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Is there a secret art to lip enhancement? You surely know when you've seen someone and immediately reacted, "she had her lips done!". What about the lips that have been filled, look terrific, and you don't know they've been enhanced with filler? That's the secret art to lip fillers and that is why it is critical to select a physician injector who knows the secrets. What are the secrets to getting great lip enhancements? First, experience! Second, the artist within! The injector must also understand the complex, and sometimes unforgiving, anatomy of the lips. These artistic and technical demands explain why so many patients receive sub-standard lip injections and are left with unnatural results. Patients often believe that lip enhancement always leads to unnatural, over-filled results; in actuality, this should never occur in experienced hands.
The Journal of Urology reports that prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing has declined in the United States following a 2013 recommendation by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)—a group of primary care physicians charged with developing recommendations about which preventative health screenings should be covered under the Affordable Health Care Act.
North Shore-LIJ Health System has launched HealthForce, a new business unit that will offer coding services to other healthcare organizations nationwide.
[See also: ICD-10 delay has hurt readiness]
The 6,000-bed, 9,400-physician, 48,000-employee health system is one of the largest in the U.S. It aims to bring its clinical and financial expertise to other, smaller providers – especially with regard to ICD-10, whose compliance deadline is one year from tomorrow.
Optum, the health IT division of UnitedHealth, will acquire MedSynergies -- which makes practice management, revenue cycle, physician referral management and other ambulatory-focused technology, for an undisclosed sum.
[See also: Optum Labs signs 7 new participants]
Doctors and hospital executives are expressing frustration that high expense and technical difficulties inhibit a major goal of the Affordable Care Act — disseminating medical information electronically.
As health information managers gathered in San Diego this week for the American Health Information Management Society's annual convention, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that could result in more workers to fulfill the increasing demand for health IT and data analytics professionals.
An overarching theme from a vendor's first analytics conference is similar to something that that EHR vendors have been saying for years: workflow and organizational culture are at least as important as the technology itself when it comes to healing healthcare through IT.
Top 10 biggest HIPAA breaches
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10. Sutter Medical FoundationIndividuals Affected: 943,434
When: October 2011
The Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health affiliate reported the theft of a company desktop computer containing clinical data and medical diagnoses information of patients. Moreover, the computer also contained limited demographic data of more than 3.3 million additional individuals. There have been 11 lawsuits in total, which could amount to between $944 million and $4.25 billion.
The numbers are scary. Healthcare providers and payers, together with their business associates, are still failing to protect patient privacy and ensure the security of their personal health information. The drumbeat of data violations continues: To
Known for his rapid fire, entertaining talks on the condition of U.S. healthcare today, the famed cardiologist, innovator and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, Calif., paused to answer questions from the AHIMA audience at a separate session after his Monday morning presentation.
Q. What kind of response or resistance, or lack thereof are you hearing from physicians, from practitioners?
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives....
ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, promised an audience of AHIMA members that the government would act "fast into interoperability." She drew applause when she added, "We cannot wait for 10 years to get this done."
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Striving to shine a light on potential ethical conflicts in medicine, the Obama administration is releasing data on drug company payments to tens of thousands of individual doctors....
A mail merge gone wrong has officials at the University of Florida and Texas Health and Human Services in a rush to send 418 patient notification letters after the error, which occurred one year ago, resulted in a data breach.
Despite patient notification letters being mailed this past week, the incident occurred nearly one year ago and it took officials four months to report the error to the university board.
The Health Information Trust Alliance has put out a word of warning about Shellshock, a system vulnerability it says could wreak much more damage than the infamous Heartbleed bug.
The HITRUST Cyber Threat Intelligence and Incident Coordination Center, known as C3, announced this past week it has been tracking the remote code execution vulnerability, which it says can allow hackers to bypass commands and execute arbitrary code, leaving OS X and Linux machines open to attack.
A main reason for a lag in the detection of celiac disease is the long and confusing list of signs and symptoms, some of which may be mild enough to be easily ignored or attributed to another condition.