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Contributed: Shortcomings and opportunities for health equity in pediatrics

Healthcare It News

Ian Miller, program lead at the Digital Medicine Society (DiMe), highlights how digital health offerings can improve access to physical and mental healthcare for children.

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HIMSSCast: Managing critical patient feedback in real time

Healthcare It News

Whether they are on Standford's inbound and outbound calls, automated voice systems or mobile channels, patients can be heard through the health system's engagement tools and processes. Dr. Adrienne Boissy, chief medical officer of Qualtrics and a practicing neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic, explained why emotional harm that can be caused by healthcare interactions needs to be heard.

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Ethics for AI in Health – A View From The World Health Organization

Health Populi

For health care, AI can benefit diagnosis and clinical care, address paperwork and bureaucratic duplication and waste, accelerate scientific research, and personalize health care direct-to-patients and -caregivers. On the downside, risks of AI in health care can involve incomplete or false diagnoses, inaccuracies and errors in cleaning up paperwork, exacerbate differential access to scientific knowledge, and exacerbate health disparities, explained in the World Health Organization’s (WHO)

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A CDC Update on the Draft 2024 Guideline to Prevent Transmission of Pathogens in Healthcare Settings

CDC

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the approach we take in healthcare settings to protect healthcare personnel, patients, and others from transmission of respiratory infections. Experimental and observational data show that an important pathway for transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2) is via inhalation of small particles in the air generated by infected individuals.

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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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Senators reintroduce bill to boost telemental healthcare

Health Care Dive

The legislation would remove the requirement that Medicare beneficiaries be seen in-person within six months of receiving mental healthcare via telehealth.

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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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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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Nurse sues UPMC over alleged labor abuses

Health Care Dive

The lawsuit seeks to represent thousands of other UPMC employees who may have been affected by the nonprofit’s alleged wage suppression and other anticompetitive practices.

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AI can crack open the 'black box' of effective mental health therapy at scale, study finds

Fierce Healthcare

As artificial intelligence advances in different areas of healthcare, there are concerns that technology and AI-based chatbots will replace the human connections between patients and practitioners. | A new study finds promising potential for AI and large language models to enhance mental health therapy at scale by being able to analyze millions of text-based counseling messages to shine a light on what works.

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Changing Payment Dynamics Are Forcing Home-Based Care Providers To Level Up In Value-Based Care

Home Health Care

Generally, staffing has taken the cake as the No. 1 issue home-based care providers are facing heading into any year. But, in 2024, changing payment dynamics have become a formidable rival to recruiting and retention concerns. When home-based care professionals were tasked with providing the “greatest challenge” facing them in the new year, 58% responded staffing.

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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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Defending Healthcare Data in 2024: 6 Basic Security Principles to Follow

HIT Consultant

Brian Montgomery, Senior Security Engineer, Altera Digital Health Research reveals that the total number of data breaches in healthcare has doubled over the last three years. If that doesn’t prompt you to reexamine your organization’s security posture, the financial toll of these incidents might be: The average cost of a healthcare data breach is now $11M.

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Healthcare bankruptcies reached five-year peak in 2023, report finds

Health Care Dive

The analysis logged 79 Chapter 11 bankruptcies for companies with liabilities of at least $10 million last year — more than three times the number of filings in 2021.

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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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In-Home Care Providers Await Updates On CMS Medicaid Proposal, Begin Preparing For 80/20 Rule

Home Health Care

Drawing parallels between the intentions of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the narrative of a Charles Dickens novel is an uncommon venture. However, the metaphor is there for the taking when it comes to potential Medicaid policy. “When the 80/20 rule came out, many of us saw this as a ‘Tale of Two Cities’ situation,” Dave Totaro, chief government affairs officer at Bayada Home Health Care, recently said during a Home Health Care News webinar.

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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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Physician Burnout and Depression Rates Decline, Medscape Report Reveals

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – For the first time in years, a glimmer of hope has emerged in the fight against physician burnout and depression. – The latest Medscape Physician Burnout & Depression Report reveals a significant decline in the rates among U.S. doctors, suggesting a potential shift in the overall mental well-being of this critical workforce.

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Appeals court rejects doctors’ challenge to No Surprises Act

Health Care Dive

A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Appeals Court have dismissed claims from a New York medical group that the law amounts to an unconstitutional seizure of their property.

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Isaac Health nabs $5.7M seed round to scale up virtual brain health and dementia care

Fierce Healthcare

The U.S. faces a growing shortage of neurologists, creating care "deserts" around the country, forcing patients to wait longer and drive further to receive care. | Digital health company Isaac Health launched in 2022 to provide a virtual brain health and memory clinic platform with the goal of improving access to constrained brain health services.

