February, 2024

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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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UnitedHealth suspects ‘nation-state’ behind Change cyberattack

Health Care Dive

Pharmacies and providers nationwide are struggling to process prescriptions following the attack, while the American Hospital Association is urging hospitals to disconnect from UnitedHealth’s systems.

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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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Rebel Health: The Personal and Professional Passion of Susannah Fox

Health Populi

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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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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Please leave politicians out of the exam room. Proposed changes to transgender health policies set a dangerous precedent

Healthy Debate

The post Please leave politicians out of the exam room. Proposed changes to transgender health policies set a dangerous precedent appeared first on Healthy Debate.

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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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What’s going on at Steward Health Care?

Health Care Dive

The physician-led healthcare network formed to save hospitals from financial distress. Now, hospitals in its own portfolio need bailing out after years of alleged mismanagement.

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Children’s Hospital LA launches AI-driven ER patient app

Healthcare It News

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has partnered with Vital to integrate an artificial intelligence-driven tool called ERAdvisor that can improve the patient-family experience with clarity and predictability. WHY IT MATTERS Closing the gap between clinical documentation and clarity with plain-language test results and predictable wait times may ease the strain on patients and their families at CHLA, according to an announcement from Vital on Monday.

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A Health Consumer Bill of Rights: Assuring Affordability, Access, Autonomy, and Equity

Health Populi

Let’s put “health” back into the U.S. health care system. That’s the mantra coming out of this week’s annual Capitol Conference convened by the National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals (NABIP). (FYI you might know of NABIP by its former acronym, NAHU, the National Association of Health Underwriters).

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Public health and urban planning go hand in hand. Why aren’t we doing more to promote cycling?

Healthy Debate

We need to examine our own blind spots when it comes to all road users to create human-scale urban environments that nudge us toward healthier, safer, equitable and financially savvy transport.

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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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Beta Boom Closes $14.5M Fund to Invest in Digital Health Startups

HIT Consultant

Managing Partners Kimmy and Sergio Paluch What You Should Know: – Beta Boom, a pre-seed and seed-stage VC firm focused on impact investing, has secured $14.5 million for its Fund II. – Led by Managing Partners Kimmy and Sergio Paluch, the fund targets early-stage startups addressing critical needs within fast-growing, underserved communities.

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Abridge clinches $150M to build out generative AI for medical documentation

Fierce Healthcare

Investors continue to pour money into generative AI startups and Abridge is riding this wave as it rapidly scales its technology across U.S. health systems. | Along with the funding round, Abridge also announced an enterprise agreement with Connecticut-based Yale New Haven Health System to give thousands of clinicians access to its AI-powered clinical documentation technology.

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Disputes over surprise billing continue to soar, new CMS data shows

Health Care Dive

Arbiters are mostly selecting the higher payment offer in billing dispute determinations. That suggests No Surprises could actually raise premiums for consumers, one health researcher said.

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RPM reduces 30-day readmission rates by 50% at Lee Health

Healthcare It News

Connected care at-home technologies enable behavior change and empower individuals and clinicians to make informed decisions about healthcare treatment. By using them, providers can enhance patient engagement, allowing for personalized and proactive care management that drives better health outcomes and better care experiences. Moreover, these at-home and remote patient monitoring technologies can optimize resource utilization, streamline care delivery, reduce length of stays in the acute settin

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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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Hospital at Home: Prospects and Challenges, and Learnings from Best Buy Health

Health Populi

With the urgent need to identify more efficient and lower-cost health care delivery models, we look to growing evidence for digital health technologies that support the Hospital at Home (HaH) model, considered in a new review article published in late February in npj Digital Medicine, The hospital at home in the USA: current status and future prospects.

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The Path For Occupational Therapy To Lose Its ‘Second-Tier’ Status In Home Health Care

Home Health Care

If a senior or homebound patient is eligible for home health care, there are a number of caregiving professionals who can open a case and begin an assessment. Those include nurses, home health aides, physical therapists and others. One profession that is not on that list is an occupational therapist. However, a new proposed bill could change that. The Medicare Home Health Accessibility Act — which has bipartisan support — would establish occupational therapy (OT) as a qualifying Medicare home he

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TRIPP Takes VR Meditation to New Heights on Apple Vision Pro

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – TRIPP , the award-winning wellness company, announces its arrival on the highly anticipated Apple Vision Pro , redefining the boundaries of personalized well-being experiences. – The integration with Apple Vision Pro unlocks TRIPP’s most immersive and visually captivating journey yet, seamlessly blending awe-inspiring worldscapes with users’ surroundings through Apple Vision Pro’s groundbreaking spatial computing capabilities.

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Optum's Change Healthcare responding to 'cybersecurity issue'

Fierce Healthcare

Change Healthcare is mitigating a "cybersecurity issue" that began Wednesday, and details remain scant. | Change Healthcare is mitigating a "cybersecurity issue" that began Wednesday, and details remain scant.

