The Cloud Security Alliance issued a paper providing recommendations on HIPAA compliance, cybersecurity and telehealth risk management and listing best practices for data storage, use and sharing. "With the rapidly changing demands and regulatory requirements for telehealth, it's essential that [health care delivery organizations] have effective governance and risk programs to ensure a smooth and seamless transition while improving their current risk postures," said Jim Angle, lead author and co-chair of the Health Information Management Working Group.
Nearly all popular mobile health apps harvest and track user data, researchers found in an analysis of 20,000-plus apps on the Google Play Store, and much of that data includes sensitive health information. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, also determined that 28% of the apps don't follow Google Play Store's terms of service by not listing the data that's collected, and Google says it is reviewing the report to determine if action should be taken.
Join us at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday, June 23, to learn how to be a stronger LGBTQ+ ally in your practice in this free open forum organized by the ADA's New Dentist Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
A panel of dentists, including some from the LGBTQ+ community, will openly share their journey in dentistry, including key motivators, successes and challenges they face, and attendees will walk away with tools to bolster the dental profession and become more inclusive and welcoming to all.
This free e-book offers practical tips and scripts to help your practice's front office field common telephone inquiries about treatment costs, in-network and out-of-network insurance, second opinions and more. The e-book also includes a sample intake form and call log.
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The ACR, together with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, asked the CMS to remove the 15-year smoking cessation date as an eligibility criteria for low-dose CT lung cancer screening. "The joint societies strongly disagree with the CMS and
(US Preventive Service Task Force) criteria that continues to limit screening to current smokers or those who have quit smoking within 15 years," the groups stated in a letter. They also urge the CMS "to provide explicit instruction to [Medicare Administrative Contractors] that LDCT at [independent diagnostic testing facilities] be fully reimbursed with no additional delay and/or denial."
A study in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging found a possible association between the COVID-19 vaccination and the risk of acute myocarditis. Researchers examined cardiac MRI findings and found that two of four patients with COVID-19 developed symptoms of acute myocarditis after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, while two patients without the disease developed symptoms after receiving the second dose of the vaccine. In the second case study set, six male patients experienced myocarditis right after being given the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Pharmacy retailers CVS and Walgreens were struggling ahead of the pandemic and even through last year, but their fortunes turned around with the start of COVID-19 vaccine programs. In addition to vaccine payments from federal programs that were increased this spring from $28 for a single dose and $45 for two doses to $40 for every dose, the retailers say people who come for their shots are shopping for other items while in the stores.
Assistant social work professor Kerry Zamore-Frazier urged attendees at a Central Texas Housing Consortium Juneteenth celebration in East Temple, Texas, on Thursday to learn about the federal holiday's history. African slaves "never imagined this day here where I see little white boys and little Black boys, white women and Black women sitting together in sisterhood and brotherhood, embracing each other," said Zamore-Frazier.
Seven Texas residents are facing multiple charges, including health care fraud, conspiracy to pay and receive illegal kickbacks and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Authorities said the defendants engaged in a more than $110 million health care fraud and kickback scheme involving compound drugs.
More than 50 years since its inception, the Medicaid program has yet to deliver on oral health equity goals for vulnerable US populations, but fundamental changes, such as increasing dental fees to boost provider participation and fixing problems within the existing fee-for-service program, could help, according to Paul Casamassimo, D.D.S., Charles Czerepak, D.M.D., and Jessica Y. Lee, D.D.S., Ph.D. The authors wrote in a Journal of the American Dental Association commentary that other changes that could promote health equity include expanding Medicaid adult dental coverage, tapping community advocacy resources and creating a pilot project for homesteading of dental providers in Medicaid. "We offer these suggestions after our combined century or more of caring for people in the Medicaid system in various states and watching medicine reach these same patients with both innovation and resolve to try to achieve health equity," the authors wrote. "The concept of focusing on Medicaid has been raised before by advocates and would advance equity in oral health care in the system originally designed to achieve it."
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