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Medscape Physician Wealth and Debt Report Print E-mail
Written by Medscape   
Friday, 17 May 2019 17:16
Today's financial picture for physicians shows both highs and lows. Some doctors are stockpiling savings while others are struggling to pay off debt and live a comfortable lifestyle. For this report, we used data from the annual Medscape physician compensation survey (producing the most in-depth and widely used physician salary survey report in the United States), which provides responses from about 20,000 physicians in more than 29 specialties each year. Physicians told us about their saving, spending, and investing habits, as well as how they manage their finances.

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2019 17:17
Cyber Security Training for Employees Print E-mail
Written by Tom Murphy | Danna-Gracey   
Thursday, 02 May 2019 10:16
When it comes to preventing a data breach or cyber security issue at a medical practice, employers and employees should attempt to be as knowledgeable as possible to avoid making errors. This ultimately means that the practice needs a proven cyber security training program in place to make sure all employees are up to date on all security policies at all times.

Cyber security training for employees of a medical practice is an ongoing process, and early detection of a data breach or other cyber event is critical when it comes to preventing a practice from losing thousands of dollars in damages, as well as damage to the practice reputation and credibility. Practices should consider doing more to ensure that all employees are consistently updated and informed about potential security vulnerabilities and how to recognize and avoid them.  

The following are some cyber security tips for medical practices:  
  1. Require Strong Passwords. Secure passwords are typically the first step in safeguarding sensitive data and patient information. Every employee needs to know how to create strong passwords. This includes using a mix of characters, numbers, and letters, and never sharing passwords among employees.  
  2. Consistently Evaluate Vulnerabilities. Practice leaders need to understand the vulnerabilities and consistently evaluate the systems and employees on a regular basis to recognize potential weaknesses.  
  3. Implement Cybersecurity Tests. These tests, sometimes called “live fire” training, provide the practice or employer the ability to determine just how educated and prepared their employees are when it comes to avoiding one of the many cyber security issues. The most popular form of this test is when the employer or contractor simulates phishing scams to see how many employees open attachments.  
  4. Keep the Lines of Communication Open. Cybersecurity policies need to be communicated throughout the practice and training should be held on a regular basis to keep all employees informed and up to date on all the practice requirements, and to ensure understanding of the practice response plan in the event of a breach or cyber event.  
  5. Make Sure Practice Leaders Are Involved. All practice leaders and management need to understand the importance of having a strong cyber security training program, as they are the ones responsible for the budget and for making sure that everyone knows the implications a cyber event can have on a practice.  
All medical practices should have a robust cyber liability policy that will protect them from the potentially large costs associated with a cyber event.

Tom Murphy specializes in professional liability and workers’ compensation. He is an experienced risk management consultant, providing physicians and various medical entities with risk and claims management techniques for implementation. In addition, Tom performs malpractice claims studies for medical specialty societies and maintains an advisory position for various societies involving malpractice, claims and workers’ comp claims. He is often a guest lecturer for various medical societies and associations.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2019 10:21
Can Machine Learning fix the Pharmaceutical Industry's productivity crisis? Print E-mail
Written by Abraham Heifets | LinkedIn   
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:29
Very few people would claim that we have all of the medicines we need, whether we're discussing untreated chronic diseases (e.g. Alzheimer's), neglected tropical diseases (e.g., Chagas), or re-emergent infectious diseases (e.g., antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis). Unfortunately, drug discovery is hard. Most people don't appreciate that there's a 66% failure rate before a drug candidate even gets to the clinic, and a 90% failure rate after that point, and that it's getting exponentially harder over time. Even achieving these rates requires large teams of smart, careful, dedicated, extensively-trained scientists who have spent many hundreds of millions of dollars on a wide diversity of experiments to prove - to other equally careful and skeptical scientists, regulators, insurance providers, doctors, and patients - that the new drug is safe, effective, and provides some advantage over existing standard of care. Drug hunters are not lacking in motivation, focus, expertise, drive, or skill, and yet we want better medicines faster. But what can be done?
Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2019 19:56
First Choice Neurology Now Offers Pediatric Neurology Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00
Neuro Network Partners (NNP), a premier group of child neurologists and advanced care neurology providers with offices in Dade and Broward Counties, is joining with Miami-based First Choice Neurology, which has locations throughout South Florida and in the Tampa Bay area.

