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10/15/2018

In Connecticut alone, as many as a million cyberthreats are detected on some busy days, making cybersecurity a priority for national security. But experts say the nation is largely unprepared for widespread attacks, and "foreign nations and sophisticated nonstate actors could devastate -- some even say prevail over -- the United States by hitting us where we are weakest," writes Arthur House, Connecticut's chief cybersecurity risk officer.

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10/15/2018

A breakthrough computer model combining brain biomechanics and biochemistry that was developed by researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey was able to map and simulate how toxic proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis spread in the brain. The findings were published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

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Newsweek
10/15/2018

A joint statement signed Sept. 26 by Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie and Defense Secretary James Mattis about the alignment of their departments' EHR projects was released Wednesday. "The joint statement between DOD and VA represents tangible evidence of our commitment to change how we deliver veteran-focused, provider-friendly care," and the effort "will ease the burden on service members as they transition from military careers and will be supported by multiple medical providers throughout their lives," Wilkie said.

10/15/2018

Physicians can use social media to improve patient-doctor relationships and define their online reputation, said Kevin Pho, MD, during a session at this year's Medical Group Management Association annual conference. Social media is also a way for doctors to share personal stories that show their human side, Pho said.

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FierceHealthcare
10/15/2018

The healthcare industry still needs to improve interoperability efforts as it moves toward value-based care, experts say. Healthcare providers also need to consider the return on investment by examining business operations and removing items that don't add value.

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Health Exec
10/15/2018

Physicians should seek a bank that understands the unique needs of a medical practice when obtaining a line of credit, Chad Pfeif writes. He notes that loan officers should understand claims payments and billing processes.

10/15/2018

Consideration of the patient experience is often an afterthought throughout almost all provider communications and processes surrounding payment responsibility. The consequences when providers do not prioritize the payment experience come in the form of unhappy patients, which then equate to customer attrition and lower revenue margins. In a recent report from Aite Group, one way to build stronger connections with patients is through updated paper statements and easy-to-read bills. Visit MGMA online for more.

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10/15/2018

What are the biggest challenges facing medical practices and healthcare professionals today? What are those frustrating smaller issues such as being stuck in endless or needless meetings that lead to inefficiencies? Since launching in 2016, MGMA Stat polls have taken an interactive approach to answer questions both big and small that plague the healthcare industry and its people. This article reveals how practice leaders across the country are dealing with their most pressing issues. Visit MGMA online for more.

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10/12/2018

The University of Pennsylvania Health System, also known as Penn Medicine, is working with clinicians on an overhaul of EHR systems so they can become a more intuitive and interactive tool to relieve administrative burdens, enhance clinical efficiency and boost patient outcomes. "Ultimately, we need to move past the idea that the EHR is just an administrative tool and see it as a clinical tool -- like a scalpel, or a medication, or an X-ray machine," says Dr. David Asch, executive director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.

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EHR Intelligence
10/12/2018

The White House's plan to pay doctors $14 for short telemedicine "check-in" calls under Medicare has met resistance from some physicians who argue they already perform that service free. One concern is that patients would avoid the service because it involves cost-sharing fees.

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Kaiser Health News
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