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Home Health Providers Are Tackling ‘Home Health Deserts,’ Calling On CMS To Help

Home Health Care

One of the ways that home health providers are tackling access to care challenges is by focusing on delivering care to home health deserts. Broadly, home health deserts are low-income communities that are the hardest to staff and where people who need home health care are unable to access it. A home health desert can be a rural or urban area, according to Dan Savitt, president and CEO of VNS Health.

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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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Deliberate AI Joins FDA Pilot to Develop Mental Health Treatments

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Deliberate AI , a digital health company harnessing AI to revolutionize mental health assessment, has secured a major milestone in its mission. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has selected Deliberate AI’s AI-generated Clinical Outcome Assessment (AI-COA™) for its Innovative Science and Technology Approaches for New Drugs (ISTAND) Pilot Program. – The collaboration between Deliberate AI and the FDA represents a giant leap in the fight against

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Elevance controls medical costs to $6B profit in 2023

Health Care Dive

The payer curbed the worst of medical cost growth last year, and expects to do the same in 2024 — an assumption one analyst called “aggressive” given persistent higher utilization among seniors.

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Experts weigh in on how to tackle growing teen mental health crisis

Fierce Healthcare

To turn the tide around on the growing teen mental health crisis, the U.S. | Social media is cited as one of the drivers of the worsening crisis along with COVID-19, gun violence and the threat of climate change.

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‘It’s Not Just The Payer’s Fault’: Aveanna CEO Jeff Shaner On Listening To Health Plans

Home Health Care

In terms of home-based care providers’ relationship with payers, Aveanna Healthcare Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: AVAH) CEO Jeff Shaner believes that the next few years will be “transformative.” Providers will have to be intentional in their agreements to reach the future success they desire, Shaner believes. He said so on Tuesday during a panel discussion at Home Care 100 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Level up Culture & EQ | Sign up for the #CultureDrop

Once a week, culture & leadership expert Galen Emanuele gives free, actionable EQ training in 5 minutes or less. Subscribe to the #CultureDrop and access free resources & content.

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Motif Neurotech Raises $18.75M for Implantable Device for Treatment-Resistant Depression

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Motif Neurotech , a pioneer in minimally-invasive bioelectronics for mental health, announced today an impressive $18.75 million Series A funding round. Led by Arboretum Ventures , the investment saw participation from prominent players like KdT Ventures, Satori Neuro , and Dolby Family Ventures, alongside existing supporters Divergent Capital and PsyMed Ventures. – Motif Neurotech’s innovative approach represents a potential paradigm shift in mental hea

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FTC sues to block Novant purchase of two CHS hospitals

Health Care Dive

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit on Thursday to block Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based Novant Health from expanding its grip on healthcare in the state, warning a buy would increase costs.

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Cognoa's FDA-approved autism diagnostic tool now in-network for Highmark members

Fierce Healthcare

Cognoa, maker of the first FDA-approved autism diagnostic tool, announced Highmark has signed on as its first commercial payer partner. | The tool, Canvas Dx, leverages AI to empower doctors to quickly and accurately diagnose developmental risk without bias, the company claims. It is the first FDA-approved autism diagnostic tool.

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What CMS Gets Wrong About Referral Rejection Rates In Home Health Care

Home Health Care

In light of the increasing need for post-acute care, hospitals are grappling with challenges tied to ensuring patients are directed to the most suitable post-discharge care setting. While referral volume to home health agencies continues to be higher than pre-pandemic levels, rejection rates continue to be a major pain point for providers. Home health agencies are not only getting more referrals in total, but they are also seeing an uptick in referrals per patient.

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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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A primer on brand-name prescription drug reimbursement in the US

Healthcare ECONOMIST

That is the title of a recent paper by Hernandez and Hung (2024). The article provides an excellent review of how drugs get reimbursed in the US and who the key players are. I provide an abbreviated summary below, but do read the full article. The players Manufacturers research, develop, and bring new drug products to market. Wholesalers act as distributors of drug products.

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HHS releases voluntary cybersecurity goals for the healthcare sector

Health Care Dive

The voluntary resources serve as a “step forward” as the agency looks to propose enforceable standards, HHS Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm said in a statement.

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CMS seeks input on improving transparency in Medicare Advantage

Fierce Healthcare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking feedback on how to increase transparency around Medicare Advantage and improve data capabilities. | CMS initiated a request for information period Thursday to receive data on all aspects of the Medicare Advantage program including prior authorizations, value-based care and vertical integration.

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Are Brick-And-Mortar Home Health Locations Worth It? It Depends On Which Provider You Ask.

Home Health Care

Unlike in other health care sectors, front-line home health employees have always been a part of the remote workforce. It’s an aspect of the job that many of them enjoy, but home health providers have always tried to make them feel like they were connected to the broader culture of the organization. That’s generally what brick-and-mortar offices were used for.

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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.