Immunization Recommendations for Chemotherapy Patients

Immunization Recommendations for Chemotherapy Patients

Which vaccines should be avoided in patients receiving chemotherapy?

Evaluating Practice Options in the Shifting Health Care Landscape

Evaluating Practice Options in the Shifting Health Care Landscape

Partnering with another organization may provide multiple benefits, including support for participating in new value-based agreements, infrastructure to comply with regulations and access to the capital needed to fund technological investments and growth.

Trimming Costs to Increase Income

Trimming Costs to Increase Income

Shopping around for less expensive medications and buying used medical supplies and equipment can boost the bottom line.

Training Staff in HIPAA Regulations

Training Staff in HIPAA Regulations

Physician organizations need to do a better job training staff in safeguarding protected health information and complying with HIPAA in other ways.

Tips for Negotiating Payer Contracts

Tips for Negotiating Payer Contracts

Providers need to analyze which procedures and services constitute a large portion of their practice.

Risk Analyses Must Include All Electronic PHI

Risk Analyses Must Include All Electronic PHI

Practices involved in legal cases were penalized for not having completed a comprehensive risk assessment.

To Divest or Not to Divest Your Physician Practice?

To Divest or Not to Divest Your Physician Practice?

Evaluating Physician Practice Options in the Shifting Health Care Landscape Part 1

Managing Referrals and Payers to Grow a Physician Practice

Managing Referrals and Payers to Grow a Physician Practice

Specialists need to determine the kind of payers they have and the kind of payers they want.

Safekeeping Patient Records Off-Site

Safekeeping Patient Records Off-Site

Among the first things practices should do is set up a check-out/check-in system.

How Medical Practices Can Improve Collection Rates

How Medical Practices Can Improve Collection Rates

Medical groups may need to address such issues as claims denials and failure to obtain prior authorization.

Controlling Access to Health Information

Controlling Access to Health Information

Access control often is viewed as an IT-only job, but it is a shared responsibility.

Timing of Renal Replacement Therapy Initiation in AKI

Timing of Renal Replacement Therapy Initiation in AKI

Evidence to date provides no clear answer as to whether early or delayed RRT is the best approach.

Advice for Improving the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Advice for Improving the Doctor-Patient Relationship

One of the most overlooked functions of communication is establishing the patient relationship.

MACRA: Understanding What the Rule Is and What It Isn't

MACRA: Understanding What the Rule Is and What It Isn't

MACRA carries significant reimbursement implications over the next several years.

Corrective Action Plans May Accompany HIPAA Fines

Corrective Action Plans May Accompany HIPAA Fines

In serious breach cases, the HHS Office for Civil Rights may impose CAPs to prevent breaches from recurring.

Improving Nephrology Care With Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Improving Nephrology Care With Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Benefits include rapid assessment of kidney size, cortical thickness, and volume status.

Obesity and Kidney Disease: Hidden Consequences of the Epidemic

Obesity and Kidney Disease: Hidden Consequences of the Epidemic

World Kidney Day 2017 promotes education on the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney disease, advocating healthy lifestyle and health policy measures that makes preventive behaviors an affordable option.

How 'Bundling' Changed Dialysis Care

How 'Bundling' Changed Dialysis Care

Decreased use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents and an uptick in peritoneal dialysis use are among the trends.

5 Ways to Make Your Medical Practice More Efficient

5 Ways to Make Your Medical Practice More Efficient

Cutting down on chitchat with patients is among the ways to improve workflow.

Misplaced Mobile Devices Lead to HHS Investigations, Millions in Fines

Misplaced Mobile Devices Lead to HHS Investigations, Millions in Fines

Encryption and keeping confidential information off laptops and cellphones are among the ways to prevent breaches.

Nephrology in Crisis: Trainees in Short Supply

Nephrology in Crisis: Trainees in Short Supply

Efforts should be directed at making nephrology more appealing to recruit more trainees.

Enhance the Patient Experience

Enhance the Patient Experience

Practices should think of patients as consumers and identify ways to make their visit enjoyable.

Business Associate Agreement Slipups Cost Providers Millions

Business Associate Agreement Slipups Cost Providers Millions

HHS fined providers for not having a business associate agreement in place or using an outdated one.

Physician Burnout: Common but Manageable

Physician Burnout: Common but Manageable

Exhaustion, low energy, increases in absenteeism, and drops in productivity are among the signs of burnout.

First Round of HIPAA Audits Exposes Providers' Weaknesses

First Round of HIPAA Audits Exposes Providers' Weaknesses

Providers are still not doing some of the most basic tasks required by the law.

