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    Better data sharing among MCOs, public health, Medicaid could boost vaccination efforts

    The CEO of Medicaid Health Plans of America says plans are already helping states manage and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by using data analytics and demographic information to target outreach to those most at risk.

    Craig Kennedy • June 21, 2021
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    Nonprofit health plan CMOs: Data sharing needed to drive vaccine equity

    To achieve vaccine equity and approach herd immunity, healthcare organizations need access to timely, comprehensive vaccine data, the CMOs at the Alliance of Community Health Plans and PacificSource Health Plans argue.

    Connie Hwang and Edward McEachern • June 7, 2021
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    CVS Caremark CMO on addressing disparities through data

    Data and analytics will play a key role in reducing health disparities and supporting chronic disease management post-pandemic, CVS Caremark's chief medical officer argues.

    Sree Chaguturu • June 1, 2021
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    CMS inpatient only policy threatens patient access to appropriate surgical setting

    Nixing Medicare's IPO list has unintended consequences, especially for high-risk patients, the president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons argues.

    Joseph Bosco • Feb. 16, 2021
  • Jen Ryder, a nurse in St. Louis, prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, Dec. 14. Hospitals across the country started to receive the first doses Monday.
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    Care navigation during COVID-19 and beyond

    The industry needs to quickly come up with a way to prevent and mitigate enduring health issues for COVID-19 survivors as well as catch up on deferred care for other conditions, Harvard Medical School's Sanjay Basu argues.

    Sanjay Basu • Jan. 12, 2021
  • Medicare Advantage should not 'game the system' but prioritize patient care, honest billing

    The HHS Office of Inspector General's principal deputy warns, "My office and other government agencies are targeting oversight to make sure plans do not pad risk adjustments with unsupported diagnoses."

    Christi A. Grimm • Sept. 23, 2020
  • Hospice respite flexibility is recipe for more patient protection

    The CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization writes in support of a bill that would allow respite care to be provided outside of inpatient settings and hospice patients to receive up to 15 days of respite care.

    Edo Banach • Sept. 9, 2020
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    Reducing the stigma of clinician mental health, pressure to portray perfection

    "The uncertainty of the pandemic coupled with the already high-stress situation of emergency medical care creates an acute crisis for clinicians' mental health," Envision VP Stefanie Simmons writes.

    Stefanie Simmons • Aug. 19, 2020
  • Why COVID-19's biggest impact on healthcare may not be until 2022

    This perfect storm of a shift in payer mix, the impending insolvency of Medicare and the inability of states to absorb the growing costs of Medicaid represent a tsunami of challenges, former VA Secretary David Shulkin writes.

    David Shulkin • July 23, 2020
  • It's time for a national hospital supply chain czar

    If the current lack of supply chain coordination isn't resolved before the expected second surge in COVID-19 cases strikes, the result will be a far worse crisis, writes Jody Hatcher, a healthcare supply chain expert.

    Jody Hatcher • June 12, 2020
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    How smart homes are becoming the self-care hubs of tomorrow

    Progress in virtual reality, patient monitoring and other futuristic tech make it more likely the initial site of primary care and wellness will be the home, argues the vice president of R&D Innovation at pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline.

    Ian Marks • Aug. 5, 2019
  • An important first step toward eliminating the transplant waitlist

    Global Liver Institute president and CEO Donna Cryer discusses how the U.S. liver transplant system has failed patients — and how President Donald Trump's ambitious new renal care plan could help.

    Donna Cryer • July 15, 2019
  • Oscar Health: a rebel brand without a cause

    Daniel Black from brand strategy consultancy Vivaldi on why 7-year-old payer Oscar Health is all flash and little substance.

    Daniel Black • March 21, 2019
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    You don't think you have a patient matching problem. But will your patients agree?

    Mark LaRow, CEO of patient matching company Verato, weighs in on HHS' new information blocking and interoperability rules and what they could mean for the industry.

    Mark LaRow • March 11, 2019
  • What 150 healthcare executives can teach us about consumerism

    Optum Advisory Service's Becca Lococo sums up a recent panel touching on data, interoperability and partnerships.

    Becca Lococo • Feb. 27, 2019
  • Thought leadership: The time is now in healthcare

    Thought leadership around health policy, access to care and public health issues is a proven way to differentiate and advocate for a brand, according to healthcare communications professionals Donna Arbogast and Nancy Hicks.

    Donna Arbogast, Nancy Hicks • Feb. 11, 2019
  • Changing how we pay for healthcare to promote high-quality care, eliminate waste

    The fee-for-service model needs an overhaul to best serve patients, argue Suzanne Delbanco, Maclaine Lehan and Roslyn Murray of the nonprofit Catalyst for Payment Reform.

    Suzanne Delbanco, Maclaine Lehan, Roslyn Murray • Feb. 4, 2019
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    Clinicians, hospital admin: Leave these 3 biases at the door

    To focus completely on patient care, hospital administration and physicians need to work together in an environment of trust, argues Pat Cormier, managing director of consultancy Kotter.

    Pat Cormier • Jan. 18, 2019
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    How healthcare leaders can spend less time on procurement and more time on care

    Amazon Business head of global healthcare Chris Holt makes the case for e-commerce in streamlining healthcare supply chains.

    Chris Holt • Nov. 26, 2018
  • HCC: The 3-letter word that can build payer-provider trust and improve quality

    One of the fundamentals of best-practice disease management is to have patients with chronic conditions regularly check in with the appropriate provider to discuss their treatment plans and health, writes Rodrigo Martinez, SVP of consulting at Advisory Board Company.

    Rodrigo Martinez • Feb. 5, 2018
  • Healthcare revenue drivers for 2018 — Peering into the data integration futures market

    Rehoboth McKinley Christian Healthcare Services CEO David Conejo shares why he thinks 2018 won't just be about managing revenue cycles, but creating them.

    David Conejo • Jan. 3, 2018
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    To meet new blood pressure guidelines, we will need artificial intelligence

    Julia Hu, CEO and co-founder of Lark, says AI can help with managing the newly updated guidelines.

    Julia Hu • Nov. 27, 2017
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    Getting the 'full view': 4 critical building automation system considerations for healthcare executives

    Healthcare facilities are not static buildings that remain unchanged from the day they are built, reminds Damian Skelton, area vice president at Medxcel Facilities Management.

    Damian Skelton • Oct. 30, 2017
  • Real estate strategies must keep pace with provider business strategies

    As hospitals and health networks embrace a more patient-centric model of care, real estate strategies must follow suit, writes Peter Bulgarelli, executive managing director at JLL Healthcare Solutions.

    Peter Bulgarelli • Oct. 16, 2017
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    The health IT M&A era is coming. Are you ready?

    Provider frustrations over lack of interoperability will peak in 2019, with vendors feeling the brunt of this challenge, writes Angela Pierce, CFO of AirStrip.

    Angela Pierce • Oct. 9, 2017