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As pandemic persists, health care heroes beginning to crack under the strain

By Lesley McClurg After five months working shifts at an emergency department in Oakland, Douglas Frey says he’s mentally and physically spent. Most days the tall, athletic-looking 47-year-old nurse ends his shift depleted by what he calls an undercurrent of tension. Every day Frey worries he’ll make a mistake — picking up a contaminated mask, …

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Cybersecurity Practices That Protect Your Small Business

By Imran Tariq ENTREPRENEUR LEADERSHIP NETWORK CONTRIBUTOR Success instills pride. Unfortunately, valuable possessions also attract thieves. Entrepreneurs think lack of customers, bad service and limited capital are what causes bankruptcy. Try being a victim of cybercrime. A 2019 report by insurance carrier Hiscox found that 60 percent of companies that are victims of a cyberattack …

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BREAKING NEWS: CMS Has Released The Proposed 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Highlights: Conversion Factor decreases -11%:  winners and losers by specialty Telehealth services-some extended through the pandemic and beyond E/M Overhaul moving forward for 2021 Supervision and scope of practice changes for extenders and ancillary providers Quality Payment Program updates for MIPS and MPV CMS confirmed that the E/M office visit codes remain on track for their first …

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Florida Chiropractor Spent Virus Aid on Netflix, Gym, DOJ Says

By Jennifer Kay A Florida chiropractor allegedly paid for Netflix, a gym membership, and other personal expenses with the more than $200,000 in small business loans he received from federal Covid-19 funding, the Justice Department said. Dennis Nobbe, 63, of Miami, made his initial court appearance Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern …

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CMS and CDC announce provider reimbursement available for counseling patients to self-isolate at time of COVID-19 testing

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are announcing that payment is available to physicians and health care providers to counsel patients, at the time of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing, about the importance of self-isolation after they are tested and prior to the onset …

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U.S. health insurers, wary of telehealth overuse, urge more planning in policy easing

Antonita Madonna U.S. healthcare providers and some lawmakers want to extend a regulatory accomodation for telehealth services granted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health insurers, however, want policymakers to manage concerns regarding its overutilization and to redefine healthcare-provider state licensing requirements. Growth in the use of telehealth services has skyrocketed during the pandemic as the Trump …

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How The Pandemic Casts Physician Burnout in New Light

By Andis Robeznieks The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the national public health problem of physician burnout and weakening patients’ tie to the essential physician care they need to manage chronic conditions. These are among the insights that AMA President Susan R. Bailey, MD, shared during an online program hosted by The Atlantic magazine examining how …

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Strong passwords: 9 rules to make, remember and manage your login credentials

“The security of your bank account, Netflix account and email inbox depends on how well you safeguard your passwords.” By: Clifford Colby, Sharon Profis Strong passwords are of course key to your security. The challenge is to create strong passwords you can actually remember, without stumbling into the bad habits that can harm you — …

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This botnet has surged back into action spreading a new ransomware campaign via phishing emails

There’s been a big jump in Phorpiex botnet activity – but it’s a trojan malware attack that was the most common malware campaign in June. By Danny Palmer |  A notorious botnet campaign has surged in activity over the past month, with cyber criminals using it to distribute a ransomware campaign alongside other malware. Researchers …

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INSIGHT: Labs Must Follow Two Kickback Laws During Covid-19

By Melissa L. Jampol Despite rollbacks to Medicare and Medicaid requirements for clinical laboratory services during the Covid-19 pandemic, labs are still targets for prosecution under the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act. Epstein Becker Green attorneys say there’s been no EKRA guidance from the DOJ, which has stated its intent to aggressively pursue Covid-19 fraud, …

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