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Making telehealth usable for everyone — with Amy Sheon

Despite the widespread adoption telehealth saw during the COVID-19 pandemic, many telehealth deployments still fall short of real user-friendliness, providing less-than-ideal patient experiences, especially for certain populations that might have less access to reliable internet or less experience with telecommunications.On this episode, guest host and Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich welcomes Amy Sheon, research director at the Telehealth Equity Coalition, to discuss this  important topic.This episode is brought to you by BlueJeans.Talking points:For whom is telehealth not working?Why it took health systems some time to tumble to their equity challengesTesting devices on the right groupsCommunity health workers might be the key to reaching difficult populationsThe Telehealth Equity CoalitionOther resources available for people making telehealth offerings more equitableEquity issues around internet access and digital redliningWhat can telehealth vendors do?Policy solutions for health equityTelehealth accessibility for people with disabilitiesAsynchronous communication as an accommodationMore about this episode:To achieve healthcare equity, telehealth must be expanded to rural and underserved communities Telehealth used less in disadvantaged areas, Health Affairs study findsEliminating audio-only telehealth coverage could put safety net clinics at riskWomen are less likely to use video for telehealth careTelehealth may worsen digital divide for people with disabilitiesTelehealth has enabled wider access during COVID-19 – but not for everyoneCould telehealth worsen inequity? 'Not under my watch,' says HHS Sec. BecerraHims & Hers, ATA, and 10 others launch Telehealth Equity Coalition
July 28, 2021
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Nuance Ambient Listening (DAX): A Case Study with Metro Health

July 28, 2021: Physicians have enough stressors let alone having to worry about the conversations they’re having with patients. How do they document it? How do they make sure they’re connecting? And afterwards, how can they have the confidence that the data is all there? That’s where DAX comes in. Dragon Ambient eXperience is a comprehensive AI-powered voice-enabled solution which uses ambient sensing technology to securely listen to clinician-patient encounter conversations. Nuance, a leader in conversational AI, is fine tuning this technology with Metro Health. Their number one priority is to help solve physician burnout. Our guests are Diana Nole, EVP General Manager at Nuance and Josh Wilda, CIO and Dr. Lance Owens, CMIO for Metro Health.Key Points:I had a doctor tell me you fixed healthcare in one button because the DAX product is so easy to use [00:08:45] How do we make sure providers are progressive with the technology they're using so they can continue to focus on the patients [00:11:05] DAX unlocks the physician from being at the computer [00:13:10] Sometimes it's hard to flip bricks and mortar for new technologies [00:18:25] Don't price out smaller organizations in early technology adoption [00:25:50] Dragon Ambient eXperience - NuanceDragon Medical One - Nuance Metro Health
July 28, 2021
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#107: Well-Being and Dynamic Balance with Dr. Vicky Tiase

Improving the well-being of clinicians and leaders is on the minds and agenda in many organizations. It is also a focal point for professional and national organizations. One of the key elements of wellness includes the dynamic balance of activity and rest. Doesn’t matter what profession you represent or what role you’re in, all clinicians and leaders need balance in these areas to thrive. So today, we are going to look at creating this dynamic balance with Dr. Vicky Tiase. Vicky is going to share her unique insights based on her experience and perspective as a professional athlete, coach, and a nurse leader. As a bonus, Vicky will share some insights on the inclusion of well-being as an outcome in the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Report.  For full show notes and links, visit:https://www.missinglogic.com/new-podcastIf you found value in this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! Other Resources You May Enjoy:Self-Study Opportunity:  Enrollment is open to our Self-Study Program, Caring for Others Without Neglecting YOU!  Click Here NOW to learn more and enroll!Click the title to download our free perspective paper: The 3 Biggest Mistakes Healthcare Leaders Make When Trying To Achieve Work Life BalanceIf you have questions for us email your questions to [email protected] Upcoming Events: Ultimate Dynamic Balance Bootcamp, September 13-17, 2021The Ultimate Dynamic Balance Bootcamp is a virtual bootcamp designed to enable healthcare leaders like you to learn about and apply a proven strategy that will allow you to balance your professional and personal life, make a difference at work, and experience more joy, without feeling exhausted and overwhelmed!Click here to join the waitlist and be the first to know when the doors are open!SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:https://www.linkedin.com/company/missinglogic-llchttps://www.facebook.com/missinglogicLLChttps://twitter.com/MissingLogicLLC
July 28, 2021
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Mobile Heartbeat Presents: Perspectives & Possibilities in the Clinical Communications & Collaboration Industry

