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Health Care Industry Leading Target of Ransomware Attacks

The health care industry is becoming a greater target for ransomware attacks, which is why Intiva Health utilizes a Hashgraph-based platform for extra security.

Payer Enrollment Software Essential Features

Payer enrollment software has its own list of essential features to reduce administrative burden and expedite reimbursements from insurance plans.

Physician Assistant Hiring Process: What to Know

A physician’s assistant is a fantastic job, and if you have an interview to get one, you'll want to make sure you do your very best to win it.

Credentialing: Why it is Important for Nurses

Credentialing is often thought of being beneficial only for physicians, however it has a strong importance for nurses as well.

Medical Credentialing: Maintaining Patient Trust

Medical credentialing and the importance of its role in maintaining patient trust along with improving patient care has grown significantly over the years.

Health Care Technology to Battle COVID-19

Some health care providers have been looking to new technologies for solutions to COVID-19, especially digital technology.

Continuing Medical Education and COVID-19

Accredited CME is designed to be relevant to the needs of the health care professional: practice-based and effective.

How Nurses Can Overcome Debt

Nurses are constantly lauded as heroes during the global health crisis—a label that belies the struggles they face both in and out of the hospital.

Credentialing Software: Purpose, Goals, and Necessities

It is important to know what to look for in a software to make sure all of the bases are covered and there is no administrative burden for facilities or providers.

Why a Doctor Wears a White Coat And Its Meaning

There is no workplace clothing as symbolic as a doctor’s white coat.

Accountable Care Organizations: What They Are

In recent years, especially since the Affordable Care Act was passed, Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) have popped up across the United States.

CME: It’s Not Just For License Renewal

CME helps a health care professional can provide the highest possible level of patient care, advance their career, and improve the reputation of their facility.

Tips to Form a Winning Credentialing Committee

When forming a credentialing committee, there are some important tips you need to know. Find out how to create a winning team.

COVID-19: How the Coronavirus Will Forever Change Health Care

The coronavirus has already altered many aspects of our daily life and some changes, especially in health care, are likely to be permanent.

Physician Telehealth Tips: Improve The Patient Experience

There is a growing consensus in the medical community that the use of telehealth will continue after the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning physicians should be prepared now to provide an equatable patient experience.

Telehealth Surge Shaping Future of Health Care Industry

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, health care facilities across the United States and around the globe are turning to telehealth, but the technology is here to stay long after the pandemic ends.

Joint Commission Enhances Substance Use Disorders Standards

The standards include 14 new and revised elements of performance to improve the quality and safety of care for individuals seeking treatment.

Five Superpowers of Nurses

“Not all superheroes wear capes.” This could not be truer for all of the nurses working in the health care industry.

Importance of Continuing Education for Nurses and Their Employers

The importance of continuing education for nurses and their employers can't be overestimated. Find out why CEUs are a major consideration in health care.

Best Places to Practice Medicine in 2020

Are you an up and coming new doctor fresh out of med school? Here are a few of the best places to practice medicine in 2020.

Top Ten Podcasts for Physicians and Health Care Providers

Podcasts offer a unique opportunity for physicians and other health care providers to stimulate their mind before the workday.

Physicians: How to Prepare for the Second COVID-19 Wave

Federal officials are sounding the alarm about a second wave of the coronavirus in the fall, which means physicians should make sure they are prepared to continue caring for patients.

Nurses Week 2020: Freebies and Deals

Nurses around the country are being recognized for all of their contributions and hard work that they do to save lives and take care of patients

What Providers Need to Know to Protect Their Practice Against a HIPAA Breach

If you're in the health care industry, a HIPAA breach can wreak havoc on your practice.

How to Become a Better Medical Staff Coordinator: A Complete Guide

Are you interested in learning how to become a better medical staff coordinator? We've created a complete guide to help you improve.

Rural Health Care Hurdles: Staffing Shortages

In the final edition of our three-part series on the dilemmas faced by rural health care administrators, we examine the shortage of health care workers in rural America as well as the impact on facility operations and patient care.

