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Show your face; Empathy and Trust in the mask-wearing workplace


By Thomas Davis, DNAP, MAE, CRNA. This article is not intended to make a political statement, pass judgement on the CDC, or coerce healthcare providers to do anything that would compromise their safety or that of their patients.

Antidote Health debuts telemedicine-based mental health clinic

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Telehealth company Antidote Health is extending its virtual care offerings to include a service focused on mental health issues.

Misleading, Coercive Language in Bills Barring Trans Youth Access to Gender Affirming Care

Bill of Health

By Arisa R. Marshall. On Friday, a federal judge temporarily enjoined part of a new Alabama law that would make it a felony for physicians to provide gender-affirming care to trans youth. The law had been in effect for less than a week.

Monday Morning Update 5/16/22


Top News Remote monitoring and financial incentives had no impact.


Nonprofit hospitals squeezed by pricier labor, investment losses in Q1

Healthcare Dive

The first quarter is going to be "one of the worst for most of our providers," Fitch Analyst Kevin Holloran said last week

Home Care Workforce Action Alliance Formed as Providers Hit All-Time Case-Decline Highs

Home Health Care

It is often said that storytelling can be a powerful tool for change. This is what the members of the newly formed Home Care Workforce Action Alliance are banking on with the announcement of the Voices for Care at Home campaign.

Monkeypox Case(s) in the U.S.

Briggs Healthcare

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare. Here’s another infection that you may have heard about this week in the media. I’ve been aware of this virus for a few years now on an international basis, but this is a first for the virus being present here in the U.S.,

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NIH licenses COVID-19 technologies to WHO-backed program

Healthcare Dive

The agreement, which covers three experimental vaccines as well as several key patents, makes products sold in 49 low-income countries royalty-free

Home-Modification Bill Could Lead to Lower Costs, Partnerships for Home Care Providers

Home Health Care

A bill allowing older adults to deduct home-modification expenses from their taxes was introduced in Washington, D.C. last week.

Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Nursing Home Data

Briggs Healthcare

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare. CMS has posted COVID-19 nursing home data for the week ending May 8, 2022.

North Dakota Supports Caregivers to Serve Rural Populations


North Dakota Supports Caregivers to Serve Rural Populations May 20, 2022 / by Luke Pluta-Ehlers. States are experiencing direct care workforce shortages that are especially pronounced in rural areas.

Hospitals charge employer health plans more than 2 times what they charge Medicare for same services

Healthcare Dive

Rand researchers also found wide price variations across states. Florida, West Virginia and South Carolina had relative prices at or above 310% of Medicare prices, according to the report

Meet VNS Health: Why America’s Largest Home Health Nonprofit Is Carving Out a New Identity

Home Health Care

Typically, rebranding either serves two purposes: presenting a new company identity or clarifying one that wasn’t getting across. For Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), becoming VNS Health is a case of the latter.

One Million American Lives Lost to COVID-19

Briggs Healthcare

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare. “(May May 12, 2022), we mark a heartbreaking moment in this pandemic: one million American lives have been lost to COVID-19.

Learn MIPS 2022 Measures for the Allergy and Immunology Category


Each performance category accounts for a particular percentage of the overall score, which determines how much payment adjustment a clinician will receive for the following MIPS year’s performance. The rules and regulations relating to each category also change or are updated every year.

California healthcare workers reassess contracts, pandemic pressures in mind

Healthcare Dive

The pandemic has prompted nurses and residents in the state to rethink working conditions and what they will endure. Some have walked off the job, demanding better contracts, and some residents organized for the first time

Home Health Providers Believe Value-Based Contracts Will Represent Over Half of Business Soon

Home Health Care

Value-based care remains a loaded term in the home health care industry. But nonetheless, its prevalence is growing by the day. Industry insiders have recently told Home Health Care News that likely less than 5% of industry business is conducted through value-based contracts.

NOW AVAILABLE: Draft OASIS-E Guidance Manual

Briggs Healthcare

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare. The draft Guidance Manual for the OASIS-E version of the OASIS data set, effective January 1, 2023, is available in the Downloads section on the OASIS Users Manuals page.

Solve.Care Launches First Crypto Healthcare Device Marketplace

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Solve.Care , the global healthcare blockchain technology company, has announced the world’s first crypto-enabled marketplace dedicated to healthcare. – Care.Marketplace will allow for the purchase of domestic healthcare devices across the United States.

