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Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act: The "Before" Picture

Financial Burden of Medical Spending by State and the Implications of the 2014 Mediciaid Expansions is the latest report from the Affordable Care Act implementation monitoring and tracking initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (...

Posted April 5, 2013    

Electronic Exchange of Lab Results

The final question posed in the recent request for information posted by ONC reads as follows:What specific HHS policy changes would significantly increase standards based electronic exchange of laboratory results?Keith Boone, aka @...

Posted March 18, 2013    

ONC Releases RFI on Catalyzing Interoperability of EHRs at HIMSS13

Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, announced the release of an ONC RFI at HIMSS today, entitled "Advancing Interoperability and Health Information Exchange," in order to identify ways in which ONC may accelerate interoperability...

Posted March 7, 2013    

Interoperability Unbound: CommonWell Health Alliance Unveiled at HIMSS

Today, six EHR companies announced their formation of the CommonWell Health Alliance to promote seamless interoperability of electronic health records.From the presser:Top health care information technology (HIT) companies Cerner, McKesson,...

Posted March 5, 2013    

Study Finds Nursing Homes Have Inadequate Care and Discharge Planning

As part of the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General's current focus on nursing facilities, the OIG recently released a report entitled: Skilled Nursing Facilities Often Fail To Meet Care Planning and Discharge...

Posted March 3, 2013    

HealthCare Social Media Legal Issues: Recent NLRB Cases

In the latest chapter of some inside-the-Beltway wrangling over the validity of recess appointments by President Obama of National Labor Relations Board members, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals held the appointments to be invalid, thus invalidating...

Posted February 8, 2013    

HIPAA Omnibus Rule - Google+ Hangout

For a first look at the HIPAA omnibus rule, I had a Google+ Hangout on Air with Brian Ahier and Deven McGraw this afternoon. We talked through the changes made to the privacy and security rules, the breach notification rule, the enforcement rule,...

Posted January 24, 2013    

HIPAA Final Rule on Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Issued, Finally

The HIPAA omnibus regulation is finally out as a final reg. The HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules were released late yesterday, and are expected to be published in the Federal Register on January 25 here: HIPAA...

Posted January 19, 2013    

Leon Rodriguez, Director, HHS OCR, discusses HIPAA / HITECH Enforcement Last Week

[View the story "Leon Rodriguez, Director, HHS OCR, discusses HIPAA / HITECH Enforcement Last Week" on Storify]Leon Rodriguez, Director, HHS OCR, discusses HIPAA / HITECH Enforcement Last WeekThis interview was one of the highlights of last week's...

Posted December 17, 2012    

Person-Centered HealthCare: Can Patient-Centered Care Reduce Hospital Readmissions?

         Photo:Hospital/shutterstockA new Press Ganey white paper highlights an association between HCAHPS performance -- patient experience scores -- and lower rates of readmission. (Performance Insights...

Posted December 14, 2012    

Data Breach Analysis 2009-2012 - HITECH Experience Reviewed by HITRUST

In the first three years that the HITECH data breach notification rules have been in effect (September 2009 - September 2012), almost 500 breaches affecting more than 500 individuals have been reported.  As of this spring, over 57,000 data...

Posted December 9, 2012    

OCR Releases HIPAA Privacy Rule Guidance on De-Identifying PHI

Just two and a half years after hosting a workshop on the HIPAA Privacy Rule's de-identification standard, OCR has issued its "Guidance Regarding Methods for De-identification of Protected Health Information in Accordance with the Health Insurance...

Posted November 28, 2012