Ready Doc™ Messaging Available on App Store® and Google Play®

Ready Doc Messaging is a secure, encrypted application that protects patient information and meets HIPAA guidelines.

Rural Health Care Hurdles: Telehealth and Telemedicine

In the second edition of our series on the dilemmas facing rural health care, we examine the importance of telehealth in rural areas and the hurdles impeding its use.

Coronavirus: Ready Doc™ Premium Features Offered For Free

Features will be available for free for a limited time to help alleviate health care facilities overwhelmed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: A Message From Intiva Health

As everyone focuses on how to assist their families, friends, colleagues and their community as a whole, Intiva Health is taking steps to provide the best possible services for our clients as well as our own team members.

Coronavirus: Health Care Administration During a Pandemic

There has been additional stress put on health care systems responding to the coronavirus pandemic, but administration is vital to success.

Rural Health Care Hurdles: Patient Access

A variety of issues contribute to health care complications in rural America, including a shortage of health care workers, continuing closures of hospitals, a high rate of elderly, poor, and underinsured residents, as well as a high frequency of chronic illness.

Coronavirus Disease: How Health Care Workers Can Protect Themselves

Based on what is currently known about COVID-19 and what is known about other coronaviruses, transmission is thought to occur mostly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets among close contacts.

Hospital Physician Burnout: Causes and Solutions

Hospital medicine is among the fastest-growing health care specialties, but also carries unique stressors and challenges.

Health Care Provider Credentialing: How to Plan, Prepare, Succeed

Failing to complete the credentialing process could result in patient insurance companies refusing to pay for services.

National Kidney Month Puts Spotlight on Kidney Disease Awareness

March is National Kidney Month, when health organizations and physicians raise awareness about kidney disease.

Roundtable Discussion: Medical Credentialing Tips And Tricks

Intiva Health hosted a roundtable discussion where industry workers chimed in on how to tackle the medical credentialing beast.

10 Highest-Paying Health Care Careers

The following health care jobs prove what a lucrative career awaits you in this ever-growing industry. See which one works best for you!

Physicians Succeeding in Private Practice: Helpful Tips to Know

The number of physicians working in private practices has fallen slightly over the years, according to the American Medical Association (AMA) Physician Practice Benchmark Survey.

How Physicians Can Improve Public Perception of Vaccines

Though evidence shows vaccines are safe and successful in the prevention or elimination of diseases, hesitancy surrounding their use continues to exist in the general public.

AMA Report: More Physicians Using Digital Health Tools

For the first time, the AMA research surveyed physicians about their awareness and current usage of emerging technologies, such as augmented intelligence, blockchain and precision medicine.

Major Heart Organizations Being Led by Women in 2020

Organizations include the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology, and the Heart Rhythm Society.

White Paper: Provider Credentialing vs. Provider Enrollment

An overview of the required credentialing process that a medical provider must complete and how it is distinct from the enrollment procedure that facilitates eligibility to accept patients and receive payments through a commercial insurance provider or government health plan.

Google Joining Hedera Hashgraph Governing Council

Hedera plans to use Google Cloud to host its public testnets and Hedera Consensus Service ecosystem.

Importance of Electronic Message Management for Physicians

An article published by the American Academy of Family Physicians highlighted how crucial it is for physicians to develop an effective method of managing their electronic messages.

Top Issues Facing Physicians in 2020

Through its advocacy efforts, the American Medical Association serves as the collective physician community’s voice on important issues.

American Heart Month: 7 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

Report: Toxic Workplace Contributes to ‘Physician Burnout’

Reports of physician burnout are becoming increasingly common in the industry, and the focus of the cause is starting to shift.

How Your ‘Resident Persona’ Shapes Your Career

Being aware of your professional strengths and weaknesses can have a solid impact on paving the most fitting career path in health care.

Blockchain Among Top Future Health Care Technologies

As health care technology continues to advance, health care executives must be aware of technology that can offer the best services to their patients while reducing costs.

