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Does It Really Matter How the COVID-19 Pandemic Started?

Bill of Health

By Barbara Pfeffer Billauer Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, much air time and social media space has been allocated to the lab leak vs. natural spillover dispute regarding the origins of SARS-CoV-2. To summarize briefly, the question is whether the pandemic was caused by a leak from a biosafety level (BSL) four lab in Wuhan, China , or whether it arose naturally as a consequence of a virus jumping from a bat to an animal and then to humans.

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Artificial intelligence could save healthcare industry $360B a year

Healthcare Dive

Broader adoption of AI in healthcare is likely in the near future, and could come with a slew of benefits beyond financial gains, according to McKinsey and Harvard researchers.

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Orlando Health to launch AI-driven hospital-at-home services

Healthcare It News

Data from the new hospital-at-home platform will be accessible through Orlando Health's Epic electronic health records through a multi-year agreement with the connected health and digital therapeutics company. WHY IT MATTERS Orlando Health – a non-profit health system with 18 hospitals and emergency rooms with five in development serving the southeastern United States – is expected to launch the new advanced remote patient monitoring capabilities in early 2023.

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How Healthcare Organizations Can Rise Above the Swelling Payment Epidemic

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Joe McMurray, senior vice president of patient experience, Zotec Partners. A July 2022 report confirmed what most providers have seen coming during this time of rampant inflation: Unexpected healthcare costs can be crippling for […] The article How Healthcare Organizations Can Rise Above the Swelling Payment Epidemic appeared first on electronichealthreporter.com.

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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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What the Supreme Court’s Expected Ruling on Affirmative Action Might Mean for US Health Care

Bill of Health

By Gregory Curfman Affirmative action in higher education may soon be abolished by the Supreme Court, resulting from its review of Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina. The consequences for the physician workforce may be dire. Diversity among physicians is a compelling interest in our increasingly diverse society.

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Dollar General latest player to enter retail clinic arena

Healthcare Dive

The pilot could expand to additional stores, depending on customer response, as Dollar General continues to grow its healthcare products and services targeted at rural communities.

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Three 2023 telemedicine trends that advance the 'new normal' in healthcare

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

This past year may very well have been the year the "new normal" was sealed for healthcare – one that includes a lot more telehealth, remote monitoring and other virtual care than ever before. Technology has became culturally accepted as an integral part of the patient experience as telemedicine gained popularity. As healthcare providers look ahead to 2023, being at the forefront of what's next in telehealth and strategically integrating the technology necessary to stay there

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Tracking Public Health Authority Changes from 2021 & 2022 Legislative Sessions

Bill of Health

By Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research COVID-19 called for quick, decisive action by public health authorities to support communities and prevent infections. Since the pandemic began, legislators around the country have been acting to change the way authorities may respond to future public health emergencies — expanding or limiting officials’ authority to act in an emergency, changing who has authority to act, and the actions they may have the authority to take.

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Pandemic continues to affect healthcare jobs, tracker finds

Healthcare Dive

Healthcare job growth rates have yet to return to levels predicted before the pandemic, according the tracker from the Kaiser Family Foundation and Peterson Center on Healthcare.

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Gaming tech is being used for dementia treatment

Healthcare It News

Research shows that apathy is a significant challenge for people living with dementia. They lose the ability to take initiative, which has an enormous effect on their emotional and physical wellbeing. This makes the disorder much harder to treat. THE PROBLEM Andrus on Hudson, based in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, serves and cares for individuals ("residents," to reflect the environment in which they receive care) who have various types of dementia.

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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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Follow the (Medical) Record: Leadership with Jason Brown Part 2

MRO Compliance

Follow the (Medical) Record: Leadership with Jason Brown Part 2 On this episode, host Don Hardwick interviews Jason Brown, CEO of MRO, once again. In this follow up episode, Don and Jason discuss MRO, including clinical data workflows to empower healthcare, provider/payer relationships, and value-based care.

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What's ahead for health IT policy and legislation in 2023 

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

With Congress providing telehealth waivers as part of its omnibus spending bill at the close of 2022, delaying the "telehealth cliff" for two years, HIMSS says it's now ready to make the case for permanent reimbursement of virtual care. Also on its policy agenda for the year ahead: advocating for data standardization, offering input for interoperability rulemaking and engaging with agencies and states to increase telehealth access.

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Employers ‘disappointed’ in health plan performances, study finds

Healthcare Dive

Health plans earned a lower average rating in the Leapfrog Group’s latest rankings than in previous years, earning a 2.29 GPA in 2022 compared to a 2.57 in 2020.

