January, 2024

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Generative AI can identify social determinants of health data in notes, study finds

Health Care Dive

Finely tuned models showed success in consistently extracting information like housing or employment status that often isn’t systematically organized in clinical notes.

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Telehealth offers advantages for treating children with feeding disorders

Healthcare It News

Many neurotypical and most neurodivergent children struggle with feeding difficulties. This does not just affect the child – it impacts the whole family. Focused Approach is a startup that helps children aged six months to 16 years old with feeding disorders. Its program Focused on Feeding has helped families go from hospital bed (with malnutrition) to the dinner table – entirely via telemedicine.

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Patient records exposed in data breaches doubled in 2023

Health Care Dive

Though the number of data breaches declined slightly from 2022, more than 116 million records were exposed last year, according to a new report from a cybersecurity firm.

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How Artificial Intelligence is Combatting Physician Burnout, Keeping Communities Healthy

HIT Consultant

David Sides, CEO at NextGen Healthcare Doctors do so much to keep our communities thriving. Unfortunately, according to the American Medical Association, about 63 percent of physicians report experiencing emotional exhaustion at least once weekly. Exacerbated by the volume of clinical notes required at the end of the day, physician burnout can adversely affect patient care, leading to errors and reduced care quality.

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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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The AI-powered solution to the medical coding worker shortage

Health Care Dive

Discover how AI-driven platforms are revolutionizing health IT, alleviating the critical shortage of medical coders and significantly boosting efficiency and revenue in healthcare systems.

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UnitedHealth Group kicks off payer earnings, reports $5.5B in Q4 profit

Fierce Healthcare

Industry giant UnitedHealth Group kicked off fourth-quarter earnings for major payers on Friday morning, where it reported $5.5 billion in profit. | Industry giant UnitedHealth Group kicked off fourth-quarter earnings for major payers on Friday morning, where it reported $5.5 billion in profit.

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Stanford uses AI to navigate health information sharing with teens and their families

Healthcare It News

In the rapidly evolving landscape of healthcare, the sharing of health information is a delicate balance, especially when it comes to teenagers. THE PROBLEM Patient portals facilitate efficient sharing of health information between patients, their families and healthcare providers. However, a unique challenge arises when it comes to teenagers. Certain state laws may allow minors to consent to specific types of sensitive care and give them the right to keep this information confidential from thei

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Introductory Editorial — Critical Psychedelic Studies: Correcting the Hype

Bill Of Health

By Neşe Devenot Since the 2022 publication of “ Preparing for the Bursting of the Psychedelic Hype Bubble ,” a JAMA Psychiatry Viewpoint by David Yaden and colleagues, a wave of scholarship and commentaries has emphasized the ethical importance of nuanced science communication about the still-nascent field of psychedelic medicine. As the journalist Katie MacBride recently described in The Daily Beast , there is now a “growing minority” of scholars and activists in the psychedelics field who are

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Canadian women are waiting longer than ever for gynecologic surgery: Patients and providers are calling for action.

Healthy Debate

The post Canadian women are waiting longer than ever for gynecologic surgery: Patients and providers are calling for action. appeared first on Healthy Debate.

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No Surprises Act prevented 10M surprise bills in first nine months of 2023, insurer groups say

Health Care Dive

AHIP and BCBSA also took aim at providers for allegedly abusing the billing dispute resolution process set up by No Surprises in the latest salvo over the polarizing law.

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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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JPM24: Amazon rolls out service to connect customers with digital health benefits, taps Omada Health as launch partner

Fierce Healthcare

SAN FRANCISCO—Amazon plans to collaborate with digital health companies to connect customers with virtual care benefits for managing conditions like diabetes and hypertension. | Amazon plans to collaborate with digital health companies to connect customers with virtual care benefits for managing conditions like diabetes and hypertension. The online retail giant tapped virtual-first chronic care provider Omada Health as its first partner.

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What Home Health Providers Need To Know About CMS’ Medicare Enrollment Changes

Home Health Care

The Medicare enrollment process undergoes annual changes at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure it remains up to date with evolving regulations, policies and health care practices. A number of changes went into effect on Jan. 1, and several of them will affect home health agencies. Here’s what home health agencies should know about those changes.

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Nuance AI copilot now fully embedded in Epic EHR

Healthcare It News

Nuance Communications, part of Microsoft, announced the general availability of Nuance Dragon Ambient eXperience Copilot for documentation assistance in Epic electronic health records. WHY IT MATTERS Generative artificial intelligence has the potential to free clinicians from administrative tasks and increase clinical efficiencies. After months of collaboration, Nuance's DAX Copilot is available for full Epic EHR integration, the company said Thursday.

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Transforming Healthcare Through Ethical AI: Enhancing Trustworthiness, Privacy, and Compliance

HIT Consultant

David Ting, founder/CTO at Tausight In November, President Biden signed a new Executive Order – titled “Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence” – that promises to introduce new national AI regulations that focus on safety and responsibility in the use of this revolutionary new technology. Fast on the heels of this high-profile EO, the Biden Administration has already started the process of writing actual standards for the safe use of generative AI by announcing that the U.S.