How to Deal With Negative Doctor Reviews

How to Deal With Negative Doctor Reviews

Managing complaints can be a way to make or break your patient relationships and online reputation.

Storing Information on the Cloud

Storing Information on the Cloud

Practices benefit from cost savings and easy access to patient records, but information breaches are still possible.

Benchmarking Your Practice Means Knowing Your Numbers

Benchmarking Your Practice Means Knowing Your Numbers

What you need to know now to benchmark your medical practice.

Steps for Protecting Computers From Hacking

Steps for Protecting Computers From Hacking

Medical practices can take a number of steps to make it more difficult to hack into their computer files.

Precision Medicine for Lupus

Precision Medicine for Lupus

Ongoing studies are now looking at pharmacogenetics when comparing mycophenolate mofitil and cyclophosphamide for treating lupus nephritis.

MRI/US Fusion Improves Prostate Cancer Detection

MRI/US Fusion Improves Prostate Cancer Detection

The approach can help identify suitable candidates for active surveillance, but false positives and cost effectiveness are concerns.

Latest Assays Can Improve Prostate Cancer Workup

Latest Assays Can Improve Prostate Cancer Workup

Clinicians now have tools for improving prostate cancer screening and risk stratification.

PAE Is a Promising BPH Treatment Alternative

PAE Is a Promising BPH Treatment Alternative

The procedure may be particularly efficacious for men with very large prostates.

Lower Pay for Women Doctors May Relate to How They Code

Lower Pay for Women Doctors May Relate to How They Code

A study suggests that female physicians do not use as many codes as their male counterparts, resulting in a reimbursement gap.

When Information Breaches Lead to Lawsuits

When Information Breaches Lead to Lawsuits

Now providers can be sued for HIPAA violations related to breaches of protected health information.

Addressing the Top 3 EMR Challenges

Addressing the Top 3 EMR Challenges

Many providers still find EMRs vexing, even after all these years.

Encrypting PHI for HIPAA Compliance

Encrypting PHI for HIPAA Compliance

Addressable doesn't mean optional: Having an implementation plan can be helpful in case of an audit.

Hepatitis C in CKD: Challenges and Opportunities

Hepatitis C in CKD: Challenges and Opportunities

The availability of direct-acting antiviral drugs may enable eradication of hepatitis C virus and improve outcomes.

CMS' Chronic Care Management Program: Is It Worth the Effort?

CMS' Chronic Care Management Program: Is It Worth the Effort?

The gross revenue of the CCM program for a physician with 1,742 patients could range from $44,000 if about one-third of the Medicare patients are eligible to as much as $178,000 if two-thirds are.

Managing Business Associates to Reduce Liability

Managing Business Associates to Reduce Liability

As business associates come under greater scrutiny, healthcare providers could become more susceptible to audits and patient lawsuits.

New Discoveries Provide Insights Into Calciphylaxis

New Discoveries Provide Insights Into Calciphylaxis

It is unclear to physicians why some patients develop calciphylaxis while others do not.

New Obesity Guidelines Recommend Nuanced Treatment

New Obesity Guidelines Recommend Nuanced Treatment

As a heterogenous disease, obesity requires an individualized approach to treatment.

Transition to ICD-10 Going Smoothly? Not So Fast

Transition to ICD-10 Going Smoothly? Not So Fast

Providers are becoming more comfortable with the new system, so Medicare and other payers may scrutinize claims more closely.

Sharing Data With Others? Anonymity Is Crucial

Sharing Data With Others? Anonymity Is Crucial

Practices should review the list of 18 identifiers and remove each item before sharing data.

3 Ways Practices Can Improve Collections From Patients

3 Ways Practices Can Improve Collections From Patients

Prompt-pay discounts and payment plans are among the ways practices can improve collections of what patients owe.

Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria Found in UTI Patient

Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria Found in UTI Patient

First case of colistin-resistant mcr-1 E coli in the United States; strains also have been identified in Europe and Canada.

Still Resisting EMRs? Here's How To Move Forward

Still Resisting EMRs? Here's How To Move Forward

Practices should get demos of the electronic medical record systems they are interested in and analyze the clinical and practice management aspects of these systems.

How to Select a Security Officer for Your Physician Practice

How to Select a Security Officer for Your Physician Practice

HIPAA requires physician offices to appoint a security officer, but a physician should not hold the position.

Satisfaction Surveys Important for Retaining Patients

Satisfaction Surveys Important for Retaining Patients

Survey results can identify physician outliers who may be bring down a whole group's satisfaction score.

