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Vendor notebook: New AI tools to cut billing burdens, improve testing and more

Healthcare It News

The pace of innovation is picking up as health IT vendors seek to integrate artificial intelligence into their offerings for provider operations, medical testing, patient engagement and other use cases. Aspira Women's Health, Belong.life and Outbound AI are just three companies that have announced new AI-driven technologies, supporting advanced discovery of ovarian cancer, oncology patient engagement and billing administration, respectively.

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Here’s what will change when the COVID public health emergency ends

Healthcare Dive

Vaccines, which have been crucial to curbing the threat of the virus, will remain free for the vast majority of people in the U.S., but over-the-counter tests will no longer be covered for most.

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The Infertility Shift

Bill of Health

By Valarie K. Blake and Elizabeth Y. McCuskey In vitro fertilization (IVF), like most medical care in the U.S., costs far more than most people can afford out-of-pocket: over $12,500 per cycle, with multiple cycles typically required. But, unlike most other expensive medical care, IVF rarely has insurance coverage to defray the cost. In 2020, only 27% of employers with 500+ employees and 42% of employers with 20,000+ employees covered IVF in their employer plans.

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FirstHealth offers a powerful look at hybrid telemedicine in action

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

At FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a health system based in Pinehurst, North Carolina, bed capacity always seemed to be at the forefront of challenges, a not uncommon situation in healthcare. Having more bed capacity is always helpful, but that usually means construction of some sort. FirstHealth staff thought of a way to increase hospital bed capacity without laying a single brick.

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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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This FQHC slashed its patient no-show rate with AI in 3 months

Healthcare It News

The New York City-based Urban Health Plan used artificial intelligence to improve operational efficiency and patient care and got a handle on its annually high patient no-show rates with cost-effective patient interventions. Higher-than-average missed appointments No-shows are due to multiple factors, including social determinants of health like transportation.

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Kaiser posts $1.2B in Q1 net profit after $961M net loss in prior-year quarter

Healthcare Dive

The first-quarter report comes weeks after the operator announced its plans to acquire Geisinger Health and form a new nonprofit with the purpose of acquiring and operating other nonprofit systems.

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HIMSS23: A Look Back to Look Forward

MRO Compliance

HIMSS23: A Look Back to Look Forward The HIMSS Global Health Conference and Exhibit returned in full force to Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center during April 2023. Our team attended, presented, and exhibited at the event along with over 35,000 attendees and 1,200 healthcare technology companies. Interoperability and partnerships were two common themes throughout the exhibit hall, during educational sessions, and across a wide variety of industry meetings hosted by MRO.

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Tips to prevent 'quishing' and protect patient data

Healthcare It News

Because mobile devices are generally security weak points for organizations, QR codes that are designed to ease processes such as image file transfers may leave protected health data vulnerable. Sophisticated bad actors can replace a genuine QR code with a clone that redirects users to a similar website where patient and personal data can be intercepted.

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Celebrated healthcare heroes are workplace violence victims

Healthcare Dive

Violence prevents nurses, doctors and other professionals from providing uninterrupted, quality patient care, argues Andrew Thum, the director of nursing workforce operations at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia.

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The Impact of Dobbs on Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Does It Matter Where Life Begins?

Bill of Health

By Judith Daar In February 2023, a Louisville lawmaker introduced a bill that would prosecute women for criminal homicide for having an abortion. The Kentucky Prenatal Equal Protection Act , introduced by Republican Representative Emily Callaway, extends the state’s criminal abortion law to pregnant women for any termination not linked to a life-threatening condition or spontaneous miscarriage.

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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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Case Study: Banner Health

MRO Compliance

Case Study: Banner Health Background Summary Banner Health’s large in-house release of information (ROI) operation sought guidance on how to optimize their ROI. They also recognized the need for a new technology platform to manage ROI requests. Essential priorities to meet this need included increased security and compliance, risk mitigation, comprehensive technology, support services, and the ability to protect their organization with a trusted partner.

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Augusta University Health saves $1.1M with home-based virtual care

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Augusta University Health launched its Virtual Care at Home program in February 2021 as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like hospitals across the nation, it was limited on bed capacity and had throughput issues. THE PROBLEM The program was aimed at supporting the inpatient care team by discharging patients (ages 18 and up) from the medical center a few days earlier to help reduce length of stay and free up beds by providing virtual monitoring 24/7 through nurses, episodic monitoring

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AHA, hospital groups file court brief asking to restore ACA preventive services mandate

Healthcare Dive

The medical associations said preventive health services are essential to increase longevity and quality of life, and that medical evidence should dictate preventive care recommendations rather than political considerations.

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Informal Sperm Donation and Reproductive Justice

Bill of Health

By Naomi Cahn and Sonia Suter In the aftermath of Dobbs , as barriers to accessing fertility care increase, one area of growing interest is informal (“DIY”) sperm donation, which does not use sperm banks or fertility clinics and thus appears to challenge some of the class and race inequities in access to assisted reproductive technology. First, accessing sperm outside of official channels allows participant to evade any potential regulation of who can access ART.

