2021

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Being an Adult in the Face of Omicron

Bill Of Health

By Jennifer S. Bard. To those who believe that the federal government is a benign force doing the best they can to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and keep us all safe, I have two words of advice: Grow up. Neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or Dr. Fauci should be anthropomorphized into a benevolent but perhaps out-of-touch parental figure.

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Are you leaving your FHIR API front door unlocked?

Health Care Dive

Research shows FHIR APIs come with major security vulnerabilities — here's how to protect your data.

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Becoming a Bioethicist is Expensive. That’s a Problem.

Bill Of Health

By Leah Pierson. The financial barriers associated with becoming a bioethicist make the field less accessible, undermining the quality and relevance of bioethics research. Because the boundaries of the field are poorly defined, credentials often serve as a gatekeeping mechanism. For instance, the recent creation of the Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) program, which “identifies and assesses a national standard for the professional practice of clinical healthcare ethics consulting”

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Why are women more likely to use telehealth?

Health Care Dive

As Washington mulls over telehealth regulations post-COVID-19, it's important not to roll back access in a way that could disproportionately affect women, experts say.

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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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Is healthcare too hard for Big Tech firms?

Healthcare It News

Connected Health Electronic Health Records (EHR, EMR) Financial/Revenue Cycle Management Mobility Patient Engagement With Google Health and Apple both reported to be, respectively, closing down and scaling back their healthcare efforts, it's worth asking just how disruptive consumer technology companies can be in this hugely complex and fragmented industry.

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Nearly 32,000 Kaiser Permanente workers set to strike Nov. 15. Tens of thousands more mulling their own demonstrations

Fierce Healthcare

Nearly 32,000 Kaiser Permanente workers set to strike Nov. 15. Tens of thousands more mulling their own demonstrations. dmuoio. Fri, 11/05/2021 - 10:58.

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Manipulating the Climate: What Are the Geopolitical Risks?

The Rand Blog

Geoengineering technologies that could block the sun's rays or siphon huge amounts of carbon from the air are not that far out of reach. Yet the international community has not established the kinds of guardrails you might expect for potentially world-changing technologies.

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State Efforts to Ban or Enforce COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates and Passports

NASHP

State Efforts to Ban or Enforce COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates and Passports Updated August 20, 2021. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that employers could require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as long as they did not violate the Americans with Disabilities and the Civil Rights acts. The federal guidance prompted a number of states to prohibit businesses from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of work.

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Is Remote Monitoring an Intrusion?

Healthcare Leadership

One of the things I get to do is mentor and coach healthcare entrepreneurs. I really enjoy it. Plus it allows me to keep up-to-date on the latest innovations. Lately, I have seen a lot of companies building technology to help people stay safe and recover at home. It’s definitely full-steam ahead for the care-at-home movement. Care at Home is Better.

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OSHA Cracking Down on Workplace Violence Against Home-Based Care Workers

Home Health Care

Due to the nature of the job, home-based care workers face the risk of experiencing workplace violence. It’s paramount for providers to enact measures that will protect these workers and avoid liability for negligence, legal experts caution. Workplace violence is defined as an act or threat of violence. This ranges from verbal abuse to physical assaults directed toward a person at work or on duty.

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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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Top 5 Digital Transformation Priorities for Healthcare Leaders

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Today Innovaccer Inc., the Health Cloud company, released the 2021 edition of “ The Science of Digital Transformation in Healthcare and Why It’s Vital for Payer-Provider Collaboration.”. – The survey report assessed more than 4,000 survey responses from healthcare professionals over the first six months of 2021 for their insights into healthcare organizations’ progress toward digital transformation.

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Hospitals in crisis: Emergency personnel in southwestern Ontario sounding the alarm

Healthy Debate

The post Hospitals in crisis: Emergency personnel in southwestern Ontario sounding the alarm appeared first on Healthy Debate.

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Legal and Ethical Analysis of Court-Ordered Ivermectin Treatment for COVID-19

Bill Of Health

By Jennifer S. Bard. A judge in Ohio ruled on Monday that a hospital in the region must administer ivermectin to a patient very sick with COVID-19 in their ICU, despite the decision by the medical staff, in agreement with recent statements by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , that ivermectin is not an appropriate treatment, as it has been shown not to work against COVID.

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Health centers raise alarm about rolling back Medicaid coverage post-public health emergency

Health Care Dive

The clinics are worried about people with Medicaid coverage being deemed ineligible and losing insurance once states revert back to pre-pandemic Medicaid policies and eligibility, a new survey found.

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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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ONC: More patients are downloading their medical records and using portals

Healthcare It News

A brief out this month from the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT found an increase in patient portal access and online medical record download rates over the past few years. In 2020, the agency said , about six in 10 individuals throughout the country were offered access to their patient portal, and nearly 40 percent accessed their record at least once.

