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Prioritizing Security in the Era of Healthcare BYOD

November 24, 2014 by Rick Deglado

Too many institutions leave patient data vulnerable and their organizations open to future lawsuits. As BYOD grows in popularity, administrators need to go the extra mile in prioritizing security. Only then can they feel safe knowing healthcare workers have access to everything they need from their personal devices.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Is Commercial Support of CME A Bad Idea?

November 24, 2014 by David Davidovic

Companies are interested in funding continuing medical education because they feel that doctors need to stay on top of new medical discoveries. Yes, one can connect the dots and conclude that the more educated a physician is on current medical advances, the higher the likelihood they will use them - but what’s wrong with that?[read more]

Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media: Lee Aase [PODCAST]

November 24, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Lee Aase

Lee Aase defines the friendly part of social media. Lee is knowledgeable about communications, public relations and healthcare social media. He takes pleasure in sharing his experiences from his own team members at the Mayo Clinic to the global stage as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda on Social Media.[read more]

Hot Off the Presses: URAC Specialty Pharmacy Updates

November 22, 2014 by Abby Norman

URAC pharmacy update

URAC accreditation is highly coveted, especially when it comes to Specialty Pharmacy. As such, URAC recently released Revised Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation standards! Here are five steps to achieving and maintaining URAC Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation.[read more]

Doctor Discipline: Resources for Judging Quality in Health Care

November 21, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

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When we display prices for medical treatments, inevitably the question of quality comes up. Since price and quality are both hidden from public view in health care, we are always excited to see some source — any source — of quality information. One source: doctor disciplinary listings.[read more]

High Drama in an Ambulatory Surgery Center

November 20, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

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A few days before I wrote this, a patient had a complication in my office. I have discussed on this blog the distinction between a complication, which is a blameless event, and a negligent act. In my experience, most lawsuits are initiated against complications or adverse medical outcomes, neither of which are the result of medical negligence.[read more]

Medicaid for All?

November 19, 2014 by David E Williams

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The Affordable Care Act is injecting billions upon billions of dollars to provide Medicaid to previously uninsured people. More money should help healthcare providers’ finances, not hurt them. So what’s going on? To summarize, Medicaid reimburses for services at only about half the rate of what commercial health plans pay.[read more]

Telemedicine Market Shows Strong Growth Due to Healthcare Changes

November 19, 2014 by David Avitabile

Telemedicine

In a report from global market research company IHS, telemedicine, which is defined as "the use of medical devices and communication technology together to monitor diseases and symptoms," is predicted to grow at a cumulative annual growth rate of more than 56 percent between 2013 and 2018.[read more]

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What Healthcare Can Learn from the G20 Summit

November 18, 2014 by Paul Tunnah

At the G20 summit taking place in Australia, the world’s leaders have gathered to discuss some of the most pressing global issues. If the world’s leaders can step away from their national tribes for a few days to tackle the big issues, maybe it’s something we should try on a more regular basis in healthcare?[read more]

HIPAA: Liability to Private Parties for Violations

November 18, 2014 by David Harlow

Last week, Connecticut joined at least nine other states (DE, KY, ME, MN, MO, NC, TN, UT, WV) in recognizing that, while HIPAA does not create a private right of action for violation of privacy, it does constitute a standard against which the actions of a defendant in such a case will be judged.[read more]

Invisible Illness Insights: "A Little Understanding Could Change So Many Lives"

November 18, 2014 by Dave Taylor

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In a recent survey conducted by Inspire of its online community members with invisible illnesses such as EDS, chronic pain, lupus, bipolar disorder, fibromyalgia, depression and sarcoidosis, we saw that many respondents expressed frustration in the interactions they have had with their doctors.[read more]

Telemedicine: CY 2015 MPFS Reportage and Dangers of the Echo Chamber

November 17, 2014 by David Harlow

While payment for remote patient monitoring of chronic conditions turned out to be a chimera - at least for now - payment for chronic care management services, previously discussed in the CY 2013 and 2014 MPFS Rules, has been finalized in the CY 2015 MPFS.[read more]