Tue.Jun 11, 2024

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Clear expands footprint in healthcare with InterSystems, Epic partnerships

Fierce Healthcare

Clear, a company well recognized for its biometric identity tech used in airports, is expanding its reach in healthcare and ramping up partnerships with major health IT companies like InterSystems | Clear, a company well recognized for its biometric identity tech used in airports, is expanding its reach in healthcare and ramping up partnerships with major health IT companies like InterSystems and Epic.

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Steward secures $225M days before it was set to run out of cash

Health Care Dive

The health system found financing after its original backer Medical Properties Trust declined to provide more funds. Steward will present the deal in federal bankruptcy court later this week for final approval.

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AHIP 2024: The hurdles to widespread biosimilar adoption

Fierce Healthcare

LAS VEGAS—Biosimilars hold significant promise in reducing pharmacy costs, and pharmacy benefit managers have touted them for years as being the key to introducing competition to some of the most i | LAS VEGAS—Biosimilars hold significant promise in reducing pharmacy costs, and pharmacy benefit managers have touted them for years as being the key to introducing competition to some of the most in-demand branded products.

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New plans and partnerships to expand patient access

Healthcare It News

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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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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Humana finds value-based care leads to fewer hospital admissions for kidney patients

Fierce Healthcare

Value-based care arrangements significantly reduce costs and improve outcomes for people with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease, according to a report from Humana. | A new report from Humana shows value-based care lowers medical expenses and is coupled with fewer inpatient utilization for its members needing kidney care.

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Elevance wins star ratings lawsuit (sort of)

Health Care Dive

Friday’s district court ruling is the latest suggesting the CMS might have to recalculate every MA plan’s star rating score due to an administrative oversight.

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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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Wheel launches AI products for telehealth providers

Fierce Healthcare

Telehealth technology platform Wheel launched its new, AI-powered solution called Horizon on Wednesday. | Virtual care technology vendor Wheel launches a new AI product to drive insights from patient data and reduce burden on providers.

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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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AHIP 2024: Oshi Health now available in all 50 states

Fierce Healthcare

Virtual gastrointestinal care clinic Oshi Health will be available nationwide by September 2024. | Oshi Health will soon be the only virtual gastrointestinal center of excellence available nationwide.

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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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It Isn't All Bad News for Ukraine

The Rand Blog

Western allies are finally making good on their promises, handing Kyiv substantial economic assistance, weapons, security deals, and now greater command freedom on the battlefield. Ukraine's prospects look better now than they have since early 2023.

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NeuroFlow acquires measurement-based care platform Owl to expand behavioral health offerings

Fierce Healthcare

NeuroFlow, a behavioral health tech company, has acquired Owl, a measurement-based care tech startup. | Owl works with outpatient behavioral health providers like certified behavioral health clinics or addiction treatment centers, while NeuroFlow works with primary care and payers.

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Streamlining Behavioral Health: Mercy Health Cuts ED Stays in Ohio by 64%

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – A collaborative effort between Conduit Health Partners and Mercy Health – Springfield Regional Medical Center has yielded significant improvements in behavioral health patient care. – The behavioaral health initiative, focused on streamlining transfers from the emergency department (ED) to appropriate care settings, has resulted in a remarkable 64% reduction in ED length of stay for these patients.

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Elevance Health earns partial win in legal fight over MA star ratings

Fierce Healthcare

Elevance Health notched a partial win in the insurer's legal fight over the methodology used to calculate the star ratings for Medicare Advantage plans. | Elevance Health notched a partial win in the insurer's legal fight over the methodology used to calculate the star ratings for Medicare Advantage plans.

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Once a week, culture & leadership expert Galen Emanuele gives free, actionable EQ training in 5 minutes or less. Subscribe to the #CultureDrop and access free resources & content.

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CCS Unveils PropheSee: AI Predictive Model Predicts and Improves CGM Adherence in Diabetes Management

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – CCS — leading provider of clinical solutions and home-delivered medical supplies for those living with chronic conditions — today announced PropheSee™ a new, AI-powered predictive model for healthcare organizations focused on improving adherence in the population of people that have been prescribed a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device to help manage their diabetes. – In addition to improved clinical outcomes, health plans and risk-bearing providers can

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The Need for Sustainable Healthcare: Beyond Private Equity

Fierce Healthcare

Theo Koury, MD | Learn why physician-owned healthcare models are key to providing sustainable, high-quality patient care, free from private equity pressures.

