September, 2023

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End-of-life care – Infusing the ‘person’ back into the ‘patient’

Healthy Debate

At the end of life, we risk of losing our sense of self because of an illness. This is the time when the preservation of “me” is so important.

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Digital Twins: What Healthcare Organizations Can Learn from Other Industries

HIT Consultant

Aaron Schroeder, Director, AI Solutions & Head of AI Center of Excellence at TTEC Digital Digital twins are helping organizations make more informed decisions. These analytical tools use real-time data to represent a product or process, creating a realistic simulation that can be used to test, monitor, or predict outcomes for its real-world counterpart.

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New Day Healthcare Plans To ‘Burn The Ships,’ Reinvent Home-Based Care Delivery

Home Health Care

G. Scott Herman has been in the home health industry for a long time. But when it comes to his new venture – New Day Healthcare – he’s not running the company based on what worked in the past, or even what may work best right now. He’s trying to build a forward-looking, sustainable home-based care business. To do that, he’s relying on strategies that he may not have relied on at prior stops.

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Medical credit cards ‘exploit loopholes’ in healthcare debt protection, report finds

Health Care Dive

The credit cards, which can promise patients deceptive no- or low-interest rates, are increasingly being offered in hospitals and physician offices.

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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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FTC sues PE-backed anesthesia provider for monopolistic roll-ups, price setting

Fierce Healthcare

Federal regulators have accused a major Texas-based anesthesia provider and its parent private equity firm of a decade-long, three-pronged scheme to suppress competition and drive-up prices. | U.S. Anesthesia Partners and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, its private equity backer, have "cost Texans tens of millions of dollars more each year" by suppressing competition over the course of a decade, the regulator alleges.

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At Baptist Health, patient engagement shown to be equivalent to adding a BP med

Healthcare It News

Kentucky ranks fifth in the U.S. for adults with hypertension, many of whose condition is not controlled. Untreated high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and other serious health problems. THE PROBLEM The traditional approach of seeing a patient in the office, prescribing medication, advising them on lifestyle changes to make, having them check their blood pressure at home and report back, has fallen short, said Dr.

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Consumers Continue to Spend on Technology, Seeking “A Happy, Healthy Connected Life”

Health Populi

Most U.S. consumers will continue to spend their disposable incomes on connected consumer devices, but will be looking for more balance in their digital lives according to Deloitte’s fourth annual 2023 Connected Consumer Survey. In this year’s update, the Deloitte Center for Technology, Media & Telecommunications found that most households use five key digital devices daily: above all, smartphones, followed by laptop and desktop computers, tablets, and computer monitors.

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North Korea, Russia and China: The Developing Trilateral Imperialist Partnership

The Rand Blog

There are no easy ways for the United States and its allies to counter the developing Russia-China-North Korea partnership. But there are options to consider and steps to take. There are also fissures in their relationships to exploit.

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Inside Kaiser Permanente’s labor relations breakdown

Health Care Dive

Kaiser Permanente’s novel labor approach allowed for decades of stability, but over a dozen sources familiar with the situation said fractured relationships are straining current negotiations.

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Oracle Health integrates generative AI, voice tech into EHR system to automate medical note-taking

Fierce Healthcare

Software giant Oracle has integrated generative AI services into its Cerner electronic medical record system as health IT companies race to harness this cutting-edge tech for providers. | Software giant Oracle has integrated generative AI services into its Cerner EHR system as health tech companies race to harness this cutting-edge tech for providers.

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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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Advocate Health, Mount Sinai among 10 big health systems in Transcarent provider network

Healthcare It News

The Transcarent platform integrates directly through the care pathway of each of the 10 health systems it is partnering with, including scheduling and pre- and post-care, support services and same-day payment for providers. WHY IT MATTERS Transcarent says the ecosystem will provide the employees of national self-insured employers with faster access to verified high-quality digital or in-person care, higher-quality care, and affordable and predictable costs with full transparency.

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A Categorical No to Categorical Accommodation Denials Related to COVID-19?

Bill Of Health

By Katherine Macfarlane and Irina Manta Since fall 2021, when most colleges and universities reopened their campuses to in-person activities, it has become increasingly difficult for faculty and students with disabilities to obtain reasonable accommodations to teach or attend class remotely. Remote accommodations were granted freely during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in 2021, the in-person aspect of teaching and learning was suddenly deemed essential, and at many institutions, r

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Nurses Hacking for Health, Addressing Burnout, Workplace Violence, and AI

Health Populi

Three in four nurses working in hospitals care about the success of their institution — “they show up and gown up…yet only 57% feel a sense of ownership in their hospitals, leaving leaders to expect 100% quality to be delivered by about half of the nursing workforce.” This is the key finding in a study from PRC on the implications of nurses’ dis-engagement from their work.

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A Case for Greater U.S. Engagement in Central Asia

The Rand Blog

Central Asia's souring relations with Russia and growing skepticism of Chinese influence have created a rare and valuable window of opportunity for the United States to bolster its image through greater long-term investment in the region.

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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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Oracle to launch generative AI tools integrated with EHR

Health Care Dive

The clinical digital assistant, which will be available in the next year, will automate notetaking and suggest next steps, like scheduling labs or follow-up appointments.

