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Friday, August 21, 2009

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HHS Puts More Teeth Into HIPAA Regulations

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, August 20, 2009

HHS released an interim final rule on breach notification and the acceptable methods for covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs) to encrypt and destroy patient records in order to prevent breaches of protected health information (PHI).

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Public Plan is Being Swiftboated

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 21, 2009

Jacob Hacker, the Yale professor who many consider the intellectual father of the public option, yesterday described aspects in current health reform proposals as "good" and "not-so-good," but said he fears most the growing support for proposals that he called down-right "ugly."

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Taxing Health Benefits Would Hurt Poor Working Families More Than The Rich

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 21, 2009

Imposing a tax on health benefits, as some in the health reform debate propose, would hurt lower income people much more than it would impose burdens on the wealthy, according to a new study.

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Latest Meaningful Use Matrix Reinforces HIPAA Compliance, CPOE

By: Lisa Eramo, for HealthLeaders Media, August 20, 2009

Is the third time a charm? That's the burning question on everyone's minds as the Office of the National Coordinator begins to review the third set of recommendations set forth by the HIT Policy Committee's meaningful use work group.

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RAC Posts Issues for Review in Florida

By: Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, August 20, 2009

Connolly Healthcare, the RAC for region C, has now posted issues for review in Florida. Similar to South Carolina, RACs may now audit providers in Florida on the following five issues: untimed codes, IV hydration therapy, once in a lifetime procedures, pediatric codes exceeding age parameters, and J2505: Injection, Pegfilgrastim, 6 mg.

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Whistleblower Files $90 Million Fraud Lawsuit Against Hospital Corporation

By: Ben Amirault, for HealthLeaders Media, August 20, 2009

Community Health Systems Inc., a Tennessee-based healthcare corporation, allegedly made illegal donations to New Mexico counties that contain three Community Health hospitals.

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Doctor Shortage Sends Hospitals to War

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, August 20, 2009

The convergence of physician shortages and efforts to expand medical coverage is making recruitment more difficult, and more of a necessity, particularly in primary care.

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Sharing Quality Lessons—and Health Records—with the Veterans Health Administration

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 20, 2009

As work continues on healthcare reform and improving quality, observing how veterans' healthcare has evolved in recent years could be very instructive to the private sector—in more ways than one.

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