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Sarbanes Statement on the 21st Century Cures Act Passing the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement on May 21, 2015, after H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, passed the full Energy and Commerce Committee with bipartisan support. The bill will increase biomedical research and accelerate the approval process for new medical devices and prescription drugs, giving patients more access to life-saving treatments. […]

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Celebrating Collaboration

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman The May/June issue is my personal favorite of each respective year. Not only because it celebrates the anniversary of the launch of what has […]

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Blazing a New Trail: Four Women Who Created New Paths in Healthcare

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From the first female to win the Charles F. Kettering Prize (2005) for uncovering the role of aromatase inhibitors in treating breast cancer, to an African-American female hospital CEO, this year’s female honorees have forged new trails in healthcare.

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Moving Toward Interoperability

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Healthcare is perennially behind other industries in information technology. With the early stages of electronic data behind us, our experts discuss the challenges of connecting disparate systems and how a new vendor alliance may be part of the solution.

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Rethinking Proper Splinting and Concussion Treatment

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A recent University of Maryland study found that 93% of splints for pediatric fractures are applied improperly, and a neurologist explains that a uniform clinical algorithm doesn’t exit for treating concussions, with a discussion on why rest may not be the best approach.

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The Third and Final Stage of Meaningful Use

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In March 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rolled out the proposed rule for Stage 3, which they declared will be the final stage of its Meaningful Use (MU) EHR incentive program. This stage is scheduled to begin in 2017.

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Women’s Health Roundup

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Our experts discuss the growing options for breast reconstruction, including free tissue transfer, as well as non-surgical options for cosmetic procedures. They also discuss why pelvic pain, which affects nearly half of women, should not be dismissed.

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Genetic Testing for Ovarian Cancer

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ALBERT STEREN, MD CASE Julia is a 49-year-old woman with a significant family history of gynecologic and breast cancer. Julia’s mother was diagnosed with epithelial ovarian cancer at age 52 and died of complications of treatment only six months after her cancer diagnosis. Julia’s maternal aunt (her mother’s younger sister) was diagnosed with breast cancer...

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Physician Practices Should Brace for HIPAA Compliance Audits

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JENNIFER SEARFOSS, JD, CMPE The second phase of the HIPAA audit program will begin sometime in 2015. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) within the US Department of Health and Human Services is the enforcement agency for breaches of protected health information (PHI). In light of the very public hacks and cyber terrorism acts against […]

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Temporary Agencies Can Solve the Challenges of Staffing Medical Offices

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WANDA SMITH It’s 7:30 a.m. and you have received a call from your front desk employee, who has strep throat. Your medical assistant is 8-1/2 months pregnant, and may deliver her baby at any time. You are holding your breath until she walks in the door. Your practice manager has several appointments today and is...

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