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Increase in telehealth services impacts hospitals’ plans for 2021 and beyond

The pandemic outbreak in early 2020, coupled with the announcement that CMS will reimburse clinicians who provide telehealth services to Medicare patients, has led to a telehealth boom in the industry. Hospitals across the country are upgrading their infrastructures, utilizing telehealth services across many service lines, and making plans to increase the use of telehealth services next year and for many years to come. Read more.

Healthcare Business Bites

Patient leakage is a priority for 96% of surveyed healthcare executives

According to a survey conducted by an independent market research firm and featured in Modern Healthcare (subscription required), 96% of the healthcare executives see patient leakage as a top priority for their organization.

In addition, 80% of the executives say addressing patient leakage has become more important as value-based payments have increased, and 75% say patient leakage is a significant obstacle to their financial goals. But even with a strategy in place, only 31% of the health systems surveyed say they have the right tools to accomplish their goals.

Hospitals and health systems can get both a strategy and the right tools to curtail patient leakage through Perception Health. Our TEAM platform and individual reports, such as our Growth Report, can quickly identify those loyal physicians who refer more than 75% of their patients to specialists within your system. Conversely, TEAM and the reports can also identify those physicians who account for most of the patient leakage in your system.

Utilizing a data warehouse that gives you the most complete picture of what’s going on in your market, using TEAM can help you improve physician alignment, attract more patients, and protect and grow revenue. Learn more and take a test drive of TEAM today!

Healthcare Business Bites

IBM launches Covid19 app, Teladoc/Livongo merger plans 'one-stop healthcare'

At this week's HLTH 2020 conference, IBM launched IBM Digital Health Pass, an app for organizations to check people's health status prior to letting them in public spaces like sports stadiums, airplanes, and workplaces. With information from verified sources, the goal of the app is to avoid potential virus transmission and create confidence in public places, allowing businesses to stay open. Read more. The recent $18.5 billion merger of digital health companies Livongo and Teladoc Health, expected to be finalized in the 4th quarter 2020, aims to bring "doctors, digital tools, and data science together for better health." Livongo's chronic care management strategy, combined with Teladoc's telehealth network, can allow for health needs to be met on a long-term basis, said executives from both companies. Read more.

Healthcare Business Bites

On the Horizon for Payer-Provider Collaboration: Intensified Data Work

In a recent article in Healthcare Innovation, Natalie Trebes, a senior researcher at Advisory Board, wrote about "achieving greater facility with data" in order to "route patients towards specific specialists." This brings to mind Perception Health's VOCAL Physician Matching that is part of the CARE platform. Read an excerpt of this article and why it matters.

Healthcare Trends

Patients Seek Surgery to Combat Major Covid-19 Risk Factor: Obesity

A recent article in the healthcare business section of The Wall Street Journal highlights medical claims data provided by Perception Health and commentary from J. Tod Fetherling, CEO. Read our summary. Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal website (subscription required).

Healthcare Tech

10 big advancements in healthcare tech during the pandemic

A recent article in the Health IT section of Becker's Hospital Review describes positive developments appearing during this deadly pandemic: ten big steps forward in healthcare tech. The top two advancements, predictive analytics and business intelligence / analytics platforms describe two services that Perception Health offers today to our healthcare partners. Through our CARE platform, we offer a proven way to predict the onset of diseases like AFib, lung cancer, and more. With our TEAM platform, customers have access to the most complete data set to measure market share, identify growth opportunities, visualize referral patterns,  ensure physician alignment, and grow revenue. Learn more about these services. Read the Becker's article.

Diagnosis Codes for the COVID-19 Coronavirus

CDC issues interim advice on coding the coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will implement a new ICD-10-CM diagnosis code for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in its next update on October 1, 2020. In the interim, specific codes for respiratory illnesses related to different strains of the coronavirus should be used, depending on the diagnosis. Perception Health's CODE platform is up-to-date and provides a single source for all recognized diagnostic and billing codes for the coronavirus. For more information on the CDC's interim advice, check out the CDC website.

Preventive Care

"I discovered colon cancer too late, but I want to make sure you don't"

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to get screened for this deadly disease. The treatments and successful outcomes for patients with colon cancer are greatly improved when the disease is identified early in its development. That's why people over the age of 40, or those showing specific symptoms, should schedule a colonoscopy as soon as they can.

