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Baby pictures at the doctor's? Cute, sure, but illegal
By New York Times | August 12, 2014
Pictures of smiling babies crowd a bulletin board in a doctor's office in midtown Manhattan, in a collage familiar to anyone who has given birth. But the women coming in to have babies of their own cannot see them. They have been moved to a private part of the office, replaced in the corridors with...
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When is a health plan not a payer? WEDI tries to explain
By Joseph Conn | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Many people in the healthcare industry use the terms “payer” and “health plan” interchangeably, but when it comes to a new wrinkle in the requirements for electronic healthcare transactions covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, there's a...
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Is Capitol Hill leaning toward relaxing healthcare privacy regs?
By Darius Tahir | July 25, 2014
Capitol Hill's recent focus on digital health has seen bands of witnesses testifying about what policies might enable more innovation in the sector. A significant number of those witnesses agree: Rethinking healthcare policy rules is one potential target.
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EHNAC launches ACO tech accreditation program
By Joseph Conn | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission has begun beta testing a new accreditation program for the technological capabilities of accountable care organizations, the Farmington, Conn.-based not-for-profit standards development and accreditation body has announced.
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Advocate beats second class-action suit, faces others over 2013 data breach
By Joseph Conn | July 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp. has now gone two for two in swatting away class-action lawsuits stemming from last summer's massive data breach involving more than 4 million of its patient records. Its legal challenges on this matter aren't over yet, however. Several other cases are pending.
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South Carolina limits fees for medical records
By Modern Healthcare | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In another change to a medical policy with little consistency across the country, South Carolina now limits how much healthcare providers can charge patients for their medical records.
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ONC's Pritts says feds have put more muscle behind privacy protection
By Joseph Conn | July 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
When Joy Pritts steps down this month after 4 years as the first chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, she'll leave convinced the feds have put extra oomph into privacy protection.
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New S.C. law limits medical record fees; statutes vary nationwide
By Bob Herman | July 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In yet another change to a medical policy that has little consistency across the country, South Carolina now limits how much healthcare providers can charge patients for their medical records.
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Consortium tests exchanging behavioral health data while maintaining privacy
By Joseph Conn | June 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federally backed consortium of behavioral health providers, administrators and health information exchange experts has joined the chorus of voices addressing the vexing issue of how to pass along medical records for behavioral health patients without violating their privacy rights.
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No criminal charges in Ohio data breach
By Toledo (Ohio) Blade | June 30, 2014
The former ProMedica Bay Park Hospital respiratory therapist who prompted local and federal investigations by accessing private patient information for hundreds of patients she was not treating said she did nothing wrong and had permission to look at the files.
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