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Heartbleed: What is the impact on health IT?

When it comes to maintaining the safety of health information technology and patient data, encryption is almost always one of the first recommendations made by security experts. That's why news this week about the "Heartbleed"computer bug--which compromised Web encryption program OpenSSL, opening "hundreds of thousands of websites to data theft"--is so disturbing for the industry.

CMS sets sights on nondiscrimination compliance

Insurers selling exchange plans that try to boost young adult enrollment by discriminating against consumers with significant health needs or disabilities should be wary of compliance reviews, according to new qualified health plan guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Hospital CIOs on Sebelius resignation: We must stay the course with federal IT efforts

Hospital CIOs serving on  FierceHealthIT 's Editorial Advisory Board, said they will continue to stay the course with their health IT efforts in spite of the sudden resignation of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

President Obama nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell as new HHS secretary

President Barack Obama this morning nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius exits as reform moves forward

Kathleen Sebelius--the public face of the botched HealthCare.gov rollout-- is stepping down from her post as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, according to multiple news outlets.

Defensive medicine accounts for one-third of health costs, hospital execs say

Hospital administrators estimate that one-third of healthcare costs are the result of tests and treatments that aren't medically necessary and ordered defensively to prevent lawsuits, according to a new survey by Atlanta-based Jackson Healthcare.

Self-insurance popularity sends full-risk enrollment falling

As the self-insurance market continues to rise, commercial full-risk insurance declines. Commercial full-risk enrollment fell from 80.5 million in 2011 to 78.5 million in 2012--a 2.5 percent drop, according to findings from Citi Research.

Amyloid PET scans 'latest campaign for overdiagnosis'

In a commentary published online in  JAMA Internal Medicine, Susan Molchan, M.D., a private practice psychiatrist from Bethesda, Md., suggested the push to get amyloid PET scans covered by Medicare is part of the "the latest campaign for overdiagnosis."

5 ways the ACA may affect malpractice risk

As the Affordable Care Act shifts the dynamic of how physicians provide care to a higher volume of patients, experts predict implications on the medical malpractice climate as well. A recent round table discussion at the Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference suggested five changes healthcare professionals can expect.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign

Kathleen Sebelius is expected to announce that she is stepping down from her post as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on Friday, according to multiple news outlets.