Sat.Feb 17, 2024 - Fri.Feb 23, 2024

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Abridge clinches $150M to build out generative AI for medical documentation

Fierce Healthcare

Investors continue to pour money into generative AI startups and Abridge is riding this wave as it rapidly scales its technology across U.S. health systems. | Along with the funding round, Abridge also announced an enterprise agreement with Connecticut-based Yale New Haven Health System to give thousands of clinicians access to its AI-powered clinical documentation technology.

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UnitedHealth suspects ‘nation-state’ behind Change cyberattack

Health Care Dive

Pharmacies and providers nationwide are struggling to process prescriptions following the attack, while the American Hospital Association is urging hospitals to disconnect from UnitedHealth’s systems.

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FDA approves sleep apnea tech from EnsoData, Samsung

Healthcare It News

National Council on Aging statistics indicate an estimated 39 million U.S. adults have obstructive sleep apnea while 936 million adults around the world are estimated to have mild to severe OSA. Because relaxed airways that are obstructed or partially obstructed distort breathing while sleeping, patients may experience disruptions in oxygen supply up to 30 times per hour, disturbing sleep quality and resulting in daytime fatigue and other long-term effects.

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7 Digital Transformation Mistakes Made In Healthcare

HIT Consultant

John Berndt, SVP Health for North America at Valtech The digital health market is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of approximately 25% from 2019 to 2025, according to NASDAQ. Needs for digital projects and initiatives have never been higher. However, investments in the sector, including in digital tech, have remained under tremendous scrutiny since the pandemic.

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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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Optum's Change Healthcare responding to 'cybersecurity issue'

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Change Healthcare is mitigating a "cybersecurity issue" that began Wednesday, and details remain scant. | Change Healthcare is mitigating a "cybersecurity issue" that began Wednesday, and details remain scant.

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Change Healthcare hit by cyberattack

Health Care Dive

The UnitedHealth-owned healthcare technology company disconnected its systems after detecting an “outside threat,” according to a status update page.

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Cardinal Health Sees Itself As ‘Major Player’ In Growing Home-Based Care Space

Home Health Care

Recognizing the need for a streamlined hospital-at-home supply chain network, Cardinal Health Inc. (NYSE: CAH) launched Velocare in 2022. Since that initial pilot run, Velocare has experienced significant growth. At the same time, Cardinal Health is also making major strides in its overall mission to be a driver of at-home care. Broadly, Velocare technicians deliver hospital-grade products and services to patients’ homes.

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AHIP, AMA and employer groups team up to accelerate digital health adoption

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Fourteen organizations representing providers, payers, consumer technology companies and employers are teaming up to cut through the noise and raise higher standards for finding digital health | Fourteen organizations representing providers, payers, consumer technology companies and employers are teaming up to cut through the noise and raise higher standards for finding digital health solutions that work and are worth the investment.

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HHS reaches second-ever ransomware settlement

Health Care Dive

A mental healthcare provider didn’t have sufficient protections in place before a ransomware attack exposed the protected health information of more than 14,000 people, according to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights.

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Microsoft life sciences leader on what makes for successful disruptors

Healthcare It News

Even in regions where healthcare delivery mechanisms are abundant, demand can be overwhelming while other healthcare operational challenges interfere with patient outcomes. As the digital transformation in healthcare lags behind other industries and value-based care drives provider efficiencies while the government invests in healthcare cost reduction and access measures, health tech is positively overripe for disruption.

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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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The Path For Occupational Therapy To Lose Its ‘Second-Tier’ Status In Home Health Care

Home Health Care

If a senior or homebound patient is eligible for home health care, there are a number of caregiving professionals who can open a case and begin an assessment. Those include nurses, home health aides, physical therapists and others. One profession that is not on that list is an occupational therapist. However, a new proposed bill could change that. The Medicare Home Health Accessibility Act — which has bipartisan support — would establish occupational therapy (OT) as a qualifying Medicare home he

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UnitedHealth, HAC study: How social health factors impact employer plans

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Given the impact that social factors have on overall health, employers can better manage costs and outcomes by embracing deeper, population-level data analysis, according to a new white paper. | Given the impact that social factors have on overall health, employers can better manage costs and outcomes by embracing deeper, population-level data analysis, according to a new white paper.

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Insurers brace for continued Medicare Advantage medical costs

Health Care Dive

The big question coming out of the health insurance earnings season is how much elevated utilization among seniors will carry over into 2024.

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ChristianaCare to expand medication adherence program

Healthcare It News

Launched to help address health equity challenges facing Black cardiology patients, ChristianaCare said its digital medication adherence platform, developed with Story Health, has delivered significant improvements in outcomes for patients with hypertension and heart failure – two to three times in some key metrics. The health system plans to expand access to more patients.

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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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As Contract Losses Hit Modivcare, Its Leaders Look Toward Home Care For Growth

Home Health Care

Though Modivcare Inc. (Nasdaq: MODV) achieved some wins last year, the company is still trying to navigate headwinds stemming from contract losses. “The root causes of these contract losses include a few MCO clients not securing their state contracts, a state health department’s decision to transition to a full broker model – favoring an incumbent competitor – and a client’s decision to diversify volume away from us due to legacy issues,” L.

