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The Essential Components of an Effective Healthcare Compliance Program

Healthcare Blog

An effective healthcare compliance program is a crucial aspect of any healthcare organization. An ideal program ensures adherence to laws, regulations, and ethical standards. Patient safety and consistent quality care will maintain priority. These documents should serve as a roadmap for employees. Healthcare organizations should clearly define their expectations and the consequences for non-compliance.

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SOC 2 Certification: A Comprehensive Guide to Security & Trust

Compliancy Group

Data breaches and security threats have become increasingly common, making it crucial for organizations to demonstrate their commitment to protecting sensitive information. SOC 2 certification has emerged as a valuable mechanism companies can utilize to instill trust and confidence in their clients. Let’s delve into the significance of a SOC 2 certification, its process, and why it has become a benchmark for secure data management.

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What Is a Compliance Plan in Healthcare?

MedTrainer

When it comes to healthcare, compliance is not just a buzzword — it’s critical to ensuring quality of care, protecting patient privacy, and staying on the right side of the law. While specific compliance requirements vary depending on the type of facility — from large hospitals and surgery centers to clinics and nursing homes — having a well-structured compliance plan is essential for all medical settings.

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Understanding Mental Health Telehealth Billing

Medisys Compliance

Introduction In recent years, the healthcare landscape has witnessed a significant shift towards telehealth services, and the field of mental health is no exception. With the advent of mental health telehealth, it has become increasingly important for mental health providers to be well-informed about the intricate process of billing for such services.

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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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The Value of “Operationalizing” Your Compliance Program 

YouCompli

I’ve had the privilege of leading and being part of compliance teams at non-profit providers, for profit payors, start-ups, and regulators. Regardless of the business model, there’s been one common reason why these organizations were successful in “operationalizing” their compliance programs: compliance priorities were aligned with business objectives and priorities.

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Senate subcommittee mulls guardrails for healthcare AI

Healthcare Dive

The technology could reduce clinicians’ administrative work or speed drug discovery, but the rapidly evolving field may need more human oversight to prevent harm, lawmakers and witnesses said.

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VR roundup: FDA clears new device for pain, Stanford says immersive therapeutics can help seniors

Healthcare It News

Virtual and augmented reality are gaining wider acceptance in healthcare. While there are still challenges and deployment hurdles, more and more organizations are using AR and VR as the technologies evolve and the many benefits of tools that once may have sounded like sci-fi become apparent. A few recent announcements show just how AR and VR are catching on across an array of different use cases.

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EHR documentation burdens increasing with virtual care expansion, says study

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network compared patient messaging among ambulatory physicians before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, finding they were mostly documenting visits and not messaging patients. WHY IT MATTERS The study proposed that if telemedicine expansion indicates physicians spending more overall time in EHRs, health systems and policymakers may need to alter productivity expectations and their reimbursement policies.

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Research flags ‘concerning’ employment losses at nursing homes amid Biden administration staffing push

Healthcare Dive

As employment continues to decline in skilled nursing facilities, regulators, healthcare industry leaders and workers’ unions are split on how to make roles more attractive.

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Harmonizing Africa’s Data Governance: Challenges and Solutions

Bill of Health

By Donrich Thaldar The establishment of a single data market across African nations promises significant socio-economic advantages, facilitating unrestricted and fluid data exchange. This concept has captured the attention of political leaders and has been prominently featured in the African Union’s (AU) Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa , as well as the AU’s Data Policy Framework.

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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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How St. Joseph Hospital achieved a 420% increase in patient philanthropic aid

Healthcare It News

Covenant Health is a Massachusetts-based multistate health system with deep roots in the communities it serves. The organization currently has 100 physician practices and clinics, along with more than 5,000 employees and providers. THE PROBLEM St. Joseph Hospital, a member of Covenant Health, faced a significant challenge in connecting patients to much-needed financial aid.

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VA, VHA, Verizon partner to increase rural veterans' telehealth access

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

To help conquer the digital divide preventing rural veterans from accessing the range of health and wellness benefits they are eligible for, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is offering new access to telehealth and virtual care options. Working with the Veterans Health Administration's National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation, the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System and Verizon Public Sector, the VA will be providing broadband connectivity directly to veterans living in remo

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Walgreens lays off 5% of corporate workforce; CMO Kevin Ban departs

Healthcare Dive

Yet another round of job cuts and executive turnover at Walgreens comes as the pharmacy chain looks to cut costs following poor financial performance.

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Reflections on the United States Health Care System and the Right to Health

Bill of Health

By Brianna da Silva Bhatia, Michele Heisler, and Christian De Vos American health care too often fails to protect the right to health or promote health-related rights. Despite efforts to increase access to health care and to better incentivize high-quality, value-based care, the United States’ health care system remains fragmented, largely profit-based, and predominantly disease-focused rather than prevention-focused.

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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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Building patient trust led to 20,000 consenting to iRAD

Healthcare It News

The integrated Real-time Active Data now facilitates the sharing of the personal health records of 20,000 consenting patients across the South Western Sydney Primary Health Network, says digital health and data manager Nick McGhie.

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Growing adoption of AI CXR solution among APAC military hospitals and more briefs

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Lunit deploys AI CXR solution to military units in South Korea, Phillippines Lunit, a provider of AI diagnostic supp ort solutions, continues to supply its AI-powered chest x-ray screening solution to military health institutions across Asia-Pacific. Recently, the Lunit INSIGHT CXR was deployed at the Victoriano Luna Medical Center in Manila, Phillippines.

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Optum Rx moves 8 insulins to preferred formulary status as pressure mounts on PBMs

Healthcare Dive

The drugs shifting to preferred status — meaning they’ll be available for under $35 per month in out-of-pocket costs — were previously on tier three or excluded altogether from the pharmacy benefit manager’s formulary lists.

