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    Securing mergers and acquisitions in healthcare

    Netskope’s Damian Chung outlines how healthcare organizations can avoid cyber risks when executing acquisitions or partnerships.

    Damian Chung • May 26, 2023
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    Rethinking the area deprivation index: a call for more effective measures to promote health equity

    Srilekha Palle, visiting fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, argues that a key health equity indicator used by the Biden administration has significant limitations that could exclude many underserved communities.

    Srilekha Palle • May 12, 2023
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    Celebrated healthcare heroes are workplace violence victims

    Violence prevents nurses, doctors and other professionals from providing uninterrupted, quality patient care, argues Andrew Thum, the director of nursing workforce operations at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia.

    Andrew Thum • May 8, 2023
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    When will the ER catch up with value-based care?

    Amid transformation, innovation and buzzwords in value-based care, one crucial area absent is the emergency department, argues Troy Williams, vice president of healthcare systems partnership for First Choice Health.

    Troy Williams • April 20, 2023
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    A Texas judge just turned back the clock on healthcare

    The wiping out of preventive service requirements under the Affordable Care Act would render millions unable to receive life-saving preventive procedures, the CEO of the American College of Preventive Medicine argues.

    Donna Grande • April 12, 2023
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    Preparing for digital transformation in healthcare

    John Glaser, an executive in residence at Harvard Medical School, and Ranil Herath, president at Emeritus Healthcare, address healthcare’s digital transformation and how to successfully adapt to change.

    John Glaser and Ranil Herath • April 7, 2023
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    Biden’s latest drug price control plans threaten war on cancer, Alzheimer’s and more

    Former Clinton health policy adviser Kenneth Thorpe argues that federal price control policies could wreak havoc in the industry.

    Kenneth E. Thorpe • March 31, 2023
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    HIPAA reform should protect patients, scale back silos around medical data

    Lifespark chief executive Joel Theisen argues for an update of HIPAA that acknowledges an advanced technology landscape and gives providers a fuller picture of patient health.

    Joel Theisen • March 24, 2023
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    The health of a community depends on fair health insurance practices

    Access to local and convenient care is critical for a community’s health. However, the current approach from payers puts this at risk, argues Antonio Rios, chief of population health at Northeast Georgia Health System.

    Antonio Rios • March 17, 2023
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    Healthcare cybersecurity still has room to improve safety

    Steve Winterfeld, Akamai's advisory chief information and security officer, outlines the threat of cyberattacks to healthcare organizations and what the industry can do to prevent them.

    Steve Winterfeld • March 3, 2023
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    Partisan gridlock shouldn’t threaten true value in healthcare

    Oak Street CEO Mike Pykosz makes the case for value-based healthcare policy despite potential partisan gridlock in the 118th Congress.

    Mike Pykosz • Feb. 24, 2023
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    How data and AI can advance health equity

    Michael Sanky, global industry lead of healthcare and life sciences at Databricks, outlines how technology and healthcare leaders can harness artificial intelligence to equitably help patients.

    Michael Sanky • Feb. 17, 2023
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    Tipping point is in sight: Value-based care is driving meaningful financial results

    Strata’s Liz Kirk shares her reflections on value-based care based on the 41st annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference held in San Francisco.

    Liz Kirk • Feb. 10, 2023
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    To improve employees’ health in 2023, employers must take a hard look at where and how employees receive care

    Morgan Health CEO Dan Mendelson and partner Cheryl Pegus advocate for embracing value-based care and using virtual tools as a complement.

    Dan Mendelson and Cheryl Pegus • Feb. 3, 2023
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    COVID-19 vaccine prices are going up. It shouldn’t be our focus.

    Vaccinating as many people as possible to reduce the spread of respiratory illness that can be especially life-threatening for the youngest and oldest Americans is key, argues vaccine law professor Richard Hughes IV.

    Richard Hughes IV • Jan. 10, 2023
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    Healing healthcare cybersecurity with ‘whole-of-health’ approach

    Retired Gen. Keith Alexander and Premera Blue Cross Chief Information Security Officer Adrian Mayers argue for structural changes organizations can make to address healthcare cyberattacks.

    Keith Alexander and Adrian Mayers • Jan. 4, 2023
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    Virtual care and MA stars: value for seniors and for health plans

    Kelly Bliss, Teladoc’s head of U.S. group health, makes the case for virtual care’s efficacy in improving MA star ratings.

    Kelly Bliss • Dec. 19, 2022
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    How to address healthcare’s unique cybersecurity challenges

    Although the U.S. is entering a post-COVID era, many factors straining the healthcare industry will continue and more risk factors will kick in, argues Syed Kaptan of cybersecurity intelligence company ThreatQuotient.

    Syed Kaptan • Nov. 28, 2022
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    The American healthcare system is broken — here’s what we can do to fix it

    Value-based care is key to transforming health outcomes and empowering doctors and patients, Texas physician Kevin Spencer argues.

    Kevin Spencer • Oct. 26, 2022
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    Price transparency data provides new visibility into real rates paid to providers

    Payers can use the data to gain insights regarding the rates hospitals have negotiated with other payers, which potentially can be used during contract negotiations, BRG analysts argue.

    JoAnna Younts and Konstantin Gorelik • Oct. 14, 2022
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    A critical first: Making behavioral health services more accessible

    Intermountain executive Mikelle Moore talks about the importance of community mental health awareness and how to leverage accessibility.

    Mikelle Moore • Oct. 7, 2022
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    Will the healthcare labor shortage fuel more consolidation?

    J.P. Morgan’s head of healthcare corporate client banking lays out trends to consider as private equity firms snap up physician groups.

    Bret Schiller • Sept. 22, 2022
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    Missed vaccines open path for return of preventable diseases

    Immunization rates declined across the board beginning in March 2020, according to the CDC, but the most significant drop was among children who receive vaccines through the Vaccines for Children program.

    Patricia Stinchfield • Sept. 7, 2022
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    Congress finally eliminates Part D vaccine cost sharing: Medicare coverage is still broken

    The Inflation Reduction Act leaves intact a peculiar split in Medicare vaccine coverage that discourages physicians from offering certain vaccines, argues former Moderna Vice President Richard Hughes.

    Richard Hughes • Aug. 26, 2022
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    The promise of payer transparency

    A new price transparency rule lends itself to creating a more equitable, cost-effective market for medical coverage, Clarify Health chief analytics and privacy officer Niall Brennan argues.

    Niall Brennan • Aug. 17, 2022