Cutting out the middle man?: Drug ads now target patients directly, leaving the hard conversations to prescribers

Cutting out the middle man?: Drug ads now target patients directly, leaving the hard conversations to prescribers

If you feel like your TV advertisements increasingly include more prescription drugs, you’re right.  Pharmaceutical companies are pouring money into their consumer marketing campaigns, spending $4.5 billion in 2014, $3.5 billion in 2012, and $2.5 billion in 2000. 

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Create a business budget!

Create a business budget!

There are three main parts to a business budget: revenues, expenses, and profits – profits are your revenues minus your expenses.  For revenues and expenses, an existing business should rely upon historical data (i.e., your past actual business performance), while startups will necessarily make educated (ie: not aspirational) guesses.

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World Hepatitis Day Post: Our Favorite Global Health Organizations Serving Communities in Crisis

World Hepatitis Day Post: Our Favorite Global Health Organizations Serving Communities in Crisis

July 28, 2017 is World Hepatitis Day, as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO).  In 2015, the WHO reports that about 325,000,000 lived with chronic hepatitis, and viral hepatitis caused 1.34 million deaths. So, in honor of World Hepatitis Day, we’re sharing a few of our favorite global health organizations.  Check them out, and add your own to the list too!

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Provider Alert: Mibelas birth control pills recalled, packaging error could cause unexpected pregnancy

Provider Alert: Mibelas birth control pills recalled, packaging error could cause unexpected pregnancy

Providers who have prescribed Mibelas should also reach out to these patients to notify them of the recall.  They may also wish to encourage back-up contraception until the patient’s next menstrual cycle and monitoring for unexpected pregnancy.

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Did You Know?: Illinois expanded pharmacist access to opioid antagonist shot

Did You Know?: Illinois expanded pharmacist access to opioid antagonist shot

Naloxone rapidly reverses an opioid overdose and can quickly restore normal respiration in someone whose breathing has stopped or slowed from an overdose.  The life-saving drug has been deployed throughout the country to help combat the opioid epidemic.

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Failure to notify patients of privacy breach: Illinois hospital settles for $475k

Failure to notify patients of privacy breach: Illinois hospital settles for $475k

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, settled with a healthcare system for its untimely reporting of a breach of its unsecured, private health information. Presence Health has agreed to pay $475,000 and implement a corrective action plan.

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How to determine if your business can be a non-profit

How to determine if your business can be a non-profit

Whoops. A business can’t actually be a nonprofit. But this is a question frequently posed by our clients, who are attracted to the perceived tax advantages of operating a nonprofit versus a for-profit entity.

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Vermont's New Telemedicine Law: Gold standard against which other states will be measured?

Vermont's New Telemedicine Law: Gold standard against which other states will be measured?

Under existing law. Vermont Medicaid and commercial insurers were required to cover telemedicine services if the patient was located at a healthcare facility when receiving the services. The new law changes this, requiring all Vermont insurers to cover telemedicine services if (1) the services would be covered if rendered through an in-person visit, and (2) the patient is located at an originating site.

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What you need to know about preexisting conditions

What you need to know about preexisting conditions

As Republicans work to make good on their campaign promises to repeal the ACA, coverage for those with preexisting conditions hangs in the balance. If the GOP can successfully repeal the insurance protections extended by the ACA to those with preexisting conditions, about 130 million Americans may see their healthcare costs rise.

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Life insurance company settles HIPAA breach for $2,200,000​​​​​​​

Life insurance company settles HIPAA breach for $2,200,000​​​​​​​

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a HIPAA settlement after MAPFRE Life Insurance Company of Puerto Rico disclosed unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI).

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HIPAA Changes for Opioid Overdoses?

HIPAA Changes for Opioid Overdoses?

HIPAA already contains such exceptions, so Christie’s suggestions are more political posturing than advocating for change.As needed to treat a patient, providers may disclose protected health information without the patient’s permission.

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ACA repeal update: meeting set for today

ACA repeal update: meeting set for today

The bill has been drafted behind closed doors, and many Senators report being unsure about the details of the legislation. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson said, “I want to know exactly what is going to be in the Senate bill, I don’t know yet. It’s not a good process.” Even Senator Graham told reporters he didn’t know any details about the bill other than that “they’re writing it.”

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Dallas hospital pays out $3.2 million for HIPAA breach

Dallas hospital pays out $3.2 million for HIPAA breach

Children’s Medical Center had failed to implement procedures that were compliant with HIPAA.  It did not implement risk management plans, nor did it use encryption on all of its laptops, workstations, mobile devices, or removable media storage. 

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The Trumpcare Catch-22: Create jobs but repeal the ACA

The Trumpcare Catch-22: Create jobs but repeal the ACA

America’s huge investment in health care has provided high-paying jobs, causing many to worry over potential cuts in federal health spending.  These jobs saw opportunities arise for skilled and unskilled workers of diverse backgrounds, and the ACA marketplaces have also created extensive employment prospects.

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