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Want to Change Minds About Psychedelics? Start with PTSD

Bill of Health

By Vincent Joralemon Psychedelics have a public relations problem, due in part to overzealous promoters , genuine risks , and bad science. But, recent psychedelic legislation sponsored by conservative congressperson Dan Crenshaw shows minds can be changed in this space. Public perceptions will shape efforts to reclassify , decriminalize , and make psychedelics available for therapeutic use.

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Best Practices for Sharing Protected Health Information (PHI)

In this ebook, you will learn about the 18 PHI indicators, the legal requirements and penalties surrounding PHI, and how your healthcare teams should securely exchange this data. Key takeaways from this ebook: Gain confidence in identifying PHI. Acquire practical implementation strategies for exchanging PHI within your organization. Emphasize the importance of using compliant communication tools within healthcare teams.

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Building patient trust led to 20,000 consenting to iRAD

Healthcare It News

The integrated Real-time Active Data now facilitates the sharing of the personal health records of 20,000 consenting patients across the South Western Sydney Primary Health Network, says digital health and data manager Nick McGhie.

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An Antidote to Loneliness – Amazon’s 2023 Holiday Ad-Video Is A Lesson in Social Health, Aging and Love

Health Populi

To complement today’s sobering Health Populi post discussing Accenture’s 2024 Life Trends Study — an outlook for a decade of “deconstruction” based on technology and other trends in the ether — I share with you Amazon’s ad for this holiday season gift-giving motivation. The agency responsible for the campaign, Hungry Man and director Wayne McClammy, weave together a beautiful plotline of friendship, the Beatles’ In My Life, and a time-traveling ima

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Medicaid disenrollments pass 10M as states continue eligibility checks

Healthcare Dive

States have assessed the eligibility of 28 million Americans to date, and terminated coverage for 35% of them, according to the latest data from KFF.

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Senate votes to reform PBMs again, stop $16 billion in hospital cuts

Fierce Healthcare

Legislative spotlight was put back on pharmacy benefit manager reform and mental health in a comprehensive draft packaged presented by the Senate Finance Committee, which was passed Wednesday 26-0. | A comprehensive healthcare package garnered near unanimous approval on Wednesday, which could lead to big changes for PBMs down the road.

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HIPAA: Why It Matters to Your Practice

85% of practices are not complying with the government’s HIPAA standards. The large majority of practices are likely trying to protect patients’ information, but they may not be doing all that they need to meet government requirements. Not complying with HIPAA has definite drawbacks, with one major one being massive fines. The government can fine up to 1.5 million dollars for a single HIPAA breach incident - an amount that would put most small practices out of business.

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Palantir to be named as winner of Federated Data Platform

Digital Health News

Palantir and Accenture have been chosen as the winner of the £480m Federated Data Platform procurement, with an announcement expected imminently.

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MAVEN Project's specialty virtual care avoids $11M in unnecessary costs

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The MAVEN Project is a nonprofit organization serving Federally Qualified Health Centers and free and charitable clinics, connecting expert specialty physician volunteers with clinic providers. Using telehealth technology, volunteers are working hand-in-hand with those on the front lines. They can consult on cases, serve as mentors, provide continuing education and collaborate with clinical staff.

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Healthcare financial strain is ‘widespread’ in U.S., study finds

Healthcare Dive

The analysis adds to a growing body of research highlighting the burden of healthcare costs in the U.S., even for families with higher incomes.

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Increases in value-based payment adoption decreased family physician burnout, AAFP study finds

Fierce Healthcare

Family physicians utilizing value-based payment (VBP) models reported burnout relief in a new study from EHR com | The study found that higher capitation rates combined with greater overall percentage of revenue from capitation resulted in the biggest reduction in physician burnout.

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The 2023 Behavioral Health Industry Report

This report explores current issues in the behavioral health industry in 2023. Topics covered include quantitative statistics describing the overall increase in behavioral health issues, the impact of psychologist and staff burnout, how HIPAA compliance is once again at the top of our minds & much more!

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Redefining Benchmarks and Expectations In Urgent Care: A Data-Driven Approach

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Dr. Benjamin Barlow, chief medical officer, Experity. As we evaluate the healthcare landscape following the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the urgent care (UC) industry, facilities have undergone significant transformation. Patient behaviors and economic factors have […] The article Redefining Benchmarks and Expectations In Urgent Care: A Data-Driven Approach appeared first on electronic

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What Healthcare Policy or Regulation Would You Change if You Could?

Healthcare IT Today

Rules and regulations are put into place in order to keep people safe, on both the administrator end and the user end. This is especially important in the field of healthcare, where we are talking about people’s health and lives. But are all policies and regulations made by people with knowledge and experience in the field? Are these rules made with everyone’s best interest in mind?

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Preparing for the future: Hospital climate resilience plans challenged by cost, uncertainty

Healthcare Dive

As extreme weather events caused by climate change ramp up in frequency, hospitals are struggling with financial and data challenges in disaster planning.

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MA enrollees have fewer hospitalizations, Harvard study finds

Fierce Healthcare

Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries have better quality of care and health outcomes than traditional fee-for-service counterparts, researchers from Harvard Medical School found. | Another white paper released by Inovalon and Harvard Medical School highlights the benefits Medicare Advantage enrollees enjoy over traditional Medicare counterparts.

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Buyer's Guide: Evaluating and Selecting the Best CLM Solution for Your Organization

Evaluating and selecting the right contract lifecycle management (CLM) platform can be complicated. However, by getting the right people involved, prioritizing your business needs, and testing your technology options, you can make it easier.