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Drug Enforcement Administration sends second attempt at a telehealth prescribing rule to executive budget office

Fierce Healthcare

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s long-awaited second attempt at a telemedicine prescribing rule has been handed off to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. | The Drug Enforcement Administration has submitted a proposed telehealth prescribing rule to the Office of Management and Budget which aims to regulate how telehealth providers prescribe controlled substances when the patient and provider do not have an established relationship.

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Steward contends with possible facility closures

Health Care Dive

State regulators, workers and creditors reacted to Steward's new loan terms, which demand the health system transition or close facilities that don't sell at auction.

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Patient waiting rooms are starting to make use of holograms

Healthcare It News

Holograms and extended reality have unique roles in patient engagement and education. Cole Wiser, executive creative director at the Virtual Wild, and Srini Iyer, SVP at Leidos, explain.

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Healthcare’s Data Deluge is Intensifying Misdiagnosis

HIT Consultant

Eli Ben-Joseph, co-founder and CEO of Regard In 2019, my aunt was admitted to the hospital with heart failure. It was a harrowing experience for everyone involved. My family, desperate for answers, waited for hours for a doctor to check-in. When they finally did, their time was limited and felt rushed. But the whole time, we couldn’t shake the uncomfortable feeling that we were nuisances, that our welcome had run its course.

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How to Battle Layoffs: The Career Star Accelerator Bootcamp

Facing layoffs in your organization? Support your team members' career transition with Career Star Accelerator Bootcamp: Custom Resume & LinkedIn Revamp + 6 Weeks of Career Coaching. Our certified resume writers will create job search-winning resumes and LinkedIn profiles while they work with a career coach to learn unique strategies to stand out, attract the right employers, automate their job search, and land their dream job.

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Home-Based Care Aides Struggling With Mental Health, Stress

Home Health Care

When it comes to their mental health and well-being, home-based care aides are susceptible to stress and depressive symptoms due to working conditions, a new study from Weill Cornell Medicine researchers found. To compile this study, focus groups and interviews with home-based care aides were conducted from August 2022 to February 2023, in partnership with the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Fund.

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Telehealth startup Done's CEO and clinical president arrested, charged with fraud

Fierce Healthcare

The CEO and clinical president of telehealth startup Done have been arrested and charged with fraud, accused by federal authorities of participating in a scheme to distribute Adderall online. | According to the DOJ, Done's CEO and clinical president allegedly arranged the prescription of 40 million Adderall pills as well as other stimulants, generating more than $100 million in revenue.

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New plans and partnerships to expand patient access

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Kyruus Health is a nationwide platform than aims to boost access for its 90 million members by using specific matching techniques and partnering with 120 health systems and 100 health plan brands. Kyruus president Paul Merrild explains.

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Verily Launches AI-Powered Chronic Care Solution, Lightpath

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Verily , Alphabet’s precision health subsidiary, today announced Lightpath , a next-generation chronic care solution designed to address the evolving needs of health plans and their members. – The initial offering, Lightpath Metabolic, focuses on empowering individuals with cardiometabolic conditions to achieve and maintain their health goals.

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Enhabit Urges Shareholders To Trust Its Process, Vote Against Activist Investor’s Board Nominations

Home Health Care

Enhabit Inc. (NYSE: EHAB) remains on the defensive against the activist investor AREX Capital Management. Last month, it provided more details around its completed strategic review , explaining the rationale behind remaining an independent company, in lieu of a merger or a sale. On Monday, it laid out its reasoning behind past struggles, its plan for future success, and most importantly, why it believed shareholders should back its chosen board members, and not AREX Capital’s.

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AMA, lawmakers aim renewed prior authorization crackdown on insurers

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The American Medical Association (AMA) and a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders are looking to stop unfair prior authorization practices from health plans. | A large coalition of bipartisan lawmakers and national advocacy organizations are renewing their efforts in reforming prior authorization.

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5 Essentials for Healthcare CIOs: A Provider Data Management Checklist

Complete and accurate provider data is essential for health organizations to operate effectively. A better understanding of your provider network helps to understand patients and consumers, identify gaps in care, and make the best possible decisions for your businesses. A modern provider data management solution should power a complete and accurate view of each of your providers, make this data easily accessible across functional groups, and be flexible and agile enough to scale. with your needs

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CMS recalculates Medicare Advantage star ratings in major win for insurers

Health Care Dive

The redo comes after regulators lost two court cases over the methodology used to determine 2024’s quality ratings, and should result in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional bonuses to plans that see their ratings improve.

