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July 02, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Programming error compromises thousands of patient files
In one of the largest HIPAA breaches reported this year, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is notifying 187,533 clients that their protected health information, financial and employment data and, in some cases, Social Security numbers were exposed following a computer glitch.
July 02, 2013 | Rodney J. Moore - Contributing Writer
Patient influx expected to challenge work-life balance
Healthcare professionals are not necessarily more susceptible to being workaholics than other professionals, but reimbursement cuts and changing requirements due to the Affordable Care Act have forced the industry to do more with less. The ability to contribute long hours and demonstrate value is...
July 01, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
The Food and Drug Administration is investigating a multi-state hepatitis A outbreak, halting a shipment of pomegranate seeds from a Turkish company on suspicion that they facilitated the illness.
July 01, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
A study comparing hospital costs for one of the most common surgeries suggests that it's more expensive when paid for by workers' compensation than by group insurance.
July 01, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
ONC details EHR headway in report to Congress
Despite current challenges -- costs, workflow and usability concerns for some physicians, and exchange limitations for some hospitals -- the National Coordinator for Health IT's office said in a report to Congress that the stage is set for long-term progress.
June 28, 2013 | John Andrews - Contributing writer
The hottest letters in healthcare right now are A, C and O. And while together they stand for accountable care organization, industry analysts say providers need to look beyond the acronym in their efforts to build a new business model.
June 28, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
In its latest effort to dull aches of all kinds, the American Medical Association has released a freshly minted pain management education program primed to aid physicians with up-to-date information regarding the assessment and management of pain.
June 28, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Global sting seizes $41 billion in illegal meds
The International Internet Week of Action, a global cooperative effort to combat the online sale and distribution of potentially counterfeit and illegal medical products, concluded June 25 with measures taken against more than 9,600 websites, according to an update from the U.S. Food and Drug...
June 28, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Claims-resolution challenges expected to persist
Ahead of ICD-10, medical practices predict an increase in reimbursement collection burdens, and "a more rapid acceleration is expected as new reform measures take effect," according to athenahealth's newly released PayerView report.
June 27, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Health reform’s connected goals of improved quality and increased efficiency are facing some roadblocks in the actual reporting of quality measures, the CEO of the National Quality Forum told the Senate Finance Committee on June 26.

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