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Nurse staffing rule slammed by both industry and advocacy groups

Healthcare Dive

The rule places more stringent staffing requirements on nursing homes than those initially proposed and offers exemptions for certain providers. Still, interest groups on all sides slammed the rule, calling it either too stringent or lax.

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IHH Healthcare migrates Malaysia, S'pore database systems to cloud

Healthcare It News

Private healthcare group IHH Healthcare has moved several on-premise database systems of its hospitals across Malaysia and Singapore to the cloud. IHH Singapore's core application workloads, including the electronic medical record (EMR), enterprise data warehouse, and laboratory information systems (LIS), have been migrated to Oracle Exadata Database Service on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

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New codes from the AMA could mean more RPM reimbursement by 2025

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Today, most remote patient monitoring services are billed under four Current Procedural Terminology codes. These codes can be split into two categories to help understand their uses. There are two RPM device monitoring codes – 99453 and 99454 – and two timed RPM management service codes – 99457 and 99458. CPT 99453 covers the time it takes to enroll patients in RPM and get them set up on their devices.

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Walgreens expands specialty pharmacy business to gene and cell therapy services

Fierce Healthcare

Walgreens is expanding its specialty pharmacy services to offer gene and cell therapy services, supported by a dedicated 18,000-square-foot center in Pittsburgh, the company announced Thursday. | Walgreens is expanding its specialty pharmacy services to offer gene and cell therapy services, supported by a dedicated 18,000-square-foot center in Pittsburgh, the company announced Thursday.

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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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FTC votes to ban noncompetes, with far-reaching effects on doctors

Healthcare Dive

The FTC estimates the final rule would lower healthcare costs by $194 billion over the next decade, while freeing up physicians to more easily move between employers.

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ONC pubs Common Agreement v2.0, with regs for FHIR exchange

Healthcare It News

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Sequoia Project on Monday announced the launch of Common Agreement Version 2.0, an update to the document most recently released this past November. ONC also published new Participant and Subparticipant Terms of Participation, which set forth the requirements that participants must agree to and comply with to exchange data under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement.

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Amae Health picks up $15M to scale in-person clinics providing care for severe mental illness

Fierce Healthcare

Amae Health launched in January 2022 to improve care for individuals with severe mental illness through a community-based, integrated approach. | Amae Health, which opened its first outpatient clinic in Los Angeles 18 months ago, closed a $15 million series A round to fuel its growth as it plans to open new clinics in four markets.

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Centene looks beyond Medicaid redeterminations

Healthcare Dive

The nation's largest Medicaid insurer expects to return to normal operations this year, though redeterminations continue to dog Centene through a mismatch between rates and acuity.

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HCA deploys AI from Augmedix for acute care documentation in EDs

Healthcare It News

San Francisco-based Augmedix has launched what it says is the first fully-automated, generative AI-powered medical documentation software for emergency departments, and it's already in use at one of the biggest health systems in the country. Known as Augmedix Go, the ambient documentation tool for EDs leverages automatic speech recognition and natural language processing and was developed in partnership with physicians at four HCA Healthcare hospitals, the company said Wednesday in announcin

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At Providence, RPM is improving patient health and reducing provider workload

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Providence, a 52-hospital health system based in Renton, Washington, views digital innovation as an important vehicle to overcoming industrywide challenges and transforming care delivery for the betterment of the communities it serves. Many of the virtual care and digital health systems in development, as well as those pursued over the past several years, are geared toward addressing three macro challenges healthcare currently faces: workforce shortages and burnout; hospitality capacity and thro

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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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Joint Commission launches new telehealth stamp of approval for virtual healthcare providers

Fierce Healthcare

The Joint Commission announced Tuesday a new set of accreditation standards for telehealth and remote patient monitoring companies. | A third-party healthcare accrediting organization will offer a new program for telehealth and remote monitoring platforms to build patient trust and ensure high-quality virtual healthcare.

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California, Oregon eye universal health coverage

Healthcare Dive

The states' proposals, which resemble Medicare for All, need approval from the federal government and face pushback from major health systems and insurers.

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Care problems become technology systems via nurse informaticists

Healthcare It News

The role of nurse informaticists has expanded to include deciding which technologies can best support evolving care delivery models, says MaryAnn Connor, senior director of nursing informatics, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Optum Virtual Care said to be closing down

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

On an April 18 conference call with Optum Everycare CEO Jennifer Phalen, some employees of the company's virtual care division were told that their last date would be in July, according to a news report this week. WHY IT MATTERS UnitedHealth Group, Optum's parent company, reported more than $1 billion in net losses during the first quarter – which included impacts from the February 21 Change Healthcare ransomware attack and subsequent payment systems outage.

