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Volume VIII | Issue 33                                                                                                 
August 13, 2019   
 
Practice specific news, analysis and commentary for Florida's Medical Specialists  
                            From the publisher of FHIweekly & FloridaHealthIndustry.com

Allscripts Pays $145M to Settle Charges Against Practice Fusion EHR
Kate Monica reports for EHR Intelligence on Aug. 9:

Allscripts has agreed to pay a $145 million settlement after reaching an agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) related to allegations about cloud-based EHR company Practice Fusion, which Allscripts acquired in 2018. Allscripts management announced the agreement as part of its second quarter financial earnings .
 
"As you know from our previous SEC filings, DOJ began investigations into certain practices of Practice Fusion before we acquired the business early last year," Allscripts President Rick Poulton told investors during a call.
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Physician medical school debt garners national attention 
Joanne Finnegan reports for Fierce Healthcare on 8.7.19:

Nearly two-thirds of actively practicing physicians still carry debt from medical school, according to a new national survey. Of those doctors, 32% had more than $250,000 in debt remaining, according to the study by Weatherby Healthcare, a locum tenens agency that places physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. The company surveyed more than 500 actively practicing physicians in the U.S. and asked them about medical student debt, which has been an increasing problem garnering national attention.
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Dealing with the Lingering Effects of a Mass Shooting
Anna Almendrala | KHN
Veronica Kelley was working at an office building across the street from the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., in December 2015 when a county employee and his wife entered with semiautomatic rifles and opened fire, killing 14 and wounding 22. Most of the victims were co-workers of the gunman. The couple went on to wound two police officers later that day before being fatally shot by police. Since then, Kelley, the 52-year-old director of the county Department of Behavioral Health, has broadened the department's focus to caring for people struggling with psychological trauma from mass shootings - no matter how they're insured. Kelley and her department have seen firsthand how the psychological wounds of mass trauma can linger indefinitely. In the San Bernardino shooting, more than 400 people were either victims, witnesses or first responders.
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Healthcare data breaches continue to break records
There isn't a day that goes by that some healthcare organization hasn't fallen victim to a data breach. flatscreen-computer-room.jpg Thousands of patients from around the country are having their sensitive and personal healthcare information hijacked one way or another. From phishing emails sent to healthcare company employees, to ransomware attacks, to outright failure to secure patients' personal healthcare information, providers, insurers and others involved in healthcare are finding themselves on the defense. A recent report from Protenus and DataBreaches.net finds that nearly 32 million patient records were breached in 2019, doubling the number from all of 2018. The number of breach incidents that took place between January and June of this year reached 285 - that's at least one breach per day.
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