In an opinion piece first published in Nashville's The Tennessean, healthcare executive Melissa Waddey warns readers about ignoring visible symptoms and foregoing necessary preventive screenings. Waddey was the former president of ambulatory and operations services at LifePoint Health in Nashville. Sadly, she passed away from her illness on December 4, 2019 at age 43. Read Melissa's message here and learn more about preventing colon cancer at

Celebrate Love!

You can help save 8 lives and help up to 75 more individuals

February 14 is a day to celebrate love with candy, flowers, and organ donations. Now before you think that last gift is a bit extreme, remember that it is also National Donor Day, a time to focus on all types of donation—organ, eye, tissue, blood, platelets, and marrow.

There are so many people involved in these life-saving programs: those who donated, those who received the gift of life through a donation, those people currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant, and those who died while waiting because an organ was not donated in time. Give the gift of life today. Read more and register!

Prevent Heart Disease

6 things every woman should know about heart health

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the nation's leading killer of women. They estimate that 90% of all women at some point in their lives have one or more risk factors for heart disease. Still, there is hope, as 80% of cardiovascular diseases are preventable.

There are specific steps you can take to ward off chronic diseases like congestive heart failure: quit smoking, stay active, get enough sleep, and others. Read more here and also here.

Health Technology

Preventative healthcare technology is an Apple focus, CEO Cook reveals

Apple is researching and may be developing new technology that could help individuals and healthcare providers identify health risks at an early stage, according to Tim Cook, CEO of the company. Similar to the heart monitoring features introduced with Apple Watch, these new features may include the ability to detect Parkinson's disease, diagnose tremor symptoms, and monitor menstrual cycles.

"I think you can take that simple idea of having preventive things and find many more areas where technology intersects healthcare, and I think all of our lives would probably be better off for it," Cook said in a recent interview on Read more.

Health Technology

High-Tech Health Products at 2020 CES

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is jam-packed with new products to improve and manage your health. With more than 4,400 exhibiting companies, including 1,200 startups, CES 2020 features the latest transformative technologies, including 5G, artificial intelligence, vehicle technology, digital health, and more. From an award-winning adjustable pillow that solves snoring to a Bluetooth toothbrush that analyzes the plaque on your teeth; from an award-winning bathroom mat that tracks your weight and posture to a rolling robot that will bring you more toilet paper, there's plenty to see at CES 2020.

Dealing with Cancer

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

A free ebook of essays titled HPV & Cervical Cancer: Stories from Survivors and Supporters is available from the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) to commemorate Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. The ebook offers "a powerful message to those dealing with the impact of cervical cancer: you are not alone." The essays by cervical cancer survivors and family members provides personal perspectives on the physical and emotion impact of cervical cancer. Read more.

Health Technology

Apple watch notifies wearer of AFib, saves life

Heart rate sensors have been used in fitness trackers for a number of years, but models with newer technology have produced greater health benefits for consumers.

Roy Robinson, a 74-year old man, was saved by his Apple Watch when it alerted him to a possible atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), thanks to the ECG monitoring tool built into the watch. Robinson had no idea what an A-Fib was, but when he was alerted, his son pushed him to go to the emergency room where he was later admitted. Read more.

>> Read Tens of millions of Americans may have AFib and not know it.


Nashville author writes children's survival guide to MRIs

Jackson looks like any other kid. But he has a "jelly bean" in his brain and that means getting lots of MRIs. In The Donut That Roared, Jackson helps young readers cope with the anxiety, fear (and noise!) that comes with a visit to that noisy donut-shaped machine. He shares his tips for making MRI day a breeze (like wearing his favorite taco socks!) and includes FAQs and tips for parents too. He even includes journaling pages so young patients can chronicle their own MRI adventure. Watch interview. Buy book.

Safe at Home

December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

When shopping for presents during the holidays, it's very important to match a recipient's age to the age range listed on the item. Younger children are at risk when toys have small pieces or batteries that can be easily swallowed. Parents and grandparents need to remember to look for age specific gifts and be especially mindful if younger children are in the same household.

In this article from the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in Peterborough, New Hampshire, Tim Goodwin lists some of the best practices and potential dangers for adults to consider when shopping for children. Read more.