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swchandler



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NW30, why is a complete repeal of the ACA necessary? If the Republicans really want to reform healthcare, why don't they start passing legislation to do it? In reality, I'm convinced that they don't want healthcare reform, as I've pointed out before. Even the Heritage Foundation, after backing away from what they previously developed and promoted, is now seemingly bankrupt of ideas. When the Republican think tanks have nothing, there's no leadership or direction to get anything off the ground.

But for the sake of clarity, at least as you see it, what constitutes healthcare reform? Who benefits, what should the coverage be, and what should it cost? What about folks that don't have the money to pay for health insurance? Like the ACA, would private insurance companies still be providing health insurance policies? Should folks be allowed to opt out, yet still ultimately receive care if they become ill or have an accident? Should all folks have skin in the game?

All fair questions really. Please fill us in on the basics.
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pueno



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nitwit30 wrote:
...but some times you can catch me after I've had some fine wine, so I might be willing...

Try an argument with a modicum of intellect and civility in it and you might get a response you like.

Don't cut your finger on the screw top of that gallon of "fine wine." Smile
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pueno, many makers of fine wine are actually using screw caps these days.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

swchandler wrote:
pueno, many makers of fine wine are actually using screw caps these days.

A gallon of Gallo? Aged about an hour-and-a-half? Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see good wine in France with screw tops. Some French take it as the end of civilization.
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nw30



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anybody that knows anything about wine should know that there is a cork shortage, and has been for years now, sorry Peeeeuuuno.

But back on subject~
When Obamacare pitches a hanging curve ball, it's going to get smacked!
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Healthcare organizations under siege from cyber attacks, study says

By Chris O'Brien
February 18, 2014, 1:55 p.m.

Add this to the list of things to freak you out: Healthcare organizations of all kinds are being routinely attacked and compromised by increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.


A new study set to be officially released Wednesday found that networks and Internet-connected devices in places such as hospitals, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies are under siege and in many cases have been infiltrated without their knowledge.

The study was conducted by Norse, a Silicon Valley cybersecurity firm, and SANS, a security research institute. In the report, the groups found from September 2012 to October 2013 that 375 healthcare organizations in the U.S. had been compromised, and in many cases are still compromised because they have not yet detected the attacks.

In addition to getting access to patient files and information, the attackers managed to infiltrate devices such as radiology imaging software, conferencing systems, printers, firewalls, Web cameras and mail servers.

"What's concerning to us is the sheer lack of basic blocking and tackling within these organizations," said Sam Glines, chief executive of Norse. "Firewalls were on default settings. They used very simple passwords for devices. In some cases, an organization used the same password for everything.

"A decent percentage of these firms could have been eliminated from the data set if basic network and security protocol had been followed," he added.

The surge in attacks comes as hospitals and doctors across the country are using more and more medical devices that are connected to the Internet in some fashion. It's part of the broader trend known as the "Internet of Things" in which a growing range of devices are being fitted with sensors and Internet connections.

In addition, more patient information is being placed online, in part through the growing network of federal and state health insurance exchanges.

"The pace at which technology has allowed our devices to be connected for ease of use has allowed for a larger attack surface," Glines said. "More vigilance is required."

But as the report found, there are often not enough security measures taken to protect these connected devices.

As a result, patient information and privacy can be compromised.

But another troubling aspect is that once attackers gain access to these devices, they can use them to launch attacks on other devices.

Indeed, the report tracked the origin of some of the malicious traffic coming out of medical sites that had been hacked:

"The findings of this study indicate that 7% of traffic was coming from radiology imaging software, another 7% of malicious traffic originated from video conferencing systems, and another 3% came from digital video systems that are most likely used for consults and remote procedures."

In following the trails of this malicious traffic, Norse found detailed information about the layouts of hospitals and specifications of various lifesaving equipment.

Glines said the vulnerability can be addressed in many cases. But still, he's worried that healthcare providers may not move quickly enough.

"It's going to accelerate as we have more and more connected devices," Glines said. "With more healthcare information coming online, it becomes more valuable and therefore a richer target. We expect to see an uptick of breaches related to healthcare. Itís sort of a perfect storm."


http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-study-epidemic-of-cyberattacks-have-compromised-healthcare-orgs-20140218,0,4761289.story#ixzz2tinPx3OS

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mac



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can we blame this on Obama? Keep hate alive.
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techno900



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac, who do you think initiated the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?

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The federal government takes steps to ensure that these electronic systems are strong, secure, and able to communicate with each other.

What's the issue?

Over the next six years, doctors, hospitals, and other clinicians who treat patients on Medicare and Medicaid can earn extra payments from the government if they adopt and make "meaningful use" of electronic health records (EHRs). But to be eligible for the money, the electronic record systems they adopt must conform to strict technical standards and be certified as meeting them.

On July 28, 2010, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its first set of these standards, which are designed to ensure that the systems are secure and reliable. Another key goal is to make certain that data collected by one system is compatible with data collected by another. That way, if a patient approves, health care providers can exchange the information, which will help them operate more efficiently and improve patient care.

But software companies and other developers and users say that meeting the requirements promptly will be a challenge. Of about 100 EHR systems currently on the market, several dozen are expected to be certified in the coming months.

What's the background?

The standards rule is a key element of a national push to get doctors and hospitals across the country to adopt electronic health records by 2014. As outlined in a previous Health Policy Brief (August 24, 2010), under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, up to $27 billion in incentive payments will be given to doctors, hospitals, and other providers who adopt and make meaningful use of these health record systems (Exhibit 1).


From:[url] http://www.healthaffairs.org/healthpolicybriefs/brief.php?brief_id=26[/url]

Obviously, the hacking issue is not the government's fault, but I know that the new system has been a huge headache for Doctors offices and hospitals. Long term, it will be a good thing.
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youwindsurf



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mac wrote:
Can we blame this on Obama?


I think for some, the answer is a resounding "Yes!"
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pueno



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nw30 wrote:
Anybody that knows anything about wine should know that there is a cork shortage, and has been for years now, sorry Peeeeuuuno.

Well, obviously, the shortage results from the cork hoarding between your ears.

Sorry, NitWit. Laughing Laughing Laughing

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