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AGS Health Awarded Cybersecurity Transparent Status by KLAS, Censinet

AGS Health, a leader in revenue cycle management solutions for major healthcare providers across the U.S., has achieved Cybersecurity Transparent status through a voluntary risk assessment process and program from Censinet and KLAS Research.

KLAS and Censinet launched the Cybersecurity Transparent designation to enable healthcare IT vendors and services firms to improve their overall risk and security profile by driving greater trust and transparency to thousands of healthcare providers. AGS Health volunteered for the assessment as a demonstration of its commitment to mitigating the rapidly growing risk of cyberattack – a critical threat for a healthcare industry that saw a 45% increase in attacks worldwide.

“Protecting the data entrusted to us by our clients is of the utmost importance to AGS Health, which is why we voluntarily underwent Censinet’s cybersecurity assessment,” said Patrice Wolfe, CEO of AGS Health. “We are proud to have our risk mitigation efforts recognized by this important Cybersecurity Transparent designation and appreciate the trust it instills in our clients that their data is secure.”

Adds Prasad PK, AGS Health’s General Counsel and Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs: “AGS Health worked closely with Censinet on an extensive assessment that ultimately demonstrated our alignment on critical standards for managing healthcare cybersecurity risk. It is gratifying to have met the rigorous standards for data protection as determined by the industry’s leading experts and to be able to demonstrate that accomplishment to our clients through this Cybersecurity Transparent designation.”

The Cybersecurity Transparent program assessment looks at six categories that measure and reflect the effectiveness of an organization’s cybersecurity processes: network security; data protection; identity and access management; threat and incident response; legal and regulatory; and resiliency. AGS Health received a top grade of “Mature” across all six categories. A full list of the companies and products that achieved Cybersecurity Transparent designation can be found at klasresearch.com/censinet.

“Cybersecurity is no longer an option for market-leading products from blue-chip companies that support the healthcare industry, and our partnership with Censinet brings effective risk management to the forefront,” said Taylor Davis, president of KLAS.

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DeliverHealth Acquires PresidioHealth In An Attempt To Speed Up Reimbursement

Leadership | DeliverHealthDeliverHealth, a global provider of software and technology-enabled services for hospitals, health systems and group practices, today announced it has acquired San Francisco-based PresidioHealth, a healthcare technology and clinical intelligence company.

The acquisition adds capabilities to DeliverHealth’s platform-as-a-service, to improve coding quality, coding production and physician documentation, accelerating the reimbursement cycle for physician groups, free-standing ERs, and urgent care centers.

Through this acquisition, DeliverHealth continues to expand its portfolio of software solutions and services by integrating PresidioHealth’s scalable technologies into DeliverHealth’s coding and revenue integrity solution set, now available to its 800-plus healthcare clients across 2,200 facilities.

“The more we looked at PresidioHealth, the more we saw synergies and a shared commitment to putting simplicity to work,” said Michael Clark, CEO of DeliverHealth. “Everything our companies do is focused on improving the quality of the interactions between providers and patients. That includes timely, accurate, complete and efficient codification of the encounter with improved documentation, relieving physician workflow complexities. Our DeliverHealth Platform drives out costs, increases revenue and improves the quality of care while reducing physician burden.”

The DeliverHealth Platform is designed to continually reduce complexity for providers, clinicians and patients. Clinical documentation, coding improvement capabilities, and revenue integrity workflow solutions live within the platform, enabling providers to choose — by specialty or care setting — their best desired means to document via the EHR, whether speech-to-text, dictating or scribing.

The platform also has the ability to normalize and categorize documentation, whereby a centralized coding engine audits, analyzes and then provides appropriate workflows, escalating only key exceptions to the human in the loop. The result is reduced costs, increased productivity, and appropriate, compliant revenue capture, thus eliminating rework and inefficiencies, and unifying point solutions — truly simplifying everyday complexities.

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How To Maximize Your Data Quality While Aiming For Price Transparency

Paul Boal

By Paul Boal, vice president of innovation, Amitech Solutions.

It’s almost impossible to overestimate interest in price transparency. People want to know how their healthcare prices are determined, and payers do, too. But getting that information has proven to be a challenge. Why? Partially because so much pricing data isn’t readable or usable.

