Feds put HIPAA health plan identifiers on hold

By Joseph Conn  |  October 31, 2014

The CMS has hit the pause button on enforcing its own rule requiring the use of a national health plan identifier. The rule has garnered industry criticism, so this pause could be recognition that perhaps the rule should be reconsidered.

Castlight's revenue rises, but so do losses

By Joseph Conn  |  October 31, 2014

Castlight Health, a developer of an online healthcare pricing service for patients, payers and self-insured employers, is still in search of profits, but its revenue continues to increase, according to its quarterly financial report to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Firms gearing health-related technology toward baby boomers

By Washington Post  |  October 31, 2014

Recognizing the needs and potential of the large baby boomer market, companies are developing a variety of health-related technologies geared toward the needs of people in their 50s and 60s. Some of the technologies are aimed at the baby boomers themselves and others at helping them care for aging...

CHE Trinity bets on WebMD creator's new platform

CHE Trinity bets on WebMD creator's new platform

By Joseph Conn  |  October 30, 2014

Jeff Arnold, the former health information technology wunderkind who launched WebMD in 1998 at age 28, is at it again. His latest venture, Sharecare, wants to link providers and patients through what he terms “a health and wellness engagement platform.”

California AG: Healthcare breaches were preventable

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 30, 2014

Healthcare breaches accounted for 15% of all data breaches in California in 2012 and 2013, according to a report from the state's attorney general. Most were easily preventable, the report chides.

Epic Systems' Judith Faulkner: We're not the bad guy

By Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)  |  October 30, 2014

As Epic Systems Corp. vies for the largest government contract to date for electronic health records, founder and CEO Judith Faulkner is defending the company from criticism it doesn't play nice with others.

Geisinger using technology to increase patient engagement, CEO says

Geisinger using technology to increase patient engagement, CEO says

By Darius Tahir  |  October 30, 2014

Geisinger Health System has invested in health information technology innovations to transform itself from a fragmented, hospital-centric model to one that actively courts patient involvement and access, CEO Dr. Glenn Steele Jr. said during an industry talk Thursday.

New glitches discovered at Covered California website

By Sacramento (Calif.) Business Journal  |  October 30, 2014

Less than three weeks before Covered California kicks off its second open enrollment, there are problems with the website. Some brokers have been unable to process special-circumstance enrollments, renewals or changes to existing accounts for over a week.

McKesson sees rebound in acquisition, gains from hep C drug distribution

McKesson sees rebound in acquisition, gains from hep C drug distribution

By Rachel Landen  |  October 29, 2014

McKesson Corp.'s earnings rebounded during the second quarter of its fiscal year as its Celesio acquisition and growth in market share helped the San Francisco-based company realize $469 million in net income. Being an authorized distributor of Sovaldi likely helped as well.

Providers should focus on health IT safety, CHIME speakers advise

By Darius Tahir  |  October 29, 2014

Providers should plan to demonstrate patient-safety benefits attributable to their increasing use of healthcare technology, said experts at a panel at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives fall meeting in San Antonio.

A formula to find the uninsured around the country

By New York Times  |  October 29, 2014

Enroll America is an organization with a big job: to find the uninsured around the country and persuade them to sign up for health insurance. It needs a good way to find them. So Enroll, which is financed by charitable foundations, healthcare companies and private individuals, enlisted the help of...