Regulators Need to Pay More Attention to Long-term and Nursing Care
At some point in our lives—perhaps many points—we will pass through a long-term or post-acute care (LTPAC) facility. But these facilities are afterthoughts in our health care system, and were excluded in particular from the huge digitization of health care triggered in the United States by the 2009 HITECH act and 2010 Affordable Care Act. In this video, you can hear about the technologies and regulations needed in LTPAC from Bill Charnetski, Executive Vice President, Health System Solutions and Government Affairs at PointClickCare. Even though skilled nursing facilities, long-care homes and retirement facilities are hi...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 17, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: C-Suite Leadership EMR-EHR Health IT Company Healthcare IT LTPAC Regulations ARRA Bill Charnetski EHR Regulations Healthcare IT Video Interviews HITECH LTPAC EHR LTPAC EMR PointClickCare Source Type: blogs

Does provider competition improve health care quality and efficiency?: expectations and evidence from Europe
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies -Provider competition is a feature of several European health systems but policy-makers are split on whether it improves health care quality and efficiency. This briefing finds that the evidence on provider competition in Europe is growing, but it remains limited and clustered in a few countries. It suggests that the proximity to provider remains the main driver of patient choice of hospital. It also looks at other areas of study such as activity-based payments, hospital mergers and the involvement of private providers in the provision of publicly funded hospital care.Pol...
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - November 17, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Competition and choice NHS performance and productivity Source Type: blogs

Let ’ s focus more on caring, rather than coding
Risk adjustment is a statistical method used by health plans to predict an individual’s use of health care services and the associated cost of care. Unlike traditional fee-for-service Medicare, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans receive a flat monthly payment for the individual beneficiary’s cost of care, with payments partially based on risk score. Higher risk scores Read more… Let’s focus more on caring, rather than coding originally appeared in KevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 16, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician Practice Management Source Type: blogs

Design thinking in health care: Physicians already have the training to be innovators
Compared to the Silicon Valley world of moving fast and breaking things, health care change often happens slowly. Some of the reasons for the inertia of our industry make sense. Change impacting patients requires a vetting process to ensure we are creating net benefit. But this inertia also exists partly because many believe our field Read more… Design thinking in health care: Physicians already have the training to be innovators originally appeared in KevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 16, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Tech Health IT Source Type: blogs

Common open enrollment considerations for doctors
Similar to most financial topics, benefit elections are not a one-size-fits-all recommendation. Open enrollment occurs at the end of each year and remains open for a month and a half. During this time, you can sign up for health insurance, flexible spending accounts (FSA) for health care and/or dependent care, health savings accounts (HSA), retirement Read more… Common open enrollment considerations for doctors originally appeared in KevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 16, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Finance Practice Management Source Type: blogs

How Russia's War in Ukraine Has Impacted Its Christian Image
Over the past decade, the Russian government has taken pains to present itself as a bastion of Christianity and traditional values. Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, however, there have been noticeable cracks in the receptivity to this messaging strategy. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 16, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Ryan Bauer Source Type: blogs

The Drifting Menace
The drifting mine threat is not going away: they are simple, effective weapons that are easily made and deployed even by actors with limited naval capabilities. A holistic approach to tactics, enforcement, and technology development could help counter the threat and maintain future freedom of the seas. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 16, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Scott Savitz Source Type: blogs

Is Care Navigation Healthcare ’s Next ‘Gold Mine’? Quantum Health’s Move to Win Over Larger Employers
BY JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH One-to-watch as a potential health tech IPO this year is care navigator Quantum Health, and I’m talking to CEO Zane Burke about both their breaking new product launch AND the key differences between Quantum and the increasingly competitive field of other employer benefits advocacy-based businesses like Accolade, Rightway, and Transcarent. Private equity backed, two-decades old, and EBITA positive, Zane says Quantum Health is delivering an ROI of “over two-and-a-half to one” to its client roster of 450 top large, self-insured employers and saving more than 14% on all healthcare co...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 15, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech WTF Health Care Navigation Healthcare Jessica DaMassa Quantum Health Source Type: blogs

Our Plants Should Be Plants
BY KIM BELLARD It seems like most of my healthcare Twitter buddies are enjoying themselves at HLTH2022, so I don’t suppose it much matters what I write about, because they’ll all be too busy to read it anyway.  That’s too bad, because I was sparked by an article on one of my favorite topics: synthetic biology.   Elliot Hershberg, a Ph.D. geneticist who describes his mission as “to accelerate the Century of Biology,” has a great article on his Substack: Atoms are local.  The key insight for me was his point that, while we’ve been recognizing the power of biology, we’ve been going about it ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 15, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Public Health HLTH2022 Industrialization Kim Bellard synthetic biology Source Type: blogs

Providing Useful Anonymized Data for Health Research: Subsalt Finds a Blended Solution
Ever since data went online, health care organizations and others have been struggling to provide useful data for advanced analytics while guarding Protected Health Information (PHI). Data masking, data aggregation, synthetic data, and differential privacy are among the solutions, but each presents difficulties and limitations. Each solution, for instance, requires expert intervention to determine how much data transformation is required to achieve de-identification. If you’re trying to protect data for a large population, such as people with high blood pressure, you can be fairly loose about anonymization, whereas i...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 15, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: AI/Machine Learning Analytics/Big Data Health IT Company Healthcare IT COVID-19 David Singletary Deidentified Health Data Differential Privacy Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics HIPAA PHI Subsalt Synthetic Data Source Type: blogs

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Survey findings indicate that giving states the option to keep people continuously enrolled in Medicaid is smart health care policy and smart economic policy.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - November 15, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sara R. Collins, Lauren A. Haynes Source Type: blogs

Keeping rural hospitals in the game [PODCAST]
Subscribe to The Podcast by KevinMD. Catch up on old episodes! “Without a strong rural health care system, our nation’s ability to expand and contract with surges in demand will become very limited. When hospitals work together, they can better ensure that no community is left without a rural hospital for urgent care.” Richard Watson is Read more… Keeping rural hospitals in the game [PODCAST] originally appeared in KevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 15, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Podcast Public Health & Policy Source Type: blogs

Xi Likely Won't Be Attacking Taiwan Anytime Soon
Rather than start a war, Xi Jinping is more likely to intensify China ' s use of coercive measures against Taiwan, including diplomatic, economic, and military pressure coupled with cyber and psychological operations. If coercion fails, Beijing might turn to force as a last resort, but this still seems unlikely given the many complicating factors. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 15, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Derek Grossman Source Type: blogs

Emerging Domestic Battery Supply Chain Should Be Wary of China's Information Ops
China has a huge stake in producing lithium-ion batteries, and is not above waging disinformation campaigns against U.S. firms involved in the battery supply chain. Extraction sector companies could work with cyber security experts and the U.S. intelligence community to educate their executives and local governments about any foreign disinformation risks. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 15, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Fabian Villalobos Source Type: blogs

The Age of Uncrewed Surface Vessels
A new age of naval warfare has been inaugurated in the Black Sea, defined by an emerging weapon. Uncrewed surface vessels could become a centerpiece of naval warfare in the coming decades, one that navies may ignore at their peril. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 15, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Scott Savitz Source Type: blogs