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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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Change Healthcare hit by cyberattack

Health Care Dive

The UnitedHealth-owned healthcare technology company disconnected its systems after detecting an “outside threat,” according to a status update page.

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Thailand’s Princ Hospital Suvarnabhumi clinches HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7

Healthcare It News

Princ Hospital Suvarnabhumi from Thailand has been validated for Stage 7 of the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model. The EMRAM measures the clinical outcomes, patient engagement, and clinician use of EMR technology in a hospital or health facility. WHO THEY ARE Princ Hospital Suvarnabhumi is part of the Principle Healthcare Group, a local operator of private hospitals.

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People With Medical Debt Are Much More Likely to Be in Financial Distress in America

Health Populi

How financially vulnerable are people with medical debt in the U.S.? Significantly more, statistically speaking, we learn from the latest survey data revealed by the National Financial Capabilities Study (NFCS) from the FINRA Foundation. The Kaiser Family Foundation and Peterson Center on Healthcare analyzed the NFCS data through a consumer health care financial lens with a focus on medical debt.

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Cardinal Health Sees Itself As ‘Major Player’ In Growing Home-Based Care Space

Home Health Care

Recognizing the need for a streamlined hospital-at-home supply chain network, Cardinal Health Inc. (NYSE: CAH) launched Velocare in 2022. Since that initial pilot run, Velocare has experienced significant growth. At the same time, Cardinal Health is also making major strides in its overall mission to be a driver of at-home care. Broadly, Velocare technicians deliver hospital-grade products and services to patients’ homes.

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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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Eight Opportunities to Use the Law to Address Social Determinants of Health

Bill Of Health

By Jon Larsen and Sterling Johnson Addressing the opioid crisis cannot stop at providing better access to treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) , expanding and enhancing harm reduction efforts, and reimagining the role of law enforcement, as explored previously in this blog series. The response must go further to make treatment and harm reduction more effective, by acknowledging the opioid epidemic as a reflection of the conditions of the whole society , identifying those conditions, and addre

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Virta Health champions its nutrition therapy as an effective GLP-1 off-ramp. Here's why

Fierce Healthcare

Telemedicine clinic Virta Health believes its members can achieve significant and sustained improvement in weight loss, even if a patient has stopped taking a GLP-1 drug, a newly released paper in | A new study in Diabetes Therapy from Virta Health says the company's carbohydrate restricted nutrition therapy allows patients who no longer want a GLP-1 prescription to still keep the weight off.

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Data broker used phone location info to track Planned Parenthood visits, senator says

Health Care Dive

Sen. Ron Wyden urged federal regulators to crack down on a data broker that allegedly used location data to track visits to clinics and target users with anti-abortion ads.

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VA to develop an XR mental health app for aging veterans

Healthcare It News

Working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Mynd Immersive – a technology company that specializes in extended reality therapies for aging adults – will collaborate with VA Immersive, part of the VA's Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning, to address the psychological wellbeing of Vietnam veterans. WHY IT MATTERS The company said the three-year cooperative research and development agreement will enable the combination of advanced virtual reality technology with o

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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.

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HL7 & The Sequoia Project Partner to Advance Healthcare Data Interoperability

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Health Level Seven International (HL7®) and The Sequoia Project, leaders in promoting healthcare information technology (health IT) interoperability , announced a strategic collaboration to accelerate the adoption of the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standards in the US and globally. – The HL7 FHIR® Accelerator (FAST) program, initially spearheaded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), will

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As PACE Grows, Here’s What Providers Need To Know About Getting Involved In The Model

Home Health Care

During the pandemic, some senior care models succeeded, and some didn’t. The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) was one that did. In 2023, PACE enrollment exceeded 70,000 participants and has seen an over 40% growth in enrollment since 2019. Many home-based care providers have already gotten into PACE. The Jacksonville-based Alivia Care – a home health and hospice provider – has even become a PACE administrator itself.

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Beyond the Psychedelic Competitive Moat: Chasing the Patent Dragon

Bill Of Health

By Amanda Rose Pratt and Shahin Shams In the last five years, the granting of overly broad psychedelic patents led to the creation of the nonprofit online psychedelic prior art library Porta Sophia. As Porta Sophia-affiliated researchers with expertise in psychedelic science, patent law, archival history, and rhetoric, we have come face to face with the way psychedelic hype manifests within the world of psychedelic patent documents.

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Trinity Health hospitals file parallel lawsuits calling anesthesiology group's non-competes unlawful

Fierce Healthcare

Two of Trinity Health’s affiliate hospitals mounted lawsuits against a large anesthesia group alleging that non-compete and non-solicitation clauses included in its providers’ contracts restrict co | The latest pushback against large anesthesiology groups' market power and practices alleges "millions of dollars" in damages for each hospital due to "exorbitant" payment demands.

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