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Low operating margins will be new normal for some nonprofit hospitals: Fitch

Health Care Dive

The sector's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic has been slower than expected. In a new report, the credit agency said some hospitals may never reach traditional healthy operating margins.

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India's growing focus on AI for precision medicine

Healthcare It News

New adjunct specialty facilities in India's leading health institutions are advancing precision medicine in the country through AI. The Apollo Cancer Centre (ACC) in Bengaluru has recently opened what could be the country's first Precision Oncology Centre powered by AI. It offers comprehensive, specialised care that is tailored to each individual.

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Healthcare should broaden efforts to scale genAI, say IT leaders

Healthcare It News

The Deloitte 2024 Healthcare Generative AI Outlook study released this week takes a closer look at potential blind spots leaders may have as they implement generative artificial intelligence. WHY IT MATTERS In the new report, Deloitte researchers said 70% of the executives surveyed were highly focused on data availability, quality, compliance, security and privacy during implementation, but they "may miss the imperative.

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How one triage center delivers more culturally sensitive mental health and addiction care

Healthcare It News

In the face of high addiction rates, mounting mental health crises, and daily reports of overdoses and suicides in the United States, a community triage center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has come up with a novel care approach that can be replicated around the world. The center, called The Link, provides 24/7 care and support for individuals struggling with mental health crises and addiction, with a patient population disproportionately represented by Native Americans and people of color.

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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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Healthcare labor churn increased through 2021, study finds

Health Care Dive

To keep up with elevated COVID-19 turnover, healthcare organizations hired more workers who were unemployed or hadn't previously worked in the industry, according to a study published in JAMA.

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Insurer survey: No Surprises Act shielded patients from 10M surprise bills

Fierce Healthcare

Patients were protected from more than 10 million surprise medical bills thanks to reforms in the No Surprises Act, according to a new survey. | Patients were protected from more than 10 million surprise medical bills thanks to reforms in the No Surprises Act, according to a new survey.

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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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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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Hospital-backed proposal would make insurers reveal prior auth denial rates

Fierce Healthcare

A recommendation on the 2024 Measures Under Consideration list, brought forward by the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), would add a quality measure in the Medicare Advantage (MA) star rating | The Federation of American Hospitals is pushing CMS for the inclusion of a star ratings quality measure that shows how often insurers overturn or uphold prior authorization denials.

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Cedars-Sinai Launches AI-Powered VR Therapy App on Apple Vision Pro

HIT Consultant

Xaia, Cedars-Sinai’s eXtended-Reality Artificially Intelligent Ally, is now available on Apple Vision Pro. Image by Cedars-Sinai. What You Should Know: – Cedars-Sinai clinicians have teamed up with AI experts to develop an AI-powered VR therapy app, Xaia, that leverages the power of Apple Vision Pro to offer an immersive, accessible approach to mental health support. – By harnessing the power of AI and virtual reality, the app offers a convenient, engaging, and effective way fo

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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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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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Telehealth availability for mental healthcare varies by state, study finds

Health Care Dive

Mental health treatment can be challenging to access, and earlier research has found telehealth could expand the number of people who receive care. But the latest study found virtual care availability could be hindered by location.

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'Cybersecurity matter' forces Lurie Children's Hospital to take communications, MyChart offline

Fierce Healthcare

Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago has been working through a “cybersecurity matter” since Wednesday that has led the organization to take its phone, email and Epic MyChart systems offline, accor | Illinois' largest pediatric care provider said it took down its systems preemptively on Wednesday, leading to disruptions across its hospital and other locations.

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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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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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Slow and steady uptake of genAI in APAC healthcare in 2024

Healthcare It News

Never has any modern tool promised greater efficiency and support than what generative AI offers. Last year saw industries, including healthcare, quick to jump in on the trend to get first mover advantage. Applications have also been varied, from documentation to clinical decision support and even in combination with robotics. While the enthusiasm for genAI will remain elevated this year – with governments even investing in this emerging lucrative space , the pace of adoption will likely b

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Cigna is still interested in Medicare

Health Care Dive

The health insurer sees Medicare Advantage as an area for future growth, despite selling the division for $3.7 billion earlier this week. Cigna’s CEO called the sale a “win-win” on a call with investors Friday.

