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Analyzing Whether HIPAA’s ‘Industry Standard’ Means You’re Safe From Cyber Attacks

Many healthcare executives believe that complying with the express cyber security safeguards set out in the so-called “HIPAA Security Rule” is both relatively straight forward and will protect their covered entity from civil liability and/or administrative action. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case and, in many instances, it is only the first step toward establishing and maintaining the required “reasonable” cyber security system. Full Story

How One Growing Healthcare Company Is Retaining Diverse Employees

Among Fortune 500 healthcare companies, just 21 percent of executives and board members are women, even though they comprise 80 percent of the industry. In this expert commentary, Melody Lenox of Dallas’ Axxess touches on how the company maintains a 50/50 ratio, as well as how it’s navigating the choppy waters of technological change and cutting down on increased spending. Full Story

Primary Care Docs Are Getting Bigger Offers From Rural Practices

For the first time in The Medicus Firm’s history, search and placement activity in urban and metropolitan areas outpaced that of rural (pop. 25,000 or fewer) and mid-sized communities. Now that urban and metro practices are putting additional resources into the battle for primary care physicians, the competition has never been so intense. Full Story

Are Patient-Reported Outcomes The Key To Quality And Cost Savings?

In recent years, healthcare has grown more expensive but outcomes have not significantly improved, spurring a call for reform echoed by payers, patients, physicians, and politicians. How can we rein it in? Dr. Marc DeHart, a former president of the Texas Orthopedic Association, proposes a solution: Link patient-reported outcomes to the expenses associated with those outcomes before OK’ing reimbursements. Full Story

On Treating The Poor Without Going Through Texas Medicaid

Just over three years ago, the demise of Project Access Dallas was ushered in by the creation and approval of the State of Texas Medicaid 1115 Waiver. With no intended malice, the state reined in the rapid rise of Medicaid costs by expanding Medicaid HMOs across the state. But independent physicians haven’t seen much of that money. For those who have a desire to treat the underserved, what’s the best thing for them to do? Full Story

How Space And Function Of A Medical Office Can Boost The Patient Experience

Consumer demand has become an inexorable driver of change in the healthcare industry. The change has resulted in a consumer-facing delivery model and an increased emphasis on the patient experience. The patient experience includes variables that directly correlate to real estate: amenities, convenience, comfort, service, and aesthetics, writes Webber Beall, vice president of Lincoln Harris CSG. Full Story

Small, Midsize Employers Look For Roadmaps To Manage Healthcare Costs

Small to midsize employers often are standard-bearers for qualities like independence and gritty self-reliance. That’s probably ideal for managing tasks like IT infrastructure or corporate communications. However, when it comes to managing healthcare benefits, independence, and self-reliance could have a cost. Full Story

Healthcare Expenses Are More Than Medical Treatment

The healthcare delivery system in the U.S. is complex in that we provide care to patients with diverse values, therefore, in many cases, we tailor the delivery system to meet the patients’ social, cultural and linguistic needs. The Commonwealth Fund recently released a publication citing the U.S. for spending more on healthcare than other high-income countries. We have certainly heard this before and acknowledge that healthcare expenditures consumed 17.1 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013. The healthcare industry through the Triple Aim of better health, better care and better value is working to reduce costs and improve… Full Story