Asthma simulator helps patients breathe easier; Facility impacted by data breach quickly reports to OCR;

News From Around the Web

> An asthma simulator is helping patients breathe easier, MedPageToday reports. According to Catherine Vitari, a registered nurse from the University of Pittsburgh, where the simulation was held, patients who used the simulator were "more likely to follow necessary steps in preparing to use inhalers and were more likely to use multiple inhalers correctly." Article

> Quick turnaround time for notifying affected patients of this data breach affecting 10,000: The Dent Neurologic Institute in Amherst, N.Y., experienced a protected health information breach on May 13 and issued a public notice by May 14, HealthDataManagement reports. The institute also filed a notice to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights after only a day. Article

Medical Imaging News

> Digital direct radiography is more effective than computed radiography in detecting breast cancer, according to an online study published May 14 in the journal Radiology. Accordingly, the researchers suggest that women should be informed of the potential for lower cancer detection with CR. For the study, researchers led by Anna M. Chiarelli, Ph.D., a senior scientist in Prevention and Cancer Control at Cancer Care Ontario in Toronto, relied on data from the Ontario Breast Screening Program. They identified three groups of women ages 50 to 74 screened between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2009--403,688 women screened by film mammography, 220,520 by DR and 64,210 by CR. Article

Provider News

> With the Internal Revenue Service scandal strengthening the Republican fight against the Affordable Care Act, GOP opposition got an added boost last week with news that the IRS official in charge when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for healthcare legislation. Article

And Finally... It feels like we've been going in circles--for two straight days. Article