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UPMC's layoffs were the start of a McKinsey-guided 'transformation,' documents show

Fierce Healthcare

A wave of employee layoffs that UPMC announced last month was just one part of a broader restructure and operations “transformation” initiative, for which the nonprofit system has tapped management | An internal presentation obtained by Fierce Healthcare outlined April's “tough, but necessary" layoffs as one part of a broader look at the nonprofit system's operations, for which it has partnered with the consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

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House committee takes aim at healthcare consolidation, eyes site-neutral payments

Health Care Dive

Equalizing Medicare payment between sites of service to cut down on provider consolidation is a “no brainer,” one witness testified during the hearing.

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Cedars-Sinai CIO's tips to ensure genAI is fair, appropriate, valid, effective and safe

Healthcare It News

Craig Kwiatkowski, senior vice president and CIO at Cedars-Sinai, and his team have been pushing the famous health system forward in the realm of artificial intelligence. Their most prominent accomplishment has been the AI-powered virtual primary care app Cedars-Sinai Connect. Launched in fall 2023, the app already has increased primary care capacity by 11% – the equivalent of building three new clinics.

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[Podcast] Is Your Healthcare Email Marketing HIPAA Compliant?

Healthcare Success

Is your email marketing HIPAA compliant? Do you have adequate encryption at every step? Are you sure? Remember, even a patient’s email address could be considered PHI if linked to a health condition or treatment. If you are suddenly feeling a little uneasy, I promise you are not alone. Most healthcare marketers are unaware that seemingly innocuous patient email marketing campaigns are yet another area where you could inadvertently run afoul with HIPAA regulations, or, even worse, suffer a breach

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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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Epic releases open-source AI validation tool for health systems

Fierce Healthcare

Epic launched an open-source tool on Wednesday to enable healthcare organizations to test and monitor artificial intelligence models. | Six weeks after announcing it was developing an AI validation software tool for healthcare, Epic has launched the open-source tool on Github to help health systems test and validate AI models.

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Nearly 20% of donated organs go unused — here’s how we can fix it and honor donors

Health Care Dive

The medical community needs to take “smart risks” to maximize organ donation use, according to the president of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations.

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An Overview of P3 Care’s Medical Billing Services

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Medical billing is the phenomenon of negotiation between healthcare providers and medical billing providers. It is a process of submitting patients’ claims to insurance companies. It incorporates the process of translating healthcare services into billing codes and assigning them designated fees. In addition, accuracy in medical billing is highly important because errors lead to claim denials and delays in the reimbursement process.

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Express Scripts, CPESN team up to support independent pharmacies in providing key services

Fierce Healthcare

Express Scripts will partner with CPESN in the latest evolution of its IndependentRx Initiative, which aims to boost independent and community pharmacies. | Express Scripts will partner with CPESN in the latest evolution of its IndependentRx Initiative, which aims to boost independent and community pharmacies.

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More than a third of healthcare organizations aren’t prepared for cyberattacks: report

Health Care Dive

Thirty-seven percent of healthcare organizations did not have a cyberattack contingency plan in place, despite half having experienced an attack, according to a new survey from Software Advice.

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National University Hospital testing predictive AI for Alzheimer's diagnosis and more AI briefs

Healthcare It News

National University Hospital testing Alzheimer's predictive AI from Korea Singapore's National University Hospital is collaborating with medical AI company Heuron from South Korea to test the latter's AI solutions for screening and predicting Alzheimer's disease. Heuron delivered its two solutions: Heuron AD, which provides quantitative analysis on brain atrophy, and Heuron Brain PET, which provides fast and accurate PET tracer quantification.

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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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US Government Invests $50M in Automating Hospital Cybersecurity Defense

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – The healthcare industry faces a growing threat: cyberattacks targeting hospital IT systems. In response, the US government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) has pledged over $50 million to fund a groundbreaking program called UPGRADE (Universal PatchinG and Remediation for Autonomous DEfense). – The success of UPGRADE has the potential to significantly improve hospital cybersecurity and protect patient care from cyber threats.

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The 20 highest paid specialties in 2023 as doctors see 6% boost in pay: Doximity

Fierce Healthcare

After several years of modest or declining growth, the average pay for doctors jumped 5.9% in 2023, rebounding from a decline of 2.4% in 2022. | After several years of modest or declining growth, the average pay for doctors jumped 5.9% in 2023, rebounding from a decline of 2.4% in 2022.

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Medicare adviser sets recommendations for diabetes device evidence

Health Care Dive

A MEDCAC panel found time in range was an “extremely important” metric, but members were divided on whether quality of life measures should influence coverage.

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HIMSSCast: Home health challenges offset by creating patient and caregiver communities

Healthcare It News

Homecare is facing challenges and none are new. Reimbursement rates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are low and staffing shortages are high, as is demand for home health services due to a rising, elderly demographic.

