Healthcare I.T. Policy, Regulation News

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a technology policy advocacy group, says it has confirmed that the federal government's healthcare.gov insurance exchange site is sharing personal data, including ZIP code, income level, smoking status, pregnancy status, and more, with at least 14 third parties.  read more »
Next week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold two days of hearings in an effort to find a permanent solution to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. It’s also possible that this year’s congressional SGR fix could include a further ICD-10 delay.  read more »
Proposed legislation the White House is sending to Congress to fight cyber attacks includes more protections for consumers than new requirements on companies to better protect the data that they hold. But one of the new requirements would appear to compel a major change in the HIPAA breach notification rule.  read more »
Referral patterns under accountable care organizations need to consider factors beyond cost and hard outcomes so that the healthcare industry doesn’t repeat the managed care model of the 1990s that was plagued with issues, including ethically problematic “gag rule” contracts, some of which prevented physicians from referring specialists outside the organization.  read more »
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