PRACTICE NEWS
How Do Business Partner Data Breaches Affect Your Practice?
 

Data breaches affecting health care systems or their partners need to be addressed quickly, according to Medical Economics. “The most essential protective measures against ransomware and other data breaches are immediate notification and action,” the authors write.


Wed, 13 Jun 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Certification Status Tied to Physician Performance Measures
 

Physicians who maintain certification through the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) do better on physician performance scores as measured by the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), according to research in the Annals of Internal Medicine.


Tue, 12 Jun 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
CDC: Prevalence of No Insurance Varies by Occupational Groups
 

The prevalence of being uninsured varies by occupational groups, according to research in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. More than one-quarter of workers in four occupational groups reported having no health insurance in 2014: construction and extraction; farming, fishing, and forestry; food preparation and serving related; and building and grounds cleaning and maintenance (29.1, 34.6, 35.5, and 37.0%, respectively).


Fri, 08 Jun 2018 GOVERNMENT AND MEDICINE
Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed
 

Online physician reviews tend to be skewed positively, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Study authors sought to assess whether distributions of consumer ratings differ across specialties and to provide specialty-specific data and found that allied health (non-medical, non-nursing) providers had higher median overall satisfaction scores (4.5) versus physicians in medical specialties (4.0) and surgical specialties (4.2; P < 0.001).


Thu, 07 Jun 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers
 

(HealthDay News) Physicians can help prevent caregiver burnout by recognizing symptoms such as stress, anxiety and depression. A guide for physicians published by the American Medical Association (AMA) recommends conducting systematic assessments of patient caregivers to identify caregiver needs.


Thu, 07 Jun 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
Increase in Requirement for Flu Vaccines at Non-VA Hospitals
 

Mandatory influenza vaccination requirements for health care personnel increased from 37.1% in 2013 to 61.4% in 2017, research in JAMA Network Open finds. This change was driven by non-VA hospitals; from 2013 to 2017, requirement policies increased from 44.3 to 69.4%.


Tue, 05 Jun 2018 GOVERNMENT AND MEDICINE