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Editorial: Time to act on mental health legislation

Editorial: Time to act on mental health legislation

By Merrill Goozner  |  September 03, 2016

No one has articulated a strategy for removing the estimated 350,000 mentally ill people incarcerated in the nation's jails and prisons. And no one is talking about how to fund a sharp increase in the number of long-term psychiatric beds in hospitals and other institutions. They clearly are needed.

At 20, is HIPAA hitting its stride, or is it over the hill?

At 20, is HIPAA hitting its stride, or is it over the hill?

By Erica Teichert  |  August 13, 2016

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act—the law the federal government uses to police the privacy and security of the nation's health information—is turning 20, and some people may wonder if it's up to the job in 2016 and beyond.

Advocate Health to pay largest HIPAA settlement

Advocate Health to pay largest HIPAA settlement

By Erica Teichert  |  August 06, 2016

Advocate Health Care has agreed to pay $5.55 million to settle multiple potential data protection violations over the past three years, marking the largest Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act settlement HHS has ever received.

Advocate Health to pay largest HIPAA settlement

Advocate Health to pay largest HIPAA settlement

By Erica Teichert  |  August 04, 2016

Advocate Health Care has agreed to pay $5.55 million to settle multiple data protection violations over the past three years, marking the largest Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act settlement HHS has ever received.

Blog: CMS to launch streamlined HIPAA guidance site

By Joseph Conn  |  June 20, 2016

The CMS keeps information about the many federal privacy laws at a website that's as plain and uninviting as the online owner's manual for your lawn mower. But that's about to change.

Confusion over whether Orlando providers needed HIPAA waiver

Confusion over whether Orlando providers needed HIPAA waiver

By Joseph Conn  |  June 13, 2016

Following Sunday's mass shooting that left 50 people dead and dozens wounded, there were reports that the White House waived federal privacy law restrictions that prevent healthcare organizations from openly discussing patients' cases. But experts say it wouldn't be necessary and the confusion...

Blog: The IT holy grail remains out of policymakers' hands

By Joseph Conn  |  May 26, 2016

In the last full year of the Obama administration, federal policymakers remain so focused on interoperability that an annual gathering hosted by the top national IT office leans hard on the issue.

Blog: Privacy, security issues delay API recommendations

By Joseph Conn  |  May 18, 2016

By law, patients have a right to obtain electronic copies of their medical records, but should they also have a right to access those records by using software applications of their choosing?

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