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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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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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Key privacy rule could fall to accountable care push
By Joseph Conn | June 17, 2014
History may look back on last week as an inflection point for privacy and technology in the healthcare industry.
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Acadia prices stock offering to fund U.K. acquisition
By Beth Kutscher | June 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Acadia Healthcare has priced a stock offering that will help fund its $660 million, trans-Atlantic acquisition of Partnerships in Care.
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Limits on sharing substance-abuse patients' records under debate
By Joseph Conn | June 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Whether patients of federally funded drug and alcohol abuse programs should continue to enjoy some of the most stringent privacy protections in all of U.S. healthcare was the subject of a daylong “listening session” conducted Wednesday in Rockville, Md., by the Substance Abuse and...
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Federal IT panel OKs recommendations on privacy technology
By Joseph Conn | June 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal health information technology policy advisory committee took several “baby steps” toward using technology to ensure future privacy protection for behavioral-health patients' electronic health records.
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Former top WellCare execs sentenced to prison in fraud case
By Rachel Landen | May 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal judge today sentenced former WellCare CEO Todd Farha to three years in prison for his involvement in a scheme to defraud Florida's Medicaid program of millions of dollars. Two other former WellCare executives also received sentences while a fourth received probation, a $10,000 fine and...
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Illinois health system signs $1.8 billion CountyCare contract
By Andrew L. Wang, Crain's Chicago Business | May 13, 2014
The Cook County Health and Hospitals System signed a five-year, $1.8 billion deal with a division of St. Louis-based Centene Corp. to administer CountyCare, its managed-care program for people on Medicaid.
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Wait continues for behavioral health IT privacy recommendations
By Joseph Conn | May 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Long-awaited recommendations on how to add digital privacy protections to health records, and particularly to sensitive behavioral health information, could emerge in June, a leader of a work group organized under the auspices of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information...
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Global warming has wide-reaching healthcare impact, report says
By Steven Ross Johnson | May 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health experts are hopeful recent reports on climate change will help to draw greater attention to its effects on public health.
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