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News - 3 ways to improve patients' digital experiences

3 ways to improve patients' digital experiences

March 7, 2022

In a new report, the American Hospital Association (AHA) suggests three ways health systems can leverage technology to create a seamless digital experience for patients.

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News - CMS delays hospital star ratings update until July

CMS delays hospital star ratings update until July

February 21, 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced it will delay updating the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on the Care Compare website from April until July so it can correct a calculation error in the calendar year 2021 results for the OP-10 outpatient imaging efficiency measure.

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News - Telehealth use for outpatient visits remains elevated, KFF study finds

Telehealth use for outpatient visits remains elevated, KFF study finds

February 21, 2022

Telehealth use has decreased since the start of the pandemic but levels remain elevated compared to pre-COVID levels, a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis has found. The survey assessed telehealth use from March 2019 through August 2021 using data from Cosmos, an Epic dataset, for more 41 million outpatient visits. The study is relevant only to the population studied and not weighted to be nationally representative.

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News - A new era of health literacy - expanded definitions, digital influences and rural inequities

A new era of health literacy - expanded definitions, digital influences and rural inequities

February 21, 2022

The languages of medicine. First, there is the jargon-packed peer-to-peer language used by healthcare providers to discuss patient care. Second comes an even more elaborate language dedicated to specialty medical care. A third language exists because of the MSDRG system, or Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Groups. Different from providers’ clinical language, it is a language that belongs to data collection and billing — but it is also a language that providers must master. Yet there is a fourth language that providers do understand — but don’t always speak fluently: the plain language used by their patients.

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News - New ad campaign urges Congress to prevent pending Medicare cuts to hospitals and health systems

New ad campaign urges Congress to prevent pending Medicare cuts to hospitals and health systems

February 7, 2022

The Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care will launch a new TV ad urging Congress to act now to prevent pending Medicare cuts and ensure hospitals and health systems have the resources they need to care for their patients and communities.

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News - Loan repayment for clinicians at health care facilities

Loan repayment for clinicians at health care facilities

January 24, 2022

Throughout the National Health Service Corps’ (NHSC) 50-year history, health care facilities have been essential partners in a shared mission of caring for the nation’s underserved and rural communities. Both programs are now accepting applications for loan repayment awards. With $1 billion in additional funding through the American Rescue Plan, HRSA is prepared to make a record number of awards. But with only a few weeks to go in the application cycles, we are well below our target for applications

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News - Looking Ahead: Health Care Marketing Trends for 2022

Looking Ahead: Health Care Marketing Trends for 2022

January 24, 2022

Smith & Jones shares several trends that will be essential to healthcare marketing in the coming year.

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News - 5-star care: How to boost patient satisfaction scores

5-star care: How to boost patient satisfaction scores

January 24, 2022

Physician reimbursement is being increasingly impacted by patient satisfaction scores. Once, this was something only hospitals had to worry about, but now it’s affecting practices of all sizes.

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News - NHA member survey: health care business insights

NHA member survey: health care business insights

January 17, 2022

We invite you to participate in Lutz’s healthcare business insights survey.

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News - US Supreme Court allows CMS vaccine mandate to go into effect, but blocks OSHA vaccine-or-test mandate

US Supreme Court allows CMS vaccine mandate to go into effect, but blocks OSHA vaccine-or-test mandate

January 17, 2022

Consistent with predictions following the oral argument, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 opinion allowed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services vaccine mandate for health care workers to go into effect, but blocked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate by a 6-3 vote.

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