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Industry Voices—Embracing the advantages of virtual care

Fierce Healthcare

The pandemic acted as a catalyst, propelling virtual care to the forefront of healthcare delivery. | The pandemic acted as a catalyst, propelling virtual care to the forefront of healthcare delivery.

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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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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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Talkspace, Bicycle Health partner to expand therapeutic offerings

Healthcare It News

Bicycle Health patients can connect to therapists outside the realm of opioid use disorder, and Talkspace patients will have access to opioid use disorder specialty care.

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Cigna sells Medicare businesses to HCSC for $3.7B

Health Care Dive

With the deal, Cigna is exiting a sector that’s been a huge source of growth for insurers but has seen its earnings potential shrink.

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Cigna inks deal to sell Medicare business to HCSC for $3.7B

Fierce Healthcare

Cigna will sell off its Medicare business to Health Care Service Corporation in a deal valued at $3.7 billion, the company announced Wednesday. | HCSC will acquire Cigna's Medicare Advantage, Part D, supplemental benefits and CareAllies businesses, and the parties expect the deal to close in the first quarter of 2025.

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As Home Care Billing Rates Rise, Client Retention Becomes A Larger Priority For Providers

Home Health Care

This article is a part of your HHCN+ Membership As the cost for home care rises, some providers are finding that clients have more of a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to mistakes or mishaps in care delivery or care planning. With the stakes for client satisfaction arguably higher than ever, leaders of home care companies are leaning into client retention strategies.

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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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Federal prison system gets help with opioid use disorder

Healthcare It News

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is working with Bicycle Health to give individuals released from prison continued access to monthly injections of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. Bicycle Health CEO Ankit Gupta offers a deep dive.

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Providence erases or refunds $158M in medical bills

Health Care Dive

The Renton, Washington-based nonprofit health system will refund millions to settle allegations it skirted charity care obligations between 2018 and 2023.

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Payers up against slight decline in 2025 Medicare Advantage payments

Fierce Healthcare

Medicare Advantage (MA) payments are set to decrease yet again in 2025 as the feds phase in significant changes to risk adjustment. | Medicare Advantage payments are set to decrease yet again in 2025 as the feds phase in significant changes to risk adjustment.

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Predicting Private Equity’s Involvement in Home Health Care in 2024

Home Health Care

This article is a part of your HHCN+ Membership Health care’s share of global private-equity (PE) deal count peaked at 13.7% in 2020. Three years later, that number fell to 10.8% — its lowest level since 2015. Compared to the bustling activity of 2021, home-based care dealmaking was mostly sluggish in 2023 and has followed that same trend. The slow year was largely due to PE firms’ reluctance to re-engage in the market.

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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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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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HHS finalizes rule on telehealth at opioid treatment programs

Health Care Dive

Programs could begin some medication treatment via telehealth under the rule, which the agency argues will remove transportation barriers and expand access to care.

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At inaugural food-as-medicine summit, HHS announces partnerships to bolster the movement

Fierce Healthcare

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced new private-public partnerships to support the food as medicine movement at its first-ever summit on the topic on Wednesday. | HHS will be teaming up with Instacart, a grocery delivery company and two nonprofits, the Rockefeller Foundation and Feeding America. They will share research, communication and program implementations to advance the collective understanding of food as medicine.

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Elara Caring CEO Scott Powers: MA Plans Coming To Negotiating Table With More ‘Reasonable Expectations’

Home Health Care

When there are as many problems to hurdle in a space such as home health care, leaders have to prioritize. Interestingly enough, not many companies have the same top priorities, however. The priorities are a good reflection of what home health leaders believe will lead to solutions. Their priorities are generally not what you would consider solutions in themselves, however.

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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.