2024

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Walmart shuttering all 51 health centers, citing lack of profitability

Fierce Healthcare

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information. | Walmart is shuttering all 51 health centers along with its virtual care services, the retail giant announced Tuesday morning.

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No appointments available: America’s escalating primary care shortage

Health Care Dive

Chronic disinvestment and inadequate training have created a shortage of primary care workers. Leaders at the Milbank Memorial Fund, National Association of Community Health Centers and the American Academy of Family Physicians argue for solutions.

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AHA, H-ISAC warn hospitals about Black Basta following Ascension cyberattack

Healthcare It News

The Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center issued a threat alert Friday about the Russia-backed ransomware group Black Basta, warning of its accelerated attempted attacks against the healthcare sector. Prompted by H-ISAC, the American Hospital Association also sent a cybersecurity advisory with technical mitigation recommendations to its members.

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Rebel Health: The Personal and Professional Passion of Susannah Fox

Health Populi

A “rebel” is both a noun and a verb. As a noun, Merriam-Webster tells us that a rebel is a person who opposes or takes up arms against a government or a ruler. As a verb, “to rebel” is to oppose or disobey one in authority or control, or otherwise renounce and resist by force the authority of one’s government.” An additional definition of the verb is, “ to feel or exhibit anger or revulsion.” If you’ve been a patient facing a diagnosis of an

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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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The Looming Home Care Disaster In New York State

Home Health Care

There’s a potential storm brewing in New York state due to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s executive budget for 2025. The budget proposal includes over $1 billion in cuts to the states’ home care programs. The move is an effort to reduce Medicaid spending. The budget proposal cuts, which was released on Jan. 16, would directly impact New York’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP).

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Generative AI and the path to personalized medicine with Microsoft Azure

Cloud Blogs

In the rapidly evolving landscape of healthcare, the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t a futuristic vision: It’s a present reality. Azure OpenAI Service is transforming the way care is delivered and experienced by patients and providers alike. As healthcare providers and tech companies collaborate to harness the power of generative AI, they pave the way for more efficient, accessible, and personalized healthcare solutions that promise to redefine patient care for the better.

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Please leave politicians out of the exam room. Proposed changes to transgender health policies set a dangerous precedent

Healthy Debate

The post Please leave politicians out of the exam room. Proposed changes to transgender health policies set a dangerous precedent appeared first on Healthy Debate.

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FTC Strengthens Health Data Breach Notification Rule to Protect Consumers

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized significant changes to the Health Breach Notification Rule (HBNR) , aiming to improve consumer protection in the digital age. – These updates clarify the rule’s application to modern technologies like health apps and expand the information healthcare providers must disclose in the event of a data breach.

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Expanding What We Know About Smart Use of Antibiotics

NCQA

Responsible Stewards of Antibiotic Use , our project to spread the word about smart use of antibiotics , has progressed to the second phase. This milestone matters for two reasons: A new utilization measure increases our understanding. We’ve included Antibiotic Utilization for Respiratory Conditions (AXR) as the fourth HEDIS measure we use to track antibiotics stewardship.

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State Policy Considerations to Support Equitable Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs 

NASHP

Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) require services beyond those needed by children generally, yet they often face difficulties accessing high-quality health care. Of the over 15 million CYSHCN in the U.S., only 12.8 percent receive care in a well-functioning system, 1 and 44.6 percent of families with CYSHCN report frustrations in accessing services. 2 As states adopt strategies to improve systems of care for CYSHCN, many are prioritizing equitable access across populati

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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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Hospitals no longer required to report COVID-19 data to CDC

Fierce Healthcare

Hospitals are off the hook for data reporting requirements that have been in place since the early COVID-19 pandemic. | Hospitals were required to share COVID-19 admissions, ICU capacity and other related data on a daily basis during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, then the reporting frequency shifted. The CDC said it still encourages hospitals to report their data on a "voluntary" basis and will soon begin displaying those data online.

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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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Doctors are getting on board with genAI, survey shows

Healthcare It News

In an online survey of 100 practicing physicians who work in a large U.S. hospital or health system and use clinical decision support tools, four in five providers – 81% – agreed that generative artificial intelligence can improve care team interactions with patients. The doctors surveyed by Wolter Kluwer also indicated high standards for selecting genAI tools – with 89% reporting they need vendors to be transparent about the sources of CDS data and want to be sure it comes fro

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News 4/19/24

HIStalk

Top News Medication management vendor DrFirst acquires Myndshft Technologies, which.

