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Healthcare systems make valuable strides in the eye of a pandemic

January 31, 2023

Via: Healthcare Dive

It seems every burnout story these days can be attributed to COVID-19 and how could it not? The pandemic exposed the existing protocols and care pathways in place for the past decade that were not dynamic enough to support the […]


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It’s ‘Telehealth vs. No Care’: Doctors Say Congress Risks Leaving Patients Vulnerable

January 31, 2023

Via: Kaiser Health News

When the covid-19 pandemic hit, Dr. Corey Siegel was more prepared than most of his peers. Half of Siegel’s patients — many with private insurance and Medicaid — were already using telehealth, logging onto appointments through phones or computers. “You […]


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Addressing 3 pandemic-induced payment integrity challenges

January 30, 2023

Via: Healthcare Dive

Prior to the pandemic, claims fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) was a priority issue for health plans aiming to improve both care quality and the member experience. But, accelerated by the pandemic, health plans are now grappling with compounding operational […]


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Healthcare labor trends in 2023: increased burnout, executive stress

January 30, 2023

Via: Healthcare Dive

The nation’s healthcare workforce still is trying to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic nearly three years after it began as labor shortages stress hospitals and clinicians, spurring increased burnout among staff ranging from nurses to executives. In addition, healthcare workers […]


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Government Lets Health Plans That Ripped Off Medicare Keep the Money

January 30, 2023

Via: Kaiser Health News

Medicare Advantage plans for seniors dodged a major financial bullet Monday as government officials gave them a reprieve for returning hundreds of millions of dollars or more in government overpayments — some dating back a decade or more. The health […]


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China says its COVID situation is now at a ‘low level’ following Lunar New Year

January 30, 2023

Via: Fox News

China said on Monday that the COVID-19 situation in the country was at a “low level”, and that fever clinic visits due to the coronavirus during the Lunar New Year dropped about 40% from before the week-long holiday “The overall […]


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WHO seeks to expand role in tackling next global health emergency, but faces funding issues

January 30, 2023

Via: Fox News

The World Health Organization will push at its board meeting this week for an expanded role in tackling the next global health emergency after COVID-19, but is still seeking answers on how to fund it, according to health policy experts. […]


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FBI takes down hacker group that targeted hospitals

January 27, 2023

Via: Healthcare Dive

The FBI seized control of a notorious ransomware gang’s servers and websites, crippling the group’s ability to launch cyberattacks and demand multimillion dollar ransoms from its victims, the Department of Justice said Thursday. The ransomware group, known as the Hive, […]


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Did Your Health Plan Rip Off Medicare?

January 27, 2023

Via: Kaiser Health News

Today, KHN has released details of 90 previously secret government audits that reveal millions of dollars in overpayments to Medicare Advantage health plans for seniors. The audits, which cover billings from 2011 through 2013, are the most recent financial reviews […]


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Upcoming Medicaid redeterminations could hamper hospitals, payers

January 26, 2023

Via: Healthcare Dive

Upcoming Medicaid redeterminations could further complicate healthcare operating environments, as hospitals and payers continue to face pandemic-driven challenges nearly three years into COVID-19, according to a new report from Moody’s Investor Services. Medicaid enrollment rose substantially through the pandemic, growing […]


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Emergency Department Visits: A Cure or a Symptom?

January 26, 2023

Via: Health IT Answers

As many integrated provider networks and ACOs manage their populations under value-based contracts, over utilization of emergency departments drive up costs and compromise performance outcome of patients. Many healthcare leaders believe high ER utilization is a symptom of a larger […]


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European Union drug regulator determines antibiotic shortage not a ‘major event’

January 26, 2023

Via: Fox News

Europe’s drug regulator has decided not to label the antibiotic shortage on the continent a “major event”, given existing measures to tackle the shortfall were working in the short term, it said in a statement on Thursday, A “major event” […]


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The Seemingly Limitless Potential of Blockchain in Healthcare

January 25, 2023

Via: HitConsultant

Interoperability remains the Holy Grail in healthcare, the goal to which all organizations aspire. The urgency to remove silos and improve communication between various systems and organizations is paramount, as it promises to lead to greater efficiency and improved outcomes […]


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High Inflation is Driving The Deferment of Necessary Medical Care

January 23, 2023

Via: HitConsultant

This past year has been especially challenging as inflation costs continue to touch all aspects of daily life, leading to tough choices for many consumers as we finished the holiday season and look to goals and planning for 2023. In […]


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How Will The Inflation Reduction Act Impact Healthcare in 2023? 6 Trends to Know

January 23, 2023

Via: HitConsultant

Key Trends in Healthcare in 2023 The main insights from the report are highlighted as follows: 1. Understanding the Interaction Among New Drug Pricing Policies Drug pricing policy changes will have far-reaching effects for all stakeholders, varying based on product-specific […]


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FDA to propose yearly COVID vaccines like annual flu shots for Americans

January 23, 2023

Via: Fox News

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed approaching COVID-19 vaccines like the annual flu shot many Americans receive in order to protect against mutations of the virus. The proposal aims to simplify future vaccination efforts. Under this strategy, most […]


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EU drug regulator has not found any signs of Pfizer COVID shot linking to stroke

January 19, 2023

Via: Fox News

The European Union’s drug regulator has not identified any safety signals in the region related to U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech’s updated COVID-19 shot, the agency said on Wednesday. On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]


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Hospitals Need New Approaches for Attracting Cost-Conscious Consumers Starting with Payment

January 18, 2023

Via: Health IT Answers

For one out of three consumers, inflation is the top reason they fear being unable to pay for an unexpected medical expense. Yet consumers want to prioritize health and fitness spending in the year ahead, an Accenture survey found. In […]


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M&A: Arrive Health Acquires UPMC Enterprises Pharmacy Technology

January 18, 2023

Via: HitConsultant

UPMC Enterprises and UPMC pharmacy experts have developed and deployed technology to support medication adherence. The AI virtual assistant and integrated workflow tools allow care teams to prioritize patients who are at risk of skipping their medications and drive continuous […]


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8 Executive Pharmacy Predictions/Trends to Watch in 2023

January 18, 2023

Via: HitConsultant

Community pharmacists trusted to deliver care: In 2023, pharmacists will play an integral role as part of the team managing patient care for diseases like diabetes, hypertension, or multiple comorbidities. And to support this work, I predict that we will […]