Change Healthcare Facing Secondary Cyberattack

Change Healthcare Facing Secondary Cyberattack

Another ransomware group, RansomHub, is allegedly attempting to extort UnitedHealth Group’s Change Healthcare unit in a second round of cyberattacks, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. They claim to possess 4 terabytes of Change’s data and have demanded payment, threatening to sell the sensitive health and financial information of millions of consumers on the dark web. Change Healthcare had previously paid $22 million to the BlackCat/ALPHV ransomware outfit after a February cyberattack that severely crippled the …

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Congress Considers PE Licensing For Healthcare Investments

Congress Considers PE Licensing For Healthcare Investments

Congressional leaders are doubling down on their scrutiny of how private equity (PE) ownership may potentially be influencing care within PE investor’s portfolios of healthcare companies, according to a summary from Axios. One Senate proposal entered into discussion recently suggests that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should have the authority to halt certain healthcare PE transactions by creating licensing standards for firms before they can invest in healthcare assets. Leaders are also …

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ExperCARE Adds New Market With MedCenter Urgent Care Deal

ExperCARE Adds New Market With MedCenter Urgent Care Deal

Earlier this month, ExperCARE announced its acquisition of MedCenter Urgent Care, adding several new locations to ExperCARE’s portfolio, while extending its reach into Alabama for the first time. Founded in 2002, MedCenter Urgent Care offers urgent care as well as family medicine. Backed by Seven Hills Capital since September of 2022, ExperCARE operates 7 other locations throughout the greater Savannah, Georgia, area.  Acquisition deals: This transaction represents a follow-on urgent care asset for Seven Hills. …

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Health System Acquires Saltzer Urgent Cares

Health System Acquires Saltzer Urgent Cares

Saint Alphonsus Health System in Idaho is set to take over an ambulatory surgery center and 2 urgent care centers previously owned and operated by Intermountain’s Saltzer Health. Intermountain had planned to shut down Saltzer Health in Idaho by April if no buyer came forward, according to Healthcare Finance News. The health systems reportedly have been working together to solve the potential community access challenges that would have resulted from the multispecialty physician group ceasing …

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Accuracy of Pulse Oximeters Needs a Second Look

Accuracy of Pulse Oximeters Needs a Second Look

The Food and Drug Administration is under pressure from attorneys general to update guidance on pulse oximeters to take into account the risk for inaccurate readings when the devices are used for patients with darker skin tones. Pulse oximeters can overestimate blood oxygen levels for patients with darker skin, and research demonstrating the relationship between skin tone and oximeter readings dates back as far as 2005. Proposed updates include options such as warning labels and …

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Majority of ED Patients Say They Waited Longer Than 2 Hours

Majority of ED Patients Say They Waited Longer Than 2 Hours

Results from a poll of 1,000 consumers presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts show that half of those who went to an emergency department (ED) believed the amount of time they waited for care was unreasonable. While only 3% of respondents who went to the ED had to wait more than 12 hours, another 6% waited from 8-12 hours, 22% waited 4-8 hours, and 29% waited 2-4 hours. The balance (39%) waited less …

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UCA Invites DEI Program Participants

UCA Invites DEI Program Participants

The Urgent Care Association’s (UCA) Commission on Diversity is seeking organizations to participate in a pilot program for a new commendation for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). UCA created the program as an opportunity for urgent care organizations to be recognized for efforts to address disparities with well-thought DEI strategies. The DEI Commendation will be structured to recognize a commitment to best practices in creating inclusive environments, while fostering equal opportunities and embracing diversity to …

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Walmart Slows the Pace of Health Clinic Expansion

Walmart Slows the Pace of Health Clinic Expansion

Walmart is pumping the brakes on expansion plans for its superstore health clinics, a decision that parallels a similar trend among other national retailers that have reconsidered the scale of their care operations recently, according to news in Healthcare Dive. The retail giant was aiming to offer 75 store-based health clinics by the end of this year but has now targeted 2025 for that milestone instead. “The current iteration of Walmart Health launched in 2019 …

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COPD Common Among Asthma Patients

COPD Common Among Asthma Patients

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was found to be the most common comorbidity for adults with asthma, according to a study published in BMJ Open Respiratory Research. Acute rhinosinusitis, chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, dysfunctional breathing, diabetes, pneumonia, sleep apnea, and gastroesophageal reflux disease, respectively, were also common comorbidities. Based in Finland, the study included 1,648 adults with asthma and 3,310 individuals without the condition, following them for 15 years. Researchers …

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Latest Physician Shortage Numbers Paint Painful Picture

Latest Physician Shortage Numbers Paint Painful Picture

According to a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), new projections indicate a continued shortage of physicians in the next 10 to 15 years, although the shortage is expected to be less than previously forecasted. AAMC predicts a shortfall of 13,500 to 86,000 physicians by 2036, with demand for physician services continuing to outpace the supply of working clinicians. By comparison, the 2021 report projected a shortfall of up to 124,000 physicians …

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