Mobile Heartbeat CEO, Ron Remy, shares his perspective on the evolving clinical communication & communication landscape across the healthcare continuum. He explores the developing market needs and emerging trends that are informing the roadmap of his company.
July 26, 2021
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Optum Presents: Learn how enterprise IT strategies can enable modernizationfor improved care outcomes and enhanced provider and patient experiences

Hear how enterprise IT strategies present numerous opportunities for improving and transforming healthcare including; improving administrative efficiencies, facilitating clinical advancement, and improving staff efficiency across numerous health system departments. As organizations look for a competitive edge, a cohesive IT strategy is critical to avoid the short-term outcomes of patch work approaches.
July 26, 2021
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Newsday – IT Spending, Telehealth Expansion, and State Licensure for Telehealth

July 26, 2021: It’s Newsday with Ed Ricks, CEO, Director of Healthcare at Sirius Healthcare. A Gartner CIO report shows that IT spending is expected to increase for cyber, analytics and cloud. McKinsey reports that telehealth utilization has stabilized at levels 38X higher than before the pandemic. Why are states against easing licensing for telemedicine? Does it make sense? Walmart Health is getting licensed in 37 states to offer telehealth. What does that mean for the industry? Truveta Grows to More Than 15% of US patient care. HIEs are exploding globally. Why the exponential growth? And in hospital telehealth is not an oxymoron. During COVID, the benefits of it were obvious. However, what happens after COVID? Key Points:Don’t look at it as a cybersecurity problem. Look at it as a risk management problem. [00:06:45] Behavioral health is currently the highest percentage of telehealth visits [00:21:45] Some of the most important work within our industry is around the USCDI [00:29:55] The more data the better. There's no doubt about it. [00:36:25] Sirius HealthcareStories:Gartner CIO report: IT spending expected to increase for cyber, analytics, cloud - Healthcare IT NewsIt's '​​all about protecting local physicians from competition': Why states are against easing licensing for telemedicine - BeckersWalmart Health is Gearing up to Offer Telehealth across the Country - Business InsiderTelehealth: A quarter-trillion-dollar post-COVID-19 reality? - McKinseyIn Hospital Telehealth is not an Oxymoron. Here’s Why - Healthcare Pitt StopUnified Data: The Key to HIE Success -  Healthcare IT TodayTruveta Grows to More Than 15% of U.S. Patient Care with New Members, Closing Series A Funding with Nearly $100 Million
July 26, 2021
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Ep. 84: NEM Development for Healthcare – Gregory Saive (CEO UBC.Digital)

Gregory Saive is an experienced software developer from Belgium who uses the NEM blockchain platform to develop various dapps including an online game called PacNem. He spent time as Head Foundation Developer at NEM. Gregory is founder and CEO of UBC.Digital which publishes content for blockchain developers. He's also the blockchain lead at D Health and works on Symbol from NEM. Twitter: https://twitter.com/eVias PacNem website: https://www.pacnem.com/ D Health website: https://dhealth.network/ Symbol website: https://symbolplatform.com/ --Show Notes-- •Introduction to Gregory's background •Development experience and career •What is the most important thing you are doing in the blockchain space? •Please describe your organization, UBC Digital for developers •eBook – Symbol from NEM the return of the ninjas •What is the primary benefit of using NEM vs another blockchain network for DLT development? •What healthcare organizations are using NEM and what problems are they trying to solve? •How can development be incentivized using blockchain? •What is Dhealth.network? •How did you come up with Pac-Nem? •What are your thoughts on Ethereum and Cardano development? •What is Symbol Platform and how much traction does it have? •General technical specifications (architecture) of network •What are your thoughts about the singularity that is supposed to happen in 2045? •If you had to have micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? •Favorite book that has influenced you – Clean Code by Robert C. Martin •Final Takeaways --News Corner-- https://qz.com/2036529/more-than-450-airlines-can-now-use-ibms-digital-health-pass/ On July 22, 2021, international airline reservation system, Amadeus, announced adoption of IBM’s digital health passport solution called IBM Digital Health Pass. The health pass uses IBM’s blockchain technology to allow travel security agents to verify a travel’s covid-19 vaccination status without using a simple QR code scan. --Health Unchained Links-- Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind
July 26, 2021
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Top Stories for 7/23