Health Care Cyberattacks: Why the Industry is At Risk

The health care industry is becoming a greater target for cyberattacks for a variety of reasons, such as the complexity of health care systems as well as the value of the data that is being stored.

HIPAA: Helpful Information for Health Care Professionals

Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) into law on Oct. 21, 1996. The legislation addressed a range of issues in health care, but above all provided federal standards for privacy of health care information.

Tips for Premeds on Getting Into Medical School

The medical industry can be a career that is both challenging and rewarding, yet figuring out a medical school’s prerequisites and navigating the application process can be its own challenge.

5 Vital Nursing CEUs in Texas

These nursing CEUs in Texas will eventually test the mettle of every nurse or NP in the field. Do you have these in your file?

Medical Credentialing & Enrollment: Mistakes and Mishaps

Although most health care facilities have specific processes in place to ensure the success of the credentialing process, hiccups can happen and the consequences can be costly.

5 Important Nursing CEUs in Florida

These nursing CEUs in Florida will make you better at your career. Have you signed up?

Report: Health Care Industry Dominates Best Paying Jobs in 2020

U.S. News & World Report released their 2020 Best Jobs list, and the health care industry nabbed 14 of the 25 careers that made the cut.

Several New Features Coming to Ready Doc™

Users of Intiva Health’s Ready Doc™ platform will see several exciting new features in the coming months.

NCQA: How It Improves Health Care

The CVO industry has undertaken a mission to make the credentialing process faster, more efficient, substantial, and less expensive.

Report: Blockchain Technology to Meet Expectations in Health Care Industry

Frost & Sullivan found that much of the early commercial success has been across select use cases such as health care credentialing.

5 Career-Ready Free CEUs for Nurses

The following free CEUs for nurses and nurse practitioners everywhere are worth considering. See if you've got what it takes.

Health Care Compliance: What You Need to Know

Health care organizations are held to strict regulations, standards, and laws at state and federal levels. A violation of compliance can result in large fines, lawsuits, or the loss of licenses.

New Year’s Resolutions: 10 Health Recommendations From the AMA

We are only a week into 2020, which means it is not too late to make a New Year’s Resolution that can have long-lasting improvements to your health in 2020 and beyond.

Nursing Malpractice Insurance: Fact and Fiction

There are some misconceptions that exist surrounding nurses and professional liability insurance, also known as nursing malpractice insurance.

AMA Reports Show Continued Cost Burden of Medical Liability System

The American Medical Association (AMA) released several reports in its Policy Research Perspective series illustrating the price Americans pay for the nation’s medical liability system.

Distributed Ledger Technology: How it Applies to Health Care

A greater number of applications are coming to light for the use of distributed ledger technology (DLT) in the health care industry.

New Year’s Resolutions for Health Care Administrators

Focusing on applications of technology and personal growth should be at the forefront.

Research: Coffee Drinkers Have Healthier Gut Microbiotas

An increasing amount of research is revealing the health benefits of drinking coffee, including healthier arteries and a healthier gut.

Health Care Career Changes: Look Before You Leap

Before anyone makes the jump into a different health care career, there are some important tips to keep in mind.

Streaming Medical TV Shows: What to Watch

Ever since the first ambulance rolled up in General Hospital more than 50 years ago, the popularity of medical television shows hasn’t slowed down.

Intiva Health: 2019 In Review

Intiva Health had an explosive year throughout 2019 with the launch of the Ready Doc™ distributed ledger technology platform, new exclusive professional partnerships, additional continuing medical education courses, and an expansion of our user and healthcare facility footprint.

Study: First Responders At Greater Risk for Mental Health Concerns

The report, released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, estimated that 30 percent of first responders develop behavioral health conditions such as depression and PTSD, compared with 20 percent in the general population.

Greater Prevalence of Distributed Ledger Technology Predicted in 2020

Experts predict many of the innovative firms will explore calculated approaches to the tokenization of digital and physical assets, supported by smart contracts.

Health Care Credentialing, Privileging: Information & Importance

According to the American Medical Association’s Principle of Medical Ethics, the purpose of privileging is to improve the efficiency and quality of patient care in the hospital.

