May, 2024

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UPMC's layoffs were the start of a McKinsey-guided 'transformation,' documents show

Fierce Healthcare

A wave of employee layoffs that UPMC announced last month was just one part of a broader restructure and operations “transformation” initiative, for which the nonprofit system has tapped management | An internal presentation obtained by Fierce Healthcare outlined April's “tough, but necessary" layoffs as one part of a broader look at the nonprofit system's operations, for which it has partnered with the consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

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House committee takes aim at healthcare consolidation, eyes site-neutral payments

Health Care Dive

Equalizing Medicare payment between sites of service to cut down on provider consolidation is a “no brainer,” one witness testified during the hearing.

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AHA, H-ISAC warn hospitals about Black Basta following Ascension cyberattack

Healthcare It News

The Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center issued a threat alert Friday about the Russia-backed ransomware group Black Basta, warning of its accelerated attempted attacks against the healthcare sector. Prompted by H-ISAC, the American Hospital Association also sent a cybersecurity advisory with technical mitigation recommendations to its members.

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US Government Invests $50M in Automating Hospital Cybersecurity Defense

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – The healthcare industry faces a growing threat: cyberattacks targeting hospital IT systems. In response, the US government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) has pledged over $50 million to fund a groundbreaking program called UPGRADE (Universal PatchinG and Remediation for Autonomous DEfense). – The success of UPGRADE has the potential to significantly improve hospital cybersecurity and protect patient care from cyber threats.

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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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Contradictory Policymaking Has Led To Costlier Care: The Future of Health Care Is In The Home

Home Health Care

The following is an op-ed submitted by: Ken Albert, CEO, Andwell Health Partners; David Causby, CEO, Gentiva; Marcylle Combs, CEO, MAC Legacy; Brent Korte, CEO, Frontpoint Health; John Olajide, CEO, Axxess; Billy Simione, Managing Principal, SimiTree; Jennifer Sheets, the former CEO of Interim HealthCare; Susan Ponder-Stansel, CEO, Alivia Care; David Totaro, Chief Government Affairs Officer, BAYADA; Sara Wilson, President & CEO, Home Assist Health; and Bryan Wolfe, the former CEO of Traditio

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Precision medicine tool predicts breast cancer immunotherapy response

Health IT Analytics

New InteractPrint tool analyzes how breast cancer epithelial cells impact cancer-immune interactions, enabling prediction of immune checkpoint inhibition response.

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Nearly 20% of donated organs go unused — here’s how we can fix it and honor donors

Health Care Dive

The medical community needs to take “smart risks” to maximize organ donation use, according to the president of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations.

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Cedars-Sinai CIO's tips to ensure genAI is fair, appropriate, valid, effective and safe

Healthcare It News

Craig Kwiatkowski, senior vice president and CIO at Cedars-Sinai, and his team have been pushing the famous health system forward in the realm of artificial intelligence. Their most prominent accomplishment has been the AI-powered virtual primary care app Cedars-Sinai Connect. Launched in fall 2023, the app already has increased primary care capacity by 11% – the equivalent of building three new clinics.

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Why It’s Time to Go on the Offensive with Healthcare Cybersecurity

HIT Consultant

Brian Montgomery, Expert Security Engineer, Altera Digital Health Being an avid soccer fan, player, and coach, I’ve heard countless times that “the best defense is a good offense.” As a cybersecurity professional, the concept of taking active steps to improve your team’s position resonates. However, cybersecurity programs within and outside the healthcare industry typically focus on reactive approaches.

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How Integrated Home Care Services Unlocks Value-Based Care For Home-Based Care Providers

Home Health Care

Though it has become more common for larger home-based care providers to enter and find success in value-based care arrangements, so many small- to mid-sized companies still struggle in this area. Helping these kinds of home-based care companies see success in these arrangements has become Integrated Home Care Services’ sweet spot as a driver of value-based care.

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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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Building a Prevention Infrastructure to Address Substance Use: Connecticut’s Approach

NASHP

As the opioid crisis continues to evolve, efforts to educate communities on the dangers of substance use and resources on overdose prevention are needed to curb rising rates of drug-related overdoses. Driven by the increased lethality of fentanyl in the drug supply , adolescent overdose deaths more than doubled between 2019 and 2021, even as the rate of adolescent drug use remained steady.

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Ascension reports systems, clinical operations disrupted amid apparent 'cybersecurity event'

Fierce Healthcare

Ascension disclosed Wednesday that it has detected “unusual activity” on some of its technology networks that it believes “is due to a cybersecurity event.” | The Catholic health giant said it detected "unusual activity" Wednesday and "immediately" activated remediation processes, including hiring a third-party cybersecurity firm.

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Steward’s bankruptcy documents reveal sprawling debt, planned hospital fire sale

Health Care Dive

Since filing for bankruptcy Monday, Steward Health Care revealed it's carrying more than $1 billion in debt and said its entire hospital portfolio is for sale.

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How a simple QR code can avoid 2,000 ED admissions

Healthcare It News

Gold Coast Health, a public health service in Queensland, has recently introduced a new digital front door for chronic disease patients. The General Medicine-Rapid Access Service (G-RAS) offers an alternative pathway for patient management. Through a scan of a take-home QR code, patients can reach their doctor for follow-ups via secure two-way messaging and voice or video calls.

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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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Wysa Awarded $3.4M Grant to Develop Personalized Mental Health Support for Chronic Pain

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Wysa , a leading provider of digital mental health platforms, has been selected as a sub-awardee for a $3.4M grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) , part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). – The 4-year project, led by Washington University in St. Louis with Duke University as another sub-awardee, aims to develop personalized pathways for individuals managing mental health conditions alongside chronic pain.

