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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- HIPAA Rule is Finalized
- Systematic review of persistent pain and psychological outcomes following traumatic musculoskeletal injury
- And Finally a Story Concerning the Health of Americans Under 50
For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!
Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #394, recorded January 25, 2013.
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HIPAA Rule is Finalized
ChiroCode recently ran an update to the finalization of the HIPAA law.
On January 17, 2013, the long awaited final rule was announced. It will be published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2013. Providers need to be aware that the final rule, which replaces the current interim rule, is effective on March 26, 2013.
The compliance deadline for covered entities is September 23, 2013.
This final rule modifies HIPAA and HITECH in the following ways:
- Strengthens the privacy and security protection for individuals’ health information.
- Modifies the Breach Notification Rule.
- Modifies the HIPAA Privacy Rule to strengthen the privacy protections for genetic information.
- Improves their workability and effectiveness and to increase flexibility for and decrease burden on the regulated entities.
Providers have all been living with the interim rule for quite some time and we are all aware of the increased penalties and fines that have been taking place on a regular basis. However, there are some clarifications that providers should be aware of.
Surf to our Show Notes for links to the ChiroCode article and additional HIPAA links – http://www.chirocode.com/hipaa_final_rule_strengthens_privacy_and_security_protections
Systematic review of persistent pain and psychological outcomes following traumatic musculoskeletal injury
Persistent pain and psychological distress are common after traumatic musculoskeletal injury (TMsI).
Individuals sustaining a traumatic musculoskeletal injury are often young, do not recover quickly, and place a large economic burden on society.
A recent study in the Journal of Pain Research had the aim to determine:
(1) the incidence of persistent pain following traumatic musculoskeletal injury,
(2) the characteristics of pain, characterized by injury severity and type, and
(3) risk and protective factors associated with persistent pain following traumatic musculoskeletal injury
The study concluded that the evidence from the eleven studies included in this review indicates that persistent pain is prevalent up to 84 months following traumatic injury.
Further research is needed to better evaluate persistent pain and other long-term posttraumatic outcomes.
Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://www.dovepress.com/articles.php?article_id=11915
For Americans Under 50, Stark Findings on Health
A recent article in the NY Times looked at the level of health in the United States.
Younger Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than their counterparts in other developed countries, with far higher rates of death from guns, car accidents and drug addiction, according to a new analysis of health and longevity in the United States.
Researchers have known for some time that the United States fares poorly in comparison with other rich countries, a trend established in the 1980s. But most studies have focused on older ages, when the majority of people die.
The findings were stark. Deaths before age 50 accounted for about two-thirds of the difference in life expectancy between males in the United States and their counterparts in 16 other developed countries, and about one-third of the difference for females. The countries in the analysis included Canada, Japan, Australia, France, Germany and Spain.
The 378-page study by a panel of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council is the first to systematically compare death rates and health measures for people of all ages, including American youths. It went further than other studies in documenting the full range of causes of death, from diseases to accidents to violence.
The panel called the pattern of higher rates of disease and shorter lives “the U.S. health disadvantage,” and said it was responsible for dragging the country to the bottom in terms of life expectancy over the past 30 years. American men ranked last in life expectancy among the 17 countries in the study, and American women ranked second to last.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/health/americans-under-50-fare-poorly-on-health-measures-new-report-says.html?_r=2&
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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.