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Dive Brief: Hospitals across the country have spent more than $3 billion on personal protective equipment since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, though costs have steadily declined since the worst shortages experienced during the second quarter of 2020, according to an analysis from Premier, a group purchasing organization. Before the pandemic, hospitals normally spent
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Dive Brief: Ransomware attacks on healthcare facility networks are causing medical device “outages” that put patient lives at risk, according to Kevin Fu, acting director of cybersecurity at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “You can’t have a safe and effective medical device if it’s unavailable” due to ransomware, Fu told AdvaMed’s annual
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A government watchdog’s special fraud alert warning companies of red flags to avoid when soliciting doctors as speakers has caused a splash within the medtech industry — in particular new guidance on alcohol served at events. The November 2020 alert from the Office of Inspector General addresses “suspect circumstances” medtechs and drugmakers might avoid to
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Provider groups slammed CMS for an interim final rule released Thursday that lays out the arbitration process for determining out-of-network payments so that patients don’t receive surprise bills. The second major rulemaking on the No Surprises Act establishes that existing rates in a provider’s geographic area will be a strong anchor for final payment decisions
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The country’s largest nursing union is accusing hospitals of skirting mandates it fought hard for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to temporarily impose amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Infection control policies early in the pandemic rapidly shifted amid shortages and changing guidance from government agencies, spurring tension between healthcare workers and their employers. Concerns over
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Within the past 18 months, health science programs are facing added challenges with their clinical placements. Some schools paused clinical placements last year due to COVID-19, and now have a backlog in their existing clinical experience schedules. This exacerbates the already-increasing competition for high-quality clinical placements. There are more students, but in many cases, fewer
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Dive Brief: The COVID-19 pandemic spurred health systems to adopt new technologies and meet the changing needs of their patients, though much of that momentum has stalled in 2021, according to a report out Wednesday from Kaufman Hall. Only 7% of the organizations Kaufman Hall surveyed scored in the first tier of its Healthcare Consumerism
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Editor’s note: Claus Jensen is Teladoc Health’s chief innovation officer Until about 100 years ago, the village doctor was the primary and often only source of healthcare in the local community. They knew everyone, knew the history of your family good and bad, knew the disease patterns in the local community and were a ubiquitously
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Dive Brief: Four out of six infections routinely tracked at U.S. hospitals rose significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data analysis published in the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America on Thursday. From 2019 to 2020, major increases were observed in central-line associated bloodstream
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Contracts covering thousands of nurses at major hospitals expired and went up for renegotiation this summer, and despite some disputes, most of those hospitals and labor unions are reaching new deals relatively quickly. While nursing unions have long pushed for stricter staffing requirement like nurse-to-patient ratios — and continue to do so — they’re further stressing the
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Dive Brief: Outpatient facilities, including family medicine and specialty clinics, were targeted by cybercriminals nearly as often as hospitals in the first half of this year, according to a report from cybersecurity firm Critical Insight using HHS data. Among healthcare facilities overall, breaches are occurring nearly twice as often since 2019, and breaches attributed to
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The pandemic is permanently changing the way businesses in all industries operate and how employees perform their jobs. That’s especially true in healthcare, where attempts to reduce physical contact spurred the brisk adoption of telehealth, home health services and virtual platforms to help patients with appointments. Analysts with McKinsey believe healthcare employers should rethink the
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Dive Brief: A new survey conducted by Social Sciences Research Solutions for the Bipartisan Policy Center concludes that telehealth is likely an ongoing viable option for consumers even after the COVID-19 pandemic winds down. According to the survey, more than 90% of patients said they were satisfied with their telehealth visits and were likely to
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State lawmakers temporarily scrapped hundreds of regulations early in the COVID-19 pandemic to help businesses and consumers deal with widespread shutdowns, giving patients greater access to telehealth and helping spur an explosion in use of virtual care. A number of states allowed medical professionals licensed elsewhere to hold telehealth visits with residents of their state
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Nearly two months since it became available, many doctors have yet to use the first drug approved in the United States to slow Alzheimer’s disease. The drug, known scientifically as aducanumab and commercially as Aduhelm, has been a source of hope to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers for the past several years. Rather than treat
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Dive Brief: Hospital margins were still tight in June as rising expenses offset rebounding volumes and revenues, according to Kaufman Hall’s latest monthly flash report released Monday. Volumes and margins were much stronger in June than during the early months of the pandemic last year, the report found. But volumes were still well below pre-pandemic
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Dive Brief: Health care startup Zocdoc announced the appointment of Edward Liu as CFO. Liu has spent more than two decades as the head of Americas Technology Banking at Morgan Stanley, and will oversee all of the digital healthcare marketplace’s finances.  Just prior to Liu’s hire, Zocdoc overhauled its pricing model, which used to charge practitioners a
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To ensure compliance and patient safety, there are two federal sources that healthcare organizations need to screen for exclusions at a minimum monthly, as well as State Medicaid exclusion lists. The two major federal sources that need to be continuously monitored are the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG)
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