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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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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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Harness the power of data and AI in healthcare with new Microsoft solutions

Cloud Blogs

We are living in the era of AI in healthcare , where data and algorithms augment human capabilities and enable new possibilities for improving health and well-being. AI can help us understand complex patterns, generate insights, and provide recommendations that can enhance clinical decision making, personalize care, and empower patients as well as automate tasks to improve productivity.

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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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Justice Department 'upping its game' on healthcare antitrust enforcement with new task force

Fierce Healthcare

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it has established a new task force to take on healthcare monopolies and collusion. | The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it has established a new task force to take on healthcare monopolies and collusion.

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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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Ascension reports systems, clinical operations disrupted amid apparent 'cybersecurity event'

Fierce Healthcare

Ascension disclosed Wednesday that it has detected “unusual activity” on some of its technology networks that it believes “is due to a cybersecurity event.” | The Catholic health giant said it detected "unusual activity" Wednesday and "immediately" activated remediation processes, including hiring a third-party cybersecurity firm.

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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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Uber Health to roll out new caregiving solution to simplify benefits, logistics for families

Fierce Healthcare

NEW YORK CITY—Uber Health will begin rolling out a new solution designed for caregivers this summer, the company announced at its annual product event Wednesday. | Uber Caregiver will allow care-receivers to add a caregiver to their Uber profile so they can see and spend their health benefits on eligible services, request rides to doctor’s appointments or order groceries.

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Epic plans to launch AI validation software for healthcare organizations to test, monitor models

Fierce Healthcare

As artificial intelligence rapidly advances in healthcare, the industry is grappling with how to evaluate AI models for accuracy and performance and monitor the technology for any downstream advers | The healthcare industry is grappling with how to evaluate AI models for accuracy and performance and monitor the technology for any downstream adverse outcomes.

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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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ACOs led by independent physicians save Medicare ‘substantially’ more money, CBO says

Health Care Dive

Independent practices have clearer financial incentives to lower medical spending than hospitals participating in accountable care organizations, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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The race for healthcare AI models heats up as Google boasts Med-Gemini surpasses GPT-4

Fierce Healthcare

Google and DeepMind released an open access paper on their newest artificial intelligence tools intended for use in hea | Results released by Google on Med-Gemini's performance show that it outperforms existing AI/ML including GPT-4 on over a dozen industry benchmarks.

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CVS warns it could lose up to 10% of its members next year

Fierce Healthcare

Facing the wrath of upset investors following its first quarter earnings, CVS Health has promised to value margins over members going forward. | CVS Health is reassessing its Medicare Advantage business and weighing the possibility of exiting certain markets as it looks to get its margins under control.

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Denied care: Trans men often struggle for inclusive gynecologic healthcare

Fierce Healthcare

When Joseph Schneier, a transgender man then in his early 40s, started experiencing unusual spotting and elevated progesterone levels in 2021, his partner urged him to get checked out. | When Joseph Schneier, a transgender man in his early 40s, started experiencing unusual spotting and elevated progesterone levels in 2021, his partner urged him to get checked out.

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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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Providers 'wasted' $10.6B in 2022 overturning claims denials, survey finds

Fierce Healthcare

More than 100 provider organizations want the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to take a tougher stance on Medicare Advantage (MA) plans’ practices following an industry survey es | Providers spent nearly $20 billion in 2022 pursuing delays and denials across all payer types, yet those efforts are substantially more costly on average when dealing with private plans, hundreds of hospitals and health systems told Premier in a recent survey.

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Senators Whitehouse, Cassidy propose bipartisan primary care payment reform, seek industry feedback

Fierce Healthcare

U.S. | Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Bill Cassidy want to reform how primary care providers get paid through Medicare, and they also want to hear from the healthcare industry about the best way to do it.

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As AI adoption in healthcare grows, Senate lawmakers weigh regulation, payment approaches

Fierce Healthcare

As the use of artificial intelligence technology in healthcare grows, federal lawmakers are weighing how to protect patients without hindering innovation and many in Congress are pushing for strong | As the use of artificial intelligence technology in healthcare grows, federal lawmakers are weighing how to protect patients without hindering innovation and many in Congress are pushing for stronger regulation.

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Google, Bayer team up to develop new AI products for radiologists

Fierce Healthcare

Healthcare company Bayer has tapped Google for its cloud and artificial intelligence capabilities to build new tech products to assist radiologists. | Bayer wants to pair its radiology, healthcare regulator and clinical data handling expertise with Google's tech muscle and ongoing work in generative AI to speed up innovation in media imaging.

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