Cosmetic surgery continues upswing; OIG may extend EHR donation protections;

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> Mashable takes a look at how the potential for social media to aid healthcare is often at odds with HIPAA. Article

> Despite U.S. patients' difficulty keeping up with medical bills, overall growth in cosmetic procedures is up for the third consecutive year, USA Today reported. Article

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> Black nurses are fighting back against patients' requests for white-only caregivers, FierceHealthcare reported. Article

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> UnitedHealth is fighting charges in Nevada state court that it improperly kept a doctor with "substandard" medical practices, including infecting patients with hepatitis C, within its network, FierceHealthPayer reported. Article

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> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Inspector General has raised the possibility that it may extend the electronic health record donation "safe harbor" protection enabling hospitals and others to subsidize EHR purchases made by physicians without running afoul of the fraud and abuse laws, FierceEMR reported. Article

And Finally… Talk about understanding your client's perspective. Article

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