's pilot program with Best Buy's Geek Squad resulted in quicker access to care, better adherence to care plans and more positive outcomes for chronic care patients, the organizations said.

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Walmart reportedly exploring ChenMed acquisition

Healthcare Dive

If the deal reported by Bloomberg solidifies, Walmart would be the latest retailer to snap up a value-based primary care chain for seniors, following in the footsteps of rivals CVS, Amazon and Walgreens.

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Colorado Option: Increasing Transparency and Driving Down Costs Through Enhanced Rate Review

Center for Health Insurance Reform

The "Colorado Option" - a unique state effort improve health insurance affordability - is underway. With the first year of enhanced premium scrutiny now completed, CHIR experts Nadia Stovicek, Christine Monahan, and Sabrina Corlette examine how the process unfolded and what it means for consumers.

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Digital Twins: What Healthcare Organizations Can Learn from Other Industries

HIT Consultant

Aaron Schroeder, Director, AI Solutions & Head of AI Center of Excellence at TTEC Digital Digital twins are helping organizations make more informed decisions. These analytical tools use real-time data to represent a product or process, creating a realistic simulation that can be used to test, monitor, or predict outcomes for its real-world counterpart.

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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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Walgreens taps startup Pearl Health to expand into value-based primary care

Fierce Healthcare

On the heels of big-ticket acquisitions, Walgreens is ramping up its push into healthcare and is partnering with startup Pearl Health to get a foothold in the ongoing movement to value-based care.< | Walgreens' partnership with Pearl Health builds on the assets that the retail pharmacy giant has recently made investments in as it "moves more aggressively into healthcare," Steve Wogen, chief growth officer, told Fierce Healthcare.

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Lawmakers introduce bipartisan legislation addressing workplace violence in hospitals — again

Healthcare Dive

Despite widespread support from healthcare workers and hospital associations, federal regulations protecting hospital workers have previously failed to advance in Congress.

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Google announces funding for AI-enabled digital health projects

Mobi Health News

Fifteen projects, including eight digital health initiatives, received $3 million in cash, Google Cloud credits and technical assistance.

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It’s Time to Bring AI into Your Business Office

HealthIT Answers

By Kelly Johnson - If you’re like me, you quickly grew tired of the phrase “new normal” in 2020. While this largely referred to changes we made in our everyday lives to stop the spread of COVID-19, the unfortunate reality is that many healthcare organizations are now facing their own new normal. The post It’s Time to Bring AI into Your Business Office appeared first on Health IT Answers.

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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.

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Kroger Health teams up with meal delivery company on medically tailored meals for chronic conditions

Fierce Healthcare

Kroger Health, part of the Kroger Co., is teaming up with Performance Kitchen to offer medically tailored meals to people with chronic conditions. | Performance Kitchen’s team of chefs, doctors and registered dietitians focuses on delivering nutritionally balanced meals. The meals will be both approved by Performance Kitchen’s team and Kroger Health registered dietitians.

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BCBSA finds wide variety in medical cost by site

Healthcare Dive

Researchers said their data supports site-neutral proposals to make care cost the same regardless of where it’s provided. Momentum is building in Congress around the policies, but they face fierce opposition from hospitals.

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Walgreens partners with value-based care platform Pearl Health

Mobi Health News

The drugstore chain and tech-enabled digital health platform will support providers in helping their patients transition to home after being discharged from the hospital.

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Remote monitoring in care homes reduces hospital admissions finds study

Digital Health News

A new independent study has confirmed that the remote monitoring of care home residents can help reduce the need for emergency hospital admissions.

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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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Oracle CEO warns Cerner EHR business facing 'near-term' headwinds for revenue growth

Fierce Healthcare

Oracle shares fell 13% Tuesday as the software giant's near-term revenue forecast was weaker than Wall Street analysts expected. | Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison told investors Monday that the company is working to modernize the Cerner EHR platform using an application code generator to enhance the software "one piece at a time." "On the business side of things, we think the Cerner business is going to get stronger and stronger," Ellison said.

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Low-income seniors more likely to report fraudulent marketing from private Medicare plans, survey finds

Healthcare Dive

The survey from the Commonwealth Fund comes after regulators finalizing a rule this spring that aims to cut back on deceptive or misleading advertising for MA plans after beneficiary complaints more than doubled between 2020 and 2021.

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Apple unveils Watch Series 9 with new health features

Mobi Health News

The Apple Watch Series 9 allows users to log and access healthcare data, and to control the Watch by double-tapping their index finger and thumb.

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High Drug Costs Threatening Affordability of Employer-Sponsored Healthcare

HIT Consultant

Constance Sjoquist, Senior Healthcare Analyst with RazorMetrics Large employers report that the biggest threat to self-funding medical coverage is the increasingly high cost of pharmacy claims. In their annual Health Benefits Priorities survey, MBGH found that employers consider pharmacy costs extremely problematic. Ninety-one percent of employers cited million-dollar treatments approved by the FDA, and 89% pointed to specialty drug spending as a top threat.

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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.