Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

1) Medical identity theft sees sharp uptick. Healthcare IT News, February 25, 2015.

The number of patients affected by medical identity theft increased nearly 22% over the past year.

2) Paging Physician Assistants as Obamacare Fuels Demand. Forbes, February 22, 2015.

There is an unprecedented demand for physician assistants as the ACA encourages a team-based approach to patient care.

3) Anthem: Hacked Database Included 78.8 Million People.  The Wall Street Journal, February 24, 2015.

The hack included personal information of current and former customers and employees.

4) Practices behind on ICD-10, but still confident they’ll reach finish line. Healthcare IT News, February 24, 2015.

Most physician practices are now convinced that the ICD-10 transition will finally happen on October 1, 2015.

5) CMS extends EHR attestation deadline for eligible professionals. Healthcare IT News, February 25, 2015. 

Medicare eligible professionals now have until March 20, 2015 to attest to meaningful use.

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