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Denied care: Trans men often struggle for inclusive gynecologic healthcare

Fierce Healthcare

When Joseph Schneier, a transgender man then in his early 40s, started experiencing unusual spotting and elevated progesterone levels in 2021, his partner urged him to get checked out. | When Joseph Schneier, a transgender man in his early 40s, started experiencing unusual spotting and elevated progesterone levels in 2021, his partner urged him to get checked out.

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False claims settlements in healthcare reached $1.8B in fiscal year 2023

Health Care Dive

According to the Department of Justice, enforcement in Medicare Advantage is of “critical importance” as the number of beneficiaries in the privatized insurance program swells.

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Generative AI to bring 'transformative change,' says Froedtert/Inception Health CTO

Healthcare It News

Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Health Network is an academic health system based in eastern Wisconsin. It embarked on a journey to foster disruptive innovations by establishing Inception Health as an independent vehicle to drive innovation and digital transformation, focusing on digital health technology. Artificial intelligence is at the heart of some of its most disruptive innovations.

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CarelonRx to launch weight management program with digital coaching

Fierce Healthcare

Elevance Health's CarelonRx will begin offering a weight management program, providing its members access to digital-first coaching and wellness tools. | Elevance Health's CarelonRx will begin offering a weight management program for members, including those that take GLP-1 medications.

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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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How SDoH data impact telehealth access and how payers can use it to improve outcomes

Health Care Dive

Removing barriers to care and improving care access through analyzing social determinants of health (SDoH) data is a key strategy.

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Revenue cycle management vendor R1 RCM receives $5.8B buyout offer from shareholder New Mountain Capital

Fierce Healthcare

Revenue cycle management technology giant R1 RCM has received an offer from private equity firm New Mountain Capital to buy out the roughly two-thirds of shares it doesn’t already own and take the | The private equity firm and its affiliates currently control almost a third of R1 RCM's shares. The all-cash offer's disclosure on Monday drove stock prices up by about 32% compared to Friday’s close.

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ViVE 2024: Humana taps data automation startup Veda to polish up provider directories

Fierce Healthcare

LOS ANGELES—Inaccurate and out-of-date health plan provider directories continue to be a vexing problem in healthcare and can make it difficult for patients to find a clinician when they need care. | Humana tapped data automation company Veda to improve the accuracy of its provider information and ensure that seniors have real-time details about in-network providers.

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R1 RCM receives takeover offer from New Mountain

Health Care Dive

The private equity firm’s offer represents a 24% premium to R1’s closing price on Friday, but could be undervaluing the company, analysts said.

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Signify Health expands to offer in-home testing for heart arrhythmias

Fierce Healthcare

Signify Health is expanding its in-home diagnostics offering to include a test for heart arrhythmias. | Signify Health is expanding its in-home diagnostics offering to include a test for heart arrhythmias.

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Trinity Health cuts operating losses by 85% in first half of 2024

Health Care Dive

Revenue from acquisitions and outpatient services helped the Catholic health system trim losses.

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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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b.well Connected Health raises $40M to scale platform unifying patient data

Fierce Healthcare

b.well Connected Health, maker of a platform unifying patient data, has announced a $40 million series C funding round. | b.well brings together a patient’s data by connecting a variety of stakeholders, including doctors, pharmacies, labs and devices, in one platform. It also provides personalized content that guides patients to take specific actions, harnessing behavioral psychology and game theory to engage the consumer in their health journey.

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Expanding What We Know About Smart Use of Antibiotics

NCQA

Responsible Stewards of Antibiotic Use , our project to spread the word about smart use of antibiotics , has progressed to the second phase. This milestone matters for two reasons: A new utilization measure increases our understanding. We’ve included Antibiotic Utilization for Respiratory Conditions (AXR) as the fourth HEDIS measure we use to track antibiotics stewardship.

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Steward Health Care shares recovery strategy but falls short of Massachusetts governor's documentation demands

Fierce Healthcare

Under fire from government officials, Steward Health Care released a six-point action plan late Friday outlining a $150 million financing agreement, asset sales and a partial restructuring that wil | The strained for-profit system shared word that it has secured a $150 million financing agreement with its lenders and is working to sell several assets to "reset its operations and address vendor obligations.

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Chapters Health System CEO On Prioritizing Value-Based Care Initiatives In The Home

Home Health Care

Andrew Molosky, the president and CEO of Chapters Health System, is keenly aware of the struggles that coincide with turning a large health care provider organization into a value-based one. The first priority in that situation, in his mind, is making sure that the entire organization is on the same page in terms of what value-based care really means, he told Home Health Care News last month at Home Care 100 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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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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ViVE 2024: Highmark taps Epic, Google Cloud for new partnership

Fierce Healthcare

LOS ANGELES—Highmark is teaming up with Epic and Google Cloud to improve the flow of data between payers and providers to enhance care coordination and drive better outcomes. | LOS ANGELES—Highmark is teaming up with Epic and Google Cloud to improve the flow of data between payers and providers to enhance care coordination and drive better outcomes.

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Developing a Robust Data Strategy for Healthcare Organizations

HIT Consultant

Anthony Loss, Director of Solutions Strategy at ClearScale Having a comprehensive data strategy is paramount in the healthcare sector. Data can be both a blessing and a curse for healthcare organizations, depending on how well they manage their data. On one hand, data is the key to unlocking personalized medicine, research breakthroughs, and effective population health management.