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‘The Patient Pays The Price’: Home Health Stakeholders Slam Medicare Advantage Plans As CMS Comment Period Closes

Home Health Care

Medicare Advantage (MA) – the offshoot of traditional Medicare that’s administered by private insurance companies – has recently caught a lot of flak. As it pertains to home health care specifically, MA plans have been criticized for their cumbersome prior authorization requirements and provider reimbursement rates that are typically far below fee-for-service Medicare.

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Digital Front Door 101: The Gateway to Healthcare’s Future

Medbridge Education

What Is a Digital Front Door in Healthcare? The digital front door is a layer of technology that helps healthcare providers manage a patient’s healthcare journey to drive better access, engagement, and experiences across the service continuum. More than just an entryway, the digital front door helps improve the patient experience from beginning to end, […] The post Digital Front Door 101: The Gateway to Healthcare’s Future appeared first on MedBridge Blog.

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Epic releases open-source AI validation tool for health systems

Fierce Healthcare

Epic launched an open-source tool on Wednesday to enable healthcare organizations to test and monitor artificial intelligence models. | Six weeks after announcing it was developing an AI validation software tool for healthcare, Epic has launched the open-source tool on Github to help health systems test and validate AI models.

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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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Medicare Advantage unrest, Change Healthcare fallout and more big takeaways from insurers’ Q1

Health Care Dive

All major payers saw elevated utilization but only an unprepared few struggled with the trend, the Change Healthcare cyberattack caused minimal financial fallout and a new D-SNP rule opens the door to a Medicare growth opportunity.

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Telemedicine, enabled with responsible AI, can improve the patient experience

Healthcare It News

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, the integration of virtual care has become pivotal in reshaping patient experiences. Amanda Bury, chief commercial officer at Infermedica, a digital health company specializing in AI-powered systems for symptom analysis and patient triage, knows telehealth's potential to enhance and optimize patient experiences and outcomes while emphasizing convenience, affordability and empowerment – tying in responsible AI innovation and strategies for e

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Despite Current Concerns, AI in Healthcare Has A Long History

HIT Consultant

Matt Hollingsworth, co-founder of Carta Healthcare Andrew Shin, MD, Executive Medical Director, Innovations & Clinical Effectiveness and Medical Director of Systems Design and Collaborative Research for Stanford Children’s Health Though AI has successfully been utilized in healthcare for decades, a Pew Research Center survey revealed that 60% are uncomfortable with their provider relying on AI for their own healthcare.

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A ‘Common Sense’ Growth Approach Is Accelerating The Independent Home Care Company Village Caregiving

Home Health Care

One of the faster-growing home care providers in the country is non-franchised and has taken no private equity funding to date. The Barboursville, West Virginia-based Village Caregiving announced earlier this month that it would be opening three new locations in Indiana, growing its density in the state. Earlier this year, it also opened up shop in three other new locations – one in Minnesota, one in Indiana and one in Kentucky.

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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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100 Years Later, U.S. Foreign Service Is Still on the Front Lines of Diplomacy

The Rand Blog

As the modern Foreign Service marks its 100th anniversary, 15,600 Americans serve in embassies, consulates, and missions around the globe. They rarely make the front pages in the media, but their work is vital to the long-term success of American foreign policy.

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Uber Health to roll out new caregiving solution to simplify benefits, logistics for families

Fierce Healthcare

NEW YORK CITY—Uber Health will begin rolling out a new solution designed for caregivers this summer, the company announced at its annual product event Wednesday. | Uber Caregiver will allow care-receivers to add a caregiver to their Uber profile so they can see and spend their health benefits on eligible services, request rides to doctor’s appointments or order groceries.

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CVS slashes 2024 outlook — again — as Medicare seniors drive spending

Health Care Dive

Runaway inpatient spending in particular caused CVS’ insurance costs to snowball after returning “to patterns we have not seen since the start of the pandemic,” its CFO said.

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The IT strategy behind a groundbreaking new $2B pediatric hospital

Healthcare It News

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Arthur M. Blank Hospital is scheduled to open this September. It was built from the ground up with the very latest healthcare information technology. It is one of the largest and most advanced pediatric hospitals in the world. It cost more than $2 billion. It is 19 stories tall, with nearly two million square feet.

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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 Connected Healthcare Operations Helps Health Systems Work Smarter, Not Harder

HIT Consultant

Jeff Surges, CEO at RLDatix When it comes to healthcare, efficiency isn’t just a goal—it’s a lifeline. With a growing and aging patient population and widespread workforce shortages , hospitals and health systems must find ways to increase efficiencies and do more with less, while providing safe, high-quality care. This starts with liberating data and connecting healthcare operations solutions across the enterprise.

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Breaking Down Walls: The Other Care Models Marking Their Territory In Home-Based Care

Home Health Care

Traditional home-based care companies aren’t the only ones serving seniors, while helping shift care away from brick-and-mortar settings. Adult day, PACE and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) without walls are a few of the care models working to meet the needs of seniors that want to age in place. In many ways, these care models are natural allies to home-based care providers.

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Biden’s Catch-22 in Ukraine

The Rand Blog

If Ukraine is to regain the momentum it has lost in its fight against Russia, it will need to go on the offensive—and that involves some degree of escalation risk.

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How CVS is betting big on healthcare services 'locally delivered' on a national scale

Fierce Healthcare

WASHINGTON D.C. — CVS Health continues to invest heavily in healthcare delivery services with a focus on affordability, convenience and better access to primary care. | CVS Health continues to make investments in healthcare delivery services with a focus on affordability, convenience and better access to primary care.

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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.