The Pulse is the bi-weekly e-newsletter from The Physician Alliance, one of Michigan's largest physician organizations serving more than 2,200 primary care and specialty physicians.
The Pulse of The Physician Alliance
Friday, July 20, 2018
New diabetes prevention poster available
The Physician Alliance continues to respond to practice suggestions regarding education and communication efforts. Creating education resources for practices to use in improving patient care is a key service area for the physician organization. 

Diabetes is an important focus area for TPA this year. A new patient education poster - 6 tips for lowering your risk of diabetes - is now available for download and printing. Pre-printed posters can also be ordered via TPA's website (no charge for TPA members). The poster complements the current diabetes resources, including the 6 ways to manage diabetes poster, and patient self-management and action plan forms, also found on TPA's website. 

All of the patient education posters, self-management forms, tip sheets and more are   located on TPA's website.
Diabetes prevention webinar available to view
The Physician Alliance and the American Medical Association recently hosted a webinar on diabetes prevention. If you or your practice staff were unable to attend the webinar or would like to view again, the Diabetes Care Begins with Prevention video is now available. TPA's slide deck correlating to the webinar is also available for download

TPA developed patient education materials related to diabetes prevention, self-managemant and other diabetes education. These materials and more are available under the Learning Center tab of the website
Save money on office and school supplies
The Physician Alliance members can benefit from discounts on thousands of office supplies, ranging from paper to print cartridges to furniture through the Affiliate Partners Program. Office Depot provides several opportunities to save - download a store discount card to use when shopping in stores or click here for a web discount code. 

The special discount card and code can be used for school supplies too! Stock up on notebooks, pens and more in store or online. Any practice staff is eligible for the savings. 

For information on Office Depot's participation in TPA's Affiliate Partners Program, click here or contact Christina at or  855.337.6811 Ext.12734.
Learn about Michigan's new  opioid prescribing laws
Partners in Care and Ascension Michigan are hosting a seminar, CDC Prescribing Guidelines and the State of Michigan Opioid Laws, on the new Michigan opioid laws. Held on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 from 12-1:30pm, the education program will help clarify new requirements on prescribing and provide resources for patient assistance. 

The seminar is available in-person or via webinar. 

Learning Objectives: 
1. Describe how CDC Prescribing Guidelines and the State of Michigan Opioid Laws relate to clinical practice 
2. Understand the intent of Michigan Opioid Laws and how this effects patient care 
3. Facilitate an interactive discussion describing how to have difficult conversations with patients related to 1) suspected prescription abuse, 2) tapering medications, 3) connecting individuals to treatment, or 4) alternative pain management practices
Target Audience: All Prescribers of Opioid Medications

Location:  Ascension St. John Hospital Lower Level Auditorium; 22101 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236 or via Skype Webinar (see attached flyer for details) 
Click here for a flyer with more details and call-in information. 
Register: St. John Providence Partners in Care at (586) 753-0926 or  or 
Cybercrimes threaten  healthcare industry  
For the sixth consecutive year, data breaches in the healthcare industry have increased - not only in frequency, but in size, cost, and impact on the reputations of affected organizations. According to the  Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy and Security of Healthcare Data conducted by the Ponemon Institute, nearly 90 percent of the surveyed healthcare organizations experienced a data breach in the past two years, with 45 percent reporting more than five data breaches in that period.
Electronic Healthcare Data Creates New Risks
New technologies have increased vulnerability to cybercrimes. With increased use of open wireless networks, as well as mobile and cloud environments, data has become more liquid and less controlled - particularly as it is migrated to an electronic health record or other digitized format. The problem is exacerbated as this data is processed, transferred, and shared between providers, clinics, hospitals, labs, treatment facilities, care homes, and billing entities.
No healthcare organization is immune from cyberattack. Despite the growing epidemic, the 
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society reported that the majority of  providers will continue to rely on a limited portfolio of basic security tools focused on antivirus, malware, and firewall vulnerabilities, as well as prevention, encryption, detection, authentication, and protection strategies.
Key Drivers Behind Cyberattacks
The healthcare cybersecurity market is segmented by type of threat: malware, advanced persistent threats, spyware, lost and stolen devices, etc. Currently, the global healthcare cybersecurity spend is forecast to reach  nearly $10.84 billion by 2022, largely driven by increased incidences in cyberattacks involving: 
  • Use of cloud services
  • Unsecure networks
  • Employee negligence
  • Lack of internal identification and security systems
  • Stolen devices with unencrypted files
  • Misuse of electronic patient medical records
Read more about the types of cyberattacks. 

Source: Coverys is a partner in TPA's Affiliate Partners Program, offering medical malpractice insurance and more to members. Contact Tina Dowler at or 517-886-8345.

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Office Depot provides competitive pricing and services on office supplies and projects for TPA members. Benefits include discounts on a variety of supplies and services, including  2.5¢ black/white copies and 22¢ color copies, u p to 30 percent off thousands of office supplies, p aper set year around at $28.99 case, and more. 

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