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August 10, 2017
Volume VIII |  Issue 32  
Don't Get Lost in Translation
Bill Kanich, MD   
Mutual Matters
Compliance requirements with ACA Section 1557
Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued the final rule for Section 1557, the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In this article, we focus specifically on the elements of Section 1557 that outline what information should be posted and what reasonable steps should be taken for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) who are encountered within a medical practice.

Google's Machine Learning Looks to Improve Predictions in Health Care
Tech giant teams with three universities to research its ability to predict medical events
Dan Ochwat | H&HN
The same machine learning technology Google uses to anticipate the next word in a search query is in tests to advance predictive modeling in health care, and the tech giant is teaming up with three universities this year to research its ability to do so. Katherine Chou, head of product for Google's efforts in machine learning for health, has been working on using machine learning for preventive care since 2015, when health care systems reached out to Google for help. Part of the breakthrough now is... 

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Top Employment Law Myths Every Healthcare Practitioner Needs To Know

Robin I. Frank

Owning and operating a successful company in the healthcare arena requires compliance with a myriad of employment laws. Whether you are a medical practice, a research clinic or a health records coder, there are laws that govern your business - aside from HIPAA. Failing to comply with these laws can result in an expensive lesson. There are many employment law myths that business owners in the medical industry face in the context of overtime and minimum wage laws that can lead to serious consequences, but there are also steps that they can take to avoid those repercussions.

The federal overtime law applies to employers regardless of the number of employees. Moreover, employees cannot waive their right to overtime - period. In the unlikely event that a front desk person, for example, signs a contract agreeing that he or she will not be paid overtime, that person can still sue for the unpaid overtime. In fact, this is why employees sue employers for unpaid overtime or minimum wage violations more often than for any other reason.
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We can no longer avoid Dr. Google
Homere Al Moutran, MD, MBA | KevinMD
In a world of cyberchondria and a web polluted with unlimited medical data, patients are searching their symptoms, diagnoses and treatment options even before going to a physician. Nowadays, at least one third of patients go on the Internet for self-diagnosis - or, often, self-misdiagnosis. After searching for a symptom, understanding e-medical facts is not as simple as reading hotel amenities or reviewing a pizza place. This paradigm introduces new patient behaviors that physicians are not prepared to deal with in medical school, nor during training years.
Colon cancer deaths rise among younger adults, and no one knows why

Jacqueline Howard | CNN
Adults in the United States are dying from colon and rectal cancers at an increasing rate about age 50, when they should just be beginning screenings, according to a new study from the American Cancer Society. Since routine screening is generally not recommended for most adults under 50, the cancers found in younger adults are often in advanced stages and more deadly, said Dr. James Church, a colorectal surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.