May 2024

Nurses call for pause on healthcare AI

Giles Bruce – Becker’s Health IT Nurses around the country continue to raise their concerns about artificial intelligence use in healthcare, with the country’s biggest nursing union calling for a pause on the technology. Hundreds of nurses protested AI April 22 in front of a Kaiser Permanente hospital in San Francisco, while nearly 100 gathered […]

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It’s Time to Challenge Your Assumptions About Aging

May 15, 2024 3 Min Read Marc Agronin, MD, Adult & Geriatric Psychiatrist As the US population ages and neurocognitive disorders reach epidemic proportions, all clinicians need to be well-versed in geriatric care, especially in primary care and rural areas. The statistics about our aging population should be well recognized by now: the percentage of

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Would an ‘unbossed’ culture work in healthcare?

Madeline Ashley – Becker’s Hospital Review The workforce has seen an influx of changes and trends come and go in a post-pandemic world, with more employees taking the reins and standing up for new, flexible ways to get their jobs done. One such trend catching on lately is the “unbossed culture.” The term describes a

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Endoscopic Ablation Reduces ‘Hunger Hormone,’ Yields Weight Loss in Early Trial

— First-in-human study targets ghrelin production with mucosal ablation as obesity treatment by Ed Susman , Contributing Writer, MedPage Today May 21, 2024 WASHINGTON — Endoscopic gastric fundus mucosal ablation (GFMA) as a means of reducing production of the hunger-modulating hormone ghrelin was technically feasible and safe in a first-in-human study, and led to reductions

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A 4-letter red flag for healthcare leaders

Mackenzie Bean (Twitter) —  Becker’s Clinical Leadership As chief clinical officer of UNC Health and president of UNC Physicians in Chapel Hill, N.C., Matt Ewend, MD, keeps his ears peeled for one seemingly innocuous word, as it almost always represents an opportunity to break down barriers and help team members improve their collaboration and communication.

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Why hospital executives think Walmart Health failed

Giles Bruce – Becker’s Health IT Health system leaders told Becker’s they’re not surprised by the failure of Walmart Health given the arduous economics of healthcare and the difficulty of providing primary care at scale. Walmart said April 30 it would be closing its 51 Walmart Health Centers and virtual care offerings five years into

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Senators Mull Ways to Stop Patent ‘Abuse’ by Pharma Companies

— Manufacturers of brand-name drugs will try every tack to delay generic entry, experts say by Shannon Firth , Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today May 21, 2024 Senators and experts on Tuesday examined the range of tools that brand-name drug manufacturers have used to keep generic and biosimilar competition at bay — from patent thickets and

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Labor Department’s new salaried overtime rule: What healthcare leaders should know

Alexis Kayser (Email) –  Becker’s Hospital Review Effective July 1, salaried workers making less than $43,888 per year will qualify for 1.5 times pay if they work more than 40 hours per week, up from the current cusp of $35,568. On Jan. 1, the threshold will rise again to include salaried workers making less than

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Lawmakers pitch expanded doula coverage in Medicaid

Rylee Wilson – Becker’s Payer Issues Federal lawmakers are proposing allowing Medicaid reimbursement of doulas and midwives in every state. Doula coverage varies by state. As of February, 13 states provide doula coverage through their Medicaid programs and another 12 are in the process of implementing coverage, according to a report from the Elevance Health

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