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Questified Blueberry Cobbler Muffins

Let’s give credit where credit is due. The mega minds in the Quest Test Kitchen take two seemingly unrelated Quest favorites and use them to make something you really just didn’t see coming. Maybe that’s why we’re over here at the Quest Blog and not delighting Quest fans with ingenious […] The post Questified Blueberry …

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250+ great leaders in health IT, revenue cycle to know

Over 250 speakers from hospitals and health systems will join Becker’s Healthcare to discuss disruption and innovation in healthcare and how to best improve care, enhance operational efficiency and address financial challenges. Over 80 percent of the speakers are C-suite executives. Former President George W. Bush, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and professional golfer Michelle …

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How 6 drugmakers fared in Q2

After more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resurgence of a global monkeypox outbreak, here’s where six major pharmaceutical companies stand after 2022’s second quarter:

A Top Performer Of The ‘Independence at Home’ Demonstration Explains Its ‘Secret Sauce’ For Success

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’s (CMS) Independence at Home demonstration aims to find out if delivering comprehensive, home-based primary care can lead to positive outcomes and lowered costs.  One demonstration participant, Northwell Health, has been able to realize this goal. Broadly, the Independence at Home demonstration allows Medicare beneficiaries who have multiple chronic …

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US declares monkeypox a public health emergency

The Biden administration on Aug. 4 declared the nation’s monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency, a move that will unlock additional federal dollars to address the outbreak. The declaration comes as U.S. cases near 7,000, more than any other country so far.

What Amazon’s $3.9B One Medical Acquisition Means for In-Home Senior Care

Retail and technology giant Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) last month announced plans to acquire primary care innovator One Medical for an astounding $3.9 billion. The transaction doesn’t immediately affect senior-focused in-home care providers, but it’s another major stepping stone on the path toward disrupting the current U.S. health care system. What’s more, the deal reflects the …

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AHA: Healthcare workers need to be protected like flight crews

While hospitals have made efforts to reduce violence against their staff, such as raising risk awareness and security investments, healthcare workers deserve stronger protections at the federal level, similar to flight screws, American Hospital Association leaders said in an op-ed published Aug. 2 in The Hill.

Help patients reduce medical debt with easy patient payments

Experian is one of three credit bureaus to remove cleared medical debt from consumer credit scores, as of July 1, 2022. Previously, debts that were sent to collections would remain on patients’ credit scores for up to seven years after they’d been paid, making it harder to secure credit cards, loans and housing. Patients will …

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CVS Health Looking To Enhance Capabilities Through Home Health Care

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is one of many large corporations that have expressed a desire to revolutionize the “consumer experience” in health care. To do so, the company will continue to try to enhance its health service offerings in three categories: primary care, provider enablement and home health care. CVS Health CEO Karen Lynch reiterated …

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Apps, bots & beyond: A conversation with Kaiser Permanente IT chief Diane Comer

Kaiser Permanente has long been known as one of the leading health systems for IT and digital innovation. So Diane Comer was excited to take over as the Oakland, Calif.-based provider and health plan’s executive vice president and chief information and technology officer in April 2021, having been with the organization since 2007.

Enhabit Home Health & Hospice’s Rocky Start On The Public Market

Enhabit Home Health & Hospice (NYSE: EHAB) is the newest face on the home health public market. External factors have made it far from a red-carpet welcome. Its cost per visit shot up in the second quarter, the proposed home health rule is hanging over its head and – all the while – it’s dealing …

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5 things to look for when choosing a medical claims clearinghouse

With millions of healthcare claims to process and millions of dollars at stake each month, getting claims right the first time is a top performance indicator for healthcare providers. The administrative burden is immense – there are more than a thousand different health payers, each with their own requirements, edits and software. Each claim must …

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The Next Frontier In Home-Based Care Recruiting: Gen Z And Millennial Workers

There are a number of potential avenues to take to address the staffing needs in home-based care over the next decade. But one that will absolutely have to be taken is the one that leads to more millennial and Generation Z workers entering the space. To do that, home-based care providers are doing a few …

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Why a digital front door is the next big step for healthcare

Consumer-centric digital technology struggled to disrupt healthcare as it had in other sectors – until the pandemic made it non-negotiable. Now, healthcare providers must double down on their commitment to digital patient access or risk losing patients to competitors. In a recent interview with PYMNTS CEO Karen Webster, Experian Health’s President Tom Cox reflected on …

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Why Home Care Providers May Need to Rethink No-Hire Clauses 

Home care providers have always taken measures to ensure that they’re able to hold on to staff – especially amid labor shortages – through clauses in client services contracts prohibiting the direct hire of a caregiver.  Now, various government agencies are cracking down on these measures. “Government authorities, such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), …

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Misconceptions about selling medical real estate

As the strong fundamentals underlying the medical office real estate sector have attracted more investors, physicians are increasingly receiving inquiries about selling the buildings they own and where they practice. As they consider their options, physician groups would do well to avoid several common misconceptions.

Why Amazon wants to buy One Medical

Amazon’s plan to buy One Medical for $3.9 billion will give the retailer a larger foothold in selling healthcare services to employers, an arena the company entered in 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported July 22. 

Why An Active Public Health Emergency Is Beginning to Hurt, Not Help, Providers

The public health emergency (PHE) was once considered an oasis of sorts, both for home health agencies and health systems looking to deliver hospital-level care in the home.  But after being active for two and a half years, the length of it – and the continued, but uncertain, prolonging of it – is causing problems …

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3 investments to help tackle price transparency rules

Patients hit with a double whammy of rising costs and soaring inflation need to know where they stand when it comes to medical bills. Financially stretched patients often prioritize other household bills over healthcare payments, but delays can quickly spiral toward debt. When patients know their bills in advance, they’re better positioned to avoid medical …

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How PathWell Went From Tech Company to Growing Home Health Provider

PathWell started as a technology company with the goal to help other operators with back-end issues. When COVID-19 hit, everything changed. The Connecticut-based company, at the direction of co-founder and CEO Raman Brar, decided to change the direction of the company to become a provider itself. Over the past two years, PathWell has grown into …

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New Florida council aimed at solving nursing shortage

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Keiser University and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses have joined ranks to create an advisory council that aims to solve Southern Florida’s nursing shortage, which is predicted to worsen by 2035, Miami Today News reported July 19. 

UMass physicians OK 1st contract

Resident physicians and fellows with the Committee of Interns and Residents have approved their first contract with the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School in Worcester, according to a July 20 news release.

6 Reasons for Claims Errors and How to Avoid Them

The repercussions of errors on the healthcare claims processing workflow can be major and wide-ranging. It slows the revenue cycle, interrupts cash flow, consumes staff hours, creates frustration for staff and patients, and, in the worst cases, sacrifices revenue. Errors are a perennial—maybe even inevitable—problem but understanding some common reasons behind these mistakes can help. …

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Increased staffing strains, delayed discharges push Washington hospital capacities past their limits

While capacity issues are not new in recent years, many hospitals in Washington state are currently “dramatically over capacity” and grappling with more strain from delayed discharges and staff shortages than previously during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s healthcare leaders said during a media briefing July 18, according to The Seattle Times.

Despite Economic Uncertainty, Optimism Persists Among Startups in Home-Based Care

Several digital health darlings that have raised tens of millions of dollars over the past few years are now scrambling to survive. Those focused on home-based care — for the most part — tend to be the exception. Economic uncertainty, regulatory pressure and other factors have contributed to a dip in digital health investment in …

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