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UnitedHealth suspects ‘nation-state’ behind Change cyberattack

Healthcare Dive

Pharmacies and providers nationwide are struggling to process prescriptions following the attack, while the American Hospital Association is urging hospitals to disconnect from UnitedHealth’s systems.

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FDA approves sleep apnea tech from EnsoData, Samsung

Healthcare It News

National Council on Aging statistics indicate an estimated 39 million U.S. adults have obstructive sleep apnea while 936 million adults around the world are estimated to have mild to severe OSA. Because relaxed airways that are obstructed or partially obstructed distort breathing while sleeping, patients may experience disruptions in oxygen supply up to 30 times per hour, disturbing sleep quality and resulting in daytime fatigue and other long-term effects.

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The Beginning of a Bad TRIP – Alabama’s Embryonic Personhood Decision and Targeted Restrictions on IVF Provision

Bill of Health

By Katherine L. Kraschel Last week, the Alabama Supreme Court called frozen embryos created via in vitro fertilization (IVF) “extrauterine children” and referred to the cryotanks where they are stored as “cryogenic nurser(ies).” The Court sided with couples who claim the accidental destruction of frozen embryos created through IVF and cryopreserved ought to be treated equally to the death of a child.

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Navigating the Interoperability Maze: 3 Key Challenges for Healthcare Providers and Payers

MRO Compliance

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, the quest for interoperability has become paramount. While the vision of seamless data exchange promises improved patient care and streamlined operations, the journey is not without its hurdles. Here we explore the three main interoperability challenges that continue to shape the narrative in healthcare.

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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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Change Healthcare hit by cyberattack

Healthcare Dive

The UnitedHealth-owned healthcare technology company disconnected its systems after detecting an “outside threat,” according to a status update page.

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Parkview Health brings diabetic retinopathy tests closer to the patients

Healthcare It News

Living with diabetes is challenging. So is treating it, with a myriad of factors determining or influencing a person’s health. THE PROBLEM In addition, those living with diabetes must take care of themselves by performing daily, monthly, quarterly and yearly tasks to stay ahead of the chronic condition. These include: Checking their feet Reading food labels Walking after meals Taking medication(s) in the right dose at the right time Meeting with a dietitian to assure they have the right nu

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RPM strategies for moving from discharge to hospital-at-home care

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

By 2030, all Baby Boomers will be over 65 – all as alternative care models emerge. McKinsey estimates $265 billion worth of care services for Medicare patients could shift from traditional facilities to the home by 2025. Instead of thinking of patients as "discharged" once they leave the hospital, which implies care is finished, many healthcare professionals believe it's time to treat home as a fundamental care setting that needs to be well integrated into the care continuum.

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HHS reaches second-ever ransomware settlement

Healthcare Dive

A mental healthcare provider didn’t have sufficient protections in place before a ransomware attack exposed the protected health information of more than 14,000 people, according to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights.

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Microsoft life sciences leader on what makes for successful disruptors

Healthcare It News

Even in regions where healthcare delivery mechanisms are abundant, demand can be overwhelming while other healthcare operational challenges interfere with patient outcomes. As the digital transformation in healthcare lags behind other industries and value-based care drives provider efficiencies while the government invests in healthcare cost reduction and access measures, health tech is positively overripe for disruption.

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Are Embryos Children? The Alabama Supreme Court Says Yes

Bill of Health

By Joelle Boxer This month, the Alabama Supreme Court held that the term “children” in a state statute includes embryos, or “extrauterine children.” As fertility treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF) involve the creation of multiple embryos, not all of which are implanted, the implications of this ruling could be far-reaching. Four million births each year in the U.S. are via IVF, an important pathway to parenthood for couples with infertility, LGBTQ couples, and single parents.

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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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Abridge clinches $150M to build out generative AI for medical documentation

Fierce Healthcare

Investors continue to pour money into generative AI startups and Abridge is riding this wave as it rapidly scales its technology across U.S. health systems. | Along with the funding round, Abridge also announced an enterprise agreement with Connecticut-based Yale New Haven Health System to give thousands of clinicians access to its AI-powered clinical documentation technology.

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Insurers brace for continued Medicare Advantage medical costs

Healthcare Dive

The big question coming out of the health insurance earnings season is how much elevated utilization among seniors will carry over into 2024.

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ChristianaCare to expand medication adherence program

Healthcare It News

Launched to help address health equity challenges facing Black cardiology patients, ChristianaCare said its digital medication adherence platform, developed with Story Health, has delivered significant improvements in outcomes for patients with hypertension and heart failure – two to three times in some key metrics. The health system plans to expand access to more patients.

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Should a Psychedelic Therapist Be Able to Continue Therapy for Their Patients Beyond Formal Integration Sessions?

Bill of Health

By Samuel Hatfield Psilocybin and MDMA were recently rescheduled in Australia for clinical use, leading many mental health professionals to question how psychedelic therapy will work in practice. As part of a research team at the University of Sydney, I recently interviewed as number of experts in the field, with the aim of developing a comprehensive taxonomy of matters relating to psychedelic therapy that are or could be regulated.