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Pitfalls and opportunities with medical device data aggregation, storage, and consumption/usability

Healthcare It News

Healthcare data is growing exponentially, driven by multiple factors including the prevalence of consumer health devices, connected medical devices, and remote patient monitoring solutions. Aggregating and analyzing the mass amounts of data available can make a significant impact on the outcomes of patients through better insights into the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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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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2023 HIM Planning Includes Seven New Ways to Focus Your Internal Coding Audits

MRO Compliance

2023 HIM Planning Includes Seven New Ways to Focus Your Internal Coding Audits I recently collaborated with Jacqueline Erickson, RHIA, CRCR, to provide HIM professionals with valuable advice on how to plan for their 2023 internal audits. This Journal of AHIMA article is an important launch point for anyone involved in HIM and coding audits. Since nearly every department in hospitals and health systems faces staffing challenges, now is the time to proactively seek ways to streamline processes and

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Top 5 Healthcare Marketing Ideas

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. Do you know the estimated revenue generated in 2023 from the healthcare industry will be around?$63.9 billion? The healthcare industry is extremely competitive, and survival is often challenging. Medical businesses spend around 10% to 15% of […] The article Top 5 Healthcare Marketing Ideas appeared first on electronichealthreporter.com.

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Upcoming Medicaid redeterminations could hamper hospitals, payers

Healthcare Dive

Medicaid eligibility checks beginning in April will likely curb hospital revenue and enrollment growth for payers, Moody's Investors Service said in a report.

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Hyndman Area Health Center cuts IT bill in half with the cloud

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Hyndman Area Health Center – a holistic Pennsylvania-based health center providing family medicine, dental health, behavioral health and more – transitioned from client-hosted servers to eClinicalWorks cloud-based servers to expand its network capacity and meet a rising data demand. Since then, it has experienced a more than 150% increase in patients and has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past few years since it no longer relies on physical servers.

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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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Featured Health IT Job: Sr. Solution Architect – Radiology

Healthcare IT Today

We like to regularly feature a healthcare IT job that might be of interest to readers. Today, we’re featuring the Sr. Solution Architect – Radiology position that was recently posted on Healthcare IT Central. This position was posted by e4 Services and is in Alabama. Here’s a description of the position: e4 is a Healthcare Consulting firm based in Philadelphia established in 2006.

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Record Numbers of People in the U.S. Putting Off Medical Care Due to Cost – A New “Pink Tax” on Women?

Health Populi

More people in the U.S. than ever have put off medical care due to cost, according to Gallup’s latest poll of patients in America. Gallup conducted the annual Health and Healthcare poll U.S. adults in November and December 2022. This was the highest level of self-rationing care due to cost the pollster has found since its inaugural study on the topic in 2001.

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Cigna sues CVS, former pharmacy head Bricker over exec’s departure

Healthcare Dive

In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Cigna alleged that Amy Bricker’s appointment to chief product officer of CVS’s consumer segment places the payer’s trade secrets at risk and violates her noncompete agreement.

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Vendor Notebook: new tools and acquisitions from OptumRx, ScionHealth, others

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

It's a new year, and healthcare technology vendors are rolling out their latest innovations, market approvals, acquisitions and staffing shake-ups. OptumRx launched Price Edge, a tool that compares pricing for traditional generic drugs to ensure members get the lowest prescription drug prices. A suite of new tools for both patients and providers target aspects of pharmacy logistics that have been known to delay or complicate care, such as getting real-time pharmacy benefits information and o

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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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AI Isn’t Just for Clinical Use: Here’s How It’s Changing Healthcare Outside the Exam Room 

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Mike Peluso, chief technology officer, Rectangle Health Artificial Intelligence (AI) has unlocked new possibilities that are pushing boundaries in healthcare. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs partnered with an AI company to create a […] The article AI Isn’t Just for Clinical Use: Here’s How It’s Changing Healthcare Outside the Exam Room appeared first on electronichealthreporter.c

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Amazon Pharmacy rolls out service for unlimited generic drug prescriptions for $5 a month

Fierce Healthcare

Amazon Pharmacy rolls out service for unlimited generic drug prescriptions for $5 a month hlandi Mon, 01/23/2023 - 22:15

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More states propose nurse staffing, ratio laws

Healthcare Dive

Lawmakers in three states are considering legislation around healthcare worker staffing and nurse-to-patient ratios after the pandemic caused the industry to suffer major workforce challenges.

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Healthcare Industry Most Commonly Attacked with Downloaders and Ransomware

HIPAA Journal

Blackberry has recently published its Global Threat Intelligence Report, which provides actionable and contextualized intelligence that can be used to improve cyber resilience. The report is based on data collected by Blackberry and threat intelligence provided by third parties, gathered over 90 days between September and November 2022. Throughout the reporting period, downloaders were among the most commonly observed threats.

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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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TRIPP, Equa Health partner to offer clinically-backed VR mindfulness training

Mobi Health News

In an exclusive interview, the companies discuss their partnership and TRIPP's investment in Equa Health's pre-seed funding round.

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COVID-19 caused surge in heart disease deaths in first year of pandemic: report

Fierce Healthcare

COVID-19 caused surge in heart disease deaths in first year of pandemic: report fdiamond Wed, 01/25/2023 - 08:44

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FBI takes down hacker group that targeted hospitals

Healthcare Dive

The notorious ransomware group, known as the Hive, has impacted some of the nation’s most critical industries.

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2022 Healthcare Data Breach Report

HIPAA Journal

For the first time since 2015, there was a year-over-year decline in the number of data breaches reported to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR), albeit only by 1.13% with 707 data breaches of 500 or more records reported. Even with that reduction, 2022 still ranked as the second-worst-ever year in terms of the number of reported breaches.

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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.