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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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Contradictory Policymaking Has Led To Costlier Care: The Future of Health Care Is In The Home

Home Health Care

The following is an op-ed submitted by: Ken Albert, CEO, Andwell Health Partners; David Causby, CEO, Gentiva; Marcylle Combs, CEO, MAC Legacy; Brent Korte, CEO, Frontpoint Health; John Olajide, CEO, Axxess; Billy Simione, Managing Principal, SimiTree; Jennifer Sheets, the former CEO of Interim HealthCare; Susan Ponder-Stansel, CEO, Alivia Care; David Totaro, Chief Government Affairs Officer, BAYADA; Sara Wilson, President & CEO, Home Assist Health; and Bryan Wolfe, the former CEO of Traditio

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Hims & Hers expands weight loss program to include access to GLP-1 medications

Fierce Healthcare

Six months after launching its weight loss program, online health and wellness company Hims & Hers added compounded GLP-1 medications to its offerings. | Six months after launching its weight loss program, online health and wellness company Hims & Hers added compounded GLP-1 medications to its offerings.

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HHS agency launches program to automate cybersecurity at hospitals

Health Care Dive

The program will invest more than $50 million to create a software suite that could automatically find potential vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit and deploy fixes.

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Mayo Clinic, Zipline partner to deliver supplies to patients' homes using drones

Healthcare It News

Patients of the medical center's hospital-at-home program in Minnesota and Florida will be able to receive home deliveries via Zipline's drones.

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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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Why It’s Time to Go on the Offensive with Healthcare Cybersecurity

HIT Consultant

Brian Montgomery, Expert Security Engineer, Altera Digital Health Being an avid soccer fan, player, and coach, I’ve heard countless times that “the best defense is a good offense.” As a cybersecurity professional, the concept of taking active steps to improve your team’s position resonates. However, cybersecurity programs within and outside the healthcare industry typically focus on reactive approaches.

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Cadence finds reduced cost and better outcomes for heart failure patients through remote monitoring program 

Fierce Healthcare

A new paper published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure shows that patients on Cadence’s remote physiologic monitoring program had better outcomes than patients eligible for the program wh | Deaths from heart failure are rising. National remote monitoring company Cadence published new evidence that RM for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) could be the missing link in heart failure treatment.

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Latest 340B ruling delivers blow to providers

Health Care Dive

Drugmakers are allowed to impose conditions on which pharmacies they dispense discounted drugs to in the 340B program, according to an appellate court.

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Educating patients to advocate for themselves and for policy change

Healthcare It News

Gözde Susuzlu Briggs, programme manager for the European Patients' Forum, discusses the "Data Saves Lives" initiative, which explains digital data and AI concepts to patients and encourages involvement in patient advocacy organizations.

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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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Wysa Awarded $3.4M Grant to Develop Personalized Mental Health Support for Chronic Pain

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Wysa , a leading provider of digital mental health platforms, has been selected as a sub-awardee for a $3.4M grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) , part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). – The 4-year project, led by Washington University in St. Louis with Duke University as another sub-awardee, aims to develop personalized pathways for individuals managing mental health conditions alongside chronic pain.

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HHS' ARPA-H offering more than $50M for hospital cybersecurity platform pitches

Fierce Healthcare

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) research funding agency is floating more than $50 million to developers who can build a scalable cybersecurity platform able to keep hospitals' c | The UPGRADE program will be handing out millions to those with the best pitches on how to detect hospital cybersecurity weaknesses and deploy fixes with minimal interruptions to care delivery.

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Providers urge HHS to clarify Change data breach reporting requirements

Health Care Dive

More than 50 provider groups are asking the federal government to publicly state that UnitedHealth should handle data breach reporting stemming from the cyberattack on its subsidiary.

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UK aims to offer patients genetics-based medication counseling

Healthcare It News

Videha Sharma, clinical innovation lead at the University of Manchester, explains the NHS’s plan to expand pharmacogenetics, or how people’s genetic codes influence the effects of drugs, beyond specialist care to general practice.

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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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Home Health, Hospice Veterans Behind BoldAge PACE’s Nationwide Expansion

Home Health Care

BoldAge PACE – a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) operator – is expanding, led by a leadership team filled with multiple home health and hospice veterans. In May, the company opened two new locations in Kentucky and Indiana, and the plan is to open up more locations in short order. As of right now, it has 14 locations spanning coast to coast, located in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina, Florida and New Jersey.

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Hospitals grapple with generic drug supply shortages

Fierce Healthcare

In this week’s episode of “Podnosis,” we’re diving into the issue of generic drug shortages. | In this week's "Podnosis" episode, Fierce Healthcare’s Dave Muoio talks with Allan Coukell from Civica Rx about generic drug shortages. Coukell discusses the impact on healthcare providers, recent strategies to strengthen the drug supply chain and advice for organizations facing these shortages.

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UnitedHealth’s Optum Rx unveils new drug pricing model

Health Care Dive

Major pharmacy benefit managers are rolling out a flurry of ostensibly transparent and cost-effective models to retain clients and placate scrutiny over their role in rising drug costs.

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Personalized communications help engage patients where they are

Healthcare It News

Trinity Health reaches out to patients on their preferred platform to encourage them to make needed visits. Dr. Roosevelt De Los Santos, its medical director for health informatics, describes why it works.

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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.