Direct contracting reimbursement model proving popular among payers and providers; Mass General teams with YouTube to tackle medical disinformation. Also: Gamified strategies show only modest success in changing people's health behaviors.Links to the stories: Providers, payers see direct contracting's capitation as an important move to value-based careYouTube tapped to support access to accurate medical infoGamification boosts physical activity, healthy behaviors in new study
July 23, 2021
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Hospital lessons learned from COVID-19 — with Paul Coyne, Joe Fisne, and Bill Siwicki

For the past several months, Healthcare IT News Features Editor Bill Siwicki has been writing a series on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic for hospitals throughout the US. For this installment of HIMSSCast, Bill and host Jonah Comstock are joined by Paul Coyne, NP,  clinical practice and chief nursing informatics officer at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and Joe Fisne, associate chief information officer at Geisinger Health System, to discuss some of the biggest learnings to come out of the series.This podcast is brought to you by Zoom and is a companion to 'Telehealth is here to stay', episode 1 of our Workplace Re-entry series.Talking pointsHow COVID taught us how fast we can innovateThe importance of video conferencing, internally as well as externallyPhysician collaboration and rapid prototypingHow COVID-19 aligned priorities within hospitalsAn unexpected lesson: Hospital HR systems need improvementComfortable vs uncomfortable innovationThe future of telehealth utilizationMore about this episodeHealth IT Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Era (Bill's series)Hospital IT leaders talk lessons learned from a tough pandemic yearWhat does the 'after COVID-19' business look like? IT leaders weigh inCIOs plan on refined telehealth, faster deployments, more collaborative toolsHow IT leaders are reimagining and repurposing technologies to handle new challengesBurnout in the Age of COVID-19 (Bill's previous series)
July 23, 2021
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Behind the Pages: July 2021 Issue on Borders, Immigrants & Health

In July, Health Affairs published an issue dedicated to borders, immigrants, and health. A public health crisis is unfolding along and inside the US-Mexico border. Immigrants arriving at the US border are likely to have experienced political, economic, or interpersonal violence prior to their arrival, leading to unmet mental health and physical health needs. Immigrants detained at the border may face crime and violence in border towns as they await trial in the US, or prolonged stays in detention centers and family separations if they are able to cross the border. Immigrants in the US face health challenges that extend well beyond the border.Health policy issues are impacted by the continuously shifting demography of US immigrants. The July 2021 journal issue of Health Affairs and related content focuses on immigrants and borders and the impact on health policy. The issue examines recent trends in immigrant health and health care after the Great Recession and the nationwide implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).In today's episode of Health Affairs This Week, Senior Editors Leslie Erdelack and Jessica Bylander discuss the publication process and highlight research insights from the issue.Order your copy of the July 2021 issue of Health Affairs.Related Links: Borders, Immigrants & Health July 2021 Issue (Health Affairs) Health Policy Challenges Posed By Shifting Demographics And Health Trends Among Immigrants To The United States (Health Affairs) Immigrant Essential Workers Likely Avoided Medicaid And SNAP Because Of A Change To The Public Charge Rule (Health Affairs) Podcast: Many US Immigrants May Defer Health Care to Avoid ICE (A Health Podyssey) Health Care Has Few Plans To Address The Aging Immigrant Population (Axios) Subscribe: RSS | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Castro | Stitcher | Deezer | Overcast
July 23, 2021
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Dale Sanders on Data Quality, Standards and Collection Through the Pandemic

