2024

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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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AHA, H-ISAC warn hospitals about Black Basta following Ascension cyberattack

Healthcare It News

The Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center issued a threat alert Friday about the Russia-backed ransomware group Black Basta, warning of its accelerated attempted attacks against the healthcare sector. Prompted by H-ISAC, the American Hospital Association also sent a cybersecurity advisory with technical mitigation recommendations to its members.

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Introductory Editorial — Critical Psychedelic Studies: Correcting the Hype

Bill of Health

By Neşe Devenot Since the 2022 publication of “ Preparing for the Bursting of the Psychedelic Hype Bubble ,” a JAMA Psychiatry Viewpoint by David Yaden and colleagues, a wave of scholarship and commentaries has emphasized the ethical importance of nuanced science communication about the still-nascent field of psychedelic medicine. As the journalist Katie MacBride recently described in The Daily Beast , there is now a “growing minority” of scholars and activists in the psychedelics field who are

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A Gartner expert points to AI and hospital-at-home as the biggest emerging technologies at HIMSS24

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

It's been a long week at HIMSS24, filled with educational sessions and an exhibit hall packed with the latest and greatest in healthcare information technology. Needless to say, artificial intelligence has dominated conversations. Veronica Walk is senior director analyst, healthcare and life sciences, at consulting firm Gartner, where she specializes in emerging clinical technologies.

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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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Justice Department 'upping its game' on healthcare antitrust enforcement with new task force

Fierce Healthcare

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it has established a new task force to take on healthcare monopolies and collusion. | The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it has established a new task force to take on healthcare monopolies and collusion.

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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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FTC Strengthens Health Data Breach Notification Rule to Protect Consumers

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized significant changes to the Health Breach Notification Rule (HBNR) , aiming to improve consumer protection in the digital age. – These updates clarify the rule’s application to modern technologies like health apps and expand the information healthcare providers must disclose in the event of a data breach.

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Ransomware group leader told hackers to attack hospitals, FBI, HHS say

Becker's Health IT

Learn about the latest cyberattack on Change Healthcare and how the BlackCat hacker group is targeting hospitals, with ties to Russia and leaked patient photos.

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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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Rebel Health: The Personal and Professional Passion of Susannah Fox

Jane Sarashon

A “rebel” is both a noun and a verb. As a noun, Merriam-Webster tells us that a rebel is a person who opposes or takes up arms against a government or a ruler. As a verb, “to rebel” is to oppose or disobey one in authority or control, or otherwise renounce and resist by force the authority of one’s government.” An additional definition of the verb is, “ to feel or exhibit anger or revulsion.” If you’ve been a patient facing a diagnosis of an

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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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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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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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Frank Hester racist remarks on Dianne Abbott MP cause revulsion

Digital Health News

Racist remarks said to have been made by the CEO of TPP, inciting violence against UK MP Dianne Abbott have resulted in widespread condemnation.

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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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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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Walmart shuttering all 51 health centers, citing lack of profitability

Fierce Healthcare

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information. | Walmart is shuttering all 51 health centers along with its virtual care services, the retail giant announced Tuesday morning.

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The Colonoscopies Were Free. But the ‘Surgical Trays’ Came With $600 Price Tags.

Kaiser Health News

Chantal Panozzo and her husband followed their primary care doctors’ orders last year after they both turned 45, now the recommended age to start screening for colorectal cancer. They scheduled their first routine colonoscopies a few months apart. Panozzo said she was excited to get a colonoscopy, of all things, because it meant free care. The couple run a business out of their suburban home near Chicago and purchase coverage costing more than $1,400 each month for their family of four on

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Planned community Lake Nona collects residents' data for longitudinal health study

Mobi Health News

Juan Santos, SVP of brand experience and innovation at the Tavistock Group, opened the Venture Connect Forum by discussing the community's collection of resident data to improve healthcare outcomes.

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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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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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Providers losing $100M daily over Change Healthcare hack: Report

Becker's Health IT

Some larger health systems are losing more than $100 million a day due to the Change Healthcare cyberattack , one cybersecurity firm estimated, causing industry associations to continue to urge action.

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A Look at Sunoh’s Ambient Clinical Voice Solutions Including New EHR Integrations

Healthcare IT Today

One of the hottest topics in healthcare and particularly at the HIMSS 2024 conference is ambient clinical voice. We haven’t seen this much universal interest in a health IT product since the government offered $36 billion in stimulus money for EHR software. However, this feels very different since healthcare organizations are evaluating ambient clinical voice solutions on their merit versus chasing government money.

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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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More than three-fourths of doctors are employed by corporations, report finds

Healthcare Dive

Rampant consolidation continues to threaten the existence of independent physicians, according to a new report from Avalere and the Physicians Advocacy Institute.

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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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Medicare Advantage unrest, Change Healthcare fallout and more big takeaways from insurers’ Q1

Healthcare Dive

All major payers saw elevated utilization but only an unprepared few struggled with the trend, the Change Healthcare cyberattack caused minimal financial fallout and a new D-SNP rule opens the door to a Medicare growth opportunity.

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Steward’s bankruptcy documents reveal sprawling debt, planned hospital fire sale

Healthcare Dive

Since filing for bankruptcy Monday, Steward Health Care revealed it's carrying more than $1 billion in debt and said its entire hospital portfolio is for sale.

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Mayo Clinic launches digital health product pipeline

Healthcare Dive

The program aims alleviate the cost and difficulty digital health companies face in selling to hospitals, while making it easier for hospitals to find and integrate useful tools.

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CVS slashes 2024 outlook — again — as Medicare seniors drive spending

Healthcare Dive

Runaway inpatient spending in particular caused CVS’ insurance costs to snowball after returning “to patterns we have not seen since the start of the pandemic,” its CFO said.

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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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Tax breaks exceed community care spending at large majority of nonprofit hospitals: report

Healthcare Dive

Nonprofits’ cumulative “fair share” deficit is enough to pay off the medical debt of everyone in California, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania combined, according to the Lown Institute.

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House committee advances bill that would extend telehealth flexibilities

Healthcare Dive

The legislation would extend a number of Medicare flexibilities through 2026. Lawmakers have until year-end to take action before the pandemic-era rules will expire.

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CMS proposes mandatory kidney care model with financial risk for hospitals

Healthcare Dive

The model, if finalized, will test whether putting hospitals on the hook for kidney transplant access and quality might improve the nation’s shoddy system of organ procurement and transplantation.

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Walmart Health shuts down

Healthcare Dive

The unexpected closure of Walmart’s 51 health centers and virtual care business highlights the difficulty of providing healthcare at this moment in time.

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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.