How to protect your practice when data breach hits a partner

Medical Economics, 4/10/17

A cyberattack affecting nearly 200 hospitals, clinics and independent practices—exposing an estimated 3.9 million records—occurred in 2015 when systems at NoMoreClipboard, an online patient portal and personal health record provider, were compromised.

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April 10th, 2017


Study: Physicians spend 50% of their day on ‘desktop medicine’

Becker’s Hospital Review, 4/4/17

A study in Health Affairs investigated how physicians split their time between patient visits and computer tasks.

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April 10th, 2017


One in 10 Pregnant Women With Zika in U.S. Have Babies With Birth Defects

The New York Times, 4/4/17

One in 10 pregnant women in the continental United States with a confirmed Zika infection had a baby with brain damage or other serious birth defects, according to the most comprehensive report to date on American pregnancies during the Zika crisis.

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April 10th, 2017


Minter voted N.C. Doctor of the Year

Times-News, 4/2/17

The N.C. Medical Society has named Dr. Karin Minter of Burlington Pediatrics its 2017 Doctor of the Year.

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March 30th, 2017


Fewer medical malpractice lawsuits succeed, but payouts are up

CBS News, 3/28/17
The rate of paid medical malpractice claims in the United States has declined significantly, dropping nearly 56 percent between 1992 and 2014, researchers report.

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March 30th, 2017


CDC reports 7 more babies born with Zika defects

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, 3/24/17
Seven more babies have been born in the United States with Zika-related birth defects, raising the total to 54 and reflecting a steep rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday in an update.
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March 28th, 2017


AMA, MGMA and 85 other medical groups urge CMS to reduce EHR and meaningful use burden on doctors

HealthcareITNews, 3/23/17
The American Medical Association, the Medical Group Management Association and dozens of other healthcare organizations have called on that the federal government reduce the burden and penalties associated with EHRs, meaningful use, the Physician Quality Reporting System and Value-Based Payment Modifier.

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March 28th, 2017


New Guideline Will Allow First-Year Doctors to Work 24-Hour Shifts

New York Times, 3/10/17
First-year doctors in training will now be permitted to work shifts lasting as long as 24 hours, eight hours longer than the current limit, according to a professional organization that sets work rules for graduates from medical schools in the United States.

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March 28th, 2017


Watch out for these HIPAA violations in online reviews

Medical Economics, 2/28/17
When most physicians think of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), their immediate thought is a data breach. But they should also be keenly aware that they can violate the federal law simply by replying to a negative online review.

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March 28th, 2017


Report reveals severity of burnout by specialty

AMA Wire, 1/31/17
Physicians from 27 specialties graded the severity of their burnout on a scale of one to seven in a recent Medscape survey—one being that it does not interfere, and seven indicating thoughts of leaving medicine. All but one specialty selected a four or higher.

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