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Diagnostic tests shifting from clinical validity to utility October 14, 2014 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
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A rigorous form of evaluation is increasingly being applied to advanced diagnostics, with some government health programs leading the way.
UnitedHealthcare exec joins ONC October 14, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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The Office of the National Coordinator has appointed a new chief privacy officer to take Joy Pritts old post.
Quick look: CMS new deductibles and premiums for 2015 October 13, 2014 | Healthcare Finance News Staff
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Doctors and practice managers need to understand what's changed and which rates are staying the same as 2014.
Lack of interoperability holds back caregivers October 13, 2014 | Medical Practice Insider Staff
Steth and keyboard
ONC's annual report to Congress highlights EHR adoption progress, but medical and technical vocabularies remain inconsistent and health information exchanges need to be built out more extensively.
How one hospital is bracing for Ebola October 10, 2014 | Jeff Cohen - WNPR
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Even a doctor specializing in infection control admits to "heightened awareness and nervousness" when considering treatment of Ebola patients. Being prepared to handle the contingency helps ease the anxiety.
EHR interoperability: ‘Where are the teeth?’ October 09, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
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Providers are largely pessimistic that electronic health records vendors are making progress getting their products to work together and they say the lack of standards is to blame.
Retail expansion looms as a primary care disrupter October 09, 2014 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Minute Clinic
Familiar corporate brands are leading the spread of retail healthcare in various forms across the land. Health systems are getting in on the action, too. Here's what small and midsize physician practices are up against.
VIrus Watch
Early Wednesday, the first Ebola patient diagnosed within the United States died in the Dallas hospital where he was receiving treatment. In Spain, an auxiliary nurse who treated two missionaries with Ebola, has contracted the illness herself. The disease is quickly morphing into a global issue, one that should have providers worrying for their patients -- and themselves.
Startups taking aim at practice management October 09, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Emerging companies look to help practices grow by enabling them to focus on what they do best, patient care, and leave other business and operational matters to their new tools.
How Medicaid could be rural health's saving grace October 08, 2014 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
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Rural providers, take stock: Expanded Medicaid eligibility is showing immense promise in keeping inpatient and outpatient units alive.
Money and pills
The new federal database of industry payments to doctors and teaching hospitals is more incomplete than previously known.
CMS reopens window for hardship exceptions October 07, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
calendar and clock
It's time to remark your meaningful use calendars -- the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has given providers more time to submit hardship exception applications this year.
What we learned about EHRs and workflow from US Ebola case October 07, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Whether it was a system shortcoming or a breakdown in communication -- or both -- the case dramatically showed what happens when clinicians don't share vital patient information.
What practices need to know about the HP split October 07, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
HP printer
The question: Will medical practices have to interface with two different companies just to acquire PCs, laptops, printers and then the servers that tie them all together?
Q&A: Big Data is a doctor's responsibility October 06, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
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"The game here is to deliver incredibly terrific, evidence based safe care -- and to do it at a cost that's survivable," said Robert Watcher, MD. "And it's right for our individual patients as well."
Dangers lurking in the EHR cloud October 06, 2014 | Ephraim Schwartz - Contributing Writer
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An EHR vendor essentially held a medical practice's data hostage over a small billing dispute. Here's what can be learned from their experience, including how to avoid having it happen to you.
Judy Murphy leaving ONC for IBM October 03, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Outgoing nursing and patient advocate is being hailed for work with the Regional Extension Center program and assistance to critical access and rural hospitals, among other notable accomplishments.
Virus Watch: Enterovirus outbreak puts adolescent patients at risk October 03, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Enterovirus D68 has been identified in 514 patients across 43 states. Here's what you need to know about the virus and the patients who are most at risk for contracting it.
Hackers and HIPAA experts on iOS 8 and Android L encryption October 03, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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The new generation of mobile operating systems mark "a great step forward" for healthcare entities that need to safeguard data. Even still, they’re controversial in the eyes of the FBI and Attorney General Eric Holder, while questions have arisen about how exactly they comply with HIPAA.
Ebola in the US: What we've learned so far October 03, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Despite having an Ebola preparedness plan, the Texas hospital where patient Thomas Duncan first presented "dropped the ball," a federal official said. Here's what happened and what practices should know about dealing with Ebola.

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6 steps for reducing cyber risk July 23, 2014 | Eric Cowperthwaite - Vice President of Advanced Security and Strategy at Core Security
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Don't be your own worst enemy in terms of protecting health information at your practice. Do the basics well and you won't have to worry about the vast majority of threats.