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MetroHealth and MUSC Health launch virtual-first telehealth company

Healthcare It News

It is no secret that health systems face growing competition from industries like venture-backed healthcare disruptors and health insurance that are offering increasingly specialized and consumer-focused virtual care offerings. THE PROBLEM The MetroHealth System is Ohio's Cuyahoga County's public, safety-net health system, providing care through five hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers.

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Abridge AI Slashes Clinician Burnout by 40% at CHRISTUS Health

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Abridge announced an enterprise-wide agreement with CHRISTUS Health, an international, not-for-profit health system based in Texas with 15,000 physicians and more than 600 care centers. – With Abridge’s generative AI solution for clinical documentation in use over the last few months, CHRISTUS clinicians have already experienced a significant reduction in burnout and now give more undivided attention to patients.

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With Approval of Its 1332 Waiver, New York Expands Basic Health Program

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New York’s health insurance marketplace recently announced it received approval of its 1332 State Innovation Waiver to further expand its Basic Health Program (BHP). What is the Basic Health Program, and how does it work? Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states have the option to implement a BHP, which offers health coverage to residents whose incomes are too high for Medicaid but who are otherwise eligible to enroll in coverage through the health insurance marketplace.

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A Guide to Improved Sepsis Detection & Compliance: 6 Areas You Should Address

This guide highlights key areas that your sepsis detection platform should address to minimize the impact of this leading, entirely preventable cause of in-hospital deaths, as well as how to increase compliance by 20% in 30 days. Download to learn more!

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2024 shaping up to be a big year for healthcare AI companies. But some investors remain cautious

Fierce Healthcare

AI deal activity is dominating healthcare investment with one in four dollars invested in healthcare going toward companies leveraging AI, according to a new report. | So far, in 2024, $2.8 billion has already been invested in AI healthcare companies, with SVB projecting the sector to see $11.

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National health spending reached $4.8T last year, CMS actuaries estimate

Health Care Dive

More Americans had insurance in 2023 than at any other time in the nation’s history, spurring medical utilization and accelerating healthcare spending faster than growth in the overall economy, according to government projections.

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ComForCare Ups The Ante On Caregiver Training With ‘DementiaWise 2.0’

Home Health Care

ComForCare is building on its DementiaWise training program with the rollout of a 2.0 version. “We do feel that the DementiaWise program is a differentiator,” Stephanie Wierzbicka, director of strategic health programs at ComForCare, wrote in an email to Home Health Care News. “The program is designed to equip caregivers with the tools and knowledge to provide a high level of care to the clients that are living with dementia.

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CipherHealth Launches AI Summaries to Transform Patient Rounding

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – CipherHealth , a recognized leader and innovator in patient-centered communications and insights for the nation’s leading healthcare systems, today announced the launch of AI Summaries for its rounding toolkit, CipherRounds. – Harnessing the power of generative AI, the new solution elevates and personalizes interactions by seamlessly surfacing contextual insights for providers at the point of care.

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The New Tech Experience: Innovation, Optimization, and Collaboration

Speaker: Paul Weald, Contact Center Innovator

Learn how to streamline productivity and efficiency across your organization with machine learning and artificial intelligence! No matter what industry you're in - healthcare, customer service, sales, and more - it’s easier than you think to reduce wait times, monitor sentiment, and provide enhanced self-service options for all of your users. This means that you can achieve a more consistent and engaging customer experience while reducing sources of friction.

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A 2025 Subaru Forester, a Year at U-New Mexico, or a Health Plan for a Family of Four: the 2024 Milliman Medical Index

Health Populi

Health care costs for an “average” person covered by an employer-sponsored PPO in the U.S. rose 6.7% between 2023 and 2024, according to the 2024 Milliman Medical Index. Milliman also calculated that the largest driver of cost increase in health care, accounting for nearly one-half of medical cost increases, was pharmacy, the cost of prescription drugs, which grew 13% in the year.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan pulling back on GLP-1 coverage

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will pull back on coverage for GLP-1 drugs amid rising costs for these products. | Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will pull back on coverage for GLP-1 drugs amid rising costs for these products.

