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Six Compelling Reasons to Begin Your HIPAA Compliance Journey Before the Year Ends

Total HIPAA

As 2023 unfolds, the urgency for entities in the healthcare sector to initiate or reinforce their HIPAA compliance cannot be overstated. This isn’t just about ticking off a checklist; it’s about safeguarding the future of your organization, whether you’re a medical practice, a health insurance agent, a self-funded employer, or a business associate in the healthcare realm. 1.

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Benefits of SOC 2 Compliance

Compliancy Group

Data breaches and cyberattacks have become more prevalent, making it essential for organizations to prioritize the security and privacy of their customers’ sensitive information. One effective way to achieve this is by obtaining SOC 2 compliance. SOC 2, short for System Organization Controls 2, is a widely recognized auditing standard developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

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The No Surprises Act Demands Real-Time Regulatory Compliance

HealthIT Answers

By Eric Demers - In 2022, 20% of adults said they or their family received an unexpected medical bill. The No Surprises Act, which went into effect last year, is better late than never. A bipartisan effort to protect patients from unexpected healthcare expenses, the NSA minimizes surprise billing and makes. The post The No Surprises Act Demands Real-Time Regulatory Compliance appeared first on Health IT Answers.

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Which Compliance Framework Governs the Healthcare Industry?

MedTrainer

In the United States, there are several compliance frameworks and entities that govern requirements for the healthcare industry. Each governing body oversees a different aspect of regulatory compliance. To understand which compliance frameworks govern which requirements, we need to break it down entity by entity. Let’s start by defining what a compliance framework is all about.

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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 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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Old Dogs and New Tricks: A Case for the Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights & Public Health Emergencies

Bill of Health

By Nerima Were and Allan Maleche Taking into account our experiences as human rights lawyers working in Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic, in this article we briefly analyze the Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Public Health Emergencies (the Principles) and make a case for their utility in guiding State measures to prepare for, prevent, and respond to future pandemics consistently with international human rights law and standards.

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Using Automation to Improve Payer Collaboration: On Air Insights

MRO Compliance

Managing laborious payer processes is one of the most cumbersome operational challenges for hospitals and health systems. From initial claim submission to filling additional documentation requests, and responding to payer audits or denials, healthcare provider organizations dedicate significant time and resources to collaboration with payers. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Beth Friedman, Senior Partner of FINN Partners, on FINN Voices , part of Healthcare NOW Radio.

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Mayo Clinic posts $4.5B in operating revenue for Q3

Healthcare Dive

After a rocky 2022, the Minnesota-based nonprofit has posted a net income in three consecutive quarters on sustained volumes and moderating expenses.

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Reviewing Solidarity in the Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Public Health Emergencies

Bill of Health

By Eduardo Arenas Catalán The Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Public Health Emergencies (the Principles), entail a notable attempt to consolidate lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. After the largely non-solidaristic international response to COVID-19, the Principles outline the advantages and limitations of embedding human rights discourse within the global public health machinery.

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Where social work, tech and health equity intersect

Healthcare It News

Felisha Norrington, director of academic assistance at GSU's College of Nursing and Health Professions, says while there is movement on health equity, social work and technology investments help ensure care resources are accessible to all people.

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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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Houston FQHC to deploy AI-based mental health support at no cost

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Federally Qualified Health Center Community Health Network, operating in Brazoria, Harris and Galveston counties in Texas, has partnered with Wysa to integrate its artificial intelligence-guided mental health platform to offer adjunctive behavioral health support throughout patient care journeys and give clinicians and administrators insights. Wysa is also being deployed at MyCHN for provider mental health support.

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One Medical enters New Jersey through latest health system deal, with Hackensack Meridian Health

Healthcare Dive

The partnership announced Tuesday adds another hospital operator to the company’s bench of health system affiliates. One Medical plans to open its first clinic in the Garden State by the end of next year.

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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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Primary care player Forward unveils AI-based, self-serve CarePods backed by $100M investment

Fierce Healthcare

Primary care player Forward unveiled this week what it has been quietly working on the past two years—self-serve CarePods that use artificial intelligence to screen and diagnose health conditions.< | Primary care player Forward unveiled this week what it has been quietly working on the past two years—self-serve CarePods that use artificial intelligence to screen and diagnose health conditions.

