Cleveland Clinic Releases Third Installment of Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Development Pipeline Report

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Comprehensive analysis reiterates drug development remains direly slow, but new trends include emphasis on disease-modifying therapies and an increase in the use of biomarkers to support diagnosis

Cleveland Clinic’s third annual analysis of Alzheimer’s disease drug development reveals that drug development continues to be disappointingly slow. Researchers, however, are learning more about evolving targets in the pipeline, including a movement toward disease prevention and an emphasis in disease-modifying therapies.

The paper, Alzheimer’s disease drug development: pipeline 2018, is based on the federal website ClinicalTrials.Gov and appears as a feature article in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Trials Interventions (TRCI).

While the Alzheimer’s drug development pipeline is slightly larger in 2018 than 2017, researchers note that a disease-modifying therapy that will prevent or delay the onset or slow progression of the disease is urgently needed. Even a modest, one-year delay in onset by 2020 would result in there being 9.2 million fewer cases of Alzheimer’s by 2050. Of the 112 agents in the pipeline, 63 percent are disease-modifying therapies. Moreover, there is a shift to treat those with milder forms of Alzheimer’s as there are more trials in preclinical populations, including cognitively normal individuals at high risk for developing the disease (due to their genetic profile or having evidence of amyloid build up from either brain scans or cerebrospinal fluid testing).

“Cleveland Clinic continues to be a leader in assessing the evolution of new therapies for Alzheimer’s and we believe it’s crucial to drive conversation about our annual findings in effort to foster collaboration and bring public awareness to the need for acceleration of drug development,” said Aaron Ritter, M.D., director of the clinical trials program of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “Our annual pipeline paper clearly illustrates that there just aren’t enough drugs in the Alzheimer’s disease development pipeline. We can increase our chances of finding life-changing treatments for Alzheimer’s disease by testing more drugs and doing it quickly and efficiently.”

Using a search of ClinicalTrials.Gov, Dr. Ritter, along with fellow authors Jeffrey Cummings, M.D., ScD, director emeritus of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Kate Zhong, M.D., Chief Strategy Officer of Global Alzheimer’s Platform and Garam Lee, Pharm.D., clinical research pharmacist at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, examined all clinical trials from 2017 to 2018 to reveal the need for greater use of biomarkers, and that while there is a shift in efforts toward preventative measures, the few number of agents targeting moderate to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and the small number of therapies entering Phase 1 is concerning. In addition, researchers found that infused antibodies are a major type of evolving therapy that bode potentially exciting results. 

For example, the recent results from aducanumab and BAN2401 trials are particularly encouraging as the antibody protein is thought to decrease the amyloid plaques and possibly slow neurodegeneration and reduce disease progression.

Furthermore, immediate challenges of drug development include the lack of surrogate biomarkers. Biomarkers are not only important for the development of disease-modifying therapies, but also symptomatic drugs and are currently used to improve diagnostic accuracy. However, review of the pipeline shows that a surprisingly low percentage of disease-modifying therapy trials requires diagnostic biomarkers for entry or secondary outcomes, concluding the development and use of biomarkers for Alzheimer’s clinical trials remains an unmet goal.

Though improvements are needed, proactive steps toward clinical trial efficiency are currently underway, including the widespread use of online registries to help recruit qualified trial participants. Researchers suggest that optimizing the use of registries as well as more rapid clinical trial start up, pre-certified raters and use of a single review board can help accelerate clinical trial execution and development.

For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit ClevelandClinic.org/BrainHealth. For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Center for Neurological Restoration, visit ClevelandClinic.org/Departments/Neurological/Depts/Neurological-Restoration.

 

 

Valley Hospital Celebrates Graduate Medical Education

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June 28 White Coat Ceremony Welcomes New Residents, Fellows


60 Percent of Graduating Class to Remain in Las Vegas

On June 28, 2018, Valley Hospital welcomed a new class of 24 medical residents and four Fellows with a traditional White Coat Ceremony.  The White Coat Ceremony is considered a rite of passage in the journey toward becoming a physician.  It marks the medical student’s transition from the study of preclinical health sciences to clinical service.  As part of the Ceremony, short white coats of a medical student are discarded and long white coats of a physician are officially presented.  The long white coat is the symbol of physician clinical service.