Get ready for another round of OCR audits July 22, 2014 | Rick Kam, CIPP - President and Co-founder, ID Experts
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Beginning in Fall 2014, expect the Office for Civil Rights to specifically target HITECH provisions that were high sources of compliance failures during last year's first round.
Don't let your practice get stung by 'snooping' July 22, 2014 | Mary A. Chaput, MBA, HCISPP, CIPP/US, CIPM - CFO and Chief Compliance Officer at Clearwater Compliance
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The most common HIPAA violation happens when employees take an unauthorized look at the medical records of patients. Here's what you can do to prevent this form of willful neglect -- and the penalties that come with it.
Do's and don'ts of dual coding July 21, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services outline when you should expect to use dual coding and when your practice should steer clear.
Virtual payments: not just a phase July 21, 2014 | Bill Marvin - CEO of InstaMed
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They're less expensive for payers than mailing paper checks, so providers should expect rising use of virtual cards. Here's how to successfully handle this emerging form of payment.
Keying in on KPIs July 17, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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There's no universal formula for tracking practice performance, but one thing's for sure: you won't improve what you don't measure. Compare your KPI usage to these organizations.
The patient's perspective on social media in healthcare July 15, 2014 | Clarissa Schilstra - Contributing Writer
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Take it from a two-time leukemia survivor: making social media tools more accessible to patients, directly after a significant diagnosis, should be a priority for healthcare providers.
10 habits of marketing-savvy physicians July 15, 2014 | Kathy Roy Gaughran - Senior Marketing Strategist for Healthcare Success Strategies
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Top doctors are more than great clinicians. They also share a commitment to excellence in business. Here's how they stay at the forefront of their profession.
How business intelligence can bolster care quality July 11, 2014 | Jon Goates - Chief Executive Officer at Davis Family Physicians
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With the right technology and analysis, there's no need to wait for patients to come to you. Opportunities abound to prompt them for visits for appropriate care.
4 questions to ask before taking the HIE plunge July 10, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Health information exchanges share a common vision of improving care within a community, but how they go about it can vary greatly. These considerations will help you determine whether participation makes sense for your practice.
Spotlight on: Chromebook in a clinical setting July 09, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Google Chromebook
Wondering what to make of Chromebooks and other non-Windows laptops? We asked a practicing internist how his alternative notebook computer sizes up in the exam room.
How social media impacts public health July 03, 2014 | Austin Chiang, MD - Contributing Writer
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Capabilities extend far beyond raising awareness. Here's a look at major public health initiatives in which social media has had a noticeable effect.
Tips for running a cash-only practice July 01, 2014 | Tammy Worth - Contributing Writer
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The idea is not as radical as it sounds, and a growing number of medical groups are converting, but it begins with a solid business plan.
5 steps to making PCMH work June 30, 2014 | Jeanette Ball, RN, PCMH, CCE - Advisory Services Principal Consultant at CTG Health Solutions
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A series of straightforward calculations will prepare you to offer patients same-day access, a must-pass standard for achieving patient-centered medical home recognition.
What practices can learn from hospitals about BYOD June 27, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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While medical practices don't have the same scale as hospitals when it comes to managing mobile devices, they face the same core issues. Here's how you can work with physicians who are using their own devices.
Healthcare social media: What's in it for patients? June 26, 2014 | Austin Chiang, MD - Contributing Writer
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"Patient-driven healthcare" via social platforms facilitates discussion and establishes communities. However, it lacks accountability, raising apprehension on the part of some physicians. Here's how it breaks down.
10 communication missteps to avoid June 23, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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Physicians often see initial success in using mobile technology to connect with patients outside the office. Sustain momentum over time by recognizing and working around these common mistakes.
Forge ahead with payers on the ICD-10 transition June 23, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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The compliance deadline may seem like a long way off, but there's no reason to delay certain steps that will strengthen your relationships with payers.
Where to get free HIPAA help June 23, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Practices don't need a high-priced consultant to shore up potential problem areas in protecting health information. These 3 resources can help practices get started.
Healthcare social media: Keeping it professional June 19, 2014 | Austin Chiang, MD - Contributing Writer
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Medical practitioners publish a surprising amount of inappropriate social content, perhaps unaware that it lives on forever in digital archives. Here's why common sense should be your guide before you post.