FCC Proposes 988 as National Suicide Prevention Number

In 2018 alone, trained Lifeline counselors answered more than 2.2 million calls and more than 100,000 online chats. 

Spreadsheets for Health Care Credentialing: Potential Problems

While credentialing has always existed in various forms, on a larger scale the methods have not changed in recent times.

How 2020 Will Shape the Health Care Industry

As 2019 quickly draws to a close, many eyes are on the health care industry in 2020 and what patients, providers, and facilities can expect.

Health Care Credential Management: How It’s Done

There are benefits and disadvantages to each method, but the time it takes to complete the process is a prevalent issue across the board.

Health Care Industry Losing Time, Money With Current Credentialing Methods

Time, money, and resources are all sacrificed to complete a process that is legally required and necessary for quality health care services and successful business operations. 

American Heart Association, AMA Release Blood Pressure Measurement Guide

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released a quick start guide with best practices on how to accurately measure blood pressure.

Wrapping Up 2019: Ways to Start 2020 Off Right

There is less than one month to go before 2019 ends and 2020 begins. You may want to consider a few end-of-year tasks to start the new year on the right foot.

World AIDS Day 2019 Highlights Importance of Community

While the red ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS, every year has a different theme.

10 Things Medical School Doesn’t Prepare You For

Medical school is tough, but it does not prepare you for everything. In fact, there are many lessons it leaves out.

AMA Calls for Ban on Vaping Products Not Approved by FDA

Physicians, residents, and medical students from across the country voted to adopt several policies.

Suicide Loss Survivors Come Together for Day of Remembrance

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports hundreds of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day events.

American Red Cross: Blood Donations Crucial During Holidays

Whatever you plan to make for Thanksgiving, be sure to also make time for a blood donation. It only takes one hour to donate blood.

Continuing Medical Education: What You Should Know

The ACCME definition of CME is broad in order to encompass continuing educational activities that assist physicians in carrying out their professional responsibilities effectively and efficiently.

Surprise Medical Bills: A Call to Congress for Action

The letter, led by the American Medical Association and signed by 110 other medical societies, points out that the legislation, if tilted toward insurers, could cause staffing shortages in rural areas and other underserved communities.

Epilepsy Awareness Month: Facts & Figures

It is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. The Epilepsy Foundation wants you to know important facts about seizures and seizure first aid.

AMA: Flu Shots Encouraged for Everyone Over Six Months

The American Medical Association also urges physicians to encourage their pregnant patients to get the flu vaccine.

Movember: Changing The Face of Men’s Health

Wondering about all the mustaches you're seeing lately? Movember is back to raise awareness for men's health.

Truth and Challenges of Being a Doctor and a Parent

Doctors and nurses who are also parents face many unique challenges. Hear from a few current providers about how they deal with them.

How to Deal with Rejection from Employers

No one likes being rejected, especially from employers. Here are 5 ways doctors can emotionally recover from not landing a job.

Introducing our provider credentialing checklist

Credentialing is a complicated process and missing documents cause massive delays. That’s why we created a checklist to help keep things organized.

The prevalence of racial and gender inequality in healthcare

How prevalent is racism and sexism in healthcare today? We looked at all sides of the issue. Here’s what we found.

The rising problem of ageism in healthcare

Ageism is unfortunately common in healthcare. Here are the many ways it manifests and how it affects doctors and patients alike.

Q&A: Staff Nurse vs. Travel Nurse

How do you choose between becoming a staff nurse and becoming a travel nurse? We interviewed someone who’s done both.

Do doctors, nurses, and other practitioners get along?

When healthcare practitioners don’t get along with each other, there are big consequences. But is this an issue? We decided to investigate.

Why are so many doctors choosing suicide?

On average, one doctor commits suicide every day. To understand why, we looked into this heartbreaking statistic and what can be done.

Why does credentialing take so long and cost so much?

It can take months to credential a provider and cost a facility millions. We investigated to figure out why.

Pros and Cons of Becoming a Travel Nurse

If hitting the road and being a travel nurse sounds ideal to you, make sure you consider everything first. Here are the pros and cons.

