Coalition Calls for Federal Solution to Surprise Billing

A coalition of nine major organizations including the American Benefits Council, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Consumers Union, National Association of Health Underwriters and National Business Group on Health, has called for federal legislation to curb surprise billing—a situation that occurs, in many cases, when a patient receives care at a...
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Digital Strategy for Doctors: ‘Lead or be Left Behind’

The median American uses three of the eight major social media platforms, the Pew Research Center reports. Globally, the number of social media users in 2018 is 3.2 billion, up 13 percent year-on-year, according to Global Digital Report 2018. The continued mushrooming of social media's potential influence indicated by these numbers points to an imp...
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Are Your Business Associate’s Putting You at Greater Risk?

What if your organization had to pay a $1.55 million Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) settlement because you did NOT have a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) and/or did not confirm risks were mitigated? Do NOT let this happen to you or your business associate (BA)!In 2011, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) conducted an in...
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How Patients are Using Online Medical Records: ONC Study

Patients are embracing online access to their medical records, and as healthcare providers adopt new interoperability standards for electronic medical record exchange, patients are also likely to begin using apps to share their records across other devices as well.That is one of the key findings of a 2018 survey of more than 3,100 households conduc...
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Is There a Real Time Advantage to Telemedicine?

Time is money, and nowhere is this truer than in the world of healthcare.One of the advantages of using telemedicine is time savings. Both patients and physicians are utilizing video visits to be more effective and save time. When compared head-to-head with patients who have the same needs, a video proves to be faster than the in-person equivalent....
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