HIPAA Disclosure Rules Not As Strict As Widely Believed

HIPAA Disclosure Rules Not As Strict As Widely Believed

Patients' representatives, individuals designated to make medical decisions for them, have equal rights to access information under HIPAA.

Managing Anemia in Cancer Patients With CKD

Managing Anemia in Cancer Patients With CKD

A summary of Dr. Jeffrey S. Berns' presentation that will be given at the National Kidney Foundation's 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings in Boston, MA.

Management of ADPKD in 2016 and Beyond

Management of ADPKD in 2016 and Beyond

A summary of Dr. Ronald D. Perrone's presentation that will be given at the National Kidney Foundation's 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings in Boston, MA.

Getting Out From Under Paperwork

Getting Out From Under Paperwork

Follow these tips to reduce the paperwork burden at your medical practice.

Nephrology Attracting Fewer Doctors

Nephrology Attracting Fewer Doctors

Fellowship positions go unfilled as the US faces expanding population of kidney disease patients.

How to Work With Health Information Organizations

How to Work With Health Information Organizations

Providers typically need business associate agreements with health information organizations.

CMS Uses CROWNWeb for Reporting Depression, Pain

CMS Uses CROWNWeb for Reporting Depression, Pain

The end-stage renal disease community can now capture data on depression screening and pain assessment efforts.

Novel Approaches to Using Radium-223

Novel Approaches to Using Radium-223

An interview with Neal Shore, MD

AACE Issues Guidance for Glucose Monitoring in Diabetes

AACE Issues Guidance for Glucose Monitoring in Diabetes

The new consensus statement reflects the advances made in glucose monitoring technology and offers guidance for clinicians.

The Psychological Impact of Prostate Cancer

The Psychological Impact of Prostate Cancer

Patients diagnosed with prostate cancer often struggle with their diagnosis.

Patients' Rights to Access Health Records Clarified

Patients' Rights to Access Health Records Clarified

New document from the Office of Civil Rights reminds providers of their responsibilities and offers compliance tips.

The Future of Bladder Cancer Research

The Future of Bladder Cancer Research

An interview with David J. McConkey, PhD

Adjuvant Therapies: Time to Fold or Double Down?

Adjuvant Therapies: Time to Fold or Double Down?

Benjamin T Ristau, MD, and Robert G. Uzzo, MD, FACS, examine why adjuvant therapies have been so ineffective.

Using Telemedicine for Patient Encounters: One Urologist's Experience

Using Telemedicine for Patient Encounters: One Urologist's Experience

Patients can be spared having to take off work and travel long distances for routine visits that do not require physical contact.

Simpler Prostate Cancer Grading System Proposed

Simpler Prostate Cancer Grading System Proposed

Tumors fall into 1 of 5 grade groups based on what pathologic findings indicate about prognosis.

Patient Flow: How to Keep Your Doctors' Office on Track

Patient Flow: How to Keep Your Doctors' Office on Track

Appointment schedules should reflect physicians' work style and patient demands.

The Promise of the New Hyperkalemia Drugs

The Promise of the New Hyperkalemia Drugs

Renal & Urology News interviewed Matthew R. Weir, MD, director of the division of nephrology and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Quick, Low-Cost HIPAA Compliance Solutions for Small Practices

Quick, Low-Cost HIPAA Compliance Solutions for Small Practices

Many small practices fall short on requirements because they do not have the resources to comply.

How to Use Dialysis Center Ratings

How to Use Dialysis Center Ratings

At the highest level, the ratings can be used to categorize facilities. They can also indicate which facilities may need more resources.

Taking Steps to Protect Patient Portals

Taking Steps to Protect Patient Portals

Threats and vulnerabilities, such as hacking potential and password strength, should be considered.

Artificial Kidney Technology Moves Forward

Artificial Kidney Technology Moves Forward

If ESRD patients face increasing difficulty getting a kidney transplant in coming years, they may see an artificial kidney as the next best alternative.

How to Prepare for a Health Insurer's Audit

How to Prepare for a Health Insurer's Audit

Commercial carriers increasingly are auditing practices to recoup money paid as a result of inappropriate billing.

Prepare for a Second Round of HIPAA Audits

Prepare for a Second Round of HIPAA Audits

Prepping for an audit can help reduce the risk of a breach.

Running a Small Practice? Put Technology to Work

Running a Small Practice? Put Technology to Work

Solo practitioner uses a number of inexpensive electronic tools that boost efficiency and allow her to see more patients.

