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Care Management Weekly News Update 3/13/24

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Mar 13, 2024 @ 11:45 AM

The federal government is pressing UnitedHealth Group and other payers to provide financial relief to providers as they continue to feel the financial disruption caused by the Change Healthcare cyberattack. In a letter to the industry posted on Saturday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wrote that the incident "has impacted payments to hospitals, physicians, pharmacists, and other health care providers across the country."

The Department of Veterans Affairs officially announced on Saturday that it has launched its Oracle Cerner electronic health record system at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Illinois, marking the first — and only — deployment of the new software in tandem with the Department of Defense’s system. The rollout of the joint EHR system at Lovell also marks the final deployment of DOD’s new software — known as MHS Genesis — at department hospitals, facilities and clinics located across the globe. 

Data collection has been a healthcare industry priority for nearly two decades, and one of the principal goals of digital health. While data generated by these tools makes its way into the EHR, most of it isn’t easy for clinicians to use. For them, there exists a trove of data to go through, including clinical notes, labs, tests, medication history, and data from remote patient monitoring devices. There should be enough information to paint a pretty clear picture of an individual’s health, but the EHR doesn’t present information in a way that supplies the doctor with crucial information needed to treat their patient.

Sixteen health systems, Microsoft and other healthcare technology organizations are the latest to band together and hammer out best practices and standards for AI in care. Calling itself the Trustworthy & Responsible AI Network (TRAIN), the latest provider-tech AI collaboration aims to improve the quality and trustworthiness of novel AI capabilities coming to healthcare. Technologies such as those to help screen patients or automate administrative tasks can improve care and cut costs but need “rigorous development and evaluation standards” to ensure they are applied responsibly, the group said in a joint announcement.


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