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FDA Shares Its Plan for Digital Health Tool Oversight—and Facilities Should Take Note

In September 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released guidelines to continue encouraging innovative approaches to develop digital health tools. The rules are designed to enable efficient and modern regulatory oversight of those tools. See what the new guidelines entail.

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U.S. Drug Prices Exceed Those in 11 Similar Countries

U.S. drug prices are about four times higher than the combined average drug prices in 11 similar countries, according to a report from the House Ways and Means Committee. The report is based on 2018 pricing for 79 drugs sold in the U.S. and 11 other countries. Drug prices were sometimes 67 times higher in the U.S. Find out what’s being done to lower costs and how Provista can help.

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A Savings App for Your Employees. 300K+ Discounts Across 2,300 Cities

The Provista Employee Savings Program is now available as an iPhone or Android app. The program lets Provista members and their employees access significant savings on a wide range of products and services from national suppliers. Deals cover electronics, technology, dining and entertainment, fashion and beauty, travel, shopping, gifts and flowers, health and wellness, automotive, and more.

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‘Infection Preventionist’ Mandate for LTC Takes Effect

Starting this November, long-term care facilities must have an infection preventionist on staff. This role is intended to help curb infections, which can save lives and money. Training is available for the people responsible for infection prevention and control programs in nursing homes, which is where group purchasing organizations can lend a hand.

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Provista Adds REEF Technology to National Portfolio of Hospitality Members

Provista announces the addition of REEF Technology, the premier creator of last-block mobility and logistical hubs that enable cities, residents and businesses to better connect with the on-demand economy, to its 200,000+ member portfolio. Provista will strengthen REEF’s financial and operational performance by connecting it with top contracts from the nation’s most sought-after suppliers across all areas of its business.

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A Tale of Two Patient Profiles at Outpatient Surgery Centers

Patients at hospital outpatient clinics are typically poorer and sicker than those at ambulatory surgery centers. Why does that matter? Because Medicare pays different rates for surgical care between the two settings, with hospitals receiving higher rates.

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Fill the Role of Supply Chain Manager—and Give Nurses Their Time Back

Because many non-acute facilities lack a supply chain manager on staff, nurses take on procurement tasks. That means instead of spending their time delivering care, they’re checking inventory and ordering products, which can turn into a full-time job. Facilities are better served by hiring a person to fill this role or outsourcing it to a group purchasing organization.

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What the Movement to End Surprise Medical Billing Means for Non-Acute Care

Congress is considering legislation that would shield patients from unexpected medical bills. Surprise billing often occurs in emergency situations, but it can also happen in non-urgent care when patients receive care from out-of-network providers at in-network facilities. See why surprise billing has become such a problem, what lawmakers are proposing as a remedy, and what it all means for physicians and facilities.

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Who’s Visiting Non-Acute Care Facilities and Why?

What type of patient is most likely to walk into your facility? This information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) captures the demographics of patients visiting physician offices and other healthcare professionals in the U.S., and why they’re visiting.

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Healthcare Facilities Turn to Opioid Alternatives to Break the Cycle of Addiction

Healthcare organizations are turning to non-opioid medications to help patients manage chronic pain. This helps mitigate the problem of opioid addiction. In some cases, alternatives to opioids actually do a better job of treating the pain. Find out what approaches some doctors and facilities are taking.

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