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Aiming for seamless data migration
04/14/2022
Aiming for seamless data migration

Aiming for seamless data migration

WellSpan Health CMIO Dr. Robert Lackey shares data integration challenges and how his organization overcame them during recent mergers.

HIMSS22: Exploring the conference session buzz
04/13/2022
HIMSS22: Exploring the conference session buzz

HIMSS22: Exploring the conference session buzz

HIMSS Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Charles Alessi, tours the conference session halls at the 2022 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition in Orlando to discover the most in-demand topics.

Using digital touchpoints to improve the consumer experience in healthcare
04/12/2022
Using digital touchpoints to improve the consumer experience in healthcare

Using digital touchpoints to improve the consumer experience in healthcare

HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf talks to The Chartis Group's Gregg Mohrmann, director and practice leader, informatics and technology, and Tom Kiesau, senior partner and director, Chartis Digital, about digital progress for the patient's journey.

The future of healthcare IT and telehealth
04/11/2022
The future of healthcare IT and telehealth

The future of healthcare IT and telehealth

HIMSS SVP of government relations Tom Leary discusses HIMSS' efforts with Congress to ease access to telehealth and to improve remote patient monitoring, and how the HIMSS Foundation would like to diversify the healthcare IT workforce.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office is asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to gauge the effect t...
04/10/2022
Government Accountability Office asks CMS to assess telehealth quality for Medicaid beneficiaries

The U.S. Government Accountability Office is asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to gauge the effect that an increase in #telehealth utilization is having on the care quality experienced by Medicaid beneficiaries. The GAO cited statistics showing usage continues to rise. #GovHIT

The number of Medicaid beneficiaries using the technology is on the upswing, with five states showing big increases during the pandemic.

Medicaid and CHIP patients are now assured coverage for a full 12 months after pregnancy, with Louisiana first in line t...
04/10/2022
HHS: People with Medicaid, CHIP now eligible for postpartum coverage

Medicaid and CHIP patients are now assured coverage for a full 12 months after pregnancy, with Louisiana first in line to take advantage of the extension. #MaternalHealth

Such patients are now assured coverage for a full 12 months after pregnancy, with Louisiana first in line to take advantage of the extension.

Healthcare mergers and acquisitions data shows only 12 transactions recorded during the first quarter of the year, conti...
04/10/2022
Healthcare mergers and acquisitions hit new low in first quarter

Healthcare mergers and acquisitions data shows only 12 transactions recorded during the first quarter of the year, continuing a downward trend: To date, it's the lowest number of consolidations since Kaufman Hall first started tracking these statistics in 2016.

Most of the deals were smaller transactions, a stark contrast to previous quarters involving mega mergers of higher dollar amounts.

😷 The results from a study by the New England Journal of Medicine provide evidence for the effectiveness of a second boo...
04/09/2022
Second booster offers short-term COVID-19 protection, study finds

😷 The results from a study by the New England Journal of Medicine provide evidence for the effectiveness of a second booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, at least in terms of preventing severe reactions to the #coronavirus.

Protection against infection only lasts about a month, but protection against severe reaction to the virus lasts far longer.

Blue Shield of California and Walgreens Health are expanding access to in-person and virtual care options through the la...
04/09/2022
Blue Shield CA, Walgreens expanding access to in-person, virtual care

Blue Shield of California and Walgreens Health are expanding access to in-person and virtual care options through the launch of 12 new Walgreens Health Corner locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County. #PatientExperience

The types of services offered at the new Health Corner locations range from preventive care to assistance with managing chronic conditions.

The service will be known as #AllianceRx Walgreens Pharmacy to reflect the company's full ownership of the prescription ...
04/09/2022
Walgreens' home delivery pharmacy rebrands

The service will be known as #AllianceRx Walgreens Pharmacy to reflect the company's full ownership of the prescription delivery platform. #DigitalHealth #InnovatePharma

The service will be known as AllianceRx Walgreens Pharmacy to reflect the company's full ownership of the prescription delivery platform.