July 23, 2021: Our quality measure strategy in the US is NOT working. We need to shift from a process-oriented focus to focusing on eliminating low value care and easing clinical data entry burden. Dale Sanders, Chief Strategy Officer at IMO brings his military, technology strategist and data expertise to the subject. A recent IMO and HIMSS survey reported issues with inconsistent data due to subjective documentation from providers. Despite these issues, organizations are using patient data for quality measurement and reporting (81%), revenue cycle management (60%), and clinical decision support (55%). Is there no silver bullet for improving the quality of data? Will we continue to struggle applying AI until we get a higher quality? There was a lot of confusion around data during the pandemic. What would a much better scenario look like for US healthcare if we see another global pandemic in our lifetime?Key Points:Why is hiring someone from the military such a good idea for employers? [00:09:59] Most patients have an inherent trust in their physician [00:16:40] Orders and results have to be harmonized to national standards [00:37:25] For the terrible tragedy that was COVID, I think it's going to have a big, positive impact on society [00:46:55] The separation between public health and population health that we see in the US does not exist in other countries [00:49:10] IMO
July 23, 2021
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Lenovo Presents: Securing Care Anywhere: Managing Security and Privacy Compliance in a Distributed Healthcare Workforce

Security is not just a hardware or software issue. Privacy is not a static filter and safety is not just about signage.  Our world has changed, along with the working environment, threat landscape, and the lines between work and life.  Today’s IT Leaders need tools to address compliance. Technology partners can help IT Leaders address privacy, security, and safety compliance issues.  In this podcast, we will discuss these 3 compliance focus areas and give real world advice on how IT Leaders address these areas with support from their technology partners.
July 22, 2021
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HP Presents: What’s up Doc? Empowering Patient First Care Teams on the New Frontier of Care Delivery

The 2020s mark the transition to digital-first healthcare. By 2023, 65% of patients worldwide will have accessed care through a digital front door as healthcare providers look for better ways to improve access, engagement, and experiences across all services. As such, the rapid adoption of virtual reality, 3D print, telehealth, artificial intelligence (AI), microfluidics and other innovative technologies are enabling healthcare providers and patients to access their information conveniently and in real time. Such digital enabled technologies are supporting care coordination across the care continuum, connecting providers and patients, and bringing care to patients when and where it is needed. However, this rapid march to digital transformation has also shone a harsh spotlight on the digital divide in healthcare. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 1 in 8 Americans lives in poverty, with low-income individuals having lower rates of smartphone ownership (71%), home broadband access (59%), Internet use (82%), and basic digital literacy (53%).Listen in as Fran Ayalasomayajula, HP’s Head of Digital Strategies and Daniel Colling, Global Head of Healthcare Solutions and Practice talk about patient-first technology innovations ranging from VR, 3D Print and AI to Hospital at Home, Point-of-Care Diagnostics and Intelligent Care Coordination. In this episode, we’ll explore what happens when such technologies are developed and intentionally implemented with these communities in mind. This will be an engaging discussion on the new frontier of care delivery, one that brings all providers and patients together and has a positive impact on patient outcomes. 
July 21, 2021
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#106: Is Problem Solving the Most Valuable Skill a Leader Can Have?

One of the core characteristics of a strong leader is they are an excellent problem solver. As clinicians you are also trained to solve problems for the patients/clients you serve.  But what we’ve come to learn is not all problems are solvable, and problem-solving skills don’t work on all the challenges that leaders face.  So, then what do you do?  Today, we are going to tell you what you can do.  We are going to talk about an essential competency every leader must have to overcome unsolvable problems and achieve sustainable outcomes.  For full show notes and links, visit:https://www.missinglogic.com/new-podcastIf you found value in this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! Other Resources You May Enjoy:Self-Study Opportunity:  Enrollment is open to our Self-Study Program, Caring for Others Without Neglecting YOU!  Click Here NOW to learn more and enroll!If you have questions for us email your questions to [email protected] Upcoming Events: Ultimate Dynamic Balance Bootcamp, September 13-17, 2021The Ultimate Dynamic Balance Bootcamp is a virtual bootcamp designed to enable healthcare leaders like you to learn about and apply a proven strategy that will allow you to balance your professional and personal life, make a difference at work, and experience more joy, without feeling exhausted and overwhelmed!Click here to join the waitlist and be the first to know when the doors are open! SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:https://www.linkedin.com/company/missinglogic-llchttps://www.facebook.com/missinglogicLLChttps://twitter.com/MissingLogicLLC
July 21, 2021
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PatientKeeper Presents: What We Learned About Health IT During the Pandemic

