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Obama aministration shelves doctor ’mystery shoppers’ plan
The Obama administration said Tuesday that it had shelved plans for a survey in which "mystery shoppers" posing as...
Health data losses: Don’t blame hackers
While patients and doctors often worry about medical records being hacked by cybercriminals and Internet snoops, the...
State HIEs wrangle with thorny ’patient consent’ issue
Oregon and Illinois are two states that will launch their initial health information exchange core services in early...
’Mystery shoppers’ to monitor access to docs
Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of "mystery...
HHS: Federal Shutdown Would Halt OCR Rulemaking, Enforcement
Investigations by the Office for Civil Rights, the HIPAA privacy and security rule enforcer, would cease if the...
Web Exclusive: HHS Issues Civil Money Penalty for Privacy Rule Violations
The Office for Civil Rights has issued its first civil money penalty to a covered entity for violations of the HIPAA...
GOP governors want leeway to cut Medicaid rolls
Republican governors are pressing the Obama administration to make it easier for states to cut Medicaid enrollment...
HHS trend scan will signal potential health IT breakthroughs
The Health and Human Services Department plans to develop and maintain a continuous scan of current and emerging...
Web Exclusive: HIPAA Harm Threshold Works, Say Providers
HHS' "harm threshold" standard in its interim final rule on breach notification will prevent healthcare...
PHI Security: Move Backward, Look Forward
Thanks to HHS, we now know what "unsecured protected health information" means. So where do we go from here?