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Highlights from AHIMA Con 2016

AHIMA Con 2016 is coming to an end in the beautiful city of Baltimore, MD. The annual convention, geared toward healthcare and health information professionals, kicked off on October 15th with interactive panels. Pre-convention workshops and institutes were available, with a heavy focus on information security and privacy. Sunday’s welcome reception and net   working events…

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Health IT Day 2016

AFCEA Bethesda Chapter’s Health IT Day is an annual gathering that operates as a nexus of information exchange for Health Information Technology and Cyber Security Professionals. CXO level executives from federal and civilian initiatives gather to discuss healthcare for civilians and military consumers – and how to improve the healthcare experience through interoperability. With Keynotes…

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How Coffee Can Improve Your Health

Today we celebrate National Coffee Day, a “hashtag holiday” in which several well-known coffee shops and chains offer free coffee and other discounts to their faithful, coffee drinking patrons. Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, and even gas station blends from Pilot Flying J are being offered for free, or for prices as low as $0.66 per…

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Understanding the Quality Payment Program

Andy Slavitt, the Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), recently published a detailed blog post outlining the Quality Payment Program (QPP). QPP is slated to begin January 1, 2017. If you are unfamiliar with QPP, let’s back up a bit. In 2015, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law…

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5 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress and Bring Exercise to the Office

Most all of us understand that exercising regularly has many benefits for the human body. Besides the already prevalent weight loss benefits, exercise can reduce stress, boost motivation, improve attitude, and bring fun to an office work space. A common excuse for not partaking in regular exercise is that people just don’t have enough time…

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Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found After Sewage Spill

In the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine, Tampa Bay waters have been inundated with millions of gallons of raw, and partially treated sewage. Hurricane Hermine fell short of meteorologist predictions in her brief touch-downs along the coast, but the impact of the deluge overwhelmed city sewage systems. Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Hernando counties were affected, along…

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Meet PAM, the Amoeba in Your Backyard

The Florida Health Department has been busy this summer, with this year’s fourth reported case of primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) striking an undisclosed patient. PAM is an infection caused by a parasitic amoeba known as Naegleria fowleri, a parasite that thrives in warm freshwater environments. Florida, known for its subtropical climate and wetland ecosystem, has…

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Bad Reputation: Big Pharma’s Eventful Year

Thinking back to late 2015, the pharmaceutical industry was shaken by a tsunami of criticism and vitriol, all thanks to the rapacity of Big Pharma “bad boy” Martin Shkreli. You may recall Shkreli’s ill-received decision to jack up the price of Daraprim from $13.50 a pill, to an inconceivable $750 per pill only one month…

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Hanging Up Your Nurse’s Cap?

Nurses of the past, present, and future; thank you. Thank you for your dedication to providing care and comfort to every single healthcare consumer that you’ve encountered. Thank you for your commitment to excellence, to education, and to kindness. Your efforts are not and will not be forgotten. Rewarding as it is, nursing is a…

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