An IC3 report said the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 298,728 cybercrime complaints last year, 2,673 of which were ransomware complaints, amounting to more than $2.4 million in reported losses. Researchers evaluated cybercrime complaints across various industries in the US, including health care, and found that ransomware was ranked 22nd in terms of cybercrime by victim count and 25th by victim loss.
The Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 than would be under the Affordable Care Act, and it would raise premiums in the first two years but have 30% lower premiums in 2020 than under the Affordable Care Act, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. If the Senate bill is passed into law, the number of uninsured would increase by 15 million next year, largely due to the repeal of the individual mandate, but federal deficit would be reduced by $321 billion over the next decade, CBO said.
One-fifth of managers report avoiding negative feedback, while almost 40% fail to offer positive reinforcement, according to surveys from Zenger Folkman. "An abundance of research shows that giving positive feedback increases employees' sense that they're learning and growing at their jobs, makes them feel valued, and leads to increased confidence and competence," writes Leah Fessler.
Canadian researchers found that adults with type 2 diabetes and obesity who underwent duodenal switch surgery had lower fasting plasma glucose levels and glucose concentrations and an increased glucagonlike peptide-1 response to the meal test, compared with those in the sleeve gastrectomy group. The findings in Metabolism, based on 27 patients with and without diabetes, revealed that those in the duodenal switch surgery group had no postprandial elevation of glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide or pancreatic polypeptide in the three days after the procedure.
Diabetes patients who participated in a diabetes management program before undergoing elective surgery reduced their mean blood glucose the day of the procedure from 146.4 mg/dL before the program to 139.9 mg/dL after the program, according to a study in the Annals of Surgery. Researchers used a cohort of 3,909 diabetes patients and found that the program also helped reduce hypoglycemic events, the average length of hospital stay and intravenous antibiotic use beyond the day after the procedure.
Early results of a study presented at the American Diabetes Association's meeting showed that patients with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes who received 400 mg of the cancer drug imatinib daily for six months used less supplemental insulin, indicating an improved beta-cell function, compared with those on placebo. Researchers evaluated 67 patients ages 18 to 45 and found that those on imatinib also experienced more mild to moderate adverse events related to therapy.
A total of 1,708 Aetna members in Ohio and approximately 522 in Texas had their protected health information exposed online for several months, Aetna officials said. The privacy breach, which compromised members' names, provider information, Aetna member identification numbers, claim payment amounts, and procedure/service codes and dates of service in some cases, involved "two computer services that display documents to members and other intended recipients," the company said.
The Healthcare Financial Management Association and Navigant surveyed 125 hospital and health system financial executives and found that while 79% intend to focus on technology for revenue cycle management improvement over the next year, 51% reported having difficulty implementing EHR upgrades and maximizing the technology's workflow and reporting upgrades, and 41% do not have a method to monitor the efficacy of their technology improvements. Ninety-three of respondents do offer an online payment portal, and 63% provide cost-of-care estimation tools for patients.
Baxter International's DoseEdge Pharmacy Workflow Manager will be integrated with Epic's Willow Inpatient Pharmacy System to improve pharmacy efficiency and safety. According to the agreement reached by the companies, clinicians will submit medication dose orders from the Epic EMR system to the DoseEdge System, which will then return medication data to the patient's medical record to enable appropriate billing processes.
The FDA announced the creation of a new centralized Digital Health Unit within its Center for Devices and Radiological Health, which, along with the publication of a draft guidance on software as a medical device last fall, is designed to support the advancement of digital health and technological innovation. The Digital Health Unit seeks to develop and implement policies and regulatory strategies for digital health technologies and to create collaborations and boost outreach to customers.
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