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A very hot topic today is telemedicine. This has been brought about in no small part by the New York insurance parity laws that became effective on Jan. 1, 2016, whereby payors now had to pay for a service delivered by telemedicine in the same manner the payor would have paid for that service if performed in a face-to-face encounter.
When the 2017 session of the New York State Legislature opens in early January, those who carefully follow action or inaction in Albany will be waiting to learn what Governor Andrew Cuomo will include in his State of the State Address and proposed state budget. The annual battle of the budget will be the major focus of state legislators and others for the next three months.
Upstate Medical University’s Upstate Cancer Center — Central New York’s only academic-affiliated cancer institution — is pursuing a long-term growth plan that matches requirements for National Cancer Institute cancer center designation. Its team has already begun programmatic expansion coordinated with its robust research, leading-edge technology and multidisciplinary model of care.
Many healthcare providers think of HealtheConnections as the RHIO (Regional Health Information Organization) for the region, and associate the organization with the specific services that help them access their patients’ records. In fact, HealtheConnections takes part in a broader set of activities in service of the Triple Aim’s better care, better health and lower healthcare costs.
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.
A cadre of dedicated subspecialists and a facility dubbed “orthopedic heaven” establish Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) as a pacesetter in regional hand and wrist care.
Breast surgeons Mary Ellen Greco, MD, FACS, and Kristine M. Keeney, MD — both Central New York natives — bring unequaled specialized care to the region.
Health care has been the largest job creation sector over the past few years, with most of the jobs added in ambulatory care facilities. It is a trend that has grown year after year.
In a few weeks, many high schools will be starting football practice for the 2016 season. Deciding whether or not their sons should play football is a tough decision for parents even if they are physicians. The risk of serious injuries in football is, admittedly, one of the highest in high school sports. Some parents make this decision for their sons. Other parents and sons make the decision jointly, while some sons decide to play other sports or no sports at all.
For the past few years, we have been asking you if you are HealtheConnected. Well, are you? If not, now is the time to find out more about your local Regional Health Information Organization, HealtheConnections. HealtheConnections offers many services to improve office workflow, cut operational costs and, most importantly, improve patient care.
You have been sued for alleged medical malpractice. However, your professional liability carrier has appointed and will pay for a defense attorney to represent you. The case progresses, but one day you are advised — by your carrier, defense attorney or colleagues — to seek the advice of private counsel at your own expense. The following are scenarios in which this may be worthwhile.
Pests seek places to live that satisfy basic needs for air, moisture, food and shelter. The best way to control pests is to prevent them from entering your home or garden in the first place. Take the following preventive measures to remove the elements they need to survive.
Sleep apnea is a pervasive problem affecting millions of Americans — and a condition frequently overlooked during routine office visits.
The current standard of care for prostate cancer diagnosis typically involves an initial screening step principally utilizing serum blood testing — mainly total prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and others, such as free PSA, PSA isoforms — and a follow-up confirmatory test involving biopsy tissue sampling (systematic transrectal ultrasound guided biopsy) for pathologic evaluation. The trouble with this common strategy is that both steps are imprecise. 
To provide high-level, personal care to its diverse patient population, Carthage Area Hospital leverages the combined experience and expertise of its highly skilled orthopedic team and its director’s commitment to innovation.