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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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AMA, lawmakers aim renewed prior authorization crackdown on insurers

Fierce Healthcare

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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White House partners with Microsoft, Google on cybersecurity for rural hospitals

Health Care Dive

The technology giants will offer free or low-cost cybersecurity tools to rural hospitals, which often have limited resources to combat the rising number of cyberattacks.

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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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CMS projects national health spending grew 7.5% in 2023 to $4.8T

Fierce Healthcare

National health spending is estimated to have outpaced the rest of the country’s economy in 2023, growing by 7.5% with projected expenditures of $4.8 trillion, according to newly published calculat | Record-high insurance coverage rates from pandemic policies alongside other trends like high utilization pushed health spending past the nominal GDP growth rate in 2023, according to new projections from government actuaries.

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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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Court strikes down FTC’s latest attempt to block Novant-CHS deal

Health Care Dive

This is the second time a district court has shot down the antitrust agency’s request to stop the deal.

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Cybersecurity lessons from the Change Healthcare hack

Fierce Healthcare

In late February, UnitedHealth Group’s Change Healthcare unit faced a significant ransomware attack, sending shockwaves through the healthcare sector with far-reaching financial consequences. | In this week’s episode of “Podnosis”, Senior Writer Paige Minemyer sits down with Clearwater CEO Steve Cagle to explore the lessons healthcare organizations can learn from the Change Healthcare cyberattack and what it reveals about the industry’s current state of security readiness.

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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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Better Health raises $14M to deploy expanded payer partnerships

Fierce Healthcare

Medical supplier Better Health has raised $14 million in a strategic funding round backed by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s venture capital arm, Healthworx. | Better Health has now received more than $27.5 million in funding to grow its medical supply business for chronic conditions.

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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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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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New AMA president says he's ready to take on big challenges facing doctors amid payment cuts and rising burnout rates

Fierce Healthcare

New AMA president says he's ready to take on big challenges facing doctors amid payment cuts and rising burnout rates ebeavins Wed, 06/12/2024 - 17:29

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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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Christus Health deploying Abridge's generative AI tool for clinical documentation

Fierce Healthcare

Abridge, a startup that develops generative AI tools for medical documentation, inked another major health system partnership. | Christus Health, based in Irving, Texas, signed an enterprise-wide technology agreement with Abridge after it piloted the technology the past few months with some primary care and specialist physicians.

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With $350 Million Gentiva Deal, Addus Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is

Home Health Care

This article is a part of your HHCN+ Membership On Monday, Addus HomeCare Corp. (Nasdaq: ADUS) announced what would be the biggest transaction of 2024 thus far. Its $350 million deal for Gentiva’s personal care business could reflect a tide change in the recently slow home-based care M&A market. It’s also reflective of Addus’ impressive ability to deliver on its strategic vision.

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Wisp expands into fertility care with partners Proov, PherDal to offer at-home testing, insemination kits

Fierce Healthcare

Wisp, a sexual and reproductive telehealth provider, has added a fertility vertical with several partners meant to help birthing people navigate getting pregnant. | The offerings come amid growing consumer demand, the company says. A recent Wisp survey of its customers revealed 70% are interested in more education on and access to products for fertility.

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Q&A: George Church on Genomics of Cognitive Enhancement

Bill Of Health

Interviewed by William Leonard Pickard George Church, PhD , is the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a founding member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. His research efforts include the first direct genome sequencing method, collaborating in initiating the Human Genome Project, and creating the Personal Genom

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The Promising Convergence of Payer Strategy and Compliance with the CMS Interoperability and Prior Authorization Final Rule

Fierce Healthcare

The Promising Convergence of Payer Strategy and Compliance with the CMS Interoperability and Prior Authorization Final Rule jpiatt Wed, 06/12/2024 - 13:37

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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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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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Optum unveils new benefits management solution for durable medical equipment

Fierce Healthcare

Optum is rolling out a new offering that seeks to make it easier and faster for patients to secure durable medical equipment. | Optum is rolling out a new offering that seeks to make it easier and faster for patients to secure durable medical equipment.

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Komodo Health Unveils Integrated Patient Insurance Dataset for Life Sciences

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Komodo Health, a provider of real-world healthcare data and analytics, today announced the launch of Komodo Patient Insurance™ (KPI). – The new offering delivers the most comprehensive view of patient insurance status available, encompassing over 200 million de-identified U.S. patient lives. KPI: Unprecedented Depth and Accuracy KPI surpasses traditional solutions by providing in-depth insights into a patient’s pharmacy and medical insurance enrollment s

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Healthcare AI News 6/12/24

HIStalk

News Apple announces its long-awaited Apple Intelligence capability, which will.

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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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NeuroFlow Acquires Owl, Creating Behavioral Health Measurement Powerhouse

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – NeuroFlow , a provider of behavioral health technology infrastructure, announced the acquisition of Owl , a measurement-based care (MBC) technology company. – The strategic acquisition positions NeuroFlow as a leader in behavioral health measurement and engagement, offering a comprehensive suite of solutions for a wider range of healthcare settings. – While expanding its reach and service offerings, NeuroFlow remains dedicated to customer collaboration a

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Why sustainability is the future of healthcare

Nordic

The once-distant threat of climate change is now a tangible reality impacting the health and well-being of populations and health systems. Extreme weather events, like flooding, heatwaves, and wildfires, damage critical infrastructure, disrupt operations, and limit the provision of health services. Worsening air quality fuels respiratory illnesses, placing a heavier burden on already strained hospitals.

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University Hospitals Deploys Aidoc’s AI-Enabled Solutions Across Enterprise

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – University Hospitals (UH) is revolutionizing patient care with the implementation of Aidoc’s comprehensive AI platform (aiOS™) across its entire healthcare network. – By integrating Aidoc’s AI platform, UH minimizes technical hurdles and fosters a collaborative environment for ongoing AI optimization.

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Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Grief

Icanotes

Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Grief Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Grief are individually complex experiences that can be manifest jointly when the right circumstances are present. Each experience is highly individualized, developing as a result of a myriad of factors which we will discuss in this article. While these two experiences may share some signs and symptoms, there are clear differentiators clinicians must keep in mind in order to avoid misdiagnosis and ineffectiv

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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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Ushur Unveils AI-Powered Solutions to Streamline Care Navigation for Health Plans and TPAs

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Ushur , the leader in AI-powered Customer Experience Automation (CXA), announced the launch of pre-built, self-service solutions designed to revolutionize care navigation for health plans and third-party administrators (TPAs). – The AI-powered tools address the growing need for efficient and effective member support, particularly in navigating complex health journeys like pregnancy and chronic conditions.

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Book Review: Designing for Health: The Human-Centered Approach

HIStalk

“Designing for Health: The Human-Centered Approach” is a.

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DexCare Secures Strategic Investments from Tampa General, Community Health Network, Texa Health

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – DexCare, Inc. , a provider of care orchestration platforms for health systems, announced today the addition of three strategic investors: Community Health Network , Tampa General Hospital , and Texas Health Resources. – These new partners join DexCare’s impressive roster of existing health system investors, including Providence , Kaiser Permanente , and Mass-General Brigham.

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Morning Headlines 6/13/24

HIStalk

Veterans Health Administration creates new office to streamline tech initiatives.

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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.