September, 2022

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The Future of Telehealth: 6 Key Trends to Watch

Health Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to confront a new reality when it comes to healthcare. The unprecedented impact of the pandemic has led governments and healthcare providers globally to re-evaluate their preparedness plans. One of the areas that has seen the most change is telehealth. Until recently, telehealth was seen as a niche field with huge potential that remains unexplored.

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Life Expectancy Falls in the U.S., the Largest 2-Year Decline in 100 Years

Health Populi

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Violence against emergency room physicians is on the rise, survey finds

Health Care Dive

Two-thirds of physicians working in emergency departments reported being assaulted in the past year alone, according to a survey.

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Rethinking Senior Scams?

Bill Of Health

By James Toomey. Many people, including, it seems, most advocates for law reform, assume that older adults are uniquely vulnerable to scams, and indeed that senior scams are a unique social problem demanding a unique legal solution. But in “The Age of Fraud” (forthcoming in the Harvard Journal on Legislation , winter 2023), about which I’ve blogged here before , I reported the results of an empirical study suggesting that, in fact, younger adults were as much as three times more like

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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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Maryland health system conquers the digital divide with telehealth and RPM

Healthcare It News

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an abrupt change to reimbursement of telehealth services, allowing healthcare providers to more broadly expand patient access to virtual care. For the University of Maryland Medical Center health system based in Baltimore, telemedicine services encompass a vast array of tools that help the organization engage patients, monitor symptoms and provide direct care beyond the confines of a physical location.

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10 Ways to Attract New Patients from Key Local Employers

Healthcare Success

Help Providers Win New Patients from Large Local Businesses with These Tactics. Large or dominant employers in your local communities are excellent targets of opportunity for new patients and cases. Most healthcare providers have local businesses that are (or could be) a source of new business. Whether it’s a company that's conveniently located across the street, or a dominant employer in the community, your providers want their business—here’s how you can help them win it.

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Physicians More Bullish On the Benefits of Digital Tools for Patient Care, the AMA Tells Us

Health Populi

Most doctors see the advantages of digital health tools like telehealth, consumers’ access to their health information, and point-of-care workflow solutions, the American Medical Association found in a survey of 1300 physicians, published in September 2022. The AMA first conducted research with physicians and their views on digital health in July 2016.

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Healthcare cyberattacks led to worse patient care, increased mortality, study finds

Health Care Dive

Delayed procedures and tests were the most commonly reported consequences of healthcare cyberattacks, according to a study from the Ponemon Institute and Proofpoint, a cybersecurity compliance company.

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We Haven’t ‘Learned the Lessons of COVID’ Until We Remake the Political Economy of Health

Bill Of Health

By Beatrice Adler-Bolton and Artie Vierkant. Over the course of the pandemic it has been popular to claim that we have “learned lessons from COVID,” as though this plague has spurred a revolution in how we treat illness, debility, and death under capitalism. Management consulting firm McKinsey, for example, writes that COVID has taught us that “infectious diseases are a whole-of-society issue.

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A rural Kansas FQHC brings remote patient monitoring to the underserved

Healthcare It News

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Pittsburg, Kansas, is a federally qualified health center and a not-for-profit corporation. CHC/SEK provides medical, dental, behavioral health, addiction treatment, case management services and pharmacies to all, regardless of ability to pay, and serves about 65,000 patients for more than 220,000 visits per year, making the organization the largest FQHC in Kansas and one of the largest of all rural FQHCs in the United States.

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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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How to Distribute Content to Doctors (Plus, 7 Tips on Email Marketing to Doctors)

Healthcare Success

Welcome to step four of our “Marketing to Doctors” blog series. This comprehensive playbook is designed to help people in virtually every sector (e.g., healthcare businesses, device and supply companies, SaaS, etc.) market their products and services directly to doctors, physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals. If you haven’t read steps 1-3, I highly recommend doing so.

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How A University Is Using A 105-Year-Old Home To Solve Aging-In-Place Challenges

Home Health Care

Excess moisture, faulty structuring and bad wiring. Those are some of the common issues that arise in the seniors’ homes. But the home is where seniors want to remain as they age. That’s why the University of Pittsburgh is trying to push the needle forward with its healthy home lab. The project brings together researchers from multiple disciplines with the goal of improving the viability of the home environment in order to support aging in place.

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Vaccinations, Art and Labor Day: Learning from Diego Rivera and Edsel Ford

Health Populi

For Labor Day 2022, I’m thinking about health, vaccines, work (especially returning-to-work), and art. Let’s start with the vaccine news. Called the “first updated COVID-19 booster,” on September 1st the CDC announced the availability and approval for health citizens to get new vaccines which have added Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 spike protein components to the original vaccine formulation.

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15K nurses on strike across 7 health systems in Minnesota

Health Care Dive

Twins Cities Hospitals Group, which runs four of the affected hospitals, stands to incur more than $20 million a day in extra costs during the three-day strike, according to a statement.

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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 Dr. Oz Paradox

Bill Of Health

By Claudia E. Haupt. Why does the law sanction giving bad advice to one patient, while it permits giving bad advice to millions of YouTube or television viewers, which may result in significant physical harm? We might call this the “Dr. Oz paradox.” Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Republican candidate in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race, is a famous television personality as well as a licensed physician.