Since 2006, Valley Hospital has offered physician residencies and fellowships for physicians-in-training after they complete medical school, known as graduate medical education. Valley Hospital has watched its physician graduates open or join private practices, work as hospitalists, continue their medical training with the military, or enter fellowships for further specialized training.

Valley Hospital offers residency programs in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology and Orthopedic Surgery, along with Fellowships in Gastroenterology and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine.

“A residency program not only trains new physicians, but it introduces them to their network of referring physicians and future patients,” said Elaine Glaser, CEO of Valley Hospital. “A 2017 report from the American Association of Medical Colleges showed that 54.5 percent of physicians who completed residency training from 2007 through 2016 are practicing in the state where they completed their residency program.* That’s an important statistic as the local healthcare community works to recruit and retain physicians to meet Southern Nevada’s growing demand for providers.”

Statistics from Valley Hospital’s graduating class include:

Overall, 60 percent of Valley Hospital’s graduating residents and fellows will remain in Las Vegas to work in private practice, as hospitalists, in outpatient clinics, and with local Fellowship opportunities at Valley Hospital (Gastroenterology or Pulmonary/Critical Care) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Two of four graduating Fellows (50 percent) are entering private practice in Las Vegas with specialties in gastroenterology or pulmonary/critical care.

Nearly 40 percent of the graduating Residents have been accepted into Fellowship Programs.

With its second graduating class, the orthopedic surgery residency maintains its 100 percent Fellowship acceptance rate with graduates being accepted at the University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship, in Philadelphia, PA and the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, Beacon Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH.

Other Valley Hospital residents have been accepted to out-of-state fellowship programs in:

  • Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, TN
  • Kaiser Permanente Southern California Nephrology Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA
  • Banner University Medical Center Phoenix Endocrinology & Metabolism Fellowship, Phoenix, AZ

“I’m proud that our program has developed outstanding physicians who have been accepted to well-known fellowships,” said Glaser. “It speaks to the quality of our physician leadership, faculty and program.”

*Source: https://www.aamc.org/data/484732/report-on-residents-2017-c6table.html

Las Vegas HEALS Adds Three New Directors to Board

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Diane Fearon, Dave Marlon, and Alexandra Silver’s Extensive Experience Counted on to Advance HEALS’ Agenda

Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, announced today that it recently welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors: Diane Fearon, Dave Marlon, and Alexandra Silver.

“These new additions to our Board of Directors are invaluable,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS. “They bring decades of experience with excellent reputations in the industry and will help us move forward in achieving our goals to improve the quality of healthcare in southern Nevada.”

Diane Fearon

Diane Fearon is the vice president for philanthropy and strategic partnerships at Nathan Adelson Hospice, the largest nonprofit hospice in southern Nevada, caring for an average of 450 hospice and palliative care patients daily. Prior to her joining the senior leadership team, she served as the Admissions and Transitions Optimization Program (ATOP) director at HealthInsight Nevada. ATOP is a four-year, $17 million grant funded by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

David Marlon Las Vegas HEALS Board of Directors

David Marlon

David Marlon currently serves as the American Addiction Center (AAC)’s regional vice president of Nevada, overseeing all treatment operations in the state, including Solutions Recovery and the Desert Hope Treatment Facility. Prior to joining AAC, Marlon was the president and co-founder of Solutions Recovery, Inc., an alcohol and drug treatment center that is accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 2005, he has delivered treatment to hundreds of people struggling with chemical dependency and mental illness.

Alexandra Silver

Alexandra Silver currently serves as executive director for Clark County Medical Society. With more than 20 years in operations, program management, and event planning in the nonprofit and private sector as well as numerous years of nonprofit leadership experience, Silver has brought success to the long-standing organization with her remarkable guidance. The Clark County Medical Society advocates for physicians and their patients in southern Nevada, encouraging the delivery of quality healthcare within the community.

Las Vegas HEALS offers several networking opportunities for members to meet other healthcare professionals and businesses that support healthcare. The monthly Healthcare Happy Hour is the largest networking event attended by physicians, healthcare administrators, allied health professionals and those who support the growth of healthcare. The organization recently relocated its offices to the Roseman University Summerlin Campus at One Breakthrough Way. The new space is situated across from Roseman University’s 98-seat auditorium, which the organization will be able to use. The future plans include bringing healthcare industry leaders together for a speaker series on various significant topics affecting this industry on a local level.