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Look who's talking about telehealth takeovers and bragging about diagnostics August 15, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week, we hear about telehealth's billion possibilities, the key to making better diagnoses and how women are making a difference in medicine.
Is your practice on the verge of consolidation or collapse? August 14, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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S&P's latest ratings about stand-alone and non-profit hospitals don't look good. And independent medical groups face many of the same troubling issues.
The cowboys of healthcare costs August 13, 2014 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
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Culprits are driving America's healthcare costs upward by as much as a half-trillion dollars. Are you one of them?
Occam's razor burn August 12, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
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The simplest explanation may not be the right one. Here's how I approach diagnostic problems in the real world.
How to pick an outsourcing vendor for ICD-10 August 08, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Answering these questions will help guide medical practices to selecting the best vendor for getting to ICD-10 on time and, with proper planning, in a manner that improves both business operations and clinical care.
Look who's talking about marijuana, patient payments and communication August 08, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Doc Talk
Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week's lineup: the doctor debate on medical marijuana, overcoming healthcare's communication problem, ways to get patients to pay and the next step for physician entrepreneurs.
Patterson gives glimpse of Cerner's intentions in Siemens acquisition August 07, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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The full impact of Cerner's pending acquisition of Siemens' healthcare IT business won't be known for months or years, but comments attributed to CEO Neal Patterson indicate some areas to watch.
Dr. Nobody August 06, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
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After visiting one of my patients who had been admitted to the local hospital, I left ever more aware of how badly our healthcare system treats people.
CMS issues ICD-10 testing plans August 05, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Somewhat overshadowed by HHS finalizing the compliance date was CMS laying out its schedule for acknowledgement and end-to-end testing for Medicare providers.
Yo, would you use this app in your practice? August 01, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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The folks behind the latest app du jour unveiled a new version targeted at healthcare, but with scant detail about exactly how medical groups might put it to use.
Look who’s talking about certification pangs, docs with guns and goodwill August 01, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Doc Talk
Welcome back to Doc Talk. On the docket this week: certification woes and wonders, the clinical gunshot heard round the world, and a practice seller’s seven commandments,
The new non-face-to-face medical economy July 30, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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It brings the promises of lower costs and better outcomes. Unfortunately, most of the time it's not used to improve health.
Doctors aren't healers July 28, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
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I certainly can help the patient find a faster road to healing, but I don't heal. Here's why helping is a better way to practice medicine.
Look who's talking about the FDA, practice independence and bad bills July 25, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week is all about FDA app regulation, securing practice independence and bills gone bad.
Providers face Medicaid dilemma July 24, 2014 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
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In many states, doctors who take care of a high proportion of Medicaid patients will find themselves in financial distress. That's not fair to them or their patients.
Rebalancing your life portfolio July 22, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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When did you last evaluate the allocation of time and effort into your work, personal, spiritual, family, community or other aspects of your life?
Top commentary on breach inevitability, KPIs and secure messaging July 18, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Welcome back to "Doc Talk," Medical Practice Insider's Friday feature wherein this week we discuss proper medical record disposal, KPIs and secure messaging.
The basic healthcare transaction July 17, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
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The provider is rewarded for finding the best-paying procedure code to match the most severe problem codes. Where is the patient in all this?
What medical groups need to know about Apple and IBM, Google and Novartis deals July 15, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Technology giants are grabbing healthcare headlines. Here's what their moves mean to physicians and practice managers.
Mobile medical apps could be too much to handle for the FDA July 14, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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Congress and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could be heading toward a showdown over regulation of mobile medical apps.

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The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the sponsoring agency for the Florida Health Information Exchange (HIE), welcomed the not-for-profit CommunityHealth IT into the Florida HIE. CommunityHealth IT connects community healthcare providers and patients through its MyHealthStoryHIE, which leverages RelayHealth to expand access and the reliability of data across varied care settings.
Nuance Communications, Inc. today announced a new version of Dragon Medical Practice Edition designed especially for smaller practices to help accelerate clinician adoption of Electronic Health Records and meaningful use of health information technology.
Nuance Communications, today announced a new version of Dragon Medical Practice Edition designed especially for smaller practices to help accelerate clinician adoption of Electronic Health Records and meaningful use of health information technology.
Pulse Systems, Inc., Hires New CMO June 12, 2013 | Industry Release
Pulse Systems, Inc., an industry-leading provider of Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) solutions, announced today it has hired Samuel Ambrose as the Company's new Chief Marketing Officer.