The pandemic showed healthcare organizations the importance of mobility, collaboration and streamlining clinical workflow. Going forward, IT departments can better support providers in delivering patient care by leveraging these lessons.
July 20, 2021
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Masimo Presents: There's No Place Like Home: How Hospital Automation Is Elevating Telehealth to Bring the Hospital to the Home

Explore the most pressing challenges of the post-COVID landscape, and discover how Hospital Automation technology is the linchpin of an elevated telehealth platform that bothpatients and clinicians can depend on.
July 19, 2021
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Newsday – Navigating EHR Affiliation, Rural Health, and CISO Board Topics

July 19, 2021: It’s Newsday with Drex DeFord and Bill. Rather than making a multimillion-dollar investment to deploy a new EHR, Woman's Hospital in Louisiana is seeking potential partners that would instead let the hospital connect to their Epic system. Dollar General hires a Chief Medical Officer. Jeff Costlow, deputy CISO at ExtraHop offers a comprehensive tip sheet to help ease the daunting task of talking cybersecurity with health system leadership. And what started as a surge in criminal activity during the early days of the pandemic has now developed into a full-blown crisis. Why does healthcare keep falling prey to ransomware and other cyberattacks?OPEN NOW! HRSA Announces New Loan Repayment Program for Behavioral Health Providers - Apply to the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment ProgramEvery day you’re using skills to help end substance use disorders (SUD) within your community. The Health Resources and Services Administration is here to help you with the new STAR LRP (Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program). Pay off your school loans with up to $250,000 from the STAR LRP in exchange for six years of full-time service at an approved facility. Behavioral health clinicians, paraprofessionals, clinical support staff and many others trained in substance use disorder treatment are encouraged to apply. Applications are open until Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Key Points:If Dollar General do it right, they could ultimately impact long-term health for rural communities [00:16:35] One of the mistakes people make when they go to a board is to take a posture of telling, but the board is really a collaborative group. They're on your side. They're inside. And they will help you to think through things. [00:25:10] The electronic health record is a part of the expanding attack surface [00:31:45] You need money to take care of unpatched systems and legacy devices [00:36:50] Double extortion is real [00:44:20] Stories:Louisiana hospital skirts $200M Epic EHR implementation by seeking affiliation - BeckersDollar General hires chief medical officer, boosts health-care items - CNBCA Tip Sheet to Help CISOs talk to the Board about Security Needs - Healthcare IT NewsWhy Healthcare Keeps Falling Prey to Ransomware and Other Cyberattacks - Threat PostLeapfrog report highlights hospitals' patient communications, care transition shortcomings - Fierce Healthcare
July 19, 2021
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Peeking into the future of healthcare — with Tom Kiesau, Lauren Goodman, Shreesh Tiwari, and Dr. Darryl Gibbings-Isaac

Among the many offerings at HIMSS21 is The Future of Healthcare, a continuation of the State of Healthcare data-driven virtual event HIMSS hosted back in June. On this special episode of HIMSSCast, we welcome all four HIMSS Trust Partners and presenters to give a sneak peak of what's to come at the August event.Host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett speak with Tom Kiesau, director and digital health leader at the Chartis Group; Lauren Goodman, director of market intelligence at HIMSS; Shreesh Tiwari, a principal at ZS; and Dr. Darryl Gibbings-Isaac, a senior manager in Accenture’s Health Strategy Practice.Talking points:State of Healthcare takeawaysTension between learning technology lessons and getting back to normalPatient attitudes about machine learning and artificial intelligenceProviders still looking for value proposition for AI, digital health adoption barriersHow payers are embracing technological innovationThe future of digital health investmentUncertainties: What will big tech companies do? What will providers prioritize?More uncertainties: Value-based care adoption, interoperability and patient data accessGenerational differences in patient attitudesNew competitive threats for health systems, payersKeeping health equity and patient-centricity in mind as we build healthcare’s futureThe importance of trust in healthcareTechnology’s potential to humanize healthcareHow COVID-19 has and hasn’t changed healthcareMore about this episode:Register for HIMSS21The State of Healthcare, ICYMIThe Future of HealthcareHIMSSCast: State of Healthcare recap and Future of Healthcare preview68% of health system execs plan deeper AI investments to meet strategic goalsAtrium Health's quick turnaround allowed for digital innovation during the pandemicPatients are looking to go back to brick-and-mortar post pandemicOscar Health's CEO on how insurance companies have transformed during COVID-19Payers focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning
July 16, 2021
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Financial Advice for Early Stage Digital Health Startups w/ Kristian Marquez

