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Comprehensive Primary Care Plus – Medicare Doubles Down

April 30, 2016 by David Harlow

CMS, through its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), is rolling out a refined version of an innovation model that is just winding down its four-year run. Here's what it entails.[read more]

2016 Phase Two HIPAA Audit Program Update

April 30, 2016 by Phil C. Solomon

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the beginning of the 2016 Phase Two Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Audit Program. This program is designed to evaluate the compliance efforts of covered entities and their business associates (BA) with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules (HPSBNR).[read more]

Educating Medical Professionals and Healing with Virtual Reality

April 29, 2016 by David Kirby

Virtual reality stands poised to innovate the field of healthcare education.This opportunity allows medical professionals to prepare for rare medical scenarios, gaining experience they’re unlikely to get any other way.[read more]

California Supreme Court Rebuts Court Ruling On UR Physician Liability

April 29, 2016 by Josh Nelson

Medical reviewers and workers’ compensation providers can breathe a sigh of relief – at least for now. Last week the California Supreme Court ruled to officially depublicize a lower court’s previous ruling on the utilization review (UR) and workers’ compensation industries that would have set a precedent by holding UR physicians responsible for the care of patients whose cases the physicians review.[read more]

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Facts and Figures vs. The “Frivolous Medical Malpractice” Narrative

April 29, 2016 by Andy Heikkila

10 years ago, medical malpractice took center stage in the U.S. political arena when John Edwards was announced as 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry’s running mate. A thick frivolity-in-law narrative and stigma quickly engulfed the country, and, unfortunately, that narrative still pervades today, even though the numbers say otherwise.[read more]

The Link Between Patient Satisfaction and Long-Lasting Relationships

April 28, 2016 by Practice Builders

The ACA has put patients at the center of healthcare services. A patient-centric healthcare approach in this digital era means a revised definition of quality in the physician-patient relationship.[read more]

Good riddance: United finally gives up on ACA marketplaces

April 28, 2016 by David E Williams

United Healthcare announced that it’s exiting most of the Obamacare insurance marketplaces (aka exchanges) next year. Sound like a familiar story? In fact all the recent news coverage is just a rehash of last November’s announcement that United was probably going to exit.[read more]

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Overhauling Medical Malpractice to Address Defensive Medicine

April 27, 2016 by David Mann

there is a prevailing school of thought that American medicine is full of harm, that doctors make choices every day to harm their patients solely because they are afraid of being sued. Known as practicing “defensive medicine,” it refers to recommending a diagnostic test, procedure, or specialist visit that is not necessarily the best option for the patient.[read more]

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Cause and Effect - What Leads to a Misdiagnosis?

April 26, 2016 by Marlena Stoddard

Misdiagnosis and medical negligence are serious issues requiring the attention of both doctors and patients alike.[read more]

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HIPAA Compliance Breaches Higher Than Ever: What Are You Doing About It?

April 26, 2016 by Jenna Cyprus

In 2015, we witnessed the highest level of HIPAA compliance breaches yet, and 2016 isn’t expected to be much better. Even if you’re a small practice, you’re not immune to security breaches, and you’re probably making more mistakes than you realize. It’s essential that medical professionals make it a priority to protect themselves and their practices from such mistakes.[read more]

Risks of Probiotics - Who Cares?

April 26, 2016 by Michael Kirsch

We have a medical industrial complex that is a beast that needs to be fed. It fuels itself on our fidelity to medical practices that are labeled as truths. ‘Wellness’ rules.[read more]

How to Stay HIPAA Compliant When Using Social Media for Healthcare

April 21, 2016 by Gretchen Kalthoff

Regulations surrounding the use of social media within the healthcare industry can cause physicians to think that it’s a waste of time, however some providers are beginning to realize that there are actually enormous gains to be made from engaging in social media. Here, we look at how to make the most of social media within medical practice internet marketing while still ensuring HIPAA compliancy.[read more]