5 Ways to Pay Off Medical School Loans Faster

Student loan debt is at an all-time high, especially for med students. Here are 5 ways to expedite paying them off.

How hard should schools push med students?

Everyone knows med school can be tough. But with a rise in burnout, PTSD, and suicide, many are questioning if it has to be this tough. We investigated to find out.

10 Free CME Courses Every Physician Should Take

A lot of CME courses either cost money or are only available to specialists. Here are 10 that are free and any physician can take.

What The Color of Your Scrubs Means and How to Choose

Ever wonder why there are so many different-colored scrubs? We explain each color’s meaning, how they affect patients, and how to choose between them.

4 Ways to Prevent Physician Burnout

Physician burnout is a growing problem in America, with many potential causes. We look at the latest research and how to prevent it.

5 Ways to Find a Nursing Job You Love

Slow credentialing makes many physicians frustrated with their employers. But is it their fault? We investigated to find out the facility’s process.

Doctor Spotlight: C. Ron Byrd

With over 25 years of experience in making patients feel both comfortable and taken care of, Dr. C. Ron Byrd is a certified healthcare hero.

12 Things You Can Do While Waiting to Be Credentialed

Slow credentialing makes many physicians frustrated with their employers. But is it their fault? We investigated to find out the facility’s process.

The Rising Concern of PTSD and Suicide in Medical Professionals

We investigated why PTSD and suicide are so prevalent among medical professionals and what can be done.

What provider credentialing is like for facilities

Slow credentialing makes many physicians frustrated with their employers. But is it their fault? We investigated to find out the facility’s process.

How to Land a Healthcare Job When You Don’t Know Anyone

“It’s all about who you know” has some truth to it, but it’s not everything. Here are five ways to land a healthcare job when you don’t know anyone.

How should doctors deal with hypochondriacs?

Somewhere between 2 to 5 percent of Americans suffer from what’s commonly known as hypochondria. Read about how doctors can help.

10 Free CEU Courses Every Nurse Can Take

Here are continuing medical education courses that are free and available to every kind of nurse.

3 Ways Faster Credentialing Can Improve Healthcare in America

It can take anywhere from a few weeks to six months to get credentialed. But what if that could be done much quicker? Here's what would happen.

7 Time Management Tips for Doctors and Nurses

Doctors lead busy lives, with jam-packed schedules and varying tasks, time is of the essence. Here are a few time management tips to optimize your time.

HIPAA vs HITECH – Understanding the Difference

How the HITECH act affects current HIPAA regulations and why physicians and hospital administrators need to know about it.

Common HIPAA Violations and How to Avoid Them

Most HIPAA violations are career ending, here are the most common types of HIPAA violations that physicians often commit and how to avoid them.

Top Five Insurance Policies You Don’t Need

Here are the top five insurance policies where we tend to take on too much insurance. Find out how to avoid them, and how to leverage them.

Our Hong Kong Event: Healthcare Meets Blockchain

Our recent trip to Hong Kong and the success of our Healthcare Meets Blockchain event as we head into the final round of our token sale.

Is Blockchain Interested in Healthcare?

While blockchain-based currencies and tokens get most of the attention, alternative distributed ledger technologies are quietly making headway, most importantly, Hashgraph.

Better Ways to Handle Negative Interactions with Your Patients

The best way to deal with challenging patient interactions is to try and prevent them in the first place. If it is not possible to avoid a negative interaction, then you should deal with the problematic situation using effective communication, active listening and problem-solving.

The Benefits of Mobile Technology in Healthcare

Technology can significantly improve health outcomes. For example, it can help with chronic disease management by reminding patients to take their medications at the right time. It can also help patients more easily access their medical charts via their smartphones at anytime.

National Nurses Week: Specials and Discounts for Nurses

For National Nurses week, Intiva Health wants to share our gratitude for your hard work by providing you with the top CME/CE courses from our platform for FREE.

