As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights ramps up its audits of healthcare entities in the coming months, there is a sense among some that there will be a flood of fines levvied compared to actions that have already been taken. Mac McMillan, chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force, and CEO of IT security consulting firm CynergisTek, actually foresees trouble looming at the state level for providers, as well.
The American Medical Association's power in determining the relative value of the services physicians provide plays an outsize role in favoring specialist physicians and driving up the costs of healthcare delivery in the United States, Politico reported.
California is a brewing hotbed of potential trouble when it comes to insurance rates. California lawmakers propose a state-wide vote on a new ballot initiative that would expand the state's authority to regulate health insurance rates. To make matters worse, voters show signs they support the measure, according to an article in Kaiser Health News.
Atlanta's Emory University Hospital will discharge two American aid workers treated for the Ebola virus today, USA Today reports, but virus scares continue to pop up throughout the country.
Hackers likely used the computer bug Heartbleed to gain access to the data of about 4.5 million patients at Community Health Systems--and the FBI is warning other hospitals they could be at risk, too, Reuters reports.
There's a well-known adage in business that 10 percent of people will never steal, embezzle or commit fraud; 10 percent will always steal, embezzle or commit fraud when they can; and 80 percent will do it under certain circumstances when given the opportunity. That might finally explain what's occurring with electronic health records and billing fraud.
A ban on the practice of telemedicine abortions in Iowa, approved by the state's board of medicine last summer, has been upheld by a district judge.
The Bipartisan Policy Center released a white paper report offering legislative and regulatory recommendations regarding the challenges and opportunities for healthcare delivery system reform and the shift from volume- to value-based care.
Older, sicker, minority patients and those with public insurance are more likely to die from a potentially preventable complication after commonly performed urological surgeries, according to a study published in BJU International.
Some state officials want more regulatory authority over Medicare Advantage plans. Right now, state regulators can't impose sanctions on Medicare Advantage plans; only the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has that power.