Las Vegas HEALS announced the addition of David Marlon to its Board of Directors. Founded in 2002, Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership in Southern Nevada) is a nonprofit, membership-based association whose mission is to foster strategic alliances in the healthcare community, collaborating on workforce issues, and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and the delivery of quality healthcare.

NIPM Becomes an NIH Biomedical Research Center of Excellence

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Breaking News: NIPM Wins $11M Grant!

NIPM became a biomedical center of excellence this past week, with an $11.4 million award from the National Institutes of Health. The award represents the first COBRE (center of biomedical research excellence) program led by UNLV. NIPM will leverage the award to foster research efforts at UNLV and across Nevada.

The NIPM COBRE is the first in the nation to focus exclusively on personalized medicine as well as the first Nevada personalized medicine initiative peer-reviewed by a national committee. The award represents the culmination of efforts put forth by a dedicated and hardworking team of staff and faculty at NIPM as well as at collaborating organizations, fueled by seed funding from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and UNLV. More than 45 experts participated in the application process, and the submission had more than 60 letters of support from recognized organizations or experts in the field. Key local collaborators include UNLV’s National Supercomputing Institute and the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Personalized medicine is based on the concept that a person’s unique DNA can guide effective treatment and disease prevention. The main goals of the COBRE grant are to advance the use of genomics and genetics in personalized medicine through cutting-edge research discovery, to build a center of excellence that fosters new investigator independence, and to collaborate with key strategic partners. The program will also build upon computational and genomics research capacity, including expert analysts to enable population-level genomics research. Projects forthcoming through the COBRE include developing new methods for comprehensive tissue-of-origin profiling for cancers of unknown sources; diagnosing osteoporosis based on individual genetic makeup and environment; and examining the role of microglia and immune system dysfunction in schizophrenia to help identify new genetic markers of the condition. The COBRE will also be leveraged to expand clinical and educational services.

UNLV Medical School Student Profile: Colby Shreve

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Las Vegas native, Bonanza High School and UNLV graduate, Colby Shreve, 29, is now a first-year student at the UNLV School of Medicine. Chosen from a field of more than 800 students for the inaugural class, Shreve’s non-traditional path to medicine included a six-year stint as a professional baseball player after being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008 from the College of Southern Nevada.

Read more about Colby’s story on LVMD’s website.

DispatchHealth Provides On-Demand Urgent Care in Las Vegas

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Mobile Urgent Care Service Now Treating Patients in Southern Nevada

DispathHealth is a new and innovative provider of on-demand mobile urgent care services in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unlike traditional urgent care or emergency room visits, their medical team brings treatment right to the privacy and comfort of a person’s home, work place or senior living community.

This service is convenient, affordable and personal and can be easily requested by phone at 702-848-4443, or through its website or via a free mobile app. Once a request has been triaged and validated as appropriate, patients will be given an estimated time of arrival. The DispatchHealth medical team is then dispatched to the person’s home and will arrive in approximately 60 – 90 minutes.

The medical team consists of an emergency medical technician (EMT) and an ED-trained and board-certified nurse practitioner (NP) or physician assistant (PA) with continual virtual support from an emergency room physician. DispatchHealth’s skilled and experienced providers arrive with the tools necessary to provide advanced medical care and are supported by modern technological infrastructure to ensure quality outcomes.

The DispatchHealth medical team will arrive on scene with the tools and equipment required to treat a wide variety of injuries and illnesses, including the flu, upper respiratory conditions, dehydration, urinary tract infections, nebulizer treatment for COPD, bronchitis, sinus infections, strep throat, sewing up a laceration or skin tear, packing a nose bleed, treating nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, removing foreign objects (from ears and nose), pink eye, stabilizing a sprained ankle, doing basic blood work on-site, treating headaches/migraines, administering IV fluids, medications, antibiotics and much more.

The concept for DispatchHealth was created in 2013 by an Emergency Room doctor in Denver, Colorado in an attempt to reduce the number of persons utilizing the Emergency Room for non-life threatening health issues that could be treated outside of the hospital setting.

