November, 2023

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71% of Consumers Believe Generative AI Can Revolutionize Healthcare

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: A recent survey conducted by Deloitte’s Center for Health Solutions (Center) revealed a growing acceptance and optimism among consumers regarding the potential of Generative AI to revolutionize healthcare. Over half of the respondents (53%) believe that generative AI could improve access to healthcare, while 46% expressed confidence in its ability to make healthcare more affordable.

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Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drugs, Expion Health team to address specialty drug costs

Fierce Healthcare

Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company has inked its latest partnership, joining forces with Expion Health to address the rising cost of specialty drugs. | Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company has inked its latest partnership, joining forces with Expion Health to address the rising cost of specialty drugs.

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Guarding Patient Privacy in the Age of AI Healthcare

HIT Consultant

Kevin Kirkwood, Deputy CISO, LogRhythm 2022 research from Morning Consult reveals that the healthcare field in particular has witnessed substantial enhancements in medical diagnoses, mental health evaluations, and the expeditious discovery of treatment options following the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI). In fact, 59% of U.S. healthcare executives believe that AI is effective at improving clinical outcomes.

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Healthcare bankruptcies are rising. Here are five major filings so far in 2023.

Health Care Dive

Bankruptcies have spiked this year as federal COVID-19 funding lapsed and heightened interest rates, regulatory changes and labor shortages squeezed the sector.

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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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A light bulb went off: 'Alexa for telemedicine!'

Healthcare It News

As was the case with many healthcare organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a significant increase in telehealth visits for Phoenix Children’s Hospital – especially in outpatient clinics. THE PROBLEM For a children’s hospital, this meant that often for the first time, parents and/or extended family could attend a doctor’s visit virtually and take a more active role in the care of their children.

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Doctor Marketing: How to Integrate Doctors Into Your Marketing Programs

Healthcare Success

Doctors are central to the success of virtually every multi-location healthcare practice and health system we work with. Moreover, today’s doctor partners have strong opinions about marketing and growing their locations within the larger business. Some of the hospitals and multilocation practices that engage our agency have doctors, executives, investors, and other stakeholders aligned around their brand strategy and marketing plan.

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Primary care player Forward unveils AI-based, self-serve CarePods backed by $100M investment

Fierce Healthcare

Primary care player Forward unveiled this week what it has been quietly working on the past two years—self-serve CarePods that use artificial intelligence to screen and diagnose health conditions.< | Primary care player Forward unveiled this week what it has been quietly working on the past two years—self-serve CarePods that use artificial intelligence to screen and diagnose health conditions.

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Naturopathic doctors: Underutilized partners in public health and primary care

Healthy Debate

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) have an important role to play in the health-care system. We need a pilot project to assess the viability of ND integration into team-based primary care models.

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UnitedHealth sued over use of algorithm to deny care for MA members

Health Care Dive

The lawsuit alleges UnitedHealth used nH Predict to deny claims for Medicare Advantage seniors, despite the algorithm’s determinations being overturned in more than 90% of appeals.

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Valley Health System aims to transform care delivery with new tech-intensive hospital

Healthcare It News

Valley Health System is constructing a new hospital in Paramus, New Jersey – presenting an opportunity to transform healthcare delivery for the surrounding communities. This is the story of the hospital – which is scheduled to open April 14, 2024 – and some of the technologies its IT leaders say will help advance delivery of leading-edge 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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In-Ear Wearable Measures Blood Flow to the Head for Long COVID POTS

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: STAT Health emerges from stealth to introduce a 24/7 in-ear wearable that measures blood flow to the head to better understand symptoms such as dizziness, brain fog, headaches, fainting, and fatigue that occur upon standing. These are common symptoms for illnesses like long COVID, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and other orthostatic (caused by standing) syndromes that affect more than 13 milli

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An Antidote to Loneliness – Amazon’s 2023 Holiday Ad-Video Is A Lesson in Social Health, Aging and Love

Health Populi

To complement today’s sobering Health Populi post discussing Accenture’s 2024 Life Trends Study — an outlook for a decade of “deconstruction” based on technology and other trends in the ether — I share with you Amazon’s ad for this holiday season gift-giving motivation. The agency responsible for the campaign, Hungry Man and director Wayne McClammy, weave together a beautiful plotline of friendship, the Beatles’ In My Life, and a time-traveling ima

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CVS Health beats the Street with $2.3B in Q3 profit

Fierce Healthcare

CVS Health beat the Street on both earnings and revenue in the third quarter, reporting $2.3 billion in profit. | By comparison, the company reported a $3.4 billion loss in the third quarter of 2022 as it paid out its part in a global settlement over the opioid crisis.

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How AI helps Microsoft partners innovate across industries

Cloud Blogs

AI is driving a wave of innovation, transforming the potential of organizations in every industry. It is reinventing customer engagement, ensuring every connection adds value to customer relationships, enriching employee experiences to be more creative, and reshaping business processes with automated and 360-degree views of a company’s operations. The Microsoft Cloud delivers the most comprehensive development platform, tools, and solutions to enable our customers and partners to take advantage

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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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Where are all the nurses? Hospitals, advocates disagree on crisis

Health Care Dive

Hospitals and nursing unions clash on what’s driving sluggish application rates for open registered nurse positions at hospitals — a lack of qualified candidates or a lack of interest.