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How Amazon's $4B investment in AI company Anthropic impacts healthcare

Fierce Healthcare

Amazon announced this week that it would invest up to $4 billion in artificial intelligence company Anthropic as the AI arms race heats up. | Amazon announced this week that it would invest up to $4 billion in artificial intelligence company Anthropic as the AI arms race heats up. The collaboration introduces more competition and more options for healthcare teams looking to innovate using different approaches or to get more tactical with their AI strategy, one health IT expert said.

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Going nowhere fast: How specialist wait times impact primary care practitioners

Healthcare Leadership

With Emily Gard Marshall Have you or a family member had to endure prolonged wait times to see a medical specialist? Have you gone through the anxiety and uncertainty associated with waiting to see a specialist and wondered whether you or your family member’s health condition is getting progressively worse while you wait? Turns out your primary care provider (PCP) shares similar concerns, and the wait time to see specialists impacts their patients as well as their practice.

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Autistic Screen Time: Swipe Left on Stigma

Bill Of Health

By Maxfield Sparrow I am an autistic person who has been using the internet as a social prosthetic device since 1983. I was born in 1967 and began therapy in 1972, so the iPad didn’t exist and the only screen time parents worried about was the five channels of broadcast television available twenty hours a day. TV was fine, but my real passion was books.

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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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Report: 900,000 More Home Care Workers Needed By 2031

Home Health Care

Over the course of the next decade, the direct care workforce is expected to see enormous growth. Despite projections, low wages and other challenges continue to plague the workforce, further compounding the recruitment and retention issues seen across the home-based care space. That’s the key takeaway from a recent report from PHI, a New York-based direct care workers advocacy organization that conducts research and analysis.

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Insomnia: The Multibillion-Dollar Problem Sapping World Productivity

The Rand Blog

From the doctor's office to the office at work, good sleep is often overlooked as a key part of well-being. We pay for that. Chronic insomnia reduces the U.S. economy by more than $200 billion every year. Other major economies also forgo tens of billions of dollars in lost productivity.

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Hospitals share differing medical prices online versus over the phone, secret shopper survey finds

Health Care Dive

The study raises new questions about the dependability of hospital pricing, and builds on a mountain of research finding wide variance in pricing between different hospitals — and within the same facility.

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CMS urged to change GLP-1 drug coverage determination

Fierce Healthcare

Healthcare organizations are continuing to push the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to rethink its coverage policy for anti-obesity medications. | Critics say that the view CMS has of certain anti-obesity medications is outdated and could be covered under Medicare Part D.

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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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PCAST Report to U.S. President Outlines “A Transformational Effort on Patient Safety”

Patient Safety Movement

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has just released its findings and recommendations on patient safety in a report to U.S. President Joe Biden. Titled “A Transformational Effort on Patient Safety,” the report draws much-needed attention to the fact that patient safety is an urgent national public health issue. The report’s goal is to empower existing and new efforts that will transform patient safety.

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The Key to a Competitive Edge in Life Sciences: The Network

HIT Consultant

Matt Roberts, Healthcare Practice Leader at Juniper Networks The life sciences industry sits at the cross-section of virtually all the technological advancements driving today’s economy. Not only is it steeped in cutting-edge chem-bio research and development, it relies heavily on advanced computing infrastructure to support massive data analytics and modeling.

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On Searching for the Unknown with Unspeakable Names: Searching PubMed for Disability Research

Bill Of Health

By P.F. Anderson and LaTeesa James PubMed special queries are master search strategies on common, important, but challenging health topics, which are usually peer-reviewed. Disability certainly qualifies as a common, important health topic that is challenging to search – and yet, no PubMed special query exists for it. This oversight is concerning. Put simply, it’s important that disability as a topic is easily identifiable in the scholarly record.

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The Strawman Defense Is Torching Taiwan's Military

The Rand Blog

There are many reasons why the political future of Taiwan Strait relations is uncertain, but the military considerations for Taiwan are much more straightforward. Taiwan should invest in capabilities that are highly survivable and potent against a potential attack from mainland China.

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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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The one code Congress must support: G2211

Health Care Dive

Presidents of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians argue for reforms in the national physician payment system.

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Geisinger doubles down on collaboration with Best Buy Health, Geek Squad to support tech-driven care in the home

Fierce Healthcare

As at-home healthcare becomes more tech-driven—think wireless biosensors and connected blood pressure cuffs—it creates more logistical challenges for providers. | Geisinger's pilot program with Best Buy's Geek Squad resulted in quicker access to care, better adherence to care plans and more positive outcomes for chronic care patients, the organizations said.

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Lawmakers Back Home Health Providers, Condemn Payment Cuts In Symbolic Subcommittee Hearing

Home Health Care

The Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Health Care held a hearing Thursday regarding aging in place and access to home health care in the U.S. While current struggles were highlighted throughout, the hearing was ultimately a symbolic win for home health providers across the country. Lawmakers came across as more educated on home health care – and the issues the sector faces – than ever.

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Caregiving Policies and Programs in Wisconsin: A Chat with Lynn Gall, New RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council Member

NASHP

Wisconsin has a longstanding history of strong programs that provide support and services to caregivers in the state, and it has big plans for the future, as demonstrated in its 2023–2025 State Aging Plan. To learn more about Wisconsin’s caregiving initiatives, NASHP sat down with Lynn Gall. She is the manager of family caregiver support and lifespan respite programs at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ (DHS) Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources and Office on Aging and a newly swo

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