Doctors, hospitals can charge more than $6.50 for electronic records, Civil Rights Office says

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Providers are permitted to calculate the actual cost of electronic copies of records, and charge for those costs, OCR clarified. The Office for Civil Rights, a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, today (5/24/16) clarified that doctors and hospitals can charge more than $6.50 to provide patients an electronic copy… Read more »

6 privacy landmines and how to avoid stepping on them

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A healthcare attorney spotlights big problems and offers advice on ways to navigate around the pitfalls, from cybersecurity insurance to HIPAA, social media to patient access. While the healthcare industry grapples with data breaches and privacy and security regulations, there are common pitfalls that are easy to run into without proper planning. Erin Whaley, a… Read more »

2016 Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule Now Available

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The Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule: United States, 2016 has been released by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. For 2016’s schedule, the ACIP made the following specific changes from 2015’s recommendations: Interval change for 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) followed by 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) from… Read more »

Zika virus: CDC issues worker protection guidelines

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Recommend full hand-hygiene compliance, use of personal protective equipment Public health authorities have issued new guidelines to protect workers who treat patients exposed to the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  has warned small, localized outbreaks of the virus are likely in the U.S. in the near future. The guidelines provide recommendations for… Read more »

10 Ways to Build Resilience

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”—Gandhi Resilience is defined as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.” And if ever there was a profession facing “difficulties” it is physicians. The “recover quickly” part is no slim accomplishment either. Wayne Sotile, PhD, “one the world’s most seasoned… Read more »

Medscape’s 2016 Physician Compensation Report

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One of the most anticipated surveys among the physician community has been released by Medscape. Most specialties saw an increase in compensation between 4% and 12%. Two experienced a significant decrease. Where do you stand? Over the past 6 years, the Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2016 has evolved with the changing healthcare landscape as questions… Read more »

Planning for the Unexpected

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It has been two days after the acknowledgement of World Backup Day held on March 31, 2016.  How could we have missed this non-Hallmark holiday? This very important tool, Offsite Remote Backup service often times gets overlooked.  I’ve witnessed a lot especially when it comes to a medical office’s computer, server or network crashing.  This… Read more »

The Art of Handling ‘Difficult’ Patients

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Those ‘Difficult’ Patients Whom You and Your Staff Dread   You know who they are: patients who are angry, disrespectful, and rude; patients who demand specific drugs or tests, even when they’re not indicated; and patients who growl at everyone, act suggestively to the nurses, or ask you to submit a fraudulent bill so the… Read more »