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How behavioral healthcare can benefit from patient portals

Healthcare It News

Some behavioral healthcare practices have begun advancing their patient portal and mobile app offerings. Native telehealth integration was a rarity in patient portals not too long ago. But it has become more common since the COVID-19 pandemic – and this trend is likely to continue. After telehealth appointments , patient portals can grant access to information about self-care and healthy habits between appointments, and also can be a vehicle for reporting patient health indicators over tim

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Non-State Actors and Public Health Emergencies

Bill Of Health

By Rossella De Falco Strong, well-coordinated and resilient public health care services play a vital role in preventing and responding to public health crises. Under international human rights law, States have a positive, primary obligation to ensure that such health care services are of the highest possible quality and accessible to everyone, everywhere, and without discrimination.

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Antibiotic Stewardship when an Allergy Label is Present Improves Our Antibiotic Care and Treatment Outcomes

CDC

Did You Know? Although 10% of the population in the U.S. reports a penicillin allergy, less than 1% of the population is truly penicillin allergic. Broad-spectrum antibiotics are often used as an alternative to penicillins. The use of broad-spectrum antibiotics in patients labeled “penicillin-allergic” is associated with higher healthcare costs, increased risk for antimicrobial resistance, and suboptimal antibiotic therapy.1,2,3 Is it a “true” penicillin allergy?

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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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Physician groups decry finalized Medicare payment cuts for 2024 as expenses rise

Fierce Healthcare

The Biden administration Thursday finalized policy changes for Medicare reimbursements in 2024 that will cut payments to physicians by 1.25% compared to 2023. | The Biden administration Thursday finalized policy changes for Medicare reimbursements in 2024 that will cut payments to physicians by 1.25% compared to 2023.

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‘It’s the structures that are sick – it’s not the kids’: Experts stress importance of clean air in schools

Healthy Debate

The post ‘It’s the structures that are sick – it’s not the kids’: Experts stress importance of clean air in schools appeared first on Healthy Debate.

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PeaceHealth will pay up to $13.4M to settle charity care probe

Health Care Dive

The Washington-based nonprofit said their policies center care, "not maximizing collections." The state's attorney general said the hospital failed to notify patients about financial assistance options.

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Rumors Swirl Around Potential Cigna Group-Humana Combination

Home Health Care

Rumors suggesting that Cigna Group (NYSE: CI) and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) are in talks to combine are swirling. Nothing is official yet, but the combination of two of the largest insurers in the country would have significant ripple effects on the home health industry, for a variety of reasons. On Nov. 6, Reuters first reported that Cigna was exploring a sale of its Medicare Advantage (MA) business.

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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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New Artificial Intelligence Executive Order Contains Numerous Healthcare Implications

HKLaw

President Joe Biden signed a sweeping EO and invoked the Defense Production Act to establish the first set of standards for using AI in healthcare and other industries.

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Cristina Britez and the Many Faces of Obstetric Violence

Bill Of Health

By Alma Beltrán y Puga This past weekend marked the 25 th of November, a day to remember that all manifestations of gender-based violence should be prevented and eliminated in health procedures. Unfortunately, one of the most prevalent forms of gender-based violence — obstetric violence — has not been sufficiently addressed by health practitioners.

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UnitedHealthcare hit with class action over alleged use of AI to deny Medicare Advantage claims

Fierce Healthcare

UnitedHealthcare is facing a potential class action lawsuit following allegations that it used an algorithm to deny claims for post-acute care services in Medicare Advantage. | UnitedHealthcare is facing a potential class action lawsuit following allegations that it used an algorithm to deny claims for post-acute care services in Medicare Advantage.

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Automating Implant Orders: A Turning Point in Healthcare’s Digital Transformation

HIT Consultant

Chris Luoma, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, GHX Advancements in medical technology have increased the demand for surgical implants. These implants, such as artificial joints and heart valves, pacemakers, ventricular shunts and cochlear implants, have revolutionized how doctors treat patients, helping them live better, more fulfilling lives.

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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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Medicare Advantage rate change bedevils UnitedHealth’s 2024 outlook

Health Care Dive

UnitedHealth’s MA growth could be depressed next year thanks to a rate notice from the CMS that’s deeply unpopular with insurers, management said during their investor day.

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CMS Finalizes 0.8% Home Health Payment Increase For 2024, Additional PDGM Cuts

Home Health Care

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its CY 2024 home health final payment rule Wednesday. It comes with an estimated aggregate increase to 2024 home health payments of 0.8%, or $140 million, compared to 2023 aggregate payments. “The $140 million increase in estimated payments for CY 2024 reflects the effects of the CY 2024 home health payment update percentage of 3.0% ($525 million increase), an estimated 2.6% decrease that reflects the effects of the permanent b

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Anxiety vs. stress: The right definition will lead to better mental-health care

Healthy Debate

Conflating stress and anxiety can have serious implications for patients. New research on "social prescribing" could offer more effective treatment.

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The Privatization of Cancer

Bill Of Health

By Daniel G. Aaron Cancer is fearsome, unstoppable even. So the story goes. Yes, you can secure some extra time with loved ones, and — if you are lucky — maybe your cancer is susceptible to drugs or surgery. But for most people, cancer sounds like a death sentence. The proper response is to throw drugs and radiation at it. Cancer seems so unstoppable that many have started rifling through their cosmetic products and foods to eliminate all possible carcinogens.

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