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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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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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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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Home-Based Care Providers Continue To Find New Use Cases For AI

Home Health Care

This article is a part of your HHCN+ Membership More home-based care providers have become curious about the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI), especially when it comes to its potential around easing clinician and caregiver workload and improving patient outcomes. Companies like Homewatch CareGivers and Pinnacle Home Care moved past the curiosity stage, and have implemented AI tools into their operations and clinical processes.

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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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How curiosity birthed a thriving professional development organization

Meditech

The Scottsdale Institute began with a vision of the future. Founded by executives Stan Nelson and Don Wegmiller in 1993, the not-for-profit professional development organization was ahead of its time as a bridge to facilitate knowledge sharing around the application of IT. Stan, a credited visionary of his time, anticipated the evolution of isolated hospitals into integrated health systems and how IT would be instrumental to that advancement.

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NCQA Responds to ONC USCDI+ Behavioral Health Draft Dataset

NCQA

NCQA’s comment on the pivotal ONC USCDI+ Behavioral Health draft dataset was supportive and offered actionable feedback to improve: Data element completeness and specificity. Ease of data exchange to enhance behavioral healthcare quality and reporting. Data interoperability. What is the USDCI+ Behavioral Health dataset? The USCDI+ Behavioral Health dataset supports federal and industry partners, including SAMHSA.

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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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Did Kim Jong-un Really Seek to Denuclearize?

The Rand Blog

Former South Korean President Moon Jae-in claims in his recent memoir that Kim was sincere in promising to denuclearize in 2018, and Moon believed him. Moon sees the failure to pursue Kim's willingness as a major lost opportunity. Can we believe such a claim?

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DeepScribe AI Cuts Clinician Documentation Time at Texas Oncology

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – DeepScribe , a leader in ambient AI clinical documentation technology, is proud to announce its collaboration with Texas Oncology, a community-based oncology practice that covers most of Texas. – Nearly 1,000 clinicians at more than 280 Texas Oncology locations will have the opportunity to use DeepScribe’s advanced AI solutions to reduce administrative burden for providers while allowing more time for patients to consult with their care team.

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New Bill Would Empower California AG to Curtail Healthcare Private Equity Transactions

HKLaw

Proposed legislation under consideration in California would mean increased scrutiny of healthcare private equity deals by the California Attorney General.

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Prioritizing patient-centered billing: HFMA report emphasizes clear and compassionate strategies

Nordic

As patients grow increasingly frustrated with the complexity of billing statements, online payment options, and cost estimators, the need for a streamlined financial experience becomes evident. To discover insights to solve these issues, Nordic co-sponsored a research survey and report with HFMA in early 2024, “ Curing Payment Confusion.” The findings highlight how payment confusion impacts patient trust and creates significant challenges for healthcare finance leaders and revenue cycle staff.

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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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How a Cloud Call Center Functions

Sequence Health

Health call centers require modern management strategies due to the complexity of medical programs. With that said, you can implement digital methods like cloud-based systems to manage calls, appointment bookings, and other practices like data management. These modern systems help perform the work efficiently and minimize operation costs. What Is a Cloud-Based Call Center?

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Mount Sinai, HealthSnap Partner to Expand Chronic Condition Management

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Mount Sinai Medical Center , the largest private, non-profit teaching hospital in Florida, and HealthSnap , a leading virtual care management platform, announced a significant expansion of their partnership. – Building on the success of their initial Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) program launched in March 2024, Mount Sinai is expanding to incorporate HealthSnap’s Chronic Care Management (CCM) services across its primary care network.

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News 6/12/24

HIStalk

Top News Oracle reports Q4 results: revenue up 3%, adjusted.

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Rimidi Partners with USC to Improve Postpartum Care for High-Risk Mothers

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Rimidi , a leading digital health company specializing in remote patient monitoring, announced a new partnership with the University of South Carolina (USC) and an affiliated multispecialty clinic. Funded by The Duke Endowment, this initiative aims to improve postpartum care and outcomes for mothers in underserved communities, particularly those with high-risk pregnancies. – The strategic collaboration brings together USC’s research expertise, RimidiR

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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.