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No appointments available: America’s escalating primary care shortage

Healthcare Dive

Chronic disinvestment and inadequate training have created a shortage of primary care workers. Leaders at the Milbank Memorial Fund, National Association of Community Health Centers and the American Academy of Family Physicians argue for solutions.

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Doctors are getting on board with genAI, survey shows

Healthcare It News

In an online survey of 100 practicing physicians who work in a large U.S. hospital or health system and use clinical decision support tools, four in five providers – 81% – agreed that generative artificial intelligence can improve care team interactions with patients. The doctors surveyed by Wolter Kluwer also indicated high standards for selecting genAI tools – with 89% reporting they need vendors to be transparent about the sources of CDS data and want to be sure it comes fro

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Online chatter points to broad layoffs at Optum—but the full extent is unclear

Fierce Healthcare

UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Optum appears to have laid off a significant percentage of its workforce, Fierce Healthcare has learned, though the full extent of those job cuts remains unclear. | UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Optum appears to have laid off a significant percentage of its workforce, Fierce Healthcare has learned, though the full extent of those job cuts remains unclear.

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Lawsuit Alleges Obamacare Plan-Switching Scheme Targeted Low-Income Consumers

Kaiser Health News

A wide-ranging lawsuit filed Friday outlines a moneymaking scheme by which large insurance sales agency call centers enrolled people into Affordable Care Act plans or switched their coverage, all without their permission. According to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, two such call centers paid tens of thousands of dollars a day to buy names of people who responded to misleading advertisements touting free government “subsidies” and other

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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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ACOs led by independent physicians save Medicare ‘substantially’ more money, CBO says

Healthcare Dive

Independent practices have clearer financial incentives to lower medical spending than hospitals participating in accountable care organizations, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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In Saudi Arabia, machine learning model helps reduce outpatient no-shows

Healthcare It News

Two years ago, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs' Riyadh-based hospital, King Abdulaziz Medical City, became the first in the world to reach Stage 7 in four different HIMSS models. (It's recently become a pioneer with some impressive work to reach Stage 6 on another model.) Its advanced use of health information and technology has been a boon for the health system's 1.3 million patients.

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How text messaging can help improve health equity

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Securing transportation and other needed resources for patients through text messages is one way to ensure health equity for the underserved, says Dr. Emily C. Webber, CMIO at Indiana University Health and 2024 Changemaker Award winner.

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Steward bankruptcy likely as massive debt remains, with few options left

Healthcare Dive

Steward Health Care’s forbearance period ends in less than 15 days. Analysts say this time, creditors are unlikely to extend the embattled company another lifeline.

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HIMSSCast: New analytics strategies for patient-centric pop health

Healthcare It News

The shift toward value-based reimbursement demands that hospitals and health systems take a more thoughtful approach to population health management. That requires the development of robust analytics strategies to track care quality and help patients manage their chronic conditions. To achieve this, provider organizations should embrace an enterprise-wide approach that focuses on integrating key data into clinical workflows to identify high-risk patients – and, crucially, provide proactive

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UnitedHealth Group posts $1.4B loss in Q1 amid Change cyberattack fallout

Fierce Healthcare

UnitedHealth Group released its first-quarter earnings Tuesday morning as the industry continues to reel from the massive cyberattack on its Change Healthcare unit. | UnitedHealth Group released its first-quarter earnings Tuesday morning as the industry continues to reel from the massive cyberattack on its Change Healthcare unit.

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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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The Evolution of Healthcare at Home, the Technology Driving this Change, and It’s Impact on the World of Healthcare

Healthcare IT Today

The world of healthcare is ever-evolving, especially when new technology is being adopted. One such new area is healthcare at home. Although we were forced into fully remote operations with COVID-19, we have been making modifications along the way and have discovered how beneficial it can be to our organizations and our patients. To make further strides though, we have to understand where we’ve come from, where we are now, and how it is making an impact.

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Florida issues Medicaid managed care awards booting out UnitedHealth, CVS and Molina

Healthcare Dive

Meanwhile, Centene, Elevance and Humana held onto statewide contracts. The reprocurement was especially positive for Centene, which had been expected to lose market share, analysts said.

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Sharing hospital website user data with 3rd parties is common, study shows

Healthcare It News

A new statistical analysis of 90 distinct hospital websites, drawn from a nationally representative sample of 100 community hospitals, finds that those providers – when they had privacy policies available for consumption – were inadequate in how they accurately disclosed the use of third-party tracking technologies to consumers. In addition to comparing details about third-party recipients of collected user data, user rights and potential uses, the study also looked at the readabilit

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Epic, Particle Health dispute exposes broader challenges with sharing patient data, health IT experts say

Fierce Healthcare

Medical records software giant Epic and venture-backed health tech company Particle Health are mired in an ongoing dispute over healthcare data exchange practices. | Health IT experts say the rift between the two companies exposes larger problems with health data exchange including a lack of transparency on who is accessing data and how it's being used along with the need for better gatekeeping.