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RIP Medical Debt surpasses $5B in total forgiven bills, notches its largest corporate contribution to date

Fierce Healthcare

RIP Medical Debt surpasses $5B in total forgiven bills, notches its largest corporate contribution to date. dmuoio. Tue, 09/21/2021 - 13:30.

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IoT and The Rise of the Machines in Healthcare

Health Populi

As connected devices proliferate within health care enterprises and across the health care ecosystem, cybersecurity risks abound. During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health care sector was profoundly affected by cyber-attacks on connected devices, we learn in the report, Rise of the Machines 2021: State of Connected Devices – IT, IoT, IoMT and OT from Ordr.

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Russia May Underestimate Ukraine and NATO

The Rand Blog

Moscow has unveiled outlandish security demands which sound aggressive and suggest that it may underestimate both NATO and Ukraine. Kremlin leaders might consider instead seeking a stable European security architecture that protects Russia's interests while also allowing for a vibrant and sovereign Ukraine.

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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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States Address Students’ Transition Back to School

NASHP

States Address Students’ Transition Back to School Updated August 17, 2021. As of August 6, 2021, the CDC has recommended that all children 12 years and older get vaccinated against COVID-19 and that all students wear masks in schools regardless of vaccination status. As states develop their back-to-school planning efforts, a number of states are addressing vaccines, masks and mental health.

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Bad Behavior in Healthcare

Healthcare Leadership

Blog by Joe Babaian. What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. ~ Cool Hand Luke. The current trial surrounding Theranos gives us pause to consider, how much “fake it until you make it” is ok? Looking also at you, OZY Media – perhaps they should have taken Ozymandias by Shelley a little more literally? When I came across a quote from Reed Hastings of Netflix, it got me considering, it’s a great time to think about leadership in action and what we tolerate in the

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NAHC, National Minority Health Association Announce New Vaccination Program for the Home-Based Care Workforce

Home Health Care

In a move to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among home-based care workers, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has teamed up with the National Minority Health Association (NMHA) and the Flex for Checks program. “We don’t see this as a small issue to be addressed,” NAHC President Bill Dombi told Home Health Care News. “We still see it as a continuing and large issue.

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News 12/31/21

HIStalk

Top News Rhode Island’s attorney general is investigating a breach.

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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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Sorry Not Sorry: How a hospital complaint system perpetuates harm after medical error

Healthy Debate

The post Sorry Not Sorry: How a hospital complaint system perpetuates harm after medical error appeared first on Healthy Debate.

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What Makes Social Movements ‘Healthy’?

Bill Of Health

By Wendy E. Parmet. Social movements can play an important role in promoting population health and reducing health disparities. Yet, their impact need not be salutatory, as is evident by the worrying success that the anti-vaccination movement has had in stoking fears about COVID-19 vaccines. So, what makes a health-related social movement “healthy?” We need far more research about the complex dynamics and interactions between social movements and health, but the experience of a few health-relate

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Kaiser Permanente union in California nearing strike

Health Care Dive

The union contends the health system is planning "hefty cuts" to nurse wages and benefits despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and high levels of burnout among staff.

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Blue Shield of California teams with Google Cloud for billing, payment AI

Healthcare It News

Blue Shield of California and Google Cloud announced this week that they are collaborating to launch a new approach to paying providers, aimed at processing members' claims in real time. The companies say they will use automated processing, artificial intelligence and machine learning software on a cloud platform to digitize healthcare claims and improve the accuracy and timeliness of billing information.

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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.

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UCHealth stands firm on denying organ transplants to patients, donors who are unvaccinated for COVID-19

Fierce Healthcare

UCHealth stands firm on denying organ transplants to patients, donors who are unvaccinated for COVID-19. dmuoio. Wed, 10/06/2021 - 14:51.

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Necessity is the Mother(board) – How COVID-19 Inspires Local Communities to Build Broadband

Health Populi

“The simple fact is that the federal and state governments are doing almost nothing to help people who have a broadband service available that partially meets their needs but abuses them with regular price hikes, spotty reliability, and poor customer service. Local governments will continue to step in to build better networks because communities have very few other options.”.

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Ready for Take-Off? The Next Generation of UK Maritime Air Power

The Rand Blog

The recent deployment of a Carrier Strike Group represents a marked shift in the United Kingdom's ambitions and capabilities for power projection in both the maritime and air domains. The United Kingdom is hoping to work closely with NATO Allies to enhance the Alliance's collective ability to deploy maritime airpower as part of a flexible posture that can deter and respond to threats both close to home and far afield.

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Understanding the Impact of ARPA Subsidies on State-Based Marketplace Plans

NASHP

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provided additional subsidies for millions of individuals who purchase coverage through health insurance marketplaces. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) partnered with state-based marketplaces across the country through NASHP’s State Leadership Exchange Network to analyze early data on the impact of the ARPA subsidies.

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