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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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Inside Health Care #124: Targeting Health Equity Gaps with Digital Tools

NCQA

The course of the Digitalization of Health doesn’t always run smooth. But for every set of pain points a provider might experience, there are companies developing technological solutions – platforms and tools – that not only guide us through digital transformation but identify crucial patient and population data along the way. In this episode, we talk with two health tech leaders, interviewed during NCQA’s 2023 Health Innovation Summit in Orlando, Florida, about their strategies and successes in

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Healthcare technology trends to watch in 2024

Health Care Dive

Experts discuss their predictions for healthcare industry trends, including investment and consolidation in digital health, adoption of artificial intelligence and improving cybersecurity in healthcare in 2024.

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Humana's stock tumbles pre-market as it posts $541M loss in Q4

Fierce Healthcare

Humana primed the pump last week for a disappointing fourth quarter call, and its stock again dropped Thursday morning as the company posted a $541 million loss. | Humana primed the pump last week for a disappointing fourth quarter call, and its stock again dropped Thursday morning as the company posted a $541 million loss.

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Rise Of The Caregiver ‘Gray Market’ Has Home Care Companies On Their Heels

Home Health Care

This article is a part of your HHCN+ Membership Home care companies have always had to deal with a gray market in senior care, or an “underground” caregiver workforce. But as the cost of providing care continues to rise, providers may find themselves in more of a bind than before. Broadly, caregivers that are part of the underground workforce are individuals who are unaffiliated with a home care agency.

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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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Banner Health reduces generalized anxiety with digital therapeutics

Healthcare It News

Banner Health, based in Phoenix, is one of the largest non-profit health systems in the U.S., serving more than eight million patients across six states in the Southwest. Like many hospitals and health systems, it has been facing many challenges with behavioral health. THE PROBLEM Behavioral health is an interesting story for several reasons, said Jeff Johnson, vice president of innovation and digital business at Banner Health.

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6 Ways AI is Impacting Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment and Patient Outcomes in 2024

HIT Consultant

Chaim Linhart, Chaim, Co-founder and CTO at Ibex Medical Analytics Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is set to transform the field of diagnostics, similar to how X-rays and genetic tests revolutionized healthcare in the past. Reshaping routine diagnostic procedures and treatment decisions and propelling pharmaceutical and research domains into new realms, AI offers significant benefits to clinicians, healthcare systems, researchers, and, most importantly, patients.

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Inside Health Care #123: Health Equity & Making the Commitment to Change

NCQA

This episode of “Inside Health Care: a Podcast by NCQA” features three interviews recorded live at our Health Innovation Summit in October 2023. Among many panels and presentations was an incredible session titled “ Health Equity Trailblazers: Where Vision Meets Commitment.” Health equity leaders discussed their organizations’ health equity strategies, vision and lessons learned, delving into how leaders can commit to and advance health equity priorities.

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Trends shaping the business of health insurance in 2024

Health Care Dive

The uninsured rate will rise. Medicare Advantage enrollment will swell, with fewer sweeping regulatory changes. Major pharmacy benefit managers will launch more transparent products. Here’s what experts see coming down the pike for 2024.

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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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CES 2024: Older seniors are happily living with AI—in the form of chatty robot ElliQ

Fierce Healthcare

LAS VEGAS — With all the buzz and headlines about artificial intelligence, there is one demographic that is quietly embracing the technology and even building long-term relationships with it. | With all the buzz and headlines about artificial intelligence, there is one demographic that is quietly embracing the technology and even building long-term relationships with it.

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Five Home Care Leaders To Watch, According To Other Home Care Leaders

Home Health Care

Home care leaders are not just operating in their own individual bubbles. These leaders are part of a larger ecosystem of organizations that make up the home-based care space. In a sea of providers, the best leaders are the ones who are able to recognize which of their home-based care peers are standouts. The ability to identify what works, and why, is evidence of a keen understanding of the business.

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RFID breakthroughs poised to transform healthcare

Healthcare It News

Early forays into the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging in the healthcare industry were plagued with issues. 1 Despite advances over the past decade and the technology’s power to enhance patient safety and enable greater efficiencies, Andrew Meyer, Director of Global Standards at GS1 US, said many healthcare organizations remain “gun shy” about RFID.

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Improving Healthcare for Patients & Providers Through AI & Machine Learning

HIT Consultant

Nick Magnuson, Head of AI at Qlik With many economic hurdles this year including rising costs and inflation, the healthcare industry has had a challenging backdrop in which to operate. In a sector dedicated to improving and saving lives, healthcare has so much to gain by adopting new AI and machine learning (ML) technologies. The World Economic Forum sums up the transformative potential of AI and ML in this setting: from propelling the development of drugs and vaccines to improving medical diagn

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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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Are Ontarians suffering from outrage fatigue?

Healthy Debate

The provincial government's actions make it clear that they plan to move towards health-care privatization. Why aren't we angrier about it?

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Kentucky-based Baptist Health drops UnitedHealthcare, Centene MA plans

Health Care Dive

Kentucky-based Baptist Health has gone out of network with UnitedHealthcare and Centene’s WellCare Medicare Advantage plans after failing to agree to contract terms.

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HHS releases voluntary cybersecurity performance goals to beef up healthcare's digital defenses

Fierce Healthcare

The Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) has published voluntary cybersecurity performance goals tailored for healthcare organizations, the first move in the administration’s

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New Independent Contractor Rule Could Have ‘Significant’ Effect On Home Care

Home Health Care

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule that will have a significant impact on the test used to determine whether someone is an independent contractor or an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule — aimed at addressing the misclassification of workers as independent contractors — could potentially lead to an increase in FLSA violations in home care.

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