When the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office for Civil Rights resumes HIPAA audits this fall, its own staff will conduct what it's calling "desk audits" of a narrower focus and comprehensive on-site audits "as resources allow."
Health insurers are worried about keeping up with regulatory changes and maintaining compliance. But these challenges present significant opportunities for insurers' CIOs to improve operations with open architecture and real-time views, Healthcare Payer News reported.
A look at three articles published in this week's issue of FierceMedicalImaging demonstrates the need for--and the value of--radiology and medical imaging research.
A judge in New Hampshire has ruled the state hospital tax, which it uses to raise matching federal funds for the Medicaid program, is unconstitutional, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.
The high cost of building and equipping a proton beam therapy facility--and whether the benefits in terms of patient outcomes is worth those costs--means the future of proton therapy remains uncertain.
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.
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 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 Barack Obama this morning nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
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.