Intiva Health Makes the Final 16 in the World Tokenomic Start Ups Challenge

Intiva Health is honored and excited to announce that they have been invited to the World Tokenomic Forum Summit, they have been chosen as 1 of 16 prestigious finalists competing in the Sandcastle Startups Challenge this month in Grand Cayman

5 Steps for a Successful Token Launch

ICOs sell what are called utility tokens. Although somewhat similar to an IPO’s share, a token’s valuation comes from the perceived usage of a platform. In other words, tokens offer access to a company’s service, not its profits. Examples of this are FileCoin, who’s tokens can be used to buy disk storage, or Intiva tokens, which grant access to career-related services for healthcare professionals.

How Blockchain Can Positively Impact The Healthcare Sector

Blockchain technology is a decentralized network for storing transactions or information in a digitally encrypted ledger. This means that there is no centralized authority responsible for verifying transactions, but instead, a server spread across different terminals and in different locations.

What is PCI DSS Compliance? How Does Intiva Health Meet the Criteria?

Founded in 2006 by Visa, MasterCard, JCB International, American Express and Discover, the PCI Security Standards Council is a global organization that maintains standards for the Payment Card Industry. PCI Security Standards Council helps ensure that cardholder data is kept secure all over the world. The companies above all share equally in the governance and execution the Council’s work.

A Stranger Saved My Life

April is National Donate Life Month. To help encourage people to register themselves as donors, we have decided to celebrate those lives that have been saved by the gift of organ donation. Here are two incredible stories that show the real value of an organ donation.

Intiva Health Announces New Partnership with Hosts of Bad Crypto Podcast

Intiva Health, a decentralized credentialing and verification platform for medical professionals, announced a new strategic partnership with the founders and co-hosts of Bad Crypto Podcast, widely recognized as influential thought leaders in the blockchain and cryptocurrency communities.

Surgical Robots, the Future of Medicine.

Staying in compliance with HIPAA while using social media is a big concern for most medical professionals. It only takes one careless social media post to reveal sensitive patient information. Although patient privacy is always a valid concern, you can use social media in a way that won’t violate HIPAA compliance. And when used correctly, it can be a robust tool for your practice.

How to Stay HIPAA Compliant While Using Social Media

Staying in compliance with HIPAA while using social media is a big concern for most medical professionals. It only takes one careless social media post to reveal sensitive patient information. Although patient privacy is always a valid concern, you can use social media in a way that won’t violate HIPAA compliance. And when used correctly, it can be a robust tool for your practice.

Recognizing Doctors Nationwide for National Doctors’ Day

Millions of physicians around the world have taken a Hippocratic oath to care for the injured and the sick. On any given day, doctors can be found performing life-saving surgeries, curing diseases and helping to heal broken bones.

Current Humanitarian Opportunities for Doctors

When asked why they decided to practice medicine, many doctors say “to help people.” Volunteering or working overseas with a humanitarian organization is a great way for medical professionals to offer help the people who need it most.

Astronaut Scott Kelly and his latest expedition into Osteoporosis Research

In March of 2015, American astronaut Scott Kelly embarked on a yearlong expedition to the International Space Station.  His mission brought together 10 research teams from around the nation to accomplish one goal: discover what happens to the human body after spending one year in space.

Intiva Health to Leverage Swirlds Hashgraph and Build the Industry’s First Integrated Career Platform for Healthcare Professionals

Intiva Health and Swirlds, creators of the hashgraph distributed consensus platform, announced today that Intiva Health will utilize Swirlds’ hashgraph technology to build the fastest network for placement and ongoing credentialing of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

3 Reasons Why Continuing Medical Education Is So Important

All medical professionals need to continue their education throughout their career in order to provide the highest possible level of patient care, advance one's career, maintain membership in professional organizations and more.

Surviving the CE compliance audit. Where do you stand on CE compliance?

If you received an audit notice from your state’s governing or specialty board, would you meet 100 percent compliance of your continuing education requirements?

Want to fight burnout? Embrace the suck.

Many healthcare providers feel honored to care for others sisters and dads and brothers and friends, yet we are all of those things to others and find it a difficult balance.

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