February 22nd, 2017

Children at higher risk of overdose if mom is prescribed opioids: study

The Globe and Mail, 2/20/17

Small children whose mothers have been prescribed opioids are significantly more likely to suffer an overdose than the children of mothers who take a different class of mostly over-the-counter painkillers, according to a new Canadian study.

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February 21st, 2017

Long-Term Opioid Use Could Depend on the Doctor Who First Prescribed It

NY Times, 2/15/17

Some emergency room doctors are far more likely than others even within their own department to prescribe opioids to treat pain in older people, and their patients are at greater risk of using the powerful drugs chronically than those who saw doctors who prescribe them less frequently, according to a large new study.

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February 19th, 2017

8 Technologies Poised to Disrupt US Healthcare in 2017 and Beyond

HIT Consultant, 2/14/17

The future of healthcare is happening right now. While that future is just barely forming, we are beginning to see how technology is now scratching the surface of an entirely different landscape when it comes to healthcare delivery both within and outside of the U.S.

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February 17th, 2017

Verity breach exposes records of more than 10,000 patients

Modern Healthcare, 2/11/17

Verity Health is notifying more than 10,000 patients that their personal information may have been accessed during a hack of a website operated by the system’s physicians group.

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February 17th, 2017

Top tips for protecting a practice from hackers

Medical Economics, 2/10/17

Physicians at small practices often think they are not attractive to hackers, because they don’t have troves of patient information or financial data. But this attitude is what makes them a target in the first place. Lax security, a lack of resources and general indifference make the perfect combination for an easy hack.

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February 6th, 2017

When is it OK to disclose PHI? HHS updates its guidance

AMA Wire, 1/25/17

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released a series of clarifying guidance documents on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule permits disclosures of protected health information (PHI).

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February 3rd, 2017

Zika virus down but not out in Florida as state reports more cases

Miami Herald, 1/27/17

Zika may be down but the virus is not out in Florida, where the health department on Friday reported three more locally acquired cases and six travel-related infections. The individuals in all but one of the cases—a travel-related infection in Broward—displayed symptoms last year, the agency said.

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February 2nd, 2017

MultiCare issues notice of email security incident to 1,200 former, current patients

The News Tribune, 1/27/17

Tacoma-based MultiCare Health System is sending letters to about 1,200 former and current patients related to a “privacy incident,” according to a news release sent Thursday evening. On Nov. 27, according to the news release, the health care system learned that an unauthorized individual may have gained access to an employee’s email account.

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February 1st, 2017

Healthy babies don’t need apps to monitor vital signs

Reuters Health, 1/24/17

Smartphone applications paired with sensors to monitor babies’ vital signs may appeal to parents anxious to make sure infants sleep safely through the night, but there’s no medical evidence proving these products work, a new paper suggests.

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January 31st, 2017

CMS to Waive PQRS Penalties Related to ICD-10 Update Issues

AAFP, 1/9/17

Some family physicians will get a pass from CMS in 2017 and 2018 when it comes to the application of penalties related to a failure to meet Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirements in 2016.

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