APA: Psychologist Burnout Fuels Workforce Crisis -- Telehealth May Help

COVID-19-fueled demand for behavioral health care has strained a struggling workforce, driving nearly half of psychologists to report that they’re burned out and unable to meet the demand for treatment -- which pushed nearly 60% to seek support from other psychologists, according to a report from the American Psychological Association that suggests telehealth could help address the work force issue. The pandemic has exacerbated both a national mental health crisis and a national health care workforce crisis , including a...
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Hospitals Warned About Two Malware Threats Used In Ukraine

The American Hospital Association sent out an alert warning members about two cybersecurity threats recently identified after being used against organizations in Ukraine, both of which can render computer systems inoperable and be spread through email and instant messaging. In addition to threatening hospitals’ overall information technology, the malware likely has implications for telehealth providers who have already struggled to ensure their operations are secure. AHA said it is especially crucial during the heightened threat that hospitals ensure their organizations...
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Digital Health Software Apps Evoke Efficacy, Privacy Concerns For Users

Health care experts are increasingly calling for efficacy and data privacy standards for health and wellness software applications, from both Congress and the administration, as use of the apps grows despite bypassing FDA regulations and side-stepping health data protection laws. The concerns come amid an explosion in telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and as doctors and insurers look at the apps to improve their members’ wellness and cut costs. Digital health apps have the potential to offer plenty of benefits...
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Advocates Seek To Delay RSNAT Via Upcoming Omnibus Bill

Advocates who have been calling to no avail for CMS to pause its planned expansion of a demonstration program that aims to reduce Medicare spending on non-emergency ambulances are now asking Congress to stall the program via the upcoming omnibus spending package. In a Feb. 14 letter to key Senate and House committees, 56 advocacy groups request that lawmakers add report language to the omnibus legislation that would delay further implementation of the Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergency Ambulance Transport (RSNAT) model...
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HHS Will Launch New DPA Office, Program To Boost Medical Supply Chain

HHS plans to expand its use of the Defense Production Act in 2022 by establishing a new office focused on domestic manufacturing and launching a DPA program focused on manufacturing investments, both of which are part of the Biden administration’s broader plans to secure a stronger domestic manufacturing base, HHS says in a new supply chain report . The White House says it intends to fully establish the DPA program -- dubbed the DPA Title III Program -- to provide...
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