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Designing Benefit Plans for Healthcare Organizations Print E-mail
Written by Patrick Pilch and Beth Garner   
Friday, 12 July 2019 17:38

Healthcare is one of the largest and fastest-growing portions of the U.S. economy. Against a backdrop of an extremely tight labor market, many hospitals, physician groups, skilled nursing facilities and other organizations across the healthcare continuum are having a difficult time filling jobs with the right people. While offering a competitive salary matters, it takes more than a paycheck to attract and retain workers in today's labor market. Record low unemployment rates are forcing employers in the healthcare sector to take a closer look at their benefit plans to remain ahead of competing healthcare organizations...

 
Confused about what to eat? Science can help Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 08 July 2019 14:31

A July 5th strawberrypost in The Conversation clears up a lot of confusion, including among doctors, about proper nutrition. Author P.K. Newby, a nutrition scientist, points out that, despite seemingly conflicting advice from so-called experts, there is broad consensus in the scientific community supporting a plant-based diet.  According to the author:

While it may sound like a fad, a plant-based diet has been studied for decades. Awareness escalated as it addresses two urgent public health challenges: the chronic disease epidemic and the climate change crisis. It's a win-win for human health and the environment.

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2019 17:34
 
Is My Doctor Any Good? Print E-mail
Written by MD Whistleblower   
Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

When I meet patients in the office, our conversations do not focus exclusively on the medical issue at hand. Of course, if you come to see me with a stomach ache, at some point I will direct the dialogue toward your abdomen. Often, our conversations are far removed from livers and pancreases, and deal with more personal vignettes and anecdotes. Why does this happen? First, I enjoy it; and secondly, it helps me to understand the patient better as a human being. I won't give this up, despite the many forces - Electronic Medical Records in particular - that conspire to dehumanize the medical experience.
 
I am a trained typist and had several secretarial jobs in my younger days. The tool of the trade then was a contraption unknown to the generation whom are now soldered to their smart phones. It was called a typewriter. For those curious, you might actually be able to palpate one of these dust covered devices in your grandmother's attic. My favorite was the IBM Selectric, which had a sphere covered with raised letters and characters which rotated with each key stroke before striking the paper. Oh, the simple world devoid of Google, cut & paste, Instagram and Wikipedia.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 12:16
 
Critical Steps to Help Avoid Cybersecurity Attacks Print E-mail
Written by Gary Salman | Florida Healthcare Law Firm   
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 16:19

Ransomware attacks are impacting the healthcare community's HIPAA security at a staggering rate. If a practice has data stolen from their network and they did not report the breach to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), they could be subject to massive fines for the lack of reporting. Specific steps must be followed to determine if ePHI (electronic protected health information) was compromised. This often involves hiring a forensics company and working with a cybersecurity company to harden the practice's infrastructure. When you are the victim of an attack once, you will mostly likely be a victim again because of vulnerabilities in your network that enabled the attack vector (or payload) to infiltrate your system. You cannot simply restore your data and hope for the best.
 
Many practices are unaware if their IT vendor, imaging company, billing company and/or software vendor are following the HIPAA laws related to compliance and cybersecurity. As a Business Associate, they are often required to follow the same laws as the covered entity (doctor). If your IT company has a breach or ransomware attack and it spreads from their network to yours, your records have now been compromised.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 16:30
 
Downtown Tampa needs a 'medical district,' hospital CEO Print E-mail
Written by Leading the Change   
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:00

Tampa General Hospital
is expanding its reach by strengthening its partnership with the University of South Florida and launching a new line of urgent care clinics. During a USF board of trustees meeting Thursday <6.6.19>, the hospital's CEO, John Couris, said he wants to help create a "medical district" in and around downtown Tampa with the help of USF Health and its Morsani College of Medicine. In addition to Tampa General committing to a $20 million lease of 25,000 square feet of space inside the medical school's new building downtown, Couris and USF medical school dean Dr. Charles Lockwood want to create a more seamless process for patients being treated by USF or Tampa General physicians. The new joint venture would create a "management services organization" that would streamline services, from medical records to scheduling patients between appointments at USF, Tampa General and private practice physicians with privileges at both places.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2019 18:02
 
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