Insurers seek steep marketplace premium hikes in Vermont

Healthcare Dive

Proposed 2023 plan year average increases on individual and family plans of 17% for MVP Health Care and 12% for Blue Cross Blue Shield in the state buck the national trend of declining ACA exchange premiums

Homewatch CareGivers Targets In-Home Nutritional Support, Partners with Chefs for Senior

Home Health Care

Access to quality nutrition is often one of the overlooked aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for seniors aging in place. But companies that offer home-delivered meals can help boost patient outcomes and lower overall health care costs.

National Background Check Program for Long-Term-Care Providers: An Interim Assessment (OIG) 

Briggs Healthcare

Mary Madison, Rn, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare. Background checks for employees of long-term-care facilities are an important safety measure that can help protect some of the facilities’ most vulnerable populations.

HealthStream Acquires Continuing Education Platform CloudCME

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: HealthStream , a provider of workforce and provider solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced the completion of its acquisition of the remaining equity interest of CloudCME , a Nashville-based healthcare technology company with a nationwide customer base.

Colorado governor signs hospital staffing bill

Healthcare Dive

The law includes penalties of up to $10,000 per day for hospitals failing to follow requirements and not taking corrective action, though Gov. Jared Polis asked the state health department to go easy on small, rural hospitals

What HHVBP Means for Managed Care, SNF Utilization

Home Health Care

With the nationwide rollout of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model inching closer, home health agencies are feeling confident about their ability to adapt.

Hospitals performed 100,000 unnecessary surgeries in the first year of COVID-19, Lown Institute says

Fierce Healthcare

Hospitals performed 100,000 unnecessary surgeries in the first year of COVID-19, Lown Institute says. agliadkovskaya. Mon, 05/16/2022 - 17:42

Hospital Telehealth Vendor Financials Round Up – Teladoc Health, Amwell & SOC Telemed

HIT Consultant

Several hospital telehealth vendors enjoyed great success in 2020 as they benefitted from unprecedented demand for their IT and services during the pandemic.

States move to limit hospital visitor policies in wake of pandemic

Healthcare Dive

The Republican measures have passed in blue states like Colorado and Illinois

Home-Based Care Providers See Staffing Tailwinds from Inflation, Travel Nursing Decrease

Home Health Care

The staffing situation has been dire in home-based care for a long time, but there could finally be tailwinds slowly gaining momentum at providers’ backs.

Stress Is Playing A Big Role in Consumers’ Food Habits: Food-As-Medicine Update from IFIC

Health Populi

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated consumers, globally, to take on more DIY roles as well as self-care for health and well-being.

How Healthcare Providers Are Adapting in the Era of Telehealth, and Why Radiology was Uniquely Suited to Go Hybrid

HIT Consultant

Brian Fabrizio, Medical Information Displays Team Leader at LG Business Solutions USA.

Humana expanding primary care clinics through second joint venture with PE firm

Healthcare Dive

The payer plans to open about 100 new value-based primary care clinics for Medicare patients between 2023 and 2025 through the latest deal

The Power of ‘Higher Level’ Home-Based Care Research

Home Health Care

A recognizable name in home-based care is switching up its branding to better reflect the work it will set out to do in the near-term future for the space. The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AAHQI) is now the Research Institute for Home Care.

Community and connection: Top takeaways from the 2022 HITMC Conference


In person events? Networking? Vendor booths? For many of us, it’s been awhile since we were able to experience these things up close and in person. Last week, MEDITECH hosted the Healthcare and IT Marketing Community (HITMC) Conference , at our office in Foxborough, MA.

Delivering Patient-Centered Care Means Decluttering the Digital Health Landscape

HIT Consultant

Simon Mathews, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Pager. Digital health companies (DHCs) and their solutions continue to grow at a rapid pace. This is in part being fueled by the record funding for DHCs, with over $29 billion for US-based companies in 2021 alone.

Oscar faces shareholder lawsuit alleging it misled investors

Healthcare Dive

The insurer is accused of failing to disclose the potential negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business before its March 2021 IPO

Digital Health Adoption Across Communities is Uneven By Rurality, Race, Health Plan, and Gender

Health Populi

While telehealth, mobile health apps, and wearable technology are all growing for mainstream consumers, there are gaps in adoption based on where a person lives, their health insurance plan type, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender.