February, 2022

On Valentine’s Day 2022, Let’s Remember That Love is a Social Determinant of Health

Health Populi

While love can’t solve all of the world’s problems, it is absolutely a basic human need and a positive force for health and well-being.

Please Keep Your Masks On

Bill of Health

By Chloe Reichel. What is more important: your comfort, or a person’s life? These are the stakes of the move to unmask in the U.S. . The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidance , which suggests that many people in the U.S.

'An ever-spiraling upward cycle': nonprofit hospital CEOs paid 8 times more than average worker

Healthcare Dive

The pandemic has given hospitals (and especially their boards, which decide salary) the chance to rethink how they compensate CEOs. Researchers suggest hospitals look into aligning CEO salary with the value they create

States Take Action to Address Children’s Mental Health in Schools

NASHP

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated rising mental health needs among children and youth. In addition to experiencing the human cost and social isolation brought upon by COVID-19, many children have lacked consistent time in classrooms.

CIOs looking to expand telehealth and make it part of the permanent workflow

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

During the last two years, U.S. hospitals and health systems have very quickly deployed a lot of telemedicine systems to take care of patients during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these systems were not planned in great detail, and not planned with a great deal of permanence in mind.

‘The well is starting to run dry’: Emergency department physicians speak out

Healthy Debate

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Only 1 in 4 People Over 50 Use a Mobile Health App – And They Tend to Be Healthier and Wealthier

Health Populi

Just over 1 in 4 people over 50 in the U.S. use at least one mobile health app, and 56% of older people have never used one. Among seven mhealth tools, the most commonly-used is to track exercise.

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Healthcare staffing shortages 'rising concern' for medtechs: Moody's

Healthcare Dive

In a recent quarterly report, Moody's Investors Service called out hospital labor shortages as having a potential material impact on procedures in 2022, even as the omicron surge begins to decline

Health Care Paradox: Medicare Penalizes Dozens of Hospitals It Also Gives Five Stars

Kaiser Health News

The federal government has penalized 764 hospitals — including more than three dozen it simultaneously rates as among the best in the country — for having the highest numbers of patient infections and potentially avoidable complications.

Home-Based Care Costs Increased More Than Any Long-Term Care Setting in 2021

Home Health Care

The cost of home health care and home care increased more than it did in any other provider setting in 2021. That’s according to Genworth Financial Inc.’s

Tech difficulties pose telehealth barriers for patients of color

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

A systematic review of 28 studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association this week found that telehealth-delivered interventions for patients of color were mostly effective when it came to treating and managing many conditions.

How Twitter Revealed Consumer Health Care Trends in the Pandemic

Health Populi

During the pandemic, millions of people connected with Twitter to share thoughts and feelings about the pandemic…and their health.

Reflections on Procedural Barriers to Pediatric COVID Vaccine Access

Bill of Health

By Fatima Khan. When news broke last week that Pfizer-BioNTech was submitting for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) a two-dose COVID vaccine regimen for children under 5 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many parents felt a glimmer of hope after a long time.

Walgreens, VillageMD on track to open 200 co-branded clinics this year

Healthcare Dive

It's the latest sprint in an ongoing race among drugstore chains to build out nationwide medical clinics, as consumers increasingly look for low-cost, convenient care options close to the home after two years of the pandemic

News 2/2/22

HIStalk

Top News Post-acute care software vendor PointClickCare will acquire Audacious.

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Wage Mandates for Home Care Workers Gain Steam Behind Societal Support, Advocacy

Home Health Care

Home-based care workers are generally underpaid. That’s something almost everyone in the industry can agree on. Getting them more money, however, is another issue. Regardless, the labor situation is worsening. A survey published by the John A.

Healthcare in 2022: The fluid way forward

Meditech

Those who know me well know that I am driven by a sense of optimism — looking to the future with a sense of all that will be possible, even during unpredictable times.

“We’ve normalized a very high death toll in the U.S.” – How A Trust Deficit Has Infected America’s COVID Outcomes

Health Populi

Trust, or really lack thereof, is a killer app for people’s coronavirus health outcomes. That is the through-line found in a very deep dive into 177 countries’ health data published in The Lancet in a research article on pandemic preparedness and COVID-19.

A Novel Approach to Crisis Standards of Care

Bill of Health

By Stephen Wood. The provision of scarce resources such as intensive care unit (ICU) beds, antivirals, and ventilators during this pandemic has been an ongoing topic of discussion.

FTC fails to get enough votes to launch study into PBM practices

Healthcare Dive

Numerous pharmacists urged commissioners to probe the practices of PBMs, which they allege harm their independent pharmacies and threaten to drive them out of business

Monday Morning Update 2/14/22

HIStalk

Top News Medical social network operator Doximity announces Q3 results: News

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Moving Toward Prevention: Oregon Launches Kindergarten Readiness Metric

NASHP

Oregon has launched a new kindergarten readiness metric in its Medicaid program. Early childhood is a critical time for growth and development, and the services and supports children and their families receive early on can have a large impact on health outcomes later in life.

Medically Home Looking to Unlock Hospital-at-Home Model’s Untapped Potential

Home Health Care

The hospital-at-home model has finally gained momentum in the U.S. One of the beneficiaries – and drivers – of that is Medically Home.

Love and Health: The Education of Abner Mason, SameSky Health

Health Populi

It felt super appropriate that I met up with Abner Mason, Founder of SameSky Health, on Valentine’s Day 2022.

Tech can help address the behavioral health crisis, says AMA

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The American Medical Association, in conjunction with Manatt Health, published a report this week exploring the ways that virtual care and other digital tools can accelerate the adoption of the integrated delivery of behavioral and physical healthcare.

FTC sues to block Rhode Island's largest health systems from merging

Healthcare Dive

Regulators allege a union between Lifespan and Care New England would increase prices and diminish quality as the combined system would control at least 70% of the state's hospital market

Monday Morning Update 2/21/22

HIStalk

Top News Spok reports Q4 results: revenue down 8%, EPS.

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Adding more beds is not the solution to overcrowding in Canadian hospitals

Healthy Debate

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Strategic Scheduling, Training Investments Key to Clearing Home-Based Care’s Staffing Hurdles

Home Health Care

The vast majority of home-based care organizations are dealing with capacity constraints, rising levels of staff burnout, recruitment roadblocks and other operational challenges.

What the Future of Re-Charging Your Car Has to Do With Your Health

Health Populi

Health care must confront its role in the climate crisis, a JAMA viewpoint asserted on January 31, 2022. Dr. Kenneth Kizer and Dr. Kari Nadeau recommended that, “Instead of contributing to climate change, health care as an enterprise could become a model for environmental sustainability.”

Telehealth revenue could hit $20B in five years, say analysts

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

A new report released this week from Bloomberg Intelligence predicted that the telehealth sector could bring in $20 billion in U.S. revenue by 2027. The Digital Reshaping the Health Care Ecosystem publication said that virtual care is set to "become a staple" of healthcare delivery.

Healthcare's imperative for long-game leadership

Healthcare Dive

Among today's leaders in healthcare, few health system executives have the fortitude and patience to stand by a long-term investment until it pays dividends. CommonSpirit Health CEO Lloyd Dean, who announced that he is retiring in 2022, is someone whom we should all aspire to model. While

What is Integrated Marketing and Why It’s Crucial for Healthcare Brands

Health Care Success

Business leaders in every industry understand that morale starts at the top. . When the C-suite is aligned and shares a unified, consistent message throughout the entire organization, it instills loyalty, trust, and confidence in your brand, mission, and goals. .

Monday Morning Update 2/7/22

HIStalk

Top News Premier reports Q2 results: revenue down 10%, adjusted.

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HCAOA Highlights 6 Key Policy Priorities for the Home Care Industry

Home Health Care

Policy and regulations for home care haven’t kept pace with the growing demand for services and the overall increased visibility of the sector.

‘I do not want to be spat on, punched or kicked’: Exodus of emergency physicians accelerating

Healthy Debate

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Labcorp teams up with Ascension to expand services in several states

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Labcorp announced this week that it had partnered with Ascension to manage the health system's hospital-based laboratories in 10 states. It will also purchase some assets of Ascension's outreach lab business.