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Foo Fighters to expose 'the pretenders' in price transparency concert

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Fans of healthcare price transparency and Grammy Award-winning bands should have their calendars marked for March 5 in Washington, D.C. | The Foo Fighters are joining the fight against price transparency with an upcoming, private concert in Washington, D.C., on behalf of advocacy group Power to the Patients.

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Medicare Advantage plans provide less intensive post-acute care, study finds

Health Care Dive

The research found no differences in 30-day hospital readmissions or mortality, but the study’s authors said more analysis on patients’ long-term functioning was needed.

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China Medical University Hospital leverages Google's genAI for cancer care

Healthcare It News

China Medical University Hospital is leveraging Google Cloud's generative AI to support its doctors in providing cancer care. A formal collaboration between CMUH and Google Cloud was signed in December last year to use MedLM , a healthcare-specific gen AI based on the large language model, Med-PaLM 2. MedLM, which intelligence has been proven comparable to licensed doctors by scoring 85% on the MedQA-USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination), has become the foundation of the CMUH&#

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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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No Empty Promises: How Home-Based Care Providers Actually Plan To Use AI

Home Health Care

This article is a part of your HHCN+ Membership Artificial intelligence is likely to be a society- and business-altering technological development. But, just like the advent of the internet before it, AI’s emergence will undoubtedly lead to as many empty promises from business leaders as it does actual use cases. That’ll particularly be the case in the early innings of AI, which I believe we are currently in.

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Medicare Advantage fraud in DOJ's crosshairs after agency reports $2.7 billion in settlements

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Under the False Claims Act, more than $1.8 billion in settlements and judgments was related to health-related matters in the last fiscal year, about two-thirds of the monetary fraud recoveries by t | Health fraud settlements under the False Claims Act exceeded $1.8 billion last year, according to the Department of Justice. The agency said it is still litigating Medicare Advantage cases against major insurers.

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CHS hit with Justice Department investigation

Health Care Dive

Federal regulators are seeking information about the for-profit hospital operator's inpatient admissions and dialysis processes and procedures.

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HIMSSCast: Patient experience in 2024: What's next?

Healthcare It News

Hospital and health system C-suite executives and health IT leaders know the patient experience is crucial to ongoing success in healthcare. The question is: How to continually improve it? This week's podcast looks at what's on the horizon for the patient experience and seeks to answer that question. Our guest, from Press Ganey Associates, a patient experience consulting firm with 40 years of experience in the field, is Chrissy Daniels, chief experience officer.

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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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55% of US Rural Hospitals Are No Longer Offer Birthing Services

Healthcare ECONOMIST

That is according to an article in JAMA based on a report from the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform. The report states: More than half (55%) of the rural hospitals in the U.S. do not offer labor and delivery services, and in 10 states, more than two-thirds do not. Over the past decade, more than 200 rural hospitals across the country have stopped delivering babies… In most urban areas, the travel time to a hospital with labor and delivery services is under 20 minutes, but i

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No Surprises Act rollout coincided with an uptick in in-network claims: FAIR Health

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As the No Surprises Act took full effect, the number of in-network claims processes grew notably, according to a new analysis from FAIR Health. | As the No Surprises Act took full effect, the number of in-network claims processes grew notably, according to a new analysis from FAIR Health.

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Ukrainian national pleads guilty in Vermont hospital ransomware attack

Health Care Dive

The attack against the University of Vermont Medical Center in 2020 cost the hospital millions of dollars and limited operations for weeks.

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Change Healthcare experiencing a cyberattack

Healthcare It News

Change Healthcare, a software and data analytics vendor that offers revenue cycle management, clinical decision support and other operations tools, announced Wednesday it took its systems offline due to a cyber incident. "Once we became aware of the outside threat, in the interest of protecting our partners and patients, we took immediate action to disconnect our systems to prevent further impact," the company said in an online incident report.

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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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93% of Physicians Feeling Burned Out, Overburdened, and Hopeful for AI Solutions

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – 93% of physicians are experiencing regular burnout, spending an average of 15 extra hours per work outside normal hours, according to athenahealth’s latest Nationwide Physician Sentiment Survey. – The athenahealth Physician Sentiment Survey provides valuable insights into the current state of American healthcare. Addressing the challenges highlighted in the survey is crucial to ensuring the well-being of both doctors and patients, while harnessing the potentia

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Walgreens' VIllageMD exits Florida market, shuttering remaining primary care clinics

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Walgreens is closing its remaining VillageMD primary care clinics in Florida. | The announcement does not come as a total surprise, as Walgreens first disclosed its plans to close 60 underperforming VillageMD clinics and exit five markets last fall.

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CMS finalizes rule to cut Medicaid DSH payments for some hospitals

Health Care Dive

Under the new definition, hospitals can only receive disproportionate share hospital Medicaid reimbursements for beneficiaries who are primarily insured by the safety-net program.

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Axle Health Raises $4.2M To Solve Home-Based Care’s Scheduling Problem

Home Health Care

Axle Health — a scheduling and workforce management software for home-based care providers — has raised $4.2 million. The funding round was led by Pear and Trac VC. This latest round of funding will help Axle Health beef up its software and machine learning engineering team. Axle Health allows providers to arrange home-based care visits through its dashboard for communication and scheduling, specifically around coordinating appointments and routing clinicians to various homes.

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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.