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A CIO looks back on 2023, and offers a forecast for 2024

By Mike Restuccia for Healthcare IT News It’s that time of year, to reflect again on the past and pontificate about what the future may hold for the healthcare information technology community. For the first time in several years, I’m promoting a more positive, albeit cautious, message. Like the “revenge travel” explosion seen as individuals broke free from the…

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Why hackers attacked a health system on Thanksgiving

Giles Bruce by Becker’s Hospital Review It likely wasn’t by happenstance that cybercriminals attacked a major U.S. health system the week of Thanksgiving, IT security chiefs told Becker’s. Ardent Health Services, a 30-hospital system based in Nashville, Tenn., took its IT systems offline Nov. 23, the morning of Thanksgiving, after discovering what it later found to be a ransomware attack. Ambulances…

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Hospitals confront mounting reimbursement challenges and diminishing cash reserves

By Nathan Eddy for Healthcare Finance News Escalating reimbursement delays and declining cash reserves are placing hospitals and health systems across the nation in a precarious financial predicament, according to data from Syntellis Performance Solutions’ analysis of 1,300 hospitals. The findings, published in partnership with the American Hospital Association, underscore the pressing need for measures…

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Eight Ways for Providers to Protect Themselves in a New Era of Payer Denials

By Beth Friedman for For the Record My health care career began in the 1980s when I was a clinical coder for a small Pittsburgh hospital. Even then, before the Prospective Payment System and DRGs, a steady drumbeat of payer denials echoed throughout the business office, HIM, and finance departments of most health care provider…

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AI, machine learning top health CIO priorities in 2023, survey finds

By Emily Olsen for Healthcare Dive Dive Brief: Dive Insight: High labor expenses pummeled hospital margins last year, and many facilities continue to struggle financially even as pressure lifts for some providers.  Those financial challenges, combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, paved the way for AI and virtual care adoption, which could lessen some of the resource strain, the survey said.…

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Physician turnover more complex than just burnout, study finds

By Susan Vogel for Healthcare Dive Dive Brief: Dive Insight: Physician turnover has risen steadily over the past decade, with attrition rates rising 43% between 2010 and 2018 from 5.3% to 7.6%, according to a study published in July. The COVID-19 pandemic further increased turnover, with over 71,000 physicians exiting the industry between 2021 and 2022, according to a…

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The best hospital in each state, per Newsweek

By Molly Gamble for Becker’s Hospital Review Newsweek has released the top 600 U.S. hospitals ranked by state, sorted by a score that factors recommendations, patient experience, quality and patient-reported outcome measures.  Hospitals from every U.S. state were eligible for the 2024 ranking and included in the nationwide survey except for those with a 1-star rating…

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