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Care Management Weekly News Update 5/08/24

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, May 08, 2024 @ 11:45 AM

The widespread ban on noncompete contracts finalized last week by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will throw a wrench into the staffing and finances of nonprofit hospitals, legal experts and Fitch Ratings analysts say. Those changes are expected despite the agency’s limited jurisdiction over entities that aren’t corporations, experts say. The rule, which forbids new noncompetes and has organizations stop enforcing existing noncompetes for all but senior executives, is slated to take effect 120 days after its April 30 publication in the Federal Register.

Compared with traditional hospital care, Hospital at Home (HaH) results in better quality and care experience for patients and their family members and lower postacute health service use, costs, and adverse outcomes, including mortality. Despite this robust evidence base, adoption of HaH in the US was stymied by the lack of payment in fee-for-service Medicare and among commercial payers. This changed with the Acute Hospital Care at Home (AHCaH) waiver promulgated by CMS in November 2020, in response to COVID-19-related hospital capacity issues.

Fifteen years after meaningful use incentives propelled the shift to EHRs, health system leaders told Becker's that digitizing medical records has been a net positive for the industry — with some caveats. When asking several prominent health system leaders, there were a variety of responses highlighting the significance of EHR's and the impact they have made in the health care industry, while also noting the issues that have been present since their introduction.

In her second visit to Spokane in sixth months of office, Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Tanya Bradsher said the federal government remains committed to the VA’s controversial electronic health records system unveiled at Mann-Grandstaff Medical Center. In meetings at the hospital Monday morning, Bradsher heard complaints and some notes of progress about the Cerner Oracle electronic health record system, which was implemented at Mann-Grandstaff in 2020. 


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