What makes healthcare data so hard to define and use? Historically, finance, actuarial, and contracting teams haven’t gathered or shared enough key information about pricing at the micro level. Consequently, a payer has no ability to make adjustments by independent services or categories. Rather, it might commit to boosting its “total contract value” by a certain percentage. That’s not a winning solution because it sets an artificial floor that has zero bearing on individual services, procedures, or cases.

The Case for More Accurate Price Transparency

One way around this problem is through comprehensive price transparency, which can allow for better precision and control over where to make increases and decreases. We saw Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield try this approach successfully. Its leaders were getting ready to raise rates in sync with CMS rate increases. However, they took time to dive deeply into their true position. They learned they weren’t positioned as strongly as they assumed within a specific hospital system. Accordingly, they decided to forgo an annual rate bump in exchange for having a much better pricing position that attracted positive attention.

The bottom line is that healthcare pricing is complicated, whether you’re on the side of the price setter or the price taker. The public likes to assume that health insurance companies decide what a procedure costs. That might be the case with large, national insurance providers, but it’s not true across the board. Most insurance providers are smaller. Plus, they may never have had the opportunity to be informed or strategic about their pricing. For them, meeting hospital pricing demands has been a mainstay. But all that’s about to change.

As smaller providers get more access to thorough, complete price transparency information, they can be more tactical when building relationships with hospitals, exchanging price savings for member volume, and improving their overall spending.

Say a provider realizes most of its members are statistically unlikely to experience cardiac issues. It can then accept higher cardiac procedure rates in exchange for discounts in a different area that affects a higher percentage of the target population, like oncology. At the end of the day, the hospital gets the average rate increase it wants, and the provider exercises smart negotiating power.

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How A Nanodevice May Halt The Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

In a recent study, a nanodevice has been utilized as therapy to prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

The device, described as a “mesoporous silica nanostructure,” was designed to prevent peptides from forming plaque in the brain, a process believed to be linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The nanostructure is covered in extremely tiny antibody fragments that capture ?-amyloid (A?) peptides and prevent them from aggregating into larger structures.

During the study, the nanodevice was implanted directly into the brain. The results revealed an overall reduction in the likelihood of a patient displaying the most devastating symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Some of the tools and methods used to conduct the research included confocal laser scanning microscopy, MicroScale Thermophoresis, and small angle x-ray scattering.

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Why Healthcare Consulting is Important

In recent years, the healthcare consulting industry has seen a lot of expansion. Increased access to health insurance has resulted in increased demand for services, posing new obstacles for healthcare professionals.

But what precisely is a healthcare consulting? Healthcare consultancy aids businesses in navigating the industry’s frequent stumbling blocks. As a result, there’s a lot of demand for advice and consulting people to help providers deal with rising patient loads and new organizational issues. Healthcare consultancy has effectively become an integral part of the American healthcare system. Healthcare consulting can help healthcare businesses in critical care billing, handling patient overload, with rules and guidelines, etc. Here we will discuss why healthcare consulting is important.

The importance of healthcare consulting for providers

Healthcare consulting is crucial since it is in charge of balancing patient care and business operations in medical-related organizations. As the population ages, this lucrative field of work will become more important.

Because the medical field is always changing, healthcare consultants are essential because, in addition to assisting firms with the common issues they face, they can also advise them on how to best handle increasing patient loads and overcome new hurdles as they arise. Healthcare consultants are vital. They can bring creative, unique solutions to an organization’s problems because they have a greater level of business understanding than the average employee.

There are many sectors in the healthcare field where you will need help from healthcare consulting. Below is the importance of healthcare consulting.

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6 Ways To Improve The Telehealth Patient Experience

Access to healthcare has become even more critical than ever. The COVID-19 surge did not stop healthcare workers from fulfilling their oath and addressing medical concerns quickly and appropriately.   

Telehealth is not a novel idea; it has been around since the 1960s when the military in war-torn places and astronauts in space needed medical guidance for their afflictions. At the beginning of COVID-19, telehealth had a value of $50 billion and is forecasted to balloon to $460 billion by 2030. 

With the uncertainty of the current situation and the health risk of exposure to the virus, many medical professionals prefer to perform patient assessments and evaluations remotely.  

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Interoperability In Healthcare Expanded To Record Levels During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As COVID-19 reshaped American healthcare, interoperability showed real progress with care providers using shared health intelligence more than ever to make care better, safer and more cost-effective, according to the Surescripts 2021 National Progress Report. The report shows how the Surescripts network helped inform billions of healthcare decisions—making prescriptions more affordable, boosting medication adherence, simplifying the specialty medication experience, and fortifying care management processes.