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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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How one gastroenterology practice uses hybrid virtual care to improve patient experience

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Gastroenterology Associates of New Jersey needed to optimize care and capacity: Reimbursement gets tighter every year while patient demand grows. The practice aims to improve access for necessary in-person care and procedures while offering patients complementary proven interventions ideally suited for telemedicine. THE PROBLEM "Gastroenterology is a complex specialty," said Dr.

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Most rural hospitals no longer deliver babies, report finds

Healthcare Dive

Financial challenges at rural hospitals — driven by reimbursement problems — are leading facilities to shutter labor and delivery wards, according to a new report.

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The State of Digital Health Investment and What It Means for Health Organizations

HIT Consultant

Bob Farrell, CEO, mPulse Mobile Over the last several years there’s been significant investment in digital healthcare startups and growth-stage organizations, particularly those showing technical innovation that delivers improved health outcomes and more efficient care delivery models. Digital health organizations that translate investment dollars into quality outcomes will emerge as leaders by focusing on core challenges faced by major players across the healthcare industry.

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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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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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Telehealth consortium to deliver after-hours service in rural NZ

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

A new after-hours clinical telehealth service will be offered shortly to rural communities in New Zealand. This comes after the contract to deliver the said service nationwide over three years was awarded to a consortium of telehealth providers, which is composed of Reach Aotearoa, Practice Plus and Emergency Consult. WHAT IT'S ABOUT Commissioned by Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora, the new service will provide after-hours care on weekdays and will be available round-the-clock on weekends an

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Top FDA official Woodcock to retire early next year

Healthcare Dive

The 37-year veteran helmed the agency’s pandemic response, and was a key decision-maker in controversial calls on opioids, an Alzheimer's therapy and muscular dystrophy drugs.

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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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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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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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Senate subcommittee signals support for permanent telehealth flexibilities

Healthcare Dive

But witnesses noted Congress shouldn’t wait to enshrine pandemic-era accommodations for virtual care, arguing regulatory uncertainty is a danger to telehealth’s longevity.

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Mental health platform UpLift acquires women-focused company Minded

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The acquisition brings UpLift's offerings to Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and California, helping to speed up its ability to expand nationally.

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Express Scripts embraces cost-plus pricing with new ClearNetwork model

Fierce Healthcare

The country's largest pharmacy benefit manager is taking a page out of Mark Cuban's book. | The country's largest pharmacy benefit manager is taking a page out of Mark Cuban's book.

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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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Withings Body Pro 2: A Game-Changer for Early Diabetes Detection

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Withings Health Solutions has launched Body Pro 2 , a revolutionary cellular-connected smart scale that is designed to improve the way patients with diabetes are cared for. – Body Pro 2 is a cellular-connected smart scale that can be used to capture advanced health metrics such as weight and body composition. Diabetic Foot Ulcers Assessment The first module of Body Pro 2 is prescription-only and focuses on improving care for patients with diabetes, addressing

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Patient portal access spikes during pandemic, but disparities persist, study finds

Healthcare Dive

Engagement with online medical records increased during the pandemic, but fewer Black and Hispanic patients accessed electronic health information compared with White patients.

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TEFCA Will Soon Be Live and Add Support for FHIR-Based Exchange

HealthIT Answers

By Mark Knee & Jawanna Henry - In January 2022, the Trusted Exchange Framework and Version 1 of the Common Agreement was released. A year later, six organizations became candidate QHINs and committed to complete “onboarding” and “go live” by the end of 2023 – we are still on target! The post TEFCA Will Soon Be Live and Add Support for FHIR-Based Exchange appeared first on Health IT Answers.

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US patients believe generative AI can improve healthcare access, affordability, survey finds

Fierce Healthcare

As the industry continues to debate the promise and risks of artificial intelligence in healthcare, patients are bullish on the potential for generative AI to improve access and even lower healthca | As the industry continues to debate the promise and risks of artificial intelligence in healthcare, patients are bullish on the potential for generative AI to improve access and even lower healthcare costs.

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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.