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Minneapolis-based ABILITY Network, a major Medicare transactions processing vendor, will acquire claims clearinghouse MD On-Line for an undisclosed sum.
Americas patient privacy law, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, has been anything but static. Regulators have pushed to keep it current and to draft forward-looking rules. This fall is no different.
A mobile app being pilot tested could help physicians and mental health professionals keep tabs on the well-being of patients with depression, anxiety, stress and behavioral disorders between visits.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is increasing resources to Medicare accountable care organizations.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Wednesday discussed early strategic elements of a draft roadmap for achieving a nationwide interoperable HIT infrastructure based on input from industry stakeholders.
As mobility becomes a core platform for healthcare communications and providers are increasingly integrating mHealth into their workflows, the management of those technologies has been slower to take shape-a critical oversight particularly in environments where medical staffs are using their own devices.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces the HIPAA privacy/security/breach notification rules, is expected soon to begin a permanent random audit program to assess industry compliance with the rules.
Historically, healthcare data breaches have occurred because of technical issues or mistakes, such as data not being encrypted, insufficient firewalls and information being exposed unintentionally.
Too often, physicians are doing work that non-physicians can do, which means the doctors are not working up to their license, says Simeon Schwartz, M.D., president of 10-site WESTMED Medical Group in Purchase, N.Y.
In 2015, the electronic health records meaningful use, physician quality reporting system and value-based modifier reporting programs become punitive in nature.
Given the past high-profile data security breaches at large retailers Target and Home Depot, legal officials maintain there may be more at stake for employers and benefit managers when lapses occur in healthcare provider systems.
The American Medical Association in a 31-page letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner lays out a litany of recommendations to save Stage 2 and ensure success of Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program.
Penn Highlands Brookville, one of the four hospitals of DuBois, Pa.-based Penn Highlands Healthcare, is offering identity protection services to about 4,500 patients after a physicians server may have been hacked.
The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT has named Lucia Savage, senior associate general counsel at UnitedHealthcare, as its new chief privacy officer effective Oct. 20.
A University of California center that fosters healthcare innovation at UC's five medical centers is proving to be a boon to both patient health and the bottom line.