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CareFirst hack compromises info for 1.1 million consumers

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield on Wednesday announced that it was the target of a cyberattack that compromised information of about 1.1 million current and former consumers, as well as individuals who conducted business with the company online. 

Texas HIEs to join forces

Two Texas health information exchanges have agreed to combine forces to create a network that will cover 35 counties centered around Dallas and San Antonio.

Experts urge physicians to stay on course with Meaningful Use 2

Are electronic health records worth the effort and expense of adoption for small practices? And for those who've already implemented EHRs, is attesting to Meaningful Use, Stage 2, worthwhile when physicians already have so many other regulatory burdens on their plates? For many physicians, going electronic has yet to fulfill its promise of better streamlining and coordinating care.

HIMSS Davies Award winner smashes EHR stereotypes

If you think practice size or generational issues are an impediment to successful adoption of electronic health records (EHR), a four-physician practice run by a 65-year-old geriatrician may give you...

How docs should respond to patients who want to hit 'record'

There are several valid reasons a patient or family member may wish to take an audio recording of a medical visit, but many doctors are uncomfortable with being on the record in this manner. A recent article from the  Washington Post  discusses both sides of the issue, as well as how physicians can navigate the risks associated with either allowing or not allowing patients to record visits.  

What to do if your office is subject to a fraud investigation

Since the 2009 formation of a partnership between the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services dubbed "HEAT"--the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team--raids on medical practices are a regular occurrence, and several large-scale "nationwide takedowns" have resulted in coordinated, simultaneous office raids from coast to coast. 

Anthem data breach did little to impact insurer's brand

While Anthem's brand took a negative hit after  hackers broke into the insurer's database, compromising personal information for nearly 80 million individuals, individuals are still willing to pay more for the insurer's name.

Train practice employees to spot a cyberscam

​With cyberattacks now the leading cause of healthcare data breaches, according to a new study from the Ponemon Institute, practices of all sizes must train employees on how to protect sensitive information. 

AHA15: Burwell, Bradley among big names who highlight trends and challenges at annual conference

Many of the biggest names in healthcare attended this week's American Hospital Association (AHA) annual meeting to talk about the accomplishments, political concerns and strategies to overcome...

Obama taps ONC head Karen DeSalvo to join HHS

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo is just a Senate confirmation away from officially joining the Department of Health and Human Services as its new assistant secretary for health, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday.