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DCs Among Top Choices for Spine Care
Written by Editor   
Sunday, October 28, 2018 07:58 PM

According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the U.S. and can affect one’s ability to work, complete daily tasks and enjoy life.  The latest Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic annual reportManaging Neck and Back Pain in America, surveyed more than 5,000 U.S. adults and found that twenty-five percent of adults in the United States have neck or back pain significant enough that they saw a healthcare provider for care in the past 12 months.

Sufferers who saw healthcare professionals were most likely to seek care from a medical doctor (62%) or a chiropractor (53%). About a third visited a massage therapist or a physical therapist for their neck or back pain (34% for each).  Smaller percentages sought care from physician's assistants (26%), nurse practitioners (22%), surgeons who can operate on the spine (22%), doctors of osteopathic medicine (15%) or acupuncturists (9%).

Most patients with this kind of pain (81%) saw more than one type of healthcare provider for care in the past year, demonstrating a willingness to address their pain through different types of care.
The Secret to Practice Growth – Invest in Your Employees
Written by Dr. Ray Foxworth   
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 01:33 PM
One of the biggest struggles I see doctors having in practice today is hiring and maintaining a strong team. Although we are small businesses, thinking like a big business when it comes to building a team, and following the examples of successful companies across the country, can and will help you flourish in practice. Successful companies know that happy employees help a business thrive. And losing employees costs money (advertising, interviewing, training), time with lost productivity, and increases customer service complaints and errors, which impacts your other employees, and more importantly, your patients. 
 Although not all turnover is avoidable, there are some things that we can do as business owners to increase employee engagement. 
Adulterated Diet Supplements: Should FDA Do More?
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 01:29 PM

Even after FDA warnings are issued, many adulterated dietary supplements remain available for purchase, according to a quality-improvement study.  Of dietary supplements available for sale in the U.S. from 2007 to 2016, the FDA identified 776 that were adulterated with active pharmaceuticals.

Calling this an “important public health concern," these researchers said that nearly 68% of these supplements had new unapproved ingredients that were reported in the second or third warning by the FDA, "consistent with the assumption that the FDA found the product to be adulterated more than once."

The products identified in the study appeared in the agency's Tainted Supplements database, and most often were marketed for sexual enhancement (46%), weight loss (41%), or muscle building (12%).

CMS to Require Drugmakers to List Prices in Ads
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 01:18 PM

The CMS plans to require prescription drug manufacturers to their list prices in direct-to-consumer television advertisements.  Under the proposed rule, drugmakers will have to post the price of a typical course of treatment for acute medications like antibiotics or for a 30-day supply of medications for chronic conditions. Consumer ads will have to have a readable, text statement at the end to comply with the mandate.

"This historic proposal is an important way to create new incentives for drug companies to start lowering their list prices, rather than raising them," HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. "President Trump's drug-pricing blueprint called for HHS to consider how to accomplish this goal, and now we are following through on this measure to better inform patients, help them lower their drug costs, and reduce unreasonable spending in Medicare and Medicaid."

Drugs with list prices under $35 per month will be exempt from the requirement. The CMS requested comments on whether the regulation should apply to radio, web, print or social networking advertising as well.

Anthem to pay $16M in record data breach settlement
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:45 PM

Anthem has agreed to pay the federal government $16 million in a settlement over its 2015 data breach that hit nearly 79 million people. The agreement is by far the largest settlement reached by HHS' Office for Civil Rights for a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) breach. Hackers stole the names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, home addresses and other personal information in the 2015 cyberattack.

The largest health data breach in U.S. history fully merits the largest HIPAA settlement in history.  ”Unfortunately, Anthem failed to implement appropriate measures for detecting hackers who had gained access to their system to harvest passwords and steal people's private information."

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