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Sparrow Health System uses pandemic lessons to expand its virtual care strategic plan

Healthcare It News

Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Michigan, began developing a virtual care strategy in October 2019 – well before COVID-19 struck – with the hope of leveraging the technology as a tool to support patient care and the organizational strategy, rather than as a stand-alone strategy in and of itself. Sparrow's initial goal was to launch on-demand, virtual urgent care to increase access and provide another front door into the health system.

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Unlocking the power of AI in Microsoft Cloud for industries

Cloud Blogs

AI is transforming industries by helping organizations in modernizing business processes and accelerating development. While global AI software revenue is forecasted to reach $62.5 billion in 2022, a 21.3 percent increase from 2021 (Gartner ), 1 a common challenge is moving from experimentation to making AI part of standard operations. Microsoft is deeply invested in AI solutions, engaging highly experienced researchers, data scientists, and thought leaders.

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Home Health Stakeholders Voice Their Concerns To CMS Over Medicare Advantage Program

Home Health Care

Home health stakeholders – and many others – recently had the opportunity to weigh in on the way Medicare Advantage (MA) is currently administered by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and Moving Health Home are among the two groups that answered CMS’ request for information.

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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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Health is Everywhere, and Telehealth Is Health – And It’s Personal

Health Populi

If health is nurtured and made where we live, work, play pray, learn, and shop, the healthcare should be everywhere. That’s the promise, increasingly a reality, of telehealth. We are in the middle of Telehealth Awareness Week , an advocacy program launched by the ATA (American Telemedicine Association) whose mission I share — that #TelehealthIsHealth.

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Watchdog faults FDA for rushing COVID tests to market by easing emergency use rules

Health Care Dive

The HHS Office of Inspector General found that by loosening emergency use authorization requirements to bring COVID-19 tests to market faster, the agency allowed inaccurate tests to be distributed.

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The Mask-Optional DEI Initiative

Bill Of Health

By Matt Dowell. Recently, I remotely attended a mask-optional, in-person meeting where campus leaders proudly proclaimed that DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) is my college’s “top priority.” As a disabled faculty member who writes about disability access in higher education, I found myself considering how to make sense of such a statement — how seriously to take such statements, how much to care that such statements are being made.

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Physician adoption of digital health tools is accelerating, AMA research shows

Healthcare It News

The American Medical Association's digital health research released today shows increased rates of digital health adoption among physicians over the last six years and provides insights into their expectations. "The AMA survey illustrates the importance physicians place on validated digital health tools that improve health while streamlining the technological and administrative burdens faced each day in medicine," said AMA President Dr.

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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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RAND Experts React to Putin's Latest Threatening Rhetoric

The Rand Blog

Vladimir Putin appeared to double-down on his country's war effort in Ukraine September 21st, calling up hundreds of thousands of new troops, threatening Ukraine and the West, vowing to use “all the means at our disposal,” and pointing out that he is not bluffing. Here's what a few RAND experts had to say.

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As Demand Rises For Home-Based Care, Patients Becoming More Complex

Home Health Care

Since the onset of COVID-19, the demand for home-based care has gone up. At the same time, patients are becoming more complex. Those were the main takeaways from a recent study done by USAging, an advocacy group that represents and supports the national network of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA). “Even clients that area agencies had before COVID hit, the complexity had really increased dramatically,” Sandy Markwood, CEO of USAging, told Home Health Care News.

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States Enhance Children’s Mental Health Services Through Workforce Supports

NASHP

States Enhance Children’s Mental Health Services Through Workforce Supports September 2, 2022 / by Zack Gould. The mental health needs of youth have increased significantly as a result of trauma, social isolation, and other factors experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial and health challenges for families and strains on the health care system have also restricted access to care and exacerbated longstanding provider shortages in children’s mental health.

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HHS ‘roadmap’ aims to tackle nation’s mental health crisis

Health Care Dive

The initiative prioritizes integrating behavioral health services into primary and other specialty care areas as well as community-based settings like schools.

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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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Pandemic Nihilism, Social Murder, and the Banality of Evil

Bill Of Health

­­By Nate Holdren. Every day in the pandemic, many people’s lives end, and others are made irrevocably worse. [1]. These daily losses matter inestimably at a human level, yet they do not matter in any meaningful way at all to the public and private institutions that govern our lives. Our suffering is inconsequential to the machinery of power and to those who compose and operate that machinery.

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APAC still faces immense challenges to data, AI, predictive analytics adoption: report

Healthcare It News

While most healthcare leaders in the Asia Pacific recognise the value of health data more than their global peers, they are still facing significant challenges in using data effectively, according to Royal Philips' Future Health Index 2022 report. FINDINGS. The report, now in its seventh edition, gathered responses from 2,900 healthcare senior executives across 15 countries with 900 from the APAC region.

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Elon Musk May Have a Point About Bots on Twitter

The Rand Blog

Twitter has a deep bench of engineers working for the company. They have access to trillions of data points on their over 300 million monthly active users. Why has a company this size struggled to clean up its platform?

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Home-Based Care Organizations Grab Spots On ‘Best Workplaces in Aging Services’ List

Home Health Care

Fortune Magazine’s annual “ Best Workplaces in Aging Services ” list once again features a number of familiar names from the home-based care space. The top-15 home-based care organizations on this year’s list include ComForCare, Senior Helpers, 24 Hour Home Care, Compass Care and Reliant at Home. SCAN Health Plan was also included. Every year, Fortune puts together a list of the best places to work that is based on the “Trust Index,” which helps measure workers’ views and opinions about their em

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