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Care Management Weekly News Update 3/6/24

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Mar 06, 2024 @ 11:45 AM

Some CIOs are struggling to "keep pace" with the huge explosion in outside vendors that has coincided with the hype over artificial intelligence, The Wall Street Journal reported March 4. Besides AI, CIOs are also sifting through a growing number of digital tools and also looking for smaller vendors so they don't rely so heavily on a handful of big companies, Gartner IT researcher Stephen White told the newspaper.

As a growing number of groups put pressure on the administration, the White House is also reportedly considering short-term financial relief to support hospitals navigating the fallout of the cyberattack against Change Healthcare. The American Hospital Association (AHA) sent letters to Congress and the head of UnitedHealth Group on Monday, demanding that actions be taken to better support providers amid ongoing disruptions. Meanwhile, the American Medical Association (AMA) put out its own long-awaited statement on the incident. In its letter (PDF) to congressional leaders, AHA called the hack the “most significant cyberattack”.

In recent weeks, members of the House and Senate Committees of Veterans' Affairs have been in intense negotiations hammering out a compromise between three bills that could endanger the nation's veteran-centric health care system -- the Veterans Health Administration, or VHA. If the language in those bills isn't radically changed in the eventual compromise, harms produced by a decade of outsourcing of veterans' health care will only be exacerbated.

Researchers are just beginning to examine the burgeoning use of EHR-integrated secure messaging in health care settings, and it appears that everyone is using it—but it’s not clear what they’re using it for and what impact it’s having on patient care. A six-month study conducted at 14 hospitals and 263 outpatient clinics affiliated with Washington University and BJH Healthcare in the St. Louis area saw a 29% jump in median daily message volume between the first two weeks of the study in July 2022 and the last two weeks in January 2023. 


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