By focusing on proven surgical techniques, lifestyle changes and long-term supportive care, Crouse Hospital’s Weight-loss Surgery Program has created an environment where obese patients gain in life and well-being while they lose on the scale.
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, I will be casting my 16th vote for president of our country. My first presidential vote was in 1956 when Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected to his second term as president. At that time voters had to be 21 years of age or older in order to be eligible to vote. Now 18-year-olds are eligible to vote in elections.
My patients are important to me. I want to know all about their health histories, from medications and allergies to past procedures or conditions, so I can provide them with the best possible care when they come to my office for a visit. To make sure that I have quick, secure access to my patients’ health records when I need them, I use HealtheConnections’ health information exchange (HIE).
An increasing number of hospitals around the country have been crippled by ransomware attacks. Until recently, hospitals and other healthcare facilities were unsure whether these malware infections were required to be reported as breaches of HIPAA. Recent guidance issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) signals that these attacks do, in fact, constitute breaches under HIPAA and trigger breach notification processes by HIPAA-covered entities and business associates.
A physician must possess and use “that reasonable degree of learning and skill that is ordinarily possessed by physicians and surgeons in the locality where he (or she) practices.”1 This is referred to as the “duty of care.” A duty of care is a legal obligation and exists because of the contractual relationship between a patient and a physician. When a physician deviates from the applicable standard of care and the deviation causes injury to a patient, the physician is liable for damages caused by his or her medical negligence.
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