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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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Optum's Change Healthcare responding to 'cybersecurity issue'

Fierce Healthcare

Change Healthcare is mitigating a "cybersecurity issue" that began Wednesday, and details remain scant. | Change Healthcare is mitigating a "cybersecurity issue" that began Wednesday, and details remain scant.

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Medicare Advantage plans provide less intensive post-acute care, study finds

Healthcare Dive

The research found no differences in 30-day hospital readmissions or mortality, but the study’s authors said more analysis on patients’ long-term functioning was needed.

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China Medical University Hospital leverages Google's genAI for cancer care

Healthcare It News

China Medical University Hospital is leveraging Google Cloud's generative AI to support its doctors in providing cancer care. A formal collaboration between CMUH and Google Cloud was signed in December last year to use MedLM , a healthcare-specific gen AI based on the large language model, Med-PaLM 2. MedLM, which intelligence has been proven comparable to licensed doctors by scoring 85% on the MedQA-USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination), has become the foundation of the CMUH&#

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Virtual second opinions are popular but wariness persists on AI diagnosis tools

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

A survey by the Cleveland Clinic revealed nearly four in ten respondents had reservations around seeking a second opinion if the provider used AI diagnostic tools.

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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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DIR Reform: what you need to know

Natalia Mazina

By Bhavesh Desai, PharmD, J.D. DIR fees have been a focus of debate since their implementation and for the past decade, they have been increasingly scrutinized in congress as well as at the state level. The companies (Pharmacy Benefit Manager – PBMs) responsible for reporting true and accurate drug prices to the CMS have used loopholes in legislation to their advantage.

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CHS hit with Justice Department investigation

Healthcare Dive

Federal regulators are seeking information about the for-profit hospital operator's inpatient admissions and dialysis processes and procedures.

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HIMSSCast: Patient experience in 2024: What's next?

Healthcare It News

Hospital and health system C-suite executives and health IT leaders know the patient experience is crucial to ongoing success in healthcare. The question is: How to continually improve it? This week's podcast looks at what's on the horizon for the patient experience and seeks to answer that question. Our guest, from Press Ganey Associates, a patient experience consulting firm with 40 years of experience in the field, is Chrissy Daniels, chief experience officer.

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If You Give a Law Student a Baby

Bill of Health

Editor’s Note: Congratulations, Bobby, and welcome to the world, baby Stroup! By Bobby Stroup If you give a law student a baby, they’re going to look for legal risk. And if they live in the Bay State , they’re going to want a class on ‘MILK’ (Massachusetts Infant Legal Knowhow). Then, after learning about the relevant law and policy, they’re probably going to want to write a legal blog post.

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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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7 Digital Transformation Mistakes Made In Healthcare

HIT Consultant

John Berndt, SVP Health for North America at Valtech The digital health market is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of approximately 25% from 2019 to 2025, according to NASDAQ. Needs for digital projects and initiatives have never been higher. However, investments in the sector, including in digital tech, have remained under tremendous scrutiny since the pandemic.

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Ukrainian national pleads guilty in Vermont hospital ransomware attack

Healthcare Dive

The attack against the University of Vermont Medical Center in 2020 cost the hospital millions of dollars and limited operations for weeks.

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Change Healthcare experiencing a cyberattack

Healthcare It News

Change Healthcare, a software and data analytics vendor that offers revenue cycle management, clinical decision support and other operations tools, announced Wednesday it took its systems offline due to a cyber incident. "Once we became aware of the outside threat, in the interest of protecting our partners and patients, we took immediate action to disconnect our systems to prevent further impact," the company said in an online incident report.

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AHIP, AMA and employer groups team up to accelerate digital health adoption

Fierce Healthcare

Fourteen organizations representing providers, payers, consumer technology companies and employers are teaming up to cut through the noise and raise higher standards for finding digital health | Fourteen organizations representing providers, payers, consumer technology companies and employers are teaming up to cut through the noise and raise higher standards for finding digital health solutions that work and are worth the investment.

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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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CIO Spotlight: Dr. Michael Ross of Northern Light Health

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Ross' HIMSS24 session, "Tightly Integrating Telehealth for Better Access: Lessons From Northern Light," is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room W204A. Learn more and register.

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CMS finalizes rule to cut Medicaid DSH payments for some hospitals

Healthcare Dive

Under the new definition, hospitals can only receive disproportionate share hospital Medicaid reimbursements for beneficiaries who are primarily insured by the safety-net program.

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UnitedHealth suspects 'nation-state' behind Change outage: 7 things to know 

Becker's Health IT

Change Healthcare, part of UnitedHealth Group, reported a "cybersecurity incident" on Feb. 21 that disrupted connectivity and healthcare operations nationwide.

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UnitedHealth, HAC study: How social health factors impact employer plans

Fierce Healthcare

Given the impact that social factors have on overall health, employers can better manage costs and outcomes by embracing deeper, population-level data analysis, according to a new white paper. | Given the impact that social factors have on overall health, employers can better manage costs and outcomes by embracing deeper, population-level data analysis, according to a new white paper.

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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.