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Healthcare.gov Security Concerns Won't Go Away

Scott Mace

At least one critic is calling for the federal health information exchange website to be shut down until a complete security audit can be conducted. Since that's unlikely to happen, let's hope the government is judiciously reinforcing its data breach prevention policies. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospital's 'No-Wait' Culture Slashes Costs

Medical equipment tagging is saving a New York hospital hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Its savings on patient tagging will be known soon. Next? The COO is considering employee tagging, to monitor hand washing and reduce infection rates. >>>

Telemedicine a Win for Stressed-Out Doctors

A provider of urgent and primary care is shining a spotlight on telemedicine's reach. This is more than just a way to reach patients in rural areas and cut healthcare costs. Early data shows that patients and physicians are finding other reasons to like virtual provider visits. >>>

Humana Tests Remote Patient Monitoring to Reduce Readmissions

The insurer's chronic care health division is partnering with several telehealth providers to test various remote monitoring formats for common causes of readmissions. >>>

Tailoring Cardiac Care for Women

Developing heart centers that specialize in women's cardiology care is of growing importance, not only for women's health, but for hospitals seeking improved economic returns. >>>

Should ED Wait Time Billboards Go Blank?

Forget about touting short emergency department wait times. Reducing volumes of non-emergent patients in the ED is a higher-value pursuit. >>>

CMS to Release Physician Payment Data

Physicians' associations generally support improving access and transparency in Medicare reimbursement records within the proper context and with privacy protections, but caution that "you can't always use this data as a proxy for quality." >>>



Industry Survey 2014

Industry Survey 2014: Forging Healthcare's New Financial Foundation

This award-winning survey shows how organizations are managing the shift from volume to value, including new and proven tactics to support collaborative care. Don't miss the bonus CEO report! Free Download >>>



News Headlines

As many as 1,000 Marylanders' Medicaid enrollment packets sent to wrong addresses

The Baltimore Sun, January 21, 2014

In MA, website woes frustrate healthcare push

Boston.com / Associated Press, January 21, 2014

Law's expanded Medicaid coverage brings a surge in sign-ups

The New York Times, January 21, 2014

Experts: Healthcare.gov still dangerously easy to hack

Salon, January 20, 2014

Technology to play bigger role in care

Orlando Sentinel, January 20, 2014

Healthcare website passed recent security test

Boston.com / Associated Press, January 17, 2014

House passes bill requiring healthcare numbers

ABC News / Associated Press, January 17, 2014

Maryland to stick with own healthcare site

The Baltimore Sun, January 16, 2014

Former CBO director launches healthcare think tank

The Washington Post, January 16, 2014

UnitedHealth gets renewal on federal exchange work

Star Tribune, January 15, 2014



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Webcast: Telemedicine—A Strategic Tool to Grow Revenue and Drive Efficiency

Date: January 28, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Telemedicine pioneers from UC Davis and Mercy Health share strategies proven to bridge access gaps, improve patient experience, and streamline care through new mobile technologies, while driving down costs. Register Today >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2013

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a dfference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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