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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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Two Years On From A “Landmark” Abortion Decision in Kenya

Bill of Health

Two years ago, the Kenyan High Court in Malindi decided PAK and Salim Mohammed v. Attorney General et al. , affirming that the constitutional right to abortion is “fundamental.” Approximately 2,600 people lose their lives to unsafe abortion in Kenya each year, with an additional 21,000 people requiring hospitalization. While the Kenyan Constitution, adopted in 2010, allows for abortion when the pregnant person’s life or health is at risk under Article 26(4), the Kenyan Penal Code still criminali

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UnitedHealth expects up to $1.6B hit from Change cyberattack this year

Healthcare Dive

Investors on Tuesday got a clearer picture of the cyberattack's financial fallout on the healthcare juggernaut. Some said it wasn't as bad as they'd feared.

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How virtual primary care can amplify value for providers and patients

Healthcare It News

Primary care physicians are the heart of healthcare delivery in the United States. In addition to providing many crucial health services, they are the traffic cop to all the other forms of healthcare throughout a health system. Virtual primary care, experts say, can address challenges in traditional care by filling existing care gaps and offering various benefits to healthcare organizations, providers and patients.

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Federal agencies open online portal for reporting anticompetitive practices in healthcare

Fierce Healthcare

Federal agencies want to hear from the public about monopolistic and anticompetitive behavior within the healthcare industry. | FTC, DOJ and HHS said that information and accounts received from the public could plant the seeds for formal investigations into healthcare companies' monopolistic or anticompetitive practices.

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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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Lawmakers express fury toward UnitedHealth in first Change attack hearing

Becker's Health IT

UnitedHealth Group drew the ire of federal lawmakers during the first hearing on the fallout surrounding the unprecedented cyberattack on Change Healthcare in late February.

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Cybersecurity takes center stage at AHA annual meeting

Healthcare Dive

In the wake of the Change Healthcare attack, experts advised hospital leaders to increase their cyber defenses. Change will not be the last sector-wide attack, they warned.

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From scout service to crowdsourcing relief

Healthcare It News

Through volunteer work after the 2020 Beirut explosion, Marina El Khawand, founder and president of Medonations, describes how getting a patient in dire need of her inhaler evolved into starting an NGO that crowdsources medications for Lebanese patients.

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AI medical assistants see rapid growth as health systems turn to tech as a cure for the burnout crisis

Fierce Healthcare

Health systems across the country face the same pressing problem — rising levels of burnout among physicians. It’s a challenge that’s reaching a crisis point. | A growing number of hospitals and health systems are betting on advancements in AI as part of the cure for what ails physicians. Rush University System for Health is partnering with Suki to trial its AI assistant and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is rolling out Nabla's Copilot tool.

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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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80% of Change Healthcare restored after cyberattack

Becker's Health IT

Change Healthcare has reinstated 80% of the functionality for its claims, payment and pharmacy services following a February ransomware attack, the company said.

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Elevance partners with private equity firm on primary care

Healthcare Dive

The payer has inked a deal with Clayton, Dubilier and Rice to join their primary care assets as Elevance looks to catch up with peers like UnitedHealth and CVS in care delivery.

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Indigenous communities need to be engaged with healthcare choices

Healthcare It News

Native leaders should work to ensure culturally relevant education and care for their populations, says Dr. Donald Warne, codirector of the Center for Indigenous Health at Johns Hopkins and a HIMSS24 Changemaker.

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House to discuss national data privacy bill with implications for healthcare

Fierce Healthcare

The House Energy & Commerce subcommittee on innovation will hold a hearing Wednesday to discuss data privacy and the protection of kids online. | The House Energy & Commerce Committee holds a legislative hearing to discuss a slate of privacy and online safety bills Wednesday, one of which would give consumers more control over health data collected by apps and big tech.

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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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Hackers leak Change Healthcare contracts, patient data

Becker's Health IT

Hackers reportedly leak contracts and patient records from Change Healthcare cyberattack, including personal and protected health information.

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The aftermath of Change: Two experts on how healthcare organizations can prevent the next cyberattack

Healthcare Dive

Healthcare organizations can create an effective cybersecurity strategy that involves an incident response plan, testing, multifactor authentication and automating mundane tasks using artificial intelligence.

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Payer content rules put health equity front and center

Healthcare It News

Payers will not only need to comply with the 2024 CMS Final Rule pertaining to materials and content, but they will need to go the extra mile because it affects star ratings, says Ernie Crawford, president and CEO of Crawford Technologies.

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3 takeaways on the new federal data privacy proposal after its first public showcase

Fierce Healthcare

At the House Energy and Commerce’s data privacy hearing April 17, lawmakers discussed for the first time Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ discussion draft of a new federal data privacy bill, the Ameri | House lawmakers revived discussions of a national data privacy law at an Energy & Commerce hearing Wednesday. Here are the key takeaways.

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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.