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Care Management Weekly News Update 3/20/24

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Mar 20, 2024 @ 11:45 AM

Generative artificial intelligence was the talk of this week's HIMSS 2024 conference in Orlando, Fla., with executives discussing their health systems' plans for the technology. But how do healthcare leaders employ ChatGPT and similar platforms during their day-to-day jobs? Becker's asked 12 executives at HIMSS '24 how they've used generative AI at work.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been using telehealth since 2003, long before the larger health care community turned to it during the Covid-19 pandemic. Telehealth has been a lifeline to veterans who live too far away to access health care facilities or have physical limitations that keep them housebound. In 2023, the VA celebrated the 20th anniversary of its telehealth office and announced that more than 2.3 million veterans had used telehealth services in fiscal 2022, which represented about a third of all vets receiving health care from the VA that year.

Nearly every hospital is feeling the consequences of Change Healthcare’s cyberattack on their finances, patient care delivery, or both, according to reports from almost 1,000 hospitals compiled by the American Hospital Association (AHA). Per survey data released Friday afternoon, 94% of hospitals reported some financial impact stemming from what the trade group is calling “the most significant and consequential cyberattack” on healthcare in the country’s history. 

Oracle reported a 7% bump in total third quarter revenue to $13.3 billion, but Cerner continues to challenge the tech giant's bottom line. The company's revenues including Cerner are expected to grow 4% to 6% for the year, compared to 6% to 8% growth excluding Cerner. Oracle CEO Safra Catz referred to Cerner as a "significant headwind this year." "We expect to return to growth next year," Ms. Catz said during a March 11 earnings call.

A new voluntary model announced March 19 by the CMS Innovation Center seeks to empower primary care providers in smaller accountable care organizations (ACOs) to treat people with Medicare using team-based, person-centered proactive care. The announcement drew praise from primary care groups participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The ACO Primary Care Flex Model will provide a one-time advanced shared savings payment and monthly prospective primary care payments (PPCPs) to ACOs.


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