“Our care model has proven acute care can be delivered safely in the convenience of the patient’s home or location of need,” stated DispatchHealth Co-Founder and CEO Mark Prather, MD, MBA. “Whether caring for an elderly parent, an injured or ill child, or facing an acute illness or injury themselves, consumers have a new option to address on-demand healthcare needs without the expense, inconvenience and time so often associated with urgent and emergency care facilities.”

DISPATCHHEALTH’S CUSTOMERS

DispatchHealth’s unique, care delivery model and clinical capabilities allows them to treat the entire family from young children to teens, adults and seniors.  For busy parents with kids, working adults with hectic schedules to seniors in senior living communities, the services offer a convenient and affordable option – in essence, bringing back the house call.

DispatchHealth has contracted with major health care insurance providers in Las Vegas (including Medicare and Medicaid). After a treatment is completed, DispatchHealth will bill insurance directly. There may be a co-pay (urgent care) required depending on insurance. The co-pay would be collected after DispatchHealth has been paid by the insurance company. The service has an affordable self-pay rate for those individuals without health care coverage, are out of network coverage or have a high deductible plan. Health savings plans are also accepted for payment of services.

DispatchHealth focuses much of their attention on serving the senior community – as they often have fewer options and more difficulties accessing urgent care. They may also have limited transportation options and mobility challenges making it difficult to leave home. Having an option besides calling 911 is critical. Going to the emergency room for non-life threatening situations is not only costly, but can be very disruptive and disorienting. DispatchHealth believes their mobile urgent care solution is taking tremendous steps towards higher quality healthcare delivery, lowering costs and increasing patient satisfaction.

WHAT SETS DISPATCHHEALTH APART

The option of having affordable, personalized care in the home setting is a welcome and much needed addition to the care continuum. Individuals tend to be more relaxed, share more information about their health issues and have better outcomes when treated in their home.

Other advantages include not being exposed to others with serious health issues in an urgent or emergency waiting room setting; having the DispatchHealth medical team able to administer a first dose of medication, as well as write orders for prescriptions during the home visit; and having a medical team completely focused on the patient’s health needs. The average home visit is 45 minutes.

DispatchHealth’s goal is not to replace primary care physicians or home health provider, but support their efforts, when needed, for specific urgent care needs of patients. The medical team leaves a copy of all treatment notes, tests results and prescriptions with the person being treated, and sends a copy to designated primary care physicians and other care providers as requested. DispatchHealth’s objective is to tuck everyone back with their care team when treatment is completed.

DISPATCHHEALTH LOCATIONS & NATIONAL EXPANSION

The original location and corporate office for DispatchHealth is located in Denver, Colorado. Besides Denver, the company has expanded to provide services in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Richmond, Virginia and Phoenix, Arizona.

DispatchHealth started helping patients in Las Vegas on December 1, 2017.

DispatchHealth’s most recent opening, as of two week ago, is Houston, TX.  Future expansion includes opening in both Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas by early summer. Additional metropolitan locations are under consideration.

DISPATCHHEALTH BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY

The DispatchHealth business motto is “The Right Care at the Right Time at the Right Place.” They believe righteous healthcare can be achieved through the power of technology, convenience and service. Their team works hard to create an integrated delivery solution that extends yet supports the capabilities of a person’s care team, and provides quality care to each individual seen while dramatically decreasing costs for both the consumer and the healthcare industry.

To request care in the Las Vegas Valley: call 702-848-4443.

DISPATCHHEALTHS LAS VEGAS TEAM

BJ Wright, Community Engagement Manager
bjwright@dispatchhealth.com
Direct: 612-242-1001

Bill Butcher, Market Director
bbutcher@dispatchhealth.com
Direct: 503-867-2302

DispatchHealth website

A Culture of Innovation Creates Continuous Improvement

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For those of you who are early adopters like I am, you’re probably aware of the latest Apple technology introduced this month. Apple’s use of consumer data has allowed them to build the best product for consumer needs. They are innovators in their industry. Just like Apple, Regenexx has been on the forefront of the Interventional Orthopedic industry based on our unique ability to track and analyze every one of our patients. We have patients who are 5, 8, 10 or even 12 years out from their nonsurgical Regenexx procedure. This amount of research and data allows us to make advancements in our field that bring patients an outcome based treatment approach customized to their specific orthopedic needs and are grounded in improving the lives of our patients.

