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  1. 3 steps practices can take to protect patient data
  2. A delicate balance: Sharing records with adult children of elderly patients raises privacy concerns
  3. It doesn’t hurt to ask: Most patients are willing to share their sexual orientation, study says
  4. Reluctant patients, Hispanic men pose a costly challenge to the health system

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3 steps practices can take to protect patient data

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Most of the security breaches that make headlines happen in big provider or payer organizations, but that doesn’t mean physician practices aren’t vulnerable to attack. In fact, most practices don’t properly safeguard protected health information and their electronic medical records are easy pickings for criminals.

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A delicate balance: Sharing records with adult children of elderly patients raises privacy concerns

Monday, April 24, 2017 Sharing physicians’ notes with adult family members can improve elderly patients’ care, but privacy concerns make doctors reticent to do so. At the same time, hospitals can present unique dangers for elderly patients, some of which can be mitigated by including caregivers in decision-making and in the discharge process.


It doesn’t hurt to ask: Most patients are willing to share their sexual orientation, study says

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Physicians and other healthcare providers greatly underestimate the willingness of patients to disclose their sexual orientation, a new study has found. While nearly 80% of healthcare professionals believed patients would refuse to provide information about their sexual identity, in reality, only 10.3% of patients reported they would not provide the information if asked, according to a study published in JAMA.


Reluctant patients, Hispanic men pose a costly challenge to the health system

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 From Kaiser Health News: Many Hispanic men don’t seek medical care soon enough and as the Hispanic population grows, some healthcare professionals are sounding an alarm.

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Medical marijuana is an effective, underused treatment for pain relief and opioid addiction, said a report from The Slocum Firm. White paper (PDF) WalletHub has released its annual report on the best and worst states for children’s healthcare. Vermont ranked number 1 on the list and Nevada was last. Report A Tucson, Arizona, man labeled a “fake doctor" by state prosecutors is on his way to prison after he pleaded guilty to 28 felony charges related to performing liposuction on patients, one of whom went to the ICU in a coma. Phoenix New Times article Training for rural doctors may be in jeopardy as rural residency programs across the country may lose federal funding on Oct. 1. Stateline via Philly.com

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