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Complex environments, 24/7 availability: Why cybersecurity poses a unique challenge for hospitals

Health Care Dive

Andrew Carney, from HHS agency ARPA-H, explains why hospitals struggle with cybersecurity and talks about a new program that aims to help them defend their technology environments.

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Hospital At Home’s Popularity Among Patients Is The Best Thing Going For The Model

Home Health Care

Amid efforts to push back the expiration date of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Acute Hospital Care at Home waiver, more patients are expressing their desire to participate in hospital-at-home programs. That’s according to a new survey from Vivalink, a digital healthcare solutions company that offers remote patient monitoring (RPM).

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Strategies to Deal with Collaborative Healthcare Communication

Speaker: Dr. Ugo Uwaoma, MD, MBA

Due to the impact of COVID-19, integrating telehealth software into practices and organizations has become the new normal. In turn, this has increased the effectiveness of collaborative healthcare by strengthening communication amongst healthcare workers and helping combat the woes of burnout. Communication between patients and healthcare providers has also improved, allowing patients to reach their providers easily and decreasing turnaround time.

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Wheel Launches AI-Powered Platform for Virtual Care, Horizon

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Wheel , a leading provider of telehealth and virtual care solutions, announces the launch of its AI-driven Horizon™ platform. – Horizon sets a new standard in care delivery by using AI to provide health plans, digital health solution providers, and life sciences companies with an ‘easy button’ to instantly scale their new and existing virtual care programs across the U.S.

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The Most Trusted Brands of 2024 Tell Us A Lot About Health Consumers

Health Populi

From bandages to home hygiene, OTC pain meds and DIY home projects, Morning Consult’s look into the most-trusted brands of 2024 give us insights into health consumers. I’ve been tracking this study since before the public health crisis of the coronavirus, and it always offers us a practical snapshot of the U.S. consumer’s current ethos on trusted companies helping people risk-manage daily living — and of course, find joy and satisfaction as well.

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Sens. Warren, Markey introduce bill to jail executives who 'loot' healthcare system

Fierce Healthcare

Massachusetts’ progressive senators have debuted a federal bill that would introduce criminal and civil penalties for executives who “loot” healthcare organizations to the detriment of patient care | Citing Steward Health Care as a paradigm, the progressive lawmakers say the civil and criminal penalties in their bill will prevent private equity firms that "steal from America's healthcare system to feed their corporate greed.

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MACPAC wants Congress to force states to disclose Medicaid financing streams

Health Care Dive

The influential advisory group has been lobbying the federal government to collect more detailed information on how states loop providers into funding Medicaid for almost a decade.

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What Makes A ‘Top Tier’ Payer In The Eyes Of A Home Health Provider

Home Health Care

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) cuts fee-for-service Medicare rates and Medicare Advantage (MA) penetration continues, top-tier home health companies are looking for top-tier payers to work with. Enhabit Inc. (NYSE: EHAB) considers itself a top-tier provider – regularly pointing toward its 30-day hospitalization rate, which was 20.5% below the national average in 2022 – and has spent the past couple of years looking for the right payers to work with.

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Brightside Health Now Offers Virtual Intensive Outpatient Programs

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – In line with its commitment to providing the highest quality care, Brightside Health now offers virtual intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for substance use disorder (SUD). – Brightside Health’s acquisition of Lionrock Recovery launched this new service, enabling the company to provide comprehensive telemental health treatment for a wider range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, alcohol use disorder, and SUD.

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Interpretable machine learning helps clinicians classify EEG anomalies

Health IT Analytics

An interpretable machine learning model improved clinicians’ performance in reading electroencephalography charts, boosting accuracy from 47% to 71%.

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The comeback story of Decent Health and how it aims to make health plans more affordable

Fierce Healthcare

There have been many twists and turns in Decent Health's six-year journey as a startup. | Decent has relaunched with a new approach to build level-funded health plans around direct primary care to serve small and medium-sized companies.

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Top 12 Telehealth KPIs Every Health Tech Leader Should Know

Speaker: Matt McBride, CEO and Co-Founder of Mend

Patient engagement happens before, during, and after interactions. Consumer research has found that in 2021, 64% of US households reported using Telehealth services. In addition 34% of patients would prefer Telehealth visits to in-office visits. Accessible patient engagement technology can help you improve your relationships with your patients while also improving your KPIs.