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July 2019
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Executive Summary Extreme life events can be stressful - and lead to confusion as to where to focus your priorities. Whether it's changing jobs, taking care of a sick parent, relocating, or facing a diagnosis, disruptions in life can make it...

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Burnout is making us worse at our jobs, according to the WHO

Workplace burnout is a serious issue. So much so that the WHO has officially recognized it for the first time, outlining the three main components of the issue.

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Healthcare data breaches reach record high in April

The largest breach, which compromised data on up to 206,695 people, involved a ransomware attack at Doctors' Management Service, a company that provides medical billing services to hospitals and physician practices. Doctors' Management Service...

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Comprehensive internet technology solutions are assisting health care organizations in transitioning to a digital revolution that includes cloud networking, writes Michael Belfiore. The cloud-based networking technologies allow health providers to share data easily while securing client privacy under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Beyond HIPAA: examining data privacy laws at the state level
While HIPAA regulates certain data security issues, it does not cover all the data that providers might have. For example, although personal health information may not be within the scope of these statutes, employee information and other information collected by providers presumably is. The  Journal of AHIMA  tells us why it's important for providers to be aware of these state privacy laws and evaluate their potential impact.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the availability of the IPFQR Program Manual version 5.0 and the Release Notes version 5.0.

The IPFQR Program Manual provides a comprehensive overview of the IPFQR Program and measure specifications. The Release Notes version 5.0 describes changes to the manual compared to the previous version. The effective date for the IPFQR Program Manual version 5.0 is January 1, 2020, as it applies to all data that are to be reported to CMS in calendar year 2021.

All of the resources mentioned above are located on the  IPFQR Program Resources and Tools  webpage of the  Quality Reporting Center   website. These resources will be available on the IPFQR Program Resources  page of the  QualityNet  website at a later date.
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