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Virta Health champions its nutrition therapy as an effective GLP-1 off-ramp. Here's why

Fierce Healthcare

Telemedicine clinic Virta Health believes its members can achieve significant and sustained improvement in weight loss, even if a patient has stopped taking a GLP-1 drug, a newly released paper in | A new study in Diabetes Therapy from Virta Health says the company's carbohydrate restricted nutrition therapy allows patients who no longer want a GLP-1 prescription to still keep the weight off.

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Tenet to sell two California hospitals to Adventist for $550M

Health Care Dive

The latest divestiture comes as the Dallas-based for-profit has sold other hospitals while it reduces its debt load.

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Highmark unites diversified business solutions under Alloyed Works umbrella

Fierce Healthcare

Highmark is uniting its diversified business offerings under one roof with the launch of its new Alloyed Works unit. | Highmark is uniting its diversified business offerings under one roof with the launch of its new Alloyed Works unit.

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Mayo Clinic boosted operating income by 82% in 2023

Health Care Dive

Investment returns and outpatient services revenue drove results.

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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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Trinity Health hospitals file parallel lawsuits calling anesthesiology group's non-competes unlawful

Fierce Healthcare

Two of Trinity Health’s affiliate hospitals mounted lawsuits against a large anesthesia group alleging that non-compete and non-solicitation clauses included in its providers’ contracts restrict co | The latest pushback against large anesthesiology groups' market power and practices alleges "millions of dollars" in damages for each hospital due to "exorbitant" payment demands.

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Three-quarters of health professionals project widespread AI adoption: survey

Health Care Dive

The survey from Berkeley Research Group comes as the federal government mulls how to best regulate artificial intelligence in healthcare.

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Northwell Health, Nuvance Health to merge

Health Care Dive

The proposed deal would create a 28-hospital system in New York and Connecticut.

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'Dozens and dozens' of data analytics projects drive $100M+ in savings, revenue gains for UnityPoint Health

Fierce Healthcare

Long-term commitment and a willingness to stomach both upfront and last-mile burdens are the price of admission for millions in analytics-based cost savings and revenue enhancements. | The nonprofit health system partnered with Health Catalyst on eight years of performance improvement initiatives targeting length of stay, care management, ED utilization and other costly focus areas.

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Hospital at Home: Prospects and Challenges, and Learnings from Best Buy Health

Health Populi

With the urgent need to identify more efficient and lower-cost health care delivery models, we look to growing evidence for digital health technologies that support the Hospital at Home (HaH) model, considered in a new review article published in late February in npj Digital Medicine, The hospital at home in the USA: current status and future prospects.

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Azalea Health Unveils AI Strategy to Transform Healthcare Workflows

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Azalea Health, a provider of cloud-based healthcare IT solutions and services, today announced its innovative approach to leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to revolutionize healthcare workflows. – The AI strategy focuses on enhancing efficiency, accuracy, and personalization while prioritizing patient privacy and data security.

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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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The Pennant Group Continues Thriving In Home Health Care

Home Health Care

The Pennant Group (Nasdaq: PNTG) is more than halfway to meeting its goal of building a pipeline of 100 CEOs. The company announced that it added more than 50 CEOs in training, and that 38 local leaders earned C-level designations in their operations. Pennant CEO Brent Guerisoli noted that leadership development has been one of the most important keys to the company’s success.

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iRhythm and Epic Integrate to Streamline Access to Cardiac Monitoring Services

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – iRhythm Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: IRTC), a leader in digital healthcare solutions for cardiac arrhythmias, today announced a collaboration with Epic to simplify access to its Zio long-term cardiac monitoring services for healthcare providers using Epic’s electronic health record (EHR) platform. – The partnership between iRhythm and Epic is expected to significantly simplify access to Zio services, potentially impacting millions of patients and improvin

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What The UnitedHealth Group Antitrust Investigation Means For Amedisys, Home Health Industry

Home Health Care

This article is a part of your HHCN+ Membership Since the news surfaced Tuesday that the Department of Justice had opened an antitrust investigation into UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), additional questions have bubbled up. Namely, those questions surround the home health provider Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), which agreed to be acquired by UnitedHealth Group’s Optum in June of last year.

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HL7 & The Sequoia Project Partner to Advance Healthcare Data Interoperability

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Health Level Seven International (HL7®) and The Sequoia Project, leaders in promoting healthcare information technology (health IT) interoperability , announced a strategic collaboration to accelerate the adoption of the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standards in the US and globally. – The HL7 FHIR® Accelerator (FAST) program, initially spearheaded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), will

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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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Congress and States Advance Efforts to Provide Financial Support to Caregivers

Health Policy News

Congress and States Advance Efforts to Provide Financial Support to Caregivers As Health Policy News continues our Focus on Caregiving Series, we turn our focus to financial support for family.