We spend a lot of time talking about how to align your startup’s vision with the realities of the business of healthcare. You can have the best idea in the world, but if you don’t properly validate your offering with customers, clearly and concisely explain the value it will bring them, close deals, and deliver on your promises then it will amount to nothing. Each of these steps is critical to your success. However, you can get many of them right and still fail. The best way to prevent this fate is by tying them all together with a financial plan that’s based on reality and considers the long-term goals for your startup. Today we talk with Kristian Marquez, CFA, Managing Director for FinStrat Management, Inc. about how to properly manage your startup’s finances.  The good news is that you don’t have to be perfect. Kristian tells us you should expect to get a lot of it wrong and have to clean it up along the way. That’s ok. His advice: go bare-bones in the beginning when it comes to finances, legal, and generally “papering your business”. That way, you can put all of your resources into ensuring you have a product that people will actually pay you for. That means more time talking with customers, managing your pipeline (and not lying to yourself about it), practicing selling, and cultivating the confidence to ask for the close. Kristian walks you through this early-stage strategy, explains when it is time to bring in the experts, provides guidance on debt vs. equity funding, and even helps you prioritize your spending based on the type of company you want to build. This episode pairs well with: Episode 30: Why You Should Always Be Preparing to Sell Your Company with Dexter Braff Episode 85: Lessons on Selling in Healthcare w/ Dom Cappuccilli Episode 103: Selling to Health Systems: Advice for Digital Health Startups (Part 1) Episode 105: Selling to Health Systems: Advice for Digital Health Startups (Part 2) Episode 149: How Health Systems Think with Neil Carpenter Episode 163: What’s your Early Adopter Strategy? with Dr. Roxie Mooney ---------- Today’s Guest Kristian Marquez, CFA – Kristian serves as Managing Director for FinStrat Management, Inc. FinStrat Management (“FSM”) is an outsourced financial department services firm providing fractional accounting, controller services and CFO services. In the role, he’s responsible for the overall execution of the Company’s business plan, and the identification and realization of Company product strategy and vision. Prior to founding FSM, Kristian served as President, CEO and CFO of MDAgree Inc. a provider of store-and-forward telemedicine services designed to make physician-to-physician clinical collaboration more efficient and more profitable. Prior to MDAgree, he was the Vice President and General Manager of the Clinical & Quality Outcomes department, as well as an inaugural employee, of Inovalon, Inc. (NASD:INOV). Under his oversight, Inovalon’s quality management product portfolio achieved six straight years of double-digit revenue growth based on new product introductions, organic market share gains and strategic acquisitions. Earlier in his career, he held a number of senior roles in accounting and investment management services, as well as served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Marquez graduated with a Bachelor of Science, General Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, and has been a Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) charterholder since 2004. FinStrat Management (“FSM”) is an outsourced financial department services firm. Exclusively serving B2B SaaS companies, we provide fractional: Chief Financial Officer, controller and accounting services. Web: https://finstratmgmt.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/finstratmgmt/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/finstratmgmt Please email [email protected] if you'd like a free consultation. ---------- This episode is brought to you by: The Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) gives behavioral health providers up to $250,000 to repay school loans in exchange for working full-time for six years at an approved site. Apply now through July 22, 7:30 p.m. ET. ---------- The #HCBiz Show! is produced by Glide Health IT, LLC in partnership with Netspective Media.  Music by StudioEtar
July 16, 2021
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Top stories for 7/16