The combined organization becomes the largest private pediatric and adult neurology group in the United States with more than 80 neurologists and 120 support health care staff members.  The practice operates out of 41 facilities in six Florida counties and offers coverage in 35 major hospitals.

NNP was founded in 1978 and offers specialized pediatric expertise in such fields as epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, neurocritical care, cerebral palsy, movement and neuromuscular disorders, headaches, autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, neurogenetics, attention and learning problems, sleep disorders, and advanced neurodiagnostic services.  NNP neurologists and advanced care providers work as a team to provide quick access and comprehensive care to neonates, children and adolescents with problems affecting the brain.

First Choice Neurology, a Florida medical group of neurologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, neuropsychologists as well at occupational therapists (OTs) and physical therapists (PTs), began serving patients in 2004 in response to South Florida’s increasing need for high-quality neurology services. First Choice offers diagnostic imaging, electro-diagnostic testing, physical rehabilitation, and infusion for patients with a wide variety of neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, epilepsy, migraines, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, sleep disorders and strokes. Additional subspecialties include neuromuscular disorders, neuro-ophthalmology, pain management, neuropsychology, neuroradiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation.
“The mission of First Choice Neurology is to provide high quality, cost-effective neurology services to the communities we serve,” says Bruce Kohrman, MD, Chair, First Choice Board of Directors. “By combining our resources with NNP, we are now able to offer both adults and children these critical health care options.”

Roberto Tuchman, MD, NNP’s Managing Partner, adds, “We share the First Choice mission of providing strong patient-physician relationships that are so critical in neurology.  Together we are able to serve children and families seeking neurological care throughout the lifespan, expand access to care and provide an even better service through our collective ability to support our neurologists and advanced care providers.”

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Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2019 11:30
Pain Management – Making a case for PEMF Print E-mail
Written by Tim Woodcock   
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 06:41
There are many approaches to manage pain including but not limited to physical approaches, psychological approaches and medications. The typical pain management team includes medical practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, psychologists, therapists and nurses. Pain sometimes is resolved once the underlying trauma has healed and is treated with drugs. Both acute and chronic pain usually require the coordinated efforts of a management team for a long duration. Today with the blend of Eastern and Western medicine and holistic medicine, there are many other approaches to treating pain whether it be short-term or long-term chronic pain.

One approach to managing pain is known as Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF or PEMFT) which is simply pulse magnetic waves similar to the magnetic waves that surround the earth and all of us every day. Science has shown us that all energy is electromagnetic in nature. All cells produce electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Every organ in the body produces its own bioelectromagnetic field and all 70 trillion cells in the body communicate with electromagnetic frequencies. PEMF treats those cells and helps to reduce pain, inflammation and the effects of stress on the body. PEMF treatments can improve energy, circulation, oxygenation, sleep quality and many other bodily functions. PEMF devices have been approved by the FDA and most are considered safe and non-invasive by various standards and organizations. Therapeutic PEMFs are designed to positively support cellular energy helping cellular health and function. 

PEMF devices vary by waveform, strength, and types of applicators. No one type of treatment fits all situations. Most PEMF devices will help to varying degrees depending on the problem and condition.  Selecting the wrong device may produce unsatisfactory results. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy was approved by the FDA in 1979 specifically for the healing of nonunion fractures, which came after a Columbia University study that was supported by NASA and has recently gained attention in the U.S (even appearing as a segment on the Dr. Oz Show). The value of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy has been shown to cover a wide range of conditions, with well documented trials carried out by hospitals, rheumatologists, physiotherapists and neurologists.

The application of pulsed magnetic fields has, through research findings, been shown to help the body to restore normal potentials at an accelerated rate, thus aiding the healing of most wounds, regenerating tissue and reducing swelling and pain faster. Clinical experience has shown that pulsed electromagnetic field therapy may be used for a number of conditions and issues, and that the benefits include:
  • Reduction of pain and inflammation
  • Improve energy/circulation, blood/tissue oxygenation
  • Regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as the uptake of nutrients
  • Increase cellular detoxification and the ability to regenerate cells
  • Accelerates repair of bone and soft tissue / relaxes muscles
In subsequent articles I will attempt to describe PEMF and how it works. We will also show the results of many years of trials and studies.
Tim Woodcock is an executive at Quantum Cellular Therapies, LLC. He can be reached at or 954-551-1809. Learn more at

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2019 07:30
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