Damage Control Following a Health Information Breach

Damage Control Following a Health Information Breach

Practices need to have a response plan in place.

Turning Physicians into Effective Leaders

Turning Physicians into Effective Leaders

To be a good manager, many physicians need to learn how to be humble, a better communicator, and a good listener.

How to Safeguard Protected Health Information

How to Safeguard Protected Health Information

Simple fixes can help practices meet the 'minimum necessary' standard under HIPAA.

Recent Developments in Prostate Cancer Management

Recent Developments in Prostate Cancer Management

Additional novel medical therapies to treat prostate cancer and earlier use of the existing medical therapies are the future of prostate cancer management.

Important Prostate Cancer Advances of the Last 10 Years

Important Prostate Cancer Advances of the Last 10 Years

Advances in prostate cancer screening, management and therapeutics have vastly improved patient care.

Preparation is Requisite as ICD-10 Looms

Preparation is Requisite as ICD-10 Looms

Coding and incomplete documentation are thought to be the biggest challenges under ICD-10.

Put Policies and Procedures in Writing

Put Policies and Procedures in Writing

Experts recommend keeping certain policies on file.

Culture, Processes, Data, and Motivation: Keys to Quality Improvement

Culture, Processes, Data, and Motivation: Keys to Quality Improvement

Each physician has to determine areas where there is room for improvement and the potential return on changes made.

What to Do After the Risk Assessment

What to Do After the Risk Assessment

After the assessment is over, it's time to move forward to mitigate issues and fill gaps where breaches could occur.

Therapeutic Non-adherence: An Ongoing Problem

Therapeutic Non-adherence: An Ongoing Problem

No matter how much pharmacologic therapy advances, patient behavior will remain a significant factor in the outcomes achieved.

Unraveling the Risk Assessment

Unraveling the Risk Assessment

How to comply with HIPAA's risk assessment provision.

A Novel Approach to Giving Iron

A Novel Approach to Giving Iron

Ferric pyrophosphate citrate may play a role in the therapeutic armamentarium for dialysis patients.

What You Need to Know About An Information Breach

What You Need to Know About An Information Breach

In recent years, there have been widespread media reports of large breaches - millions of records compromised, followed by millions of dollars in fines.

Early ADT for Recurrent Prostate Cancer May Hike Death Risk

Early ADT for Recurrent Prostate Cancer May Hike Death Risk

This effect appears to occur mainly in men who experience recurrence when they are younger than 65 and in those with low-risk cancer.

Donor Kidneys Usable Despite Acute Kidney Injury

Donor Kidneys Usable Despite Acute Kidney Injury

Recipients of AKI kidneys have patient and graft survival rates similar to those of recipients of non-AKI kidneys.

Countdown to ICD-10

Countdown to ICD-10

Providers do not have to learn all of the new 68,000 codes in ICD-10. Here's what steps they should take.

Should We Always Treat Edema?

Should We Always Treat Edema?

We may feel good treating a patient's edema, but is fluid retention always harmful?

Ensuring Open Patient Access to Medical Records

Ensuring Open Patient Access to Medical Records

Since the inception of HIPAA, physicians have been required to disclose patient information to 2 places.

Women in Practice Could Mean More Flexible Schedules

Women in Practice Could Mean More Flexible Schedules

Practices may need to adjust schedules, time off, and compensation as the number of female urologists and nephrologists grows.

Whatever Happened to the AIDS Crisis?

Whatever Happened to the AIDS Crisis?

Chronic diseases such as end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have now surpassed opportunistic infections as the leading cause of death among HIV-infected patients.

Statins Promising for Cancers

Statins Promising for Cancers

Studies suggest that these cholesterol-lowering drugs can improve treatment of genitourinary cancers and prevent contrast-induced nephropathy.

Clinical Negligence Leads to Amputation and Lawsuit

Clinical Negligence Leads to Amputation and Lawsuit

Clinicians missed several opportunities to advocate for their patient, leading to the loss of a leg.

Safeguard Paper Documents for HIPAA

Safeguard Paper Documents for HIPAA

Providers need to take a close look at their individual practices, identify potential areas of risk, and put important safeguards in place.

In a New Light: NBI for Bladder Cancer

In a New Light: NBI for Bladder Cancer

Daniel Canter, M.D., discusses narrow-band imaging (NBI) for visualization of bladder cancer.

Diagnosing and Managing Low Testosterone in CKD

Diagnosing and Managing Low Testosterone in CKD

Low testosterone in men with CKD should not be treated routinely, but can be considered on an individual basis in some cases.

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