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Global Hacking Attack Infects 57,000 Computers in Over 100 Countries Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 15 May 2017 17:52

According to Reuters in a 5.13.17 post:

Capitalizing on spying tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, the cyber assault launched on Friday has infected tens of thousands of computers in 104 countries, with Britain's health system suffering the worst known disruptions.

...Cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that seemed to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other legitimate files.

...The ransomware encrypted data on the computers, demanding payments of $300 to $600 to restore access.
According to UK based Express in a post that same day:
A MASSIVE cyber attack has targeted NHS < National Health Service> sites across the country with ransomware, plunging them into chaos....Some 48 hospitals are understood to have been affected...37 hospitals the NHS has revealed have been attacked directly and those that shut down their systems as a precaution...                              

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Last Updated on Monday, 29 May 2017 13:34
Chronic Care Management Services as a Solution Print E-mail
Written by Jason Walter   
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 00:00

It can probably go without saying, but hospital stays are incredibly expensive. Hospitalization alone accounts for one-third of the $2 trillion spent annually on healthcare in the United States, and there is a high rate of hospital re-admissions due to poor planning and transitional care.

In just the Medicare program, the 30-day readmission rate for patients with some chronic conditions is as much as 23 percent. Research has shown that millions of these re-admissions may be preventable, saving billions each year in Medicare spending. One way to manage hospitalization, help with transitional care, and prevent many of these costly re-admissions is through the use of chronic care management services.

Hospitalization and Transitional Care Challenges

According to data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), older adults (aged 65 and up) account for 40 percent of hospitalized adults in the U.S. and nearly half of all healthcare dollars spent. The leading admission diagnoses among these patients are cardiovascular diseases, pneumonia, and septicemia. Not only are many of these hospital stays more expensive for older adults due to the seriousness of the conditions, but the average length of stay is longer than with younger patients. Both cost savings and better patient outcomes in these cases can be achieved through the use of chronic care management services.

Chronic Care Management Services as a Solution

One of the major predictors of whether or not your patient will end up back in the hospital within 30 days is the number of chronic conditions that they have. Fortunately, the chronic care management (CCM) program was specifically tailored to help patients with more than one chronic condition. A care coordinator assists the provider with this risky population through monthly non-face-to-face clinical staff time that can help address items on the physician’s care plan related to hospitalization management and transitional care. During these calls, the care coordinator can address several issues that both help with transitional care and prevent re-admissions. Among these are:

    Medication Management- The care coordinator provides medication reconciliation services, which have been shown to cut down on hospital re-admissions.

    Patient Education- Patients are provided with educational materials about their illnesses, including instruction on prevention.

    Medical Care Coordination- The care coordinator reviews the patient’s personalized care plan, can coordinate home health care services, and assist with other transitional care needs.

Limitations on Chronic Care Management Services

While chronic care management services can help manage hospitalization costs and transitional care, there are a few limitations to the CCM program. Medicare limits the billing of certain services occurring on the same day, so providers will need to make sure that concurrent services aren’t rendered for:

    Home Healthcare Supervision code G0181

    Hospice Care Supervision code G0182

    End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) codes 90951-90970

    Transitional Care Management codes 99495 or 99496

Otherwise, a CCM care coordinator can be an invaluable tool for primary care providers and patients to both save costs and deliver a higher standard of care.
Jason M. Walter is VP of Marketing at iSalus Healthcare located in Indianapolis, Indiana. To learn more, please visit

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:47
The Worst Things You Can Say to a Patient Print E-mail
Written by Physicians Practice   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:00

In life, once something bad has been said, you can't take it back. In medicine, damaging words can be the biggest obstacle between a provider and a patient's relationship.

We asked our advisory board to share with us some of the worst things that a practitioner can say to a patient during their visit. Some of these damaging words are innocuous and some of the comments go much deeper than that. Other comments reflect the difficult things that providers will have to say to a sick patient, which are not necessarily mean-spirited but reflect a harsh reality.

Here's what they had to say...

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Last Updated on Friday, 28 April 2017 14:27
Did Aaron Hernandez Have CTE? Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 24 April 2017 17:16

Michael McCann, in an April 20 post, reports that Aaron Hernandez's brain has been donated to Boston University's CTE research project. Once a star tight end for the New England Patriots, Hernandez was serving a life sentence for murder. He committed suicide in his prison cell earlier this month.

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 May 2017 17:57
FICPA Holds Health Care Industry Conference in Orlando Print E-mail
Written by Florida Institute of CPAs   
Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:00

Health care is a profession under constant change, especially under a new administration. New rules and regulations are introduced with regularity. What can you do to keep pace with this ever-evolving industry? Attendees of the 2017 FICPA Health Care Industry Conference addressed these issues and more. The event was held at the Caribe Royale in Orlando April 20 and 21.

The program featured a morning Keynote Address entitled Information Security: Threats, Attack Vectors and Solutions, led by Robert E. Anderson Jr., Managing Director of Navigant Consulting, Inc. Breakout topics included Physician Independence in an Environment of Growing Complexity, New Revenue Opportunities, Learning From the Past: Regulatory and Transactional Lessons Learned in Healthcare Deals and Building a Personal Brand in Health Care. There was also a Luncheon Presentation focused on the Post Election World for the Health Care Industry, an afternoon Keynote Address called Value as a Driver of Provider Payment and an Expert Panel discussing The Impact of the Presidential Election on Strategy and Alternative Payment Systems.

Sponsors included:
  • South Florida Hospital News & Healthcare Report
  • American Express
  • Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
  • PNC Health Care
  • FHIcommunications
  • Gregory, Sharer & Stuart, CPAs
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Ernst and Young, LLP
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association - Florida Chapter
  • Memorial Healthcare System
  • Moore Stephens Lovelace CPAs & Advisors
  • Navigant Consulting, Inc.
  • Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting
  • Vaco
  • Winthrop Resources
The FICPA has unique conference sponsorship opportunities available that can help increase visibility and exposure of services and products. Conference sponsorship options include table-top exhibits and exclusive sponsorship of lunch, breakfast and/or breaks.

For more information on how to become a sponsor for a future conference, please contact the FICPA at (800) 342-3197, (850) 224-2727 or

Last Updated on Monday, 24 April 2017 10:43
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