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Trinity Health nearly wipes last year's operating losses, grows revenue by over 11%

Fierce Healthcare

Livonia, Michigan-based Trinity Health brought its six-month operating losses down from last year’s $270.3 million (-2.6% operating margin) to $38.6 million (-0.3% operating margin) thanks to highe | The Catholic system improved its six-month operating margin from last year's -2.6% to -0.3% and said it pulled operations into the black from the first to the second quarter.

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Yes to Striking Iranian-Backed Militants

The Rand Blog

Strikes against state-backed militias like the Houthis degrade these groups' military capabilities. But such strikes will almost certainly not deter the group from launching additional attacks. They could, however, take key capabilities and leaders off the battlefield, challenging Iran and the militias it backs to field the same quantity and quality of attacks in the future.

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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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Alamar Biosciences Raises $128M to Accelerate Proteomics Platform

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Alamar Biosciences , a leader in precision proteomics for early disease detection raises $100M in Series C round, with an additional $28M expected within the next 30 days. This brings their total funding to nearly $250M. – The Series C funding round was led by led by Sands Capital , with participation from new and existing investors, including both financial and strategic partners.

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Home Health Users Have Higher Likelihood Of Hospice Utilization

Home Health Care

People who receive home health care during the last three years of their lives are more likely to utilize hospice care at the end of life. That’s according to a recent Rutgers Health study that was published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. As part of the study, researchers examined a sample of over 2 million U.S. Medicare fee-for-service and Medicare Advantage beneficiaries who passed away in 2019, and were enrolled for at least three years before their death.

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Hello Heart Appoints Assaf Ohana as its First Chief Product Officer

HIT Consultant

Assaf Ohana, Chief Product Officer at Hello Heart What You Should Know: – Hello Heart, a provider of innovative digital health solutions appoints Assaf Ohana as its inaugural Chief Product Officer. – Prior to joining Hello Heart, Ohana served as Chief Product Officer at ActiveFence and Alto Pharmacy, where he played instrumental roles in developing cutting-edge products aimed at improving healthcare accessibility and efficiency.

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China Looks to Ukraine War for Guidance on Attack Helicopters

The Rand Blog

Chinese strategists continue to be quite fixated on Russian attack helicopter operations in Ukraine. Helicopters appear to be at the very heart of any Chinese strategy to conquer Taiwan, since they can provide both extensive air cover and firepower for amphibious forces coming ashore and provide transport capabilities to deliver forces further inland in a hypothetical Taiwan scenario.

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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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GE HealthCare, Biofourmis Partner to Enhance Patient Care with At-Home Solutions

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – GE HealthCare (Nasdaq: GEHC) and Biofourmis announced a strategic collaboration today, aiming to revolutionize patient care by enabling safe and effective care at home. – The strategic partnership leverages the expertise of both companies to deliver innovative care-at-home solutions, improving patient experiences and addressing healthcare system challenges. – GE HealthCare will begin distributing Biofourmis solutions to customers in the United States sta

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Does private health insurance reduce public hospital procedure wait times?

Healthcare ECONOMIST

In countries that have universal health insurance, but limited patient out-of-pocket costs for public hospital services, non-urgent hospital treatment often has a waiting list in public hospitals. To address this issue, some countries (e.g., UK, Canada) use strategies such as setting maximum wait targets, monitoring provider performance, or adding public funding; other countries (e.g., Australia, Ireland) rely on a parallel private health sector to alleviate pressure on public hospitals when pri

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b.well Connected Health Secures $40M to Revolutionize Fragmented Healthcare Landscape

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – b.well Connected Health , a leading platform provider for connected healthcare ecosystems raises $40M in Series C funding led by Leavitt Equity Partners. – b.well’s FHIR-based platform empowers healthcare organizations to create a unified experience for consumers, allowing them to manage their health information, receive valuable insights, and access care services conveniently.

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Holland & Knight Health Dose: February 27, 2024

HKLaw

Holland & Knight Health Dose is an in-depth weekly dose of legislative and regulatory insights to keep stakeholders abreast of happenings in Washington, D.C., impacting the health sector.

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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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DeepScribe and AWS Partner to Advance AI-Powered Medical Documentation

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – DeepScribe , a pioneer in AI-powered medical documentation, today announced a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) aimed at accelerating the secure scaling of large language models (LLMs) within the healthcare sector. – The strategic partnership will integrate AWS HealthScribe into DeepScribe’s platform, fueling the development of even more advanced AI-assisted clinical documentation solutions.

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Recent Healthcare-Related Artificial Intelligence Developments

Sheppard Health Law

AI is here to stay. The development and use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) is rapidly growing in the healthcare landscape with no signs of slowing down. From a governmental perspective, many federal agencies are embracing the possibilities of AI. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is exploring the ability of AI to estimate sentinel events and combat disease outbreaks and the National Institutes of Health is using AI for priority research areas.

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Middle School Math Matters More Than You May Realize

The Rand Blog

Many eighth graders don't even have access to algebra I, let alone geometry. Even when those courses are offered, the criteria for who can enroll vary a lot. Together, these circumstances can lead to deep inequities in who gets into advanced math classes by high school.

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R&D Mini-Me? New Legal Questions for Organoids

Bill Of Health

By Adithi Iyer I have written previously about the not-so-distant possibility and promise of regenerative medicine , an area concerned with therapies that encourage the body to repair or heal itself. Cell-mediated and tissue-based technologies hold promise in inducing self-repair from within the body, and they’re making their way to market in traditional medicine.

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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.