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has flagged unreliable IT infrastructure cost estimates; A recently approved Alzheimer’s drug could strain Medicaid budgets . Plus: Amazon gets FCC clearance for radar sensors for remote sleep monitoring.Links to the stories:VA EHR update: Watchdog flags unreliable cost estimates, training deficienciesNew Alzheimer's drug could cost Medicaid more than $2 billionFCC gives Amazon green light to use radar for monitoring sleep
July 16, 2021
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New Biden Executive Order Targets Hospital Mergers & Drug Pricing, Renews Antitrust Focus

Last week, the Biden Administration unveiled a sweeping executive order, focused on promoting competition in the US economy. With Lina Khan as the new chairperson of the Federal Trade Commission, the administration is looking to increase its antitrust focus and potentially break up monopolies. The new executive order contains 72 provisions, giving direction to multiple agencies on sectors such as agriculture, transportation, labor, and health care. In health care, the executive order focuses on drug pricing, hospital mergers and acquisitions, hospital pricing transparency, biosimilars, and comparison shopping for health plans.Listen to Health Affairs' Deputy Editor Rob Lott and Senior Content Marketing Manager Jeff Byers go over the health care sections in the Biden administration's executive order on promoting competition in the US economy. They also discuss the hipster antitrust movement, the cost of hearing aids, and hospital deal trends since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.Related Links: Fact Sheet: Executive Order On Promoting Competition In The American Economy (White House) Hospital M&A Down From Pre-Pandemic Highs, Though Deal Size Growing, Kaufman Hall Says (Healthcare Dive) Biden Administration's First Marketplace Rule Promotes Coverage and Reverse Trump-Era Changes (Health Affairs Blog) How Biosimilars Are Affecting The Drug Markets (A Health Podyssey) Lina Khan And the "Hipster Antitrust" Movement (The Atlantic) The End of Friedmanomics (The New Republic) Subscribe: RSS | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Castro | Stitcher | Deezer | Overcast
July 16, 2021
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The Financial Outlook of Healthcare with Rob DeMichiei

July 16, 2021: Rob DeMichiei, Board Director, Strategic Advisor and Former CFO is back with Bill. What does digital transformation mean in 2021? What is the current CIO CFO conversation? Economists are predicting negative margins through the end of the year. What kind of impact will that have? Could there be IT motives for mergers and acquisitions moving forward? Smaller health systems are throwing up their hands at cyber attacks at this point. They just can't make the investments necessary to protect themselves. What is the path forward for small to medium size healthcare systems? Who should they be partnering with? And can a large health system truly own the patient end to end? OPEN NOW! HRSA Announces New Loan Repayment Program for Behavioral Health Providers - Apply to the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment ProgramEvery day you’re using skills to help end substance use disorders (SUD) within your community. The Health Resources and Services Administration is here to help you with the new STAR LRP (Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program). Pay off your school loans with up to $250,000 from the STAR LRP in exchange for six years of full-time service at an approved facility. Behavioral health clinicians, paraprofessionals, clinical support staff and many others trained in substance use disorder treatment are encouraged to apply. Applications are open until Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Key Points:Economists are projecting negative margins through the end of the year. For larger health systems, that's not that big of a deal. But for the smaller players, that's a significant conversation. I think you're going to see a widening of the gap between the haves and the have-notsIt’s going to be very difficult to survive with hyper-competition and so M&A is the way to guarantee the futureWhere are the new innovative charity care programs? Where are the new bold $50 million or $100 million investments in community health and in charity care? 5 Questions Boards Should Be Asking About Digital Transformation - Harvard Business Review AXIOS: How America’s Top Hospitals Hound Patients with Predatory Billing 1/3 of Hospitals Nearing ‘Danger Zone’ Denial Rate, Survey Finds - Healthcare Innovation 
July 16, 2021
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Masimo Presents: Hospital Automation: Making Data Meaningful

Explore the most pressing challenges of the post-COVID landscape, and discover how Hospital Automation technology is the linchpin of an elevated telehealth platform that bothpatients and clinicians can depend on.
July 15, 2021
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Stephanie Denvir Talks HIMSS21

The first big gathering after the pandemic, Stephanie Denvir, VP of Engagement Strategies for HIMSS, shares what to expect from the Global Conference in Las Vegas next month.
July 14, 2021
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