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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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Ransomware Attack Results in 2 Week Shutdown of Operations at TN Medical Clinic

HIPAA Journal

A cyberattack on Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter (MMC) in Tennessee forced the healthcare provider to completely shut down operations for around two weeks to contain to attack and restore its IT systems. It is common for healthcare organizations to perform an emergency shutdown of the network to contain a cyberattack and limit the harm caused, and to operate under emergency procedures with staff recording patient information manually while systems are out of action.

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How cancer care can benefit from personalized oncology data

Healthcare It News

Enterprise Taxonomy: Node settings: Exclude from Accelerate RSS feed

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FDA calls for ‘nimble’ regulation of ChatGPT-like models to avoid being ‘swept up quickly’ by tech

Healthcare Dive

The head of the agency said the models are “ushering in the revolution that many of us were hoping for,” but cautioned that the sector will need to be regulated appropriately.

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Augmented and Virtual Reality Apps for Training

Healthcare IT Today

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) find important applications in professional training, particularly for doctors. The value and complexity of medical training justify the cost of the head-borne devices. This article explores research at Inteleos to improve the use of augmented and virtual reality, which I’ll talk about together under the commonly used abbreviation XR.

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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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DEA officially extends remote EPCS flexibilities for 6 months

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

This past week, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it would temporarily extend telemedicine flexibilities for the prescription of certain controlled medications granted under the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, which is set to expire on May 11. This week, the DEA added some specificity to that promise – allowing an extension of six months, through November 11, 2023, and, in tandem with HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Serv

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Best Practices for Reducing Stock Outs and Overstocks In the Healthcare Industry

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Wonil Gregg, vice president of customer engagement and experience, DCPerform. Whether you’re a customer or a worker, chances are you’re all too familiar with the persistent challenges of stockouts and overstocks across the healthcare […] The article Best Practices for Reducing Stock Outs and Overstocks In the Healthcare Industry appeared first on electronichealthreporter.com.

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Bright Health affirms intention to sell California MA plans as it reports Q1 results

Healthcare Dive

By selling its Brand New Day and Central Health MA plans, Bright Health, which would no longer be in the insurance business following the sale, intends to focus on its consumer care products, CFO Cathy Smith said.

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NationsBenefits Holdings Confirms 3 Million Record Data Breach

HIPAA Journal

NationsBenefits Holdings, LLC, a provider of supplemental benefits, flex cards, and member engagement solutions to health plans and managed care organizations, has confirmed that it has been affected by a security breach involving Fortra’s GoAnywhere MFT file transfer solution. The hackers behind the attack – the Clop ransomware group – gained access to NationsBenefits data on January 30, 2023, and exfiltrated that information from the GoAnywhere MFT solution.

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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 healthy bottom line depends on health equity

Healthcare It News

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How Hospitals Can Use Their Historical Data To Their Advantage

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Ophir Ronen, CEO, CalmWave. Hospitals routinely collect vast amounts of data, including information about patients’ health, care delivery, and organizational performance. This data could theoretically be utilized to drive huge improvements in health outcomes […] The article How Hospitals Can Use Their Historical Data To Their Advantage appeared first on electronichealthreporter.com.

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Rethinking the area deprivation index: a call for more effective measures to promote health equity

Healthcare Dive

Srilekha Palle, visiting fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, argues for more effective measures of promoting health equity to treat underserved populations.

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NetGen Healthcare Reports Breach Affecting More than 1 Million Patients

HIPAA Journal

NextGen Healthcare has started notifying more than 1 million individuals across the United States about a hacking incident that exposed their protected health information. NextGen Healthcare is an Atlanta, GA-based provider of electronic health records and practice management solutions to doctors and ambulatory care providers. On March 30, 2023, suspicious activity was detected in its NextGen Office system and third-party cybersecurity experts were engaged to conduct a forensic investigation to

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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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Q&A: Digital therapeutics' future after the fall of Pear Therapeutics

Mobi Health News

Andy Molnar, CEO of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance, discusses the market for digital therapeutics after Pear Therapeutics declared bankruptcy.

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Industry Voices—Where we go from here: Community pharmacy in a post-pandemic world

Fierce Healthcare

Industry Voices—Where we go from here: Community pharmacy in a post-pandemic world pminemyer Thu, 05/11/2023 - 14:47

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Abortion providers in 3 states sue over mifepristone restrictions

Healthcare Dive

The Monday lawsuit seeks to remove safety restrictions on mifepristone or, alternatively, prevent further altering of access to the drug.

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Health Equity: Searching for a New Angle

Healthcare IT Today

In Disney’s Big Hero 6 , the protagonist, Hiro Hamada, will get stuck in a problem after working on it for a while because he’s becoming too set in his way of thinking. And he is only able to find the solution thanks to his brother’s, Tadashi Hamada, words ‘find a new angle, look for another way out.’ Health inequality and discrimination is not a new problem in healthcare.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.