Tom Skelton

“This year’s National Progress Report demonstrates nationwide momentum toward interoperable, digital health intelligence sharing,” explained Tom Skelton, chief executive officer of Surescripts. “By leveraging the Surescripts network, healthcare professionals of all kinds are getting clinical intelligence at the right time, in the right place, so that they have the trusted insights they need to serve patients.”

Notable findings in the Surescripts 2021 National Progress Report include:

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Intermountain Healthcare Named World’s First Triple Stage 7 Organization under new HIMSS model

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced that Intermountain Healthcare has become the first organization in the world to earn Triple Stage 7 designation under new requirements, the highest level of achievement on how health systems are improving care using digital tools.

HIMSS is a global nonprofit organization that measures and validates healthcare organizations based on how they use electronic medical records to improve patient outcomes.

Diego Ize-Ludlow, MD

“The Triple Stage 7 recognition from HIMSS validates the hard work our teams have put into using technology to make it easier to improve care and scale best practices,” said Diego Ize-Ludlow, MD, chief health information officer for Intermountain Healthcare. “We continue to push the envelope of technology to deliver the highest value and to develop the future models of care.”

This groundbreaking work was utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic when Intermountain came up with a self-testing system which didn’t require patient interaction. Patients could book an appointment online, find a testing site, and receive digital results for a self-collect saliva test. Caregivers also designed an automated testing letter patients could share with their employer.

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Nursing in 2022: 9 Trends You Should Know

Nursing is a profession dedicated to caring for people to restore their health and improve their quality of life. The world realized the need for nursing as a profession during times of wars, sickness and famine. Due to numerous injuries and diseases, more attention was needed to nursing the afflicted.

Nursing grew rapidly in 20th and the 21st centuries. The causes were the two world wars, greater appreciation of nursing globally, and the pandemics: Spanish influenza and currently ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

The following are likely to be the trends in nursing in 2022.

1.    Greater demand for nurses

There might be greater demand for nurses in 2022 because of many factors. These include:

This pandemic has resulted in an overflooding of hospitals and other medical facilities in the worst affected areas. Many patients were rushed to hospitals or had to self-isolate in their homes. Nurses cared for them in hospital wards and performed PCR tests at homes. Additionally, some nurses quit during these stressful times because of burnout. Hence, the demand for nurses has increased substantially.

The population of developed countries is aging because the old, on average, live longer due to more and more healthcare facilities. This phenomenon causes the nursing demand to grow annually. More nurses are needed to attend to the elderly in hospitals and old homes.

Many nurses will also retire, propelling demand even further, causing a shortage of nurses. Nurses have been leaving hospital jobs for outpatient clinics and employment in the insurance sector.

These trends show that nursing will be in high demand throughout 2022 and the subsequent years. If you are looking for a career in specialized nursing, check programs such as an AGACNP master’s degree.

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Technology and Healthcare Support Relieving Burnout

By Adrian Johansen, freelance writer; @AdrianJohanse18.

Nursing burnout has been called a pandemic second to COVID-19, and it’s co-terrorizing society with its consequences for healthcare. Exhausted, overburdened medical professionals cannot be expected to do their best work. Yet pandemic conditions have often forced untenable hours on medical staff. Fortunately, however, innovations in technology and healthcare support are changing the playing field.

By allowing for remote work options in the medical field, opening up automation potential, and streamlining communication across healthcare, tech is relieving stress and labor. This acts as a buffer against burnout at a time when it is most needed.

Technology and other healthcare supports make working in healthcare a better experience. As a result, medical professionals are getting much-needed disruptions in their work processes that translate to reduced rates of burnout. Explore these technologies and what they offer healthcare workers.

Making Remote Care Possible

One of the most groundbreaking tech trends of the COVID-era has been telehealth. These virtual care options connect doctors to patients from wherever they can safely and privately conduct a screening. From here, all kinds of positive disruptions are emerging. Paired with point-of-care (POC) tech, remote patient monitoring is more accessible than it has ever been. But how does this prevent burnout in healthcare workers?

Telehealth options for care professionals have been vital in keeping a reserve staff safe from COVID exposure while others fight on the front lines. Additionally, it can work as a means of allowing workers distance from the job without sacrificing their time and talents. That’s because technology currently supports all manner of virtual services. These include:

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