IGI Health's Orbit(R) Patient Portal version 6.0 has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. This EHR software is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
ADP AdvancedMD Launches "MyICD-10 Timeline" May 28, 2013 | Industry Release
New website features timeline, resources, tips, webinars and planning guides to get providers ready for October 1, 2014
DoctorBase, a leading mobile solution provider for medical practices, today announced it has surpassed 10,000 doctors on its mHealth-as-a-service platform (mHaaS), a 104 percent increase over the past year. DoctorBase’s PANDA software provides medical practices with free and low-cost tools that allow clinicians to interact with patients through smartphones.
VentureHealth, an online healthcare investment portal for accredited investors, today announced a new model for equity crowdfunding. Focused on innovations that dramatically improve clinical outcomes, VentureHealth is the first equity crowdfunding portal founded by professional investors.
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Vidyo, Inc. and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) today announced that they have partnered to add Vidyo’s visual communications and collaboration capabilities to ANTHC’s existing statewide telehealth network -- AFHCAN.
GFI Software today announced the availability of GFI FaxMaker Online, a streamlined cloud-based fax solution designed to meet the needs of small and midsized businesses (SMBs). GFI FaxMaker Online provides ubiquitous faxing from any Internet-connected device, with no hardware, software or dedicated phone lines required.
Kareo Raises $20.5 Million to Fuel Rapid Growth January 23, 2013 | Industry Release
Kareo, Inc., a cloud-based medical office software provider for small medical practices, announced today the closing of a new $20.5 million equity investment led by Stripes Group with participation from existing Kareo investor Western Technology Investments. This new funding is in addition to the $18 million previously raised, bringing Kareo’s total funding to more than $38 million. Kareo will use the new capital to launch Kareo Billing Services, a technology-enabled revenue cycle management solution for small medical practices, and is extending its market reach and leadership position through new investment in sales and marketing.
COLA, a laboratory accreditor, today announced an agreement with the American College of Physicians (ACP) to promote a program of laboratory excellence to ACP members. The joint initiative is designed to assist Patient-Centered Medical Home practices in delivering quality and value-driven laboratory medicine to their patients through a new COLA laboratory recognition program, called Patient-Centered Laboratory Excellence (PCLE).
QuantiaMD Announces New Executive Appointments January 09, 2013 | Industry Release
QuantiaMD, the largest online physician community and collaboration platform, has appointed Daniel Malloy to the role of Senior Vice President, bringing deep payer, health system and life sciences expertise to the company’s leadership team. In addition, current QuantiaMD President, Mike Coyne, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Eric Schultz, QuantiaMD’s founder and current CEO, has been appointed Executive Chairman.
Voalte, a provider in clinical communication technology, announced that the company’s chief nursing officer, Dr. Teresa Anderson, was recently inducted as President of the Nebraska Nurses Association, an organization that represents more than 25,000 nurses in the state. Voalte congratulates Dr. Anderson on this prestigious appointment for the 2013-2014 term.
Navicure, an Internet-based medical claims clearinghouse for physician practices, today announced that it has been named “Best in KLAS” for the claims and clearinghouse services market segment as part of the 2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report. KLAS seeks to improve healthcare technology delivery through honest, accurate and impartial measurement of vendor services.
UpToDate Releases MobileComplete for Android December 13, 2012 | Industry Release
Wolters Kluwer Health, a provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that UpToDate, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, released MobileComplete for Android users. A downloadable local version of its free app, UpToDate MobileComplete, is the fastest mobile version of UpToDate, providing clinicians with access to evidence-based, practical recommendations, even offline. With this release, UpToDate offers customers local access to trusted, evidence-based information across iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Voalte’s founder and Vice President of Innovation Trey Lauderdale was honored by the Governor of Florida Monday for his role in helping transform clinical communications.
MediSafe Project (www.MediSafeProject.com) launched today the first-ever cloud-synced mobile app helping families prevent emergencies caused by over- or under-dosing medications.
WellFX announced that Columbia Valley Community Health (CVCH) has deployed its first-of-a-kind, private, social platform to patients across CVCH’s obstetrics (OB) practice. The WellFX social platform delivers innovative, provider-directed care through a social community of fellow new and expecting parents and qualified educational resources. In November, CVCH launched the platform for OB patients across its seven facilities, which provide care for more than 25,000 people in Wenatchee and Chelan, WA.

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