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3/21/2019

CHIME CEO and President Russell Branzell expressed support for the FDA's draft guidance seeking to address the possible danger from cybersecurity attacks on medical devices. CHIME also urged the agency to expand its definition of medical device risk to include elements of the health IT ecosystem that interact with the devices, such as networks, apps and firewalls.

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FDA, President Russell Branzell
3/21/2019

A report in HIPAA Journal showed that the health care industry experienced at least one data breach daily last month, exposing more than 2.11 million records across 21 states, an increase of 330% compared with January.

3/21/2019

The Spokane Digestive Disease Center in Washington State has found that providing patients with more cost and quality data increases engagement and patient knowledge about their care. The transparency also helps the practice compete with area hospitals, which are required to publish their standard charges.

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RevCycle Intelligence
3/21/2019

Young physicians considering jobs in non-urban communities to obtain a higher salary should weigh additional factors, says Ken Hertz, a principal consultant with MGMA. "It's far more important to take a position because it interests you and you want to be in the community -- to build your practice with less competition and to serve that community. The reality is that you're not going to become a millionaire in three years just because you chose a rural opportunity over an urban one."

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Ken Hertz, MGMA
3/21/2019

The coding for reimbursing providers for virtual or remote care services was a little unclear in the past, but new CPT codes provide better guidance. While some uncertainty remains around covered technologies, further CMS guidance on that topic is expected.

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Healthcare Finance
3/20/2019

Stakeholders in the health care sector are encouraged to implement a values framework to enhance the security of health data not covered by the HIPAA privacy rule, according to a report released by Manatt Health and the eHealth Initiative and Foundation. "Before developing strict privacy policies, policymakers and industry leaders may want to first focus on developing a values framework to guide the future use of personal health information," authors of the report wrote.

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Health IT Security
3/20/2019

Biomedical scientists are tasked with objectively observing the rhythms of life and death, but as Justin Chen writes, the work can evoke a kind of mystery, wonder and intensity that only fades when researchers leave the bench behind. "The work ... made me feel part of a larger order. I could experience a different version of life and death than I did in the outside world -- not as personal or intense but just as strange and profound."

3/20/2019

Researchers who used a virus to deliver a gene to certain retinal cells in blind mice were able to alter 90% of the target cells so they could sense light, and the results restored vision to the animals that underwent treatment. The results persisted for the animals' lifetimes, and researchers say the technique could be ready for human testing within three years.

3/20/2019

A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that while the number of respondents who said their physicians use EHRs rose from 46% in 2009 to 88% in 2019, 54% of people in that group are still "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" that their personal health information may be accessed by an unauthorized person. Meanwhile, 45% said they were concerned that errors in their medical records could hurt their care, and 21% said they or a family member had found an error in their EHR, including incorrect medical history, personal information, prescription or medication information, and laboratory or test results, along with billing issues.

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Kaiser Family Foundation
3/20/2019

Researchers treated three monkeys with a single injection of anti-HIV monoclonal antibodies, and the virus was suppressed for three years in one monkey, and long-term suppression was achieved in two other monkeys, although their immune systems fought back against the treatment. Next steps are to find a way to mitigate the negative immune response so the treatment can potentially work consistently in humans.