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Think you're safe without proper BA agreements? Think again
Think you're safe without proper BA agreements? Think againAs I visit with providers, I discover managers that are not well educated in the HIPAA process, and do not understand they are required to do an annual Security Risk Audit and review of their practice even if they do not have an EMR, writes Carol Gibbons in her latest blog.
10 steps to increase financial security for physiciansIf you are interested in having the opportunity to eventually retire and not have to worry about finding an “early bird” special at your favorite restaurant, consider these ten great ideas.
Irresponsible to say physicians can be bought to put patient care second
Irresponsible to say physicians can be bought to put patient care secondNo doubt you’ve seen the report suggesting that even a single free meal can sway a physician’s prescribing habits.
How to get patients to grab an apple and ditch the donuts
How to get patients to grab an apple and ditch the donutsWhen it comes to nutrition, Americans in droves are ignoring the advice to eat more fruits and vegetables. Instead, we’re eating donuts. Lots of donuts.
10 tips to reduce poor quality healthcare, unjustified care costs
10 tips to reduce poor quality healthcare, unjustified care costsThe cure for the ills of healthcare lies within our grasp. It’s called “managed care,” which simply means care that is efficient and effective.
Physicians shouldn't fear death talk with patients
Physicians shouldn't fear death talk with patientsThe advance directive. The words instill a sense of foreboding, a finality not many are prepared to face.
Health professionals volunteer their services when the ACA isn't enough
Health professionals volunteer their services when the ACA isn't enoughFree clinics are wonderful and an important part of the fledgling healthcare infrastructure in economically struggling areas, but should not be necessary in a wealthy country. Americans deserve better.
8 tips for avoiding employee handbook crises
8 tips for avoiding employee handbook crisesCan your employee handbook get you in trouble?
Will insurers’ doubts be Obamacare’s unraveling?
Will insurers’ doubts be Obamacare’s unraveling?UnitedHealthcare has generated more conversation about the challenges with the Exchange Products and that has certainly helped their stock price.
Administrative costs are killing U.S. healthcare
Administrative costs are killing U.S. healthcareThe United States faces an unenviable paradox: the healthcare sector is an important source of job growth and economic output, but healthcare costs—now comprising nearly one fifth of economic output—are dramatically higher than those in other developed nations, and continue to rise.