Regenexx® stem cell procedures have been studied extensively for more than a decade and our patients are part of the world’s largest human mesenchymal stem cell re-implantation database for orthopedic purposes.

We are the only orthopedic providers in the world with an outcome registry. 

Regenexx® Patient Outcome Data by Body Part Treated below:

https://www.regenexx.com/outcomes/

The current case study shows the economic and physical impact we are making with our corporate clients

As of February, 2018… We have reduced our corporate partners’ orthopedic costs by 84% at an overall savings of nearly $6.140 MILLION dollars with an average patient improvement at 6 months of 80%. 

Patient Success is Our Priority

Sheri, a small business owner, was able to keep her company running by avoiding a lengthy recovery and opting for a non-surgical patented Regenexx procedure. Sheri is back to 98 percent of her function and virtually pain free at her six month appointment. See Sheri’s 2-minute video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jihVlCpMhmg

Promoting Your Employee’s Well-Being through the Nation’s Leader in Regenerative Medicine

Updates and Findings From Regenexx®

We look forward to showing you how our corporate program helps companies just like yours save money while contributing to employee well-being and orthopedic health.

To learn more about the Regenexx Corporate Program visit:  https://regenexxcorporate.com

Live well,

Jason Hellickson, CEO, Regenexx

www.RegenexxCorporate.com

Work: 1 (319) 899-4332

jhellickson@regenexx.com

Touro University Nevada Receives More Than $21,000 During “Ante 4 Autism” Celebrity Poker Tournament

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Touro University Nevada will receive more than $21,000 for the Sharon Sigesmund Pierce and Stephen Pierce Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities from the 10th annual Ante 4 Autism Celebrity Poker Tournament.

The tournament, held inside the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, raised more than $137,000 for five autism non-profit organizations across the country. Touro’s Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities was the lone recipient from Nevada.

“The Ante 4 Autism Celebrity Poker Tournament was a resounding success for the autism community,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO & Senior Provost of Touro University Western Division. “We are so thrilled that our Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities was a part of this wonderful event. This donation will make a huge impact on our Center.”

The tournament featured several professional poker players, including Erik Seidel, Jennifer Harmon, and tournament co-hosts Chip and Karina Jett among others. Additional celebrity participants included actors Nicholas Gonzalez from “The Good Doctor,” and Dennis Haskins from “Saved by the Bell.”

Ante 4 Autism had nearly 240 players and more than 40 sponsors for the special event.

Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Celebrates 30 Years

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Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging celebrates a dream 30 years in the making

In 1988 Dr. Leon Steinberg, Dr. David Steinberg and Dr. Mark Winkler watched as the construction of the very first Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI) building was finalized. As SDMI remembers the life of Dr. Leon Steinberg they look back at what has grown from his dreams. SDMI may have opened their doors 30 years ago, but Dr. Leon saw the potential of a dedicated outpatient radiology practice long before that. “My father often reminded us that it takes hard work and dedication, but he knew what SDMI could become and gave us the vision to build on” says Dr. David Steinberg.

Steinberg celebrates 30 years.

In 1958, Dr. Leon Steinberg came to Las Vegas to help Sunrise Hospital build the first radiology center in Southern Nevada. Through his experience in the hospital setting, he saw a need for a more patient-friendly option for medical imaging and aimed to build such a practice. Dr. David Haas was the first radiologist hired at SDMI and when asked to look back over the last 30 years he had this to say: “The first time I met Leon Steinberg he said to me ‘If the patient comes first everything else will fall in to place’. It was that vision that made me so pleased to come work with SDMI. Today SDMI is the patriarchal radiology practice in Southern Nevada where the staff and doctors are still focused on having the highest morals and ethical standards. SDMI provides an environment where everyone has an opportunity to succeed.”

The dreams of one man are now a city wide legacy stretching from the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District (LVMD) on the corner of Shadow Lane and the newly renamed Wellness Way to the Henderson Health Corridor, where more than 450 staff members and 30 radiologists care for over 1,000 patients everyday throughout the 8 Locations.