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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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FDA launches extended reality-enabled initiative for home health care

Mobi Health News

The Home as a Health Care Hub will use augmented reality and virtual reality to reimagine how the home can become a healthcare system to improve health equity.

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Oracle plans to move headquarters to healthcare hub Nashville

Healthcare Dive

Nashville is “the center of the industry we’re most concerned about, which is the healthcare industry,” Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison said Tuesday.

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How a connected engagement ecosystem can empower better health

Healthcare It News

Andrew Schultz, PatientPoint chief product and strategy officer, shows how the technology works as a communication hub between the waiting room, exam room, infusion suite and the back office.

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Joint Commission intros new Telehealth Accreditation Program

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Joint Commission this week announced its new Telehealth Accreditation Program for eligible hospitals, ambulatory and behavioral healthcare organizations. The program, with an effective date of July 1, is designed to offer updated and more streamlined standards to help organizations offering telehealth services put structures and processes in place to help deliver safer and higher quality virtual care WHY IT MATTERS The new Telehealth Accreditation Program was developed, the commission says,

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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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FTC votes 3-2 on final rule to ban noncompete agreements, but legal challenges expected

Fierce Healthcare

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3-2 Tuesday to issue a final rule striking new noncompete agreements for all workers and phasing out existing noncompetes for all but senior executives acro | The final rule, which does not apply to nonprofits, forbids noncompete contracts for all new hires and winds down existing noncompetes for all employees who are not senior executives.

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Kaiser exposed up to 13.4M plan member records to third parties

Healthcare Dive

The largest data breach reported so far this year comes as regulators reconsider healthcare’s use of tracking technologies.

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Managing a safe transition to new treatment guidelines

Healthcare It News

Cloud-based technology has enabled one healthcare provider's swift transition to a new cancer treatment guideline. The private Sydney Adventist Hospital (the San) in Sydney's north is an early adopter of the NSW Cancer Institute's guideline for anticancer drug dosing in kidney dysfunction (ADDIKD). Initially published in 2022, the evidence-based guideline on eviQ standardises the measurement of kidney dysfunction to provide more appropriate dose recommendations compared to existing c

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Owlet, Wheel partner to launch telehealth platform for caregivers of infants

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Wheel's BabySat virtual telehealth services platform will enable caregivers to obtain a prescription for the baby tech company's pulse oximetry sock.

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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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With CEO search underway, Teladoc facing pressure to its BetterHelp DTC business, slowing telehealth growth

Fierce Healthcare

Teladoc acting CEO Mala Murthy sought to assure investors Thursday that the virtual care giant is poised for future growth even as it faces pressure in a saturated telehealth market. | Teladoc acting CEO Mala Murthy sought to assure investors Thursday that the virtual care giant has a sunny outlook for future growth even as it faces pressure in a saturated telehealth market.

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UnitedHealth confirms ransom, compromised health data from Change attack

Healthcare Dive

More than 20 screenshots of potentially stolen patient data were posted on the dark web for about a week, the insurer said Monday.

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Thirty Madison, Talkspace partner to expand care access for migraines and women's health

Healthcare It News

The telemedicine company joins forces with the behavioral health company to expand care access for women, as well as patients suffering from mental health issues and migraines.

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ONC Releases Common Agreement V2.0, Paving the Way for TEFCA Exchange via FHIR

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), along with The Sequoia Project, Inc., a Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE), has released Common Agreement Version 2.0 (CA v2.0). What is the Common Agreement? The Common Agreement establishes a set of common rules and technical standards for secure health information exchange across different health information networks (HINs) and their users.

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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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CMS sets Medicaid payments to home care workers at 80%

Fierce Healthcare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hoping to improve Medicaid enrollees’ access to care through a final rule that better compensates caregiving roles. | CMS released a series of final rules Monday, including Medicaid access regulations that some groups worry will cause providers to close.

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Humana withdraws 2025 earnings outlook on unsatisfactory MA rates

Healthcare Dive

Because of the final rates for next year, Humana will have to enact “larger benefit reductions to achieve stable margins,” its CFO told investors.

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Patients benefit from post-acute care

Healthcare It News

New data shows how post-acute facilities understand patients' needs and can provide services that both improve outcomes and meet CMS' value-based care standards. Heidi Wold, chief population health officer at Longevity Health Plan, explains.

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DrFirst and PatchRx Partner to Combat Medication Non-Adherence

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Healthcare technology leader DrFirst has joined forces with medication adherence company PatchRx to tackle a major healthcare challenge: medication non-adherence. – The strategic collaboration aims to improve patient health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs associated with patients not taking their medications as prescribed.

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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.