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Boehner: Obamacare repeal and replace 'not what's going to happen' Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 27 February 2017 15:16

Terence Burlij, reporting for CNN on Fri., 2/24/17:

Former House Speaker John Boehner threw cold water Thursday on the prospect of congressional Republicans following through on their pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

"They'll fix Obamacare," the former Ohio congressman predicted at a conference hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in Orlando, Florida. "I shouldn't have called it repeal and replace because that's not what's going to happen. They're basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it."

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2017 15:19
 
HIPAA Compliance in 2017: The Heat is on Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:04

The doctor-patient relationship has always involved a certain level of privacy. But over the years, the stakes for healthcare providers who violate patient privacy have increased exponentially. Barely two months into 2017 and already we are seeing increased activity.

According to a newly released report from Protenus, in conjunction with databreaches.net, January saw 31 healthcare data breaches disclosed resulting in the exposure of 388,307 patient and health plan member records.

The largest healthcare data breach reported last month involved CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. and impacted 220,000 individuals. However, the breach actually occurred in October 2015, with CoPilot discovering the incident two months later in December 2015. The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, however, was only notified of the breach in January 2017, well outside the 60-day deadline for reporting breaches.

According to the report, the average number of days between the breach occurring and the incident being reported to OCR was 174 days. It took an average of 123.5 days for healthcare organizations to discover a breach had occurred.

Those healthcare entities affected by data breaches are finding themselves having to pay significant penalties. Case in point, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), recently announced the first HIPAA settlement based on the untimely reporting of a breach of unsecured protected health information.

Presence Health, one of the largest healthcare networks serving Illinois, agreed to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule by paying $475,000 and implementing a corrective action plan.

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Billionaire's moonshot is falling far short of the hype Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Robbins | STAT   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 14:49

The world's richest doctor had a very bold plan.

He'd assemble an unprecedented collaboration of companies, researchers, and doctors. Their mission: to vanquish cancer. By the year 2020, they'd build a working vaccine and test therapies in 20,000 patients. They would forever transform medicine.

Or so Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong vowed when he launched his audacious "Cancer MoonShot 2020" a year ago.

The supremely self-confident billionaire behind that vision has drawn attention at the highest levels: He's talked cancer research with Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, even the Pope. He's met with President Donald Trump at least twice since the election. Riding high on his pledge to win the war on cancer, Soon-Shiong is said to have pitched a role for himself as national health care czar in discussions with Trump's team.

But a STAT investigation of Soon-Shiong's cancer moonshot has found very little scientific progress.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:34
 
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 00:00
 
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