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California Education Connection is a certified education agency that provides unique, quality education seminars, eLearning, and program certifications for Physical Therapists and Assistants, Occupational Therapists and COTAs, Athletic and Personal Trainers. The Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBC) recognizes California Education Connection as an Approval Agency to certify and approve individuals, educators, businesses, university and professional providers of continuing education competency courses in California.


    How Many Eligible Professionals, Hospitals Are Being Hit With Medicare Meaningful Use Penalties?

    Posted:1/22/2015 6:46:00 PM +00:00
    CMS data show that beginning Jan. 1, more than 257,000 of the 537,600 professionals eligible for the Medicare meaningful use program received a penalty for failing to meet program requirements, while more than 200 of the 4,993 hospitals eligible for the Medicare meaningful use program have been penalized since Oct. 1, 2014. Meanwhile, CMS said about 55,000 eligible professionals out of 57,000 applicants were approved for hardship exemptions.

    How Were States Graded on Health Information Transparency?

    Posted:1/7/2015 6:05:00 PM +00:00
    A report card from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute shows that just two U.S. states -- Minnesota and Washington -- earned an "A" for providing accessible, transparent physician quality information in 2014. The majority of states -- 40 and Washington, D.C. -- received an "F," while four states received a "D," two states received a "C" and two states received a "B."

    How Do Health IT Workers Advance in Their Field?

    Posted:12/17/2014 3:07:00 PM +00:00
    A recent report compiled by Burning Glass shows health IT workers have a clear path for career advancement. For example, workers who begin their careers as health information clerks or medical coders can advance to senior level roles, such as a supervisor or health IT manager if they continue to improve their skills and qualifications.

    How Does Hospitals' Use of Facebook Vary by Bed Size?

    Posted:12/3/2014 6:16:00 PM +00:00
    A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research finds that large hospitals with at least 300 beds had a median 2,816 Facebook likes, compared with 456 for small hospitals with less than 99 beds. Meanwhile, urban hospitals had a median 1,409 likes, compared with 518 for rural hospitals. Overall, 99.4% of 3,371 U.S. hospitals had a Facebook account, according to the study.

    How Have Eligible Hospitals Fared in Post-Payment Meaningful Use Audits?

    Posted:11/19/2014 7:13:00 PM +00:00
    HHS data compiled by Health Security Solutions show nearly 5% of eligible hospitals did not pass their post-payment meaningful use audits, forcing them to return their EHR incentive payments. Overall, the data show federal officials between January 2011 and August 2014 completed 94% of 651 post-payment audits for eligible hospitals.

    How Do Hospitals' Bring Your Own Device Policies Differ?

    Posted:11/5/2014 3:04:00 PM +00:00
    Hospital policies that dictate how providers and hospital guests can use and access hospital systems through their own devices vary widely, according to data collected by Caradigm. The data show 85% of hospitals allow clinicians and staff to connect their personal devices to the hospital's Internet, 53% only allow such access for guests and 15% do not allow Internet access.

    What Cybersecurity Threats Have Health Care Organizations Concerned?

    Posted:10/22/2014 5:44:00 PM +00:00
    Health care organizations are increasingly concerned about cybersecurity, according to data from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The data show that 52% of health care organizations are concerned about infiltration and intrusive attacks, of which 68% reported concerns about phishing attacks.

    Which U.S. Cities Raised the Most in Digital Health Deals?

    Posted:10/10/2014 3:40:00 PM +00:00
    Digital health funding totaled $1.7 billion over 111 deals in the third quarter of 2014, according to a report by Startup Health. The report shows the three most active urban areas for digital health funding were San Francisco Bay Area with 62 deals worth $948 million, New York City with 33 deals worth $536 million and Washington, D.C./Maryland area with 14 deals worth $536 million.

    How Do Health IT Professionals' Salaries Vary by Organization Type?

    Posted:9/23/2014 7:21:00 PM +00:00
    A recently released survey by shows that the average annual salary for a health IT worker varies by organization type, ranging from $109,715.42 at health care consulting companies to $66,842.50 at clinics. Meanwhile, health IT professionals earned an average annual salary of $93,162.50 at insurance companies, $87,992.23 at software vendors and $85,367.72 at hospitals and health systems.

    How Many Data Breaches Did the Health Care, Other Industries Report in 2013?

    Posted:9/10/2014 9:08:00 AM +00:00
    Data from the Identity Theft Resource Center show that in 2013 the health care industry reported more data breaches than any other sector, including the government and military, education and business. The data show the health industry experienced 269 breaches, or 43.8% of the 614 breaches reported across various industries.

    How Are Disease-Related Facebook Pages Used?

    Posted:8/13/2014 1:46:00 PM +00:00
    A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research finds 32.2% of Facebook pages about diseases are for marketing and promotional purposes, while just 9.4% of such pages are used for general social support. The study shows 20.7% of disease-related Facebook pages aim to raise awareness and 15.5% provide Wikipedia-type information.

    What Is One Common Myth Surrounding HIPAA Security Risk Analysis?

    Posted:7/30/2014 5:25:00 PM +00:00
    HHS' Office of Civil Rights audit program revealed that a common myth related to HIPAA security risk analysis is that any certified electronic health record system will satisfy risk analysis requirements. The audit notes that security requirements include all protected health information kept by providers, including those outside of EHR systems.

    How Did State Physician E-Prescribing Rates Change From 2008 to 2014?

    Posted:7/16/2014 6:07:00 PM +00:00
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recently released data that show the percentage of physicians who electronically prescribe increased across all states between December 2008 and April 2014. The data show in 2008 just one state had physicians e-prescribing at a rate greater than 20%. However, by 2014, all states reported physician e-prescribing rates above 40%, with 28 states having an e-prescribing rate above 70%.

    What Challenges Do Health Care Firms Face When Adopting Cloud Technology?

    Posted:7/2/2014 5:18:00 PM +00:00
    The 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey shows that 80% of the 150 health care organizations surveyed reported that they currently use cloud technology. However, two-thirds of respondents reported facing challenges to adopting and using the technology, including 21% who cited a lack of visibility into operations, 20% who cited customer service issues and 19% who cited costs and fees.

    What Are the Top 10 Challenges Faced by EHR Users?

    Posted:6/18/2014 10:00:00 AM +00:00
    Slowed productivity is the greatest challenge cited by electronic health record users, according to a survey from Software Advice. Other key challenges cited by EHR users include integration with other EHR systems, customizing the EHR system, importing existing records and learning to use the EHR system.