Being a patient centric practice is carried through the facilities from the design conception to the equipment installed to the employees that are hired. “SDMI is consistently the first to introduce new technology to Southern Nevada, every patient deserves the best imaging available and we work tirelessly to ensure they receive it.” Dr. Mark Winkler

The 30th anniversary includes expansion of the SDMI executive staff, recently promoted are, Michelle Nicholl, Chief Human Resources Officer, Devon Evanski, Chief Financial Officer, and Rachel Papka, Chief Health Informatics Officer. They joined the reigning chiefs, Operating Officer, Jerry Hartman, Information Officer, Don Shackley and Administrative Officer, Stacey Webb. Together the 5 continue SDMI’s strategic growth keeping patient care at the center. “At SDMI we continually analyze workflow, educate staff and work to increase our patient experience efforts to ensure we are growing in a way that honors the foundation on which we were built.” Stacey Webb, CAO

With Dr. David Steinberg at the helm and a leadership team so deeply rooted in Southern Nevada it is no wonder that SDMI has always been a true community partner and neighbor. This year continues their support of notable events like, Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure, American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink and CEO’s Against Cancer initiatives and most recently SDMI joined the American Lung Association as they celebrated 10 years of Scale the Strat with a team of 10 dedicated employees.

SDMI has no plans of slowing down in the years to come, you can continue to expect the same exceptional standards of patient care, top-notch equipment and community involvement from now until their next milestone anniversary and beyond.

About Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers:
In 1958, Dr. Leon Steinberg came to Las Vegas to help Sunrise Hospital build the first radiology center in Southern Nevada. Through his experience in the hospital setting, he saw a need for a more patient-friendly option for medical imaging and aimed to build such a practice with his son, Dr. David Steinberg, and Dr. Mark Winkler as his partners, Dr. Leon opened the first SDMI office in 1988. Their standards of excellence in patient care and technology have brought national and international recognition from the medical imaging and health care communities. Today, that commitment to deliver top-notch care wrapped around a positive patient experience has never been stronger. With more than 30 years under our belt, our number one priority in this family-owned business is to make sure that we treat every patient like a beloved member of our family.

Visit Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers on their website.

PlusFour, Inc. Achieves HITRUST CSF Certification to Further Mitigate Risk in Third Party Privacy, Security and Compliance

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HITRUST CSF Certification validates that PlusFour, Inc. is committed to meeting key regulations and protecting sensitive information.

PlusFour, Inc., a leading third-party debt collector, today announced that its infrastructure has earned Certified status for information security by HITRUST. With the HITRUST CSF Certified Status, PlusFour’s supporting infrastructure meets key healthcare regulations and requirements for protecting and securing sensitive private healthcare information.

HITRUST CSF Certified status indicates that the organization’s supporting infrastructure has met industry-defined requirements and is appropriately managing risk, and places PlusFour, Inc. in an elite group of organizations worldwide that have earned this certification. By including federal and state regulations, standards and frameworks, and incorporating a risk-based approach, the HITRUST CSF helps organizations address these challenges through a comprehensive and flexible framework of prescriptive and scalable security controls.

“Our clients either demand this level of security now or will demand it in the future as they are under great pressure to meet complex compliance requirements that include technical and process elements such as HIPAA, PCI, PHI, NIST, ISO and COBIT,” said Richard Bennett, president of PlusFour, Inc. “Achieving HITRUST CSF Certification allows PlusFour to show that we have covered all bases, and that we are a safe and secure vendor and business partner, and as stated previously, this places PlusFour in an elite group of organizations worldwide that have earned this certification.”

“The HITRUST CSF has become the information protection framework for the healthcare industry, and the CSF Assurance program is bringing a new level of effectiveness and efficiency to third-party assurance,” said Ken Vander Wal, Chief Compliance Officer, HITRUST. “The HITRUST CSF Certification is now the benchmark that organizations required to safeguard PHI are measured against with regards to information protection.”

About PlusFour

Founded in Las Vegas in 1997 with a vision for providing exceptional results and services, PlusFour, Inc. has worked diligently to change the way credit collection services function and finds innovative solutions to common debt-recovery challenges. With stringent regulations on the credit collection services sector, top-notch compliance is essential to maintaining security of businesses and customers alike. PlusFour, Inc.’s core values include professionalism, security, efficiency, communication, transparency, customer service, ethics and accuracy – all performed by a team which undergoes consistent training to remain current on all regulations.