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Protecting Patient Privacy: HIPAA Compliance in the Electronic Age


E-mail accounts and passwords of former employees should be immediately deactivated so they can no longer access the network.

The relative risk for healthcare-associated infections has decreased in the last 15 years due to improvements in awareness of risk associated with devices, infection control, and evidence-based practice regarding use of devices.

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New Kaiser Permanente Medical School Plans to Waive Tuition

A new medical school to be opened by California-based health system Kaiser Permanente will waive tuition for all students in its first five graduating classes.

Hospital Prices Growing Faster Than Physician Prices

Growth in hospital prices and payments outpaced growth in physician prices and payments from 2007 through 2014.

Health Care Spending Per Person Increased to $5,641 in 2017

In 2017, health care spending per person reached $5,641.

FDA: New Plan for Regulations, Oversight of Dietary Supplement Industry


The FDA has announced a new plan to significantly modernize the regulation and oversight of dietary supplements.

Johnson & Johnson to Provide Drug Prices in TV Ads

In a drug industry first, Johnson & Johnson will start giving the list prices of its prescription drugs in television ads.

Physician Burnout Tied to Ability to Address Social Needs

Improving clinic capacity to respond to patients' social needs may reduce primary care physician burnout.

Pharmacist-Led Phone Follow-Up May Cut Readmission Rates

A pharmacist-led, postdischarge structured telephone follow-up (TFU) intervention can reduce 30-day and 90-day readmission rates for polypharmacy patients.

Off-Label Uses in Dermatology Often Missing From Compendia

The compendia used by Medicare for making coverage determinations are inadequate for dermatologic illnesses, and there is considerable discrepancy between compendia.

Medicare Payment Trends May Hinder Access to Dermatology Services


The median total charges submitted to Medicare increased, but there was not a significant increase in the actual amount paid from Medicare.

Virtual Video Visits Liked by Patients, Providers

Virtual video visits can effectively replace office visits for selected patients across medical specialties without sacrificing quality of care or patient-physician communication.

Report IDs Areas Lacking Good Practice in Health Tech Assessment

In a report published in the January issue of Value in Health, an ISPOR--The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research working group indicates the lack of good practices in three areas of health technology assessment.

FDA: Food Inspections to Resume Despite Ongoing Funding Lapse


The news comes after FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD announced last week a plan to recall some furloughed workers to conduct inspections.

American College of Physicians Releases 7th Edition of Ethics Manual

Ethical principles are discussed in an updated Ethics Manual, issued by the American College of Physicians.

Approximately 50 Percent of Patients Have Discussed Confidentiality with Physicans

About half of adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients report having had private time with a health care provider (HCP) and having spoken to an HCP about confidentiality.

Health Care Prices Still Explain High US Health Care Spending

The difference in health spending between the United States and other countries is still explained by health care prices.

Minority Medical Students Report More Barriers to Dermatology

Minority medical students report a variety of barriers to applying for a dermatology residency.

Costs Higher for Patients With Comorbid Noncommunicable Diseases

The costs of having two noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) is generally superadditive.

Private Equity Acquisition of Physician Practices Discussed

The phenomenon of private equity acquisition of physician practices is discussed in an Ideas and Opinions piece published online Jan. 8.

Increase in Brand-Name Drug Cost Mainly Due to Existing Drugs

The costs of oral and injectable brand-name drugs increased from 2008 to 2016, with most of the increase due to existing drugs, while new drugs accounted for cost increases in specialty and generic drugs.

Many Female Health Care Workers Live in Poverty

Many U.S. female health care workers, particularly women of color, live in poverty and lack health insurance.

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