January 2018 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

January 2018 Issue of Beckers Hospital Review

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Geisinger CEO Dr. David Feinberg: Here's What Community-Driven Healthcare Looks Like
Plenty of innovation is coming out of the area code 17821 — a food pharmacy to better tackle hunger as a health problem, advancements in precision medicine and an innovative refund program where dissatisfied patients can get up to $2,000 back. CLICK HERE

6 Little-Known Ways Your Hospital May Accidentally Be Violating HIPAA
While the most commonly-known HIPAA violation may be a data exposure stemming from a computer vulnerability that went undiscovered until it was too late, healthcare organizations may be suffering from a number of other HIPAA violations without even realizing it. CLICK HERE

AI Will Force Up to 800M People to Find New Jobs by 2030
An estimated 400 million to 800 million people across the globe will likely be displaced by automation and forced to find new jobs by 2030, according to a McKinsey Global Institute report. CLICK HERE

Lawsuit: Epic’s Software Double-Bills for Anesthesia Services
Health IT giant Verona, Wis.-based Epic Systems has been hit with a False Claims Act lawsuit that alleges the company's software double-bills Medicare and Medicaid for anesthesia services, resulting in the government being overbilled by hundreds of millions of dollars. CLICK HERE

Results Are in for Essentia Health’s Mandatory Flu Shot Program
Monday marked the deadline for employees of Duluth, Minn.-based Essentia Health to receive a flu shot, obtain exemption or face termination. As of Tuesday morning, Essentia reports more than 99 percent compliance with the program. Fewer than 50 employees were fired. CLICK HERE

MIPS Predecessor Worsened Care Disparities, Study Finds
CMS' Value-Based Payment Modifier program, which sought to improve care value by transitioning away from fee-for-service models to value-based care, inadvertently shifted money away from physicians who treat poorer and sicker patient populations, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. CLICK HERE

How Geisinger, Cleveland Clinic Respond to Negative Patient Reviews
While many healthcare organizations agree patients should be able to voice their concerns, hospitals and health systems have begun looking for ways to mitigate the effect of negative provider reviews on various online physician rating platforms such as Yelp or Healthgrades that do not involve seeking litigation against the individual commenter, STAT News reports. CLICK HERE

Scripps Health Adopts Regional CEO Model to Trim $30M: 4 Things to Know
San Diego-based Scripps Health will eliminate the CEO position in its four hospitals in favor of two regional CEOs and another in charge of ancillary services. CLICK HERE

Why the CVS-Aetna Deal Could Push Walmart to Buy Humana
CVS Health has inked a definitive merger agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Aetna for roughly $69 billion in cash and stock, and the deal may lead other healthcare industry players to join forces. CLICK HERE

25 Largest Gifts From Individuals toHealthcare Organizations in 2017
Here are the top 25 gifts and pledges from individuals to hospitals or healthcare organizations to date in 2017. CLICK HERE

The State of Healthcare Under Trump: 3 Key Observations
The days and weeks after President Donald Trump's victory in November 2016 were marked by uncertainty for healthcare executives across the country. CLICK HERE


Bridging the Knowledge Gap: 4 Questions with Microsoft's Geralyn Miller on Designing Genetics-Based Apps. 19
The growing deluge of personal genetic information has enormous value as a tool for research — even more so if gene mapping tools and information can be made accessible to non-biologists and applied in everyday life. CLICK HERE


AI for the Everyman — 2 Leading Microsoft Directors Demystify AI's Future in Healthcare
Today, tools of artificial intelligence are primarily in the hands of data scientists and developers. However, the era of AI exclusivity in healthcare is waning. CLICK HERE


How Low-Code Platforms Are Driving Digital Transformation in Value-Based Healthcare 
Healthcare organizations face ample challenges when it comes to maintaining and meeting value-based care technology and information needs. CLICK HERE

Improving the Quality, Outcomes and Economics for Sepsis Management
Sepsis — one of the most deadly and costly conditions at hospitals — remains a widespread problem, but hospitals and health systems across the nation are improving sepsis management through earlier detection and more rapid treatment. CLICK HERE

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