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[ANSWERED] What is COB in Medical Billing?

Etactics

Around 43 million Americans had multiple health plans in 2021. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that there were around 301 million people in the United States in 2021. In other words, just about 14% of Americans had multiple insurance payers. When a patient seeks out a medical treatment or service, the first thing they must do upon arrival is check in.

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CMS Pushes forward Efforts to Address Health-Related Social Needs 

Health Policy News

CMS Pushes forward Efforts to Address Health-Related Social Needs As states focus on advancing their 2024 Medicaid priorities, on many of those lists is likely to be Health-Related Social Needs.

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Strengthening Infection Prevention and Control in Sierra Leone and Ethiopia

CDC

Experts are working together to bring down rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in low- and middle-income countries, which can be at least 3 times higher than those in high-income countries. Healthcare professionals trained in infection prevention and control (IPC) are critical to reduce HAIs and improve patient and healthcare worker safety, but many healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries lack trained IPC professionals.

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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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SAMSHA Releases Final Rule on Opioid Use Disorder Treatment following Proposed COVID-19 PHE Telehealth Rollbacks  

Health Policy News

SAMSHA Releases Final Rule on Opioid Use Disorder Treatment following Proposed COVID-19 PHE Telehealth Rollbacks Health Policy News has been closely covering the both Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s plans to.

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Interview with Tango CEO Brian Lobley

Health Business Group

Brian Lobley , CEO of Tango , joins me to unravel the complexities of post-acute care and its crucial role in patient recovery and healthcare economics. Brian shares his journey from his Philadelphia roots to reshaping healthcare through technology (with a passionate nod to Philly sports teams along the way). We explore Tango's mission to revolutionize home-based care for seniors, especially within the Medicare Advantage space, and how this aligns with the growing preference for patients to recu

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Health Policy News February 2024

Health Policy News

Health Policy News February In this month’s edition of Health Policy News, we continue our Focus on Caregiving Series with an overview of the federal Credit for Caring Act introduced.

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Machine Learning Models Predict Mortality Among Dementia Patients

Health IT Analytics

New machine learning tools accurately predicted patient mortality at one, five, three, and 10 years across eight dementia subtypes.

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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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Hippocratic AI Launches Beta Testing of First Generative AI for Healthcare

HIT Consultant

Hippocratic AI launches beta testing for its generative AI-powered healthcare solution with strong network of healthcare providers.

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How do surrogates make treatment decisions for patients with dementia?

Healthcare ECONOMIST

To answer this question, a paper by Nicholas et al. (2024) conducted a nationally representative experimental survey. The survey used a series of vignettes related to care decisions of hospitalized adults with dementia. These vignettes were cross-randomized along three dimensions (i) cognitive impairment, (ii) gender, and (iii) characteristics of advance care planning.

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News 3/1/24

HIStalk

Top News A ransomware group claims that its cyberattack against.

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WebMD Acquires Healthwise Assets to Strengthen Patient Education Offerings

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – WebMD Health Corp., a provider of health information services, announced today the acquisition of certain operating assets from Healthwise, Inc., a company specializing in patient education and engagement solutions. – Healthwise’s assets, including its extensive library of patient education content, technology platform, and client relationships, will be integrated into WebMD Ignite , WebMD’s healthcare engagement division.

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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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Message from HHS about an ongoing active cybersecurity threat to your IT resources

Briggs Healthcare

In response to active exploitation of a cybersecurity vulnerability, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an update to the joint advisory #StopRansomware: ALPHV Blackcat to provide new indicators of compromise (IOCs) and tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) associated with the ALPHV Blackcat ransomware as a service (RaaS).

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EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 2/29/24

HIStalk

Lots of folks around the virtual water cooler are talking.

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‘Much Bigger Opportunity’: BrightSpring Enters The Public Market With Ambitious Growth Goals

Home Health Care

Of late, it hasn’t always been sunshine and rainbows for home-based care providers after hitting the public market. BrightSpring Health Services (Nasdaq: BTSG), however, is trying to buck that trend. “We have strategically positioned BrightSpring to be a major player in the areas of greatest need in health care and in some of the most exciting growth markets within health care services,” BrightSpring CEO Jon Rousseau said during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call Thursday.

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Morning Headlines 3/1/24

HIStalk

AHA Letter to HHS on Implications of Change Healthcare Cyberattack.

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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.