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Unencrypted laptop goes missing from hospice center employee's car

Officials at Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd in Rome, Ga., on Feb. 15 began alerting patients about a data breach involving a stolen laptop.

4 radiology safety efforts for reducing risk, improving quality

Improving the quality and safety of patient care has always been a primary concern for imaging professionals, and they often are on the lookout for technical innovations and other solutions that can help them reach that goal.   In this special report, you'll hear about the efforts of radiologists and other doctors at the University of Pennsylvania, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and the University of California, San Diego. Read more...

Essential health benefits: Reactions to the final rule

After the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released its final rule detailing which benefits insurers must provide in 2014, industry stakeholders had varying reactions.

Will contraceptive rule increase insurers' costs?

Although the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services believes its proposed rule regarding contraceptive coverage for religious employers will be cost neutral for insurers, some industry executives and analysts aren't so sure.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott to expand Medicaid--with a catch

Despite being one of the most ardent critics of the reform law, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday that he would green light the expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

Providers: Expect patients to start asserting their privacy rights

Those of us who use, develop, sell, write about and otherwise deal with electronic health records live in an arcane world.  We know what the terms Meaningful Use, ICD-10, iEHR and protected health information mean. We debate details that the general populace, for the most part, is not familiar with. I'm not sure if this is a good thing.

EHR Association supports BPC health IT safety proposal

The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association issued a statement this week in support of the recently released Bipartisan Policy Center report on patient safety, noting that patient safety is a "shared responsibility of all stakeholders."

ONC commitee addresses EHR billing, documentation problems

The government has begun to investigate documentation issues related to electronic health records amid concerns that it's not paying enough attention to improper billing, according to a recent article by the Center for Public Integrity.

EHR users could have trouble with new HIPAA provision

The new requirement in the HIPAA omnibus rule requiring providers to keep a patient's treatment from his health plan may be the new rule's "trickiest" provision for electronic health record users, according to a recent  HealthcareInfoSecurity  article.

26 states defer to federally-run exchange

It's now official that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services will be operating health insurance exchanges in 26 states.