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.
Congress told Medicare to stop putting Social Security numbers on beneficiary cards. But some industry experts question whether it's wise to go through the trouble to replace them with a new Medicare-specific ID.
Giving patients greater access to and more control over their health information could improve privacy protection and availability of that data to providers, Jodi Daniel, a former policy director with the Office of the National Coordinator at HHS, concludes in a Bloomberg opinion piece.
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 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 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.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center paid a $2.75 million penalty to HHS as part of an agreement to resolve security problems found after the 2013 disappearance of a laptop computer with health information for as many as 10,000 people.
The sequencing of the human genome represents the most significant breakthrough in healthcare over the past 40 years, according to Modern Healthcare readers.
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.
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...
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.
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?