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Here are some interesting articles from the last month.

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C-level executives increasingly and proactively targeted by social breaches – Help Net Security


C-Level execs are increasingly targeted for cyber attacks: “A successful pretexting attack on senior executives can reap large dividends as a result of their – often unchallenged – approval authority, and privileged access into critical systems.”

How doctors and other clinicians can talk to patients about surprise bills, health costs | FierceHealthcare


OCI’s billing experts can help your patients navigate their financial options during treatment:

“…research shows that 70% of patients want to have conversations about the costs of care with their doctors, only 28% of them report having those talks…”

Access to Cancer Care: Insights From Community Meetings With ASCO Members and Their Patients



June 1, 2019Monica.Bertagnolli2018-2019 ASCO President Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, describes how visiting and talking with people with cancer and providers across the United States highlights the importance of access to cancer care.

The Health Care Benefits of Combining Wearables and AI


“MIT and MGH have developed a deep learning model which identifies patients likely to develop breast cancer in the future. Learning from data on 60,000 prior patients, …allows physicians to personalize their approach to breast cancer screening…”

Physician Burnout Costs the U.S. Billions of Dollars Each Year | Time


“Doctors in the U.S. experience symptoms of burnout at almost twice the rate of other workers, often citing as contributors the long hours, a fear of being sued, and having to deal with growing bureaucracy…”

Vast majority of patients would show more loyalty to providers if they had access to holistic health and wellbeing support | Healthcare Finance News


“Nearly 75 percent of adults also want continuous interaction with their healthcare provider between appointments and believe their provider should be doing more to support health and wellbeing, even when they aren’t sick.”

Scientists Identify Pathway Driving Natural Killer Cell Activity


Medically reviewed by Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, and Rizwan Romee, MD Immune cells called natural killer (NK) cells are a key arm of the body’s defenses against infections and cancers, but what provokes them into action is less well understood than some other immune components such as T cells. “Critical gaps in our knowledge regarding … Continued
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The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Disparities in Private and Medicaid Insurance Coverage among Patients Under 65 with Newly Diagnosed Cancer


We analyzed SEER data to examine the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on disparities in insurance coverage for cancer patients. We found that Medicaid expansion vs non-expansion states experienced a slightly greater reduction in uninsured rates. But, there was a greater shift of patients from non-Medicaid (e.g. private) insurance to Medicaid insurance in expansion states, which may paradoxically increase disparities in access to care.

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