Streamlining and reimagining healthcare for the military
04/08/2022
Streamlining and reimagining healthcare for the military

Streamlining and reimagining healthcare for the military

Barclay Butler, director of the Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs Interagency Program Office, examines coordination of healthcare for beneficiaries and servicemembers.

Walgreens' home delivery pharmacy rebrands
04/07/2022
Walgreens' home delivery pharmacy rebrands

Walgreens' home delivery pharmacy rebrands

The service will be known as AllianceRx Walgreens Pharmacy to reflect the company's full ownership of the prescription delivery platform.

Healthcare can be reimagined with AI
04/07/2022
Healthcare can be reimagined with AI

Healthcare can be reimagined with AI

Mount Sinai Health System VP for clinical innovation and chief nursing informatics officer Robert Freeman talks about AI and machine learning tools, and how they can support caregiving teams and improve patient safety.

Using data to improve efficiency and healthcare access
04/06/2022
Using data to improve efficiency and healthcare access

Using data to improve efficiency and healthcare access

CEO of ZeOmega Sam Rangaswamy underlines the importance of SDoH to population health management. He explains how healthcare organizations can use data to improve efficiency and health equity.

Federal health IT innovations reflect evolving needs
04/05/2022
Federal health IT innovations reflect evolving needs

Federal health IT innovations reflect evolving needs

The pandemic and the EHR modernization initiative have changed the landscape of federal health IT, according to Dr. Terry Adirim, VA program executive director; FEHRM director Bill Tinston; and Holly Joers, program executive officer at the DOD.

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"CMS will soon publish a rule on enhanced data exchange, says CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure." - Healthcare Finance #healthequity #healthcaredata
In a federal price transparency rule that took effect January 1, 2021, hospitals were tasked with posting all of their prices online in clear, easily accessible formats. But a new survey from Patient Rights Advocate has found that, to date, just 14.3% of 1,000 hospitals are compliant with the rule. Learn more in this Healthcare Finance article:
A global pandemic, constant disruptions, and staffing shortages – none of them were enough to stop the nursing profession from being named “America’s Most Trusted” for a 20th consecutive year. We couldn’t agree more. Air Methods is proud of the hard work and dedication of our nurses across the country. https://bit.ly/3txNGfU I #ThankYouNurses #EmergencyMedicine #FrontlineWorkers Healthcare Finance
How are health insurers covering over-the-counter COVID-19 tests? Health insurers, including L.A. Care Health Plan, have set up networks of preferred providers in order to obtain a test with no out-of-pocket expense. Read the latest Healthcare Finance article by Susan Morse. #lacaredhp
Home healthcare continues to rise among hospital organizations. Healthcare Finance shares the story.
Senate bill would make telehealth reimbursement permanent for certain services. Healthcare Finance shares the story. https://hubs.la/H0_J-yx0
Not sure if Hospital at Home programs are worth the time and effort to implement? This Healthcare Finance piece shows the advantages of the program, as Mark Larson of Sg2 HealthCare puts it, “in the economics of it:” https://bit.ly/3FeShpF.
As the #pandemic winds down, #ruralhospitals can use the leftover federal funds to update their #telehealth services. Learn more how this allows rural hospitals to invest in technology via Healthcare Finance:
Healthcare spending for working Americans has reached an all time high. According to the Health Care Cost Institute's annual Health Care Cost and Utilization Report, average annual healthcare spending for people with employer-sponsored insurance rose 2.9% to $6,001 per person in 2019. Outpatient visits saw the highest spending increase at 31.4%. ~ Healthcare Finance https://hubs.la/H0Zkjdl0
Shifting common outpatient procedures to #ASCs shows cost savings by 59% and save consumers $684 on average per outpatient procedure. Healthcare Finance https://bit.ly/3BY7jPi
Consumers want better healthcare experiences and thanks to major non-healthcare brands, digital experiences have become commonplace. Your organization can learn a lot from streaming giant, Netflix, on how to keep patients engaged. ~ Healthcare Finance https://hubs.la/H0Wj3Gj0
#Telehealth and other new technologies are putting the patient first, improving outcomes and lowering the cost of care. Learn more in this Healthcare Finance article.