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February 21, 2018

Drug shortages can lead to a variety of complex adjustments in medical treatment that have the potential to jeopardize patient safety and interfere with the quality of care.  And they remain a serious public health problem.  A 2016 study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showed that, while the number of new drug shortages has trended downward since 2011, the number of ongoing drug shortages has remained high.  The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), which maintains a database, currently lists 147 drugs that are in short supply.

Read more: Drug Shortages Persist: An Update for Hospitals and Health Systems

February 14, 2018

They might seem innocuous and inconsequential in a medical group’s vast sea of paperwork and electronic data, but comparative billing reports (CBRs), administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and prepared by a data mining company called eGlobalTech (eGT), are not something to ignore.  Medical practices need to know what CBRs are and educate billing and other office staff about the importance of referring these reports to group leadership and the appropriate clinicians in a timely fashion.

Read more: What are Comparative Billing Reports and Why Should Medical Groups Care?

February 7, 2018

The massive transfer of health information during the past decade to online, internet-accessible systems has created a perfect storm of circumstances for the proliferation of cybercrime in the healthcare sector, including an 89 percent increase in reported healthcare ransomware attacks during the past year, a recently published report reveals.

Read more: Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Still Rising: What Providers Can Do

January 31, 2018

The number of uninsured people in the U.S. has been a key topic of health policy discussions for decades and received increased scrutiny with the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 and the implementation of its insurance coverage expansions in 2014.

Read more: 3.2 Million More Americans Became Uninsured in 2017

January 24, 2018

One of the hallmarks of the 21st Century Cures Act signed into law in 2016 was the creation of a “trusted exchange framework” to support the safe and interoperable exchange of electronic health information among providers and between providers and their patients.  The Cures Act charges the Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) with creating a “single on-ramp” for health information exchange based on a unifying set of policies, procedures and technical standards and a common agreement among disparate health networks nationally.

Read more: ONC Releases Draft ‘Trusted Framework’ for Health Information Exchange, Seeks Comments

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