The highly regulated health care industry must contend with an ever-changing array of mandates from the state and federal governments. In this section, stories cover a broad range of laws that affect privacy and security of health information, the use of medical devices, and initiatives requiring data reporting for quality purposes. In addition, health care reform topics such as accountable care organizations and health insurance exchanges are covered here.
The cloud is being widely adopted for applications important to business success, according to a new study by Forrester Research conducted on behalf of Infosys, a provider of consulting and outsourcing services.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a request for proposal for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System (MASS), part of new initiatives to improve access to care.
Massachusetts Medicaid program made incorrect electronic health record incentive payments to 19 hospitals totaling $3.3 million, according to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
A survey of more than 3,000 Americans conducted in August with results released this month finds 5 percent of respondents have been notified that their medical records were breached. The highest rate of notifications16 percentwas among respondents with an income above $100,000.
A recent ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court may make it easier for aggrieved parties to link HIPAA violations to other state or federal legal frameworks which provide direct recourse for private individuals, say legal experts.
A major breach at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston after a physicians personal laptop was stolen in 2012 is costing the hospital more money now that the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General has levied a $100,000 fine for failure to encrypt the device.
A coalition of 15 stakeholders including technology associations, insurers, vendors, advocacy organizations and one delivery system recently sent a letter to congressional leaders opposing any further delays to the ICD-10 compliance date. That the Coalition for ICD-10 lacks representation from physician groups did not get past Lloyd Van Winkle, M.D., a solo family doctor for nearly 30 years in rural Castroville, Texas.
Senators Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have drafted a bill to exempt regulation of electronic patient records and certain types of decision support software.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are hoping that a new form for their jointly administered Vaccines Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) will improve reporting efficiency and data quality.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued 31 grants worth more than $8.6 million to rural telemedicine projects and infrastructure as part of an overall $20 million disbursement through the USDA Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program.
U.S. House Republicans made good on a vote to sue the Obama administration over implementation of the 2010 health-care law with a lawsuit naming the Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury as defendants in what they claim to be a case of constitutional overreach.
The Obama administration said it erroneously calculated the number of people with health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, incorrectly adding 380,000 dental subscribers to raise the total above 7 million.
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, M.D., admits there have been growing pains with health IT yet argues that the big picture remains that HIT can advance not only healthcare in this country but serve to improve health as a whole by tracking patients over time.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Nov. 19 announced formation of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA). Niall Brennan, previously acting director of the CMS Offices of Enterprise Management, will lead OEDA and serve as the first CMS chief data officer.
A physician working at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston was robbed of his encrypted laptop and cell phone, and forced to give the pass codes and encryption keys.