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Harvard Launches New Campus-Wide Mental Health Campaign | News

Harvard is set to launch a campus-wide mental health awareness campaign, along with a slate of new wellness resources, the University announced Thursday.The new initiatives are spearheaded by the Implementation Committee on Student Mental Health, led by Provost Alan M. Garber ’76. The committee is charged with implementing the recommendations made by Harvard's Task Force on Managing Student Mental Health, a group convened by Garber in 2019 to analyze the state of student wellbeing at Harvard.“Strong mental self-care is essential to the long-term success we hope for all our students,” the task force wrote in its 2020 final report.The new mental health awareness campaign, which was among the recommendations produced by the task force, will be called “We’re All Human.” University administr...
Health systems can play critical role in future of the workforce
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Health systems can play critical role in future of the workforce

As we emerge from the most significant public health challenge of the last century, the critical role of health systems and their caregivers has never been more apparent. While COVID-19 has become more of an endemic disease, we continue to process the important lessons learned regarding the needs and challenges of educating our future healthcare workforce. The pandemic accelerated losses that healthcare organizations nationwide are still struggling to overcome. Compounding this challenge is the fact that provider shortages most negatively impact our most vulnerable and underserved populations, who already face healthcare equity challenges. To address these issues and the opportunities they present, Prime Healthcare Foundation, a not-for-profit with over $1 billion in assets, is working...
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Rural Medicare programs get short-term extensions from Congress

Two Medicare programs that boost payments for hundreds of rural hospitals were extended through mid-December with the House’s passage of a short-term federal spending package on Friday. On the House's mostly partisan 230-201 vote, Congress averted a government shutdown on the last day of the fiscal year. The Senate passed the appropriations package on Thursday. House members and senators will return to their districts and states to campaign for the Nov. 8 midterm elections. Congress plans a lame duck session to address any unfinished business from this session after the elections. Had Congress failed to act before Saturday, the Medicare Dependent Hospital program would have expired and the Low-Volume Hospital program would have lost the expanded eligibility criteria lawmakers authorize...
Are They Negotiable? – The Health Care Blog
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Are They Negotiable? – The Health Care Blog

BY MIKE MAGEE “The key is trust. It is when people feel totally alienated and isolated that the society breaks down. Telling the truth is what held society together.” Those words were voiced sixteen years ago in Washington, D.C. It was October 17, 2006. The HHS/CDC sponsored workshop that day was titled “Pandemic Influenza – Past, Present, Future: Communicating Today Based on the Lessons from the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic.” The speaker responsible for the quote above was writer/historian and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health adviser, John M. Barry. His opening quote from George Bernard Shaw set a somewhat pessimistic (and as we would learn 14 years later, justified) tone for the day: “What we learn from history is that we do not learn anything from history.” ...
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Overhaul of Medicare Accountable Care Organization payments

Alex Kacik: Federal regulators have been trying to boost risk based contracting and healthcare. Their latest attempt is to give new Medicare Accountable Care Organizations advanced shared savings payments to jumpstart their operations. What's been holding these programs back? Welcome to Modern Healthcare's Beyond the Byline, which offers behind the scenes look into our reporting. My name is Alex Kacik, senior operations reporter, and I'm joined by Maya Goldman, our rules and regulations reporter. Thanks for coming on Maya. Maya Goldman: Thanks for having me, Alex. Alex Kacik: All right Maya. CMS unveiled major changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program the Primary Accountable Care Organization initiative, as part of its draft Physician Fee Schedule rule for next year. As a little b...
NeuroFlow & The Tech that Jumps the Care Gaps Between Physical Check-ups & Mental Health Care – The Health Care Blog
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NeuroFlow & The Tech that Jumps the Care Gaps Between Physical Check-ups & Mental Health Care – The Health Care Blog

WTF Health By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Mental health infrastructure company, NeuroFlow, is a tech platform that integrates into care management systems and EHRs to help clinicians and care managers identify behavioral health conditions in patients as they are getting physical health exams like annual check-ups, post-partum exams, and more. Founder & CEO Chris Molaro joins us from NeuroFlow’s new headquarters just hours before their grand opening to talk about how the startup – which has raised a total $32 million, including a $20 million Series B led by Magellan Health – is helping health systems and health plans integrate and automate workflows so they can better identify, risk-stratify, and serve patients who need mental health services. Right off the bat, Chris sta...
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Stopgap funding bill would extend Medicare programs for rural hospitals

Two Medicare programs that boost rural hospital payments would be temporarily extended as part of a stopgap federal spending bill that advanced past an initial vote in the Senate Tuesday. Congress must act before the end of the week to prevent a government shutdown because the federal fiscal year ends Friday. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) unveiled the spending package Monday. Seventy-two senators supported moving forward on the bill Tuesday, giving it enough support to prevent a Republican filibuster on the final vote, which is expected this week. House leaders have yet to make public the lower chamber's version of the continuing resolution to keep the government operating. Under the Senate measure, the Medicare Dependent Hospital and Low-Volume Hospital programs would ...
Lose the COVID-19 public health emergency, but keep the progress
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Lose the COVID-19 public health emergency, but keep the progress

When President Joe Biden recently declared on national television that “the pandemic is over,” he offered a glimpse into the strategy his administration will be using on COVID-19 going forward: We’re ready to move on.  Biden’s statement, which divided the public health community and the public, has wide-reaching implications for the fate of connected health and vital telehealth services. In January 2020, then-Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar signed the first Public Health Emergency declaration, declaring COVID-19 a national emergency. The PHE has been renewed every 90 days and is currently set to end on Oct. 13, 2022, unless it’s renewed yet again.  All signs point to the PHE extending for another 90-day period until January 2023 because the 60 day...
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Private equity in health care – Healthcare Economist

Private equity investments have grown in health care in recent years. According to Appelbaum and Batt (2020), whereas in only 4.7% of leveraged buy-outs (LBO) were in health care in 2000, that number had risen to 12.2% in 2019. A 2022 white paper finds that investments in health care have risen even more: The number of deals rose 36% to 515, up from 380 the prior year. Total disclosed value more than doubled to $151 billion from $66 billion (see Figure 1). The average disclosed deal value soared 134%, mainly because of 5 buyouts greater than $5 billion, compared with just 1 the year earlier. The 5 largest deals in 2021 included purchases of Medline Industries ($34.0 billion), Athenahealth ($17 billion), Parexel ($8.5 billion), In...
Agile practices – they’re not just for software development
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Agile practices – they’re not just for software development

Agile software development methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban have been widely adopted by industry software development teams. Although agile practices originated in the realm of software development, other types of information technology teams can benefit from adopting similar approaches. Fundamentally, agile methods are a set of practices that help teams to collaborate, organize their work, and see it through to completion. Agile methods for software development Agile methodology has emerged as a widespread practice for software development in response to the frustrations common in traditional software development projects, with their distinct, lengthy phases of scoping, requirements definition, design, build, and testing. Each of these sequential phases can take months, leading t...