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Should Virtual Colonoscopies
Be Covered by CMS?

Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it would not cover computed tomographic colonography or virtual colonoscopy. CMS said in a memo that while the "technology was promising," there was insufficient evidence on the performance of CT colonography in Medicare aged individuals to "conclude that screening CT colonography improves health benefits for asymptomatic, average risk Medicare beneficiaries." Advocates of CT colonography blasted CMS' decision, saying that wider use of screening could save 20,000 lives annually. [Read More]
May 26, 2009
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UnitedHealthcare rolling out statewide information services
UnitedHealthcare is the first national health plan to partner with the California Regional Health Information Organization and agree to pay for electronic health information services statewide. As part of the initiative, the exchange will deliver secure patient information to hospital emergency departments for UnitedHealthcare and PacifiCare of California private-sector HMO members. [Read More]

HIPAA document gets mixed reviews
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a report May 18 that highlights how it will carry out HIPAA privacy and security regulations in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. Some say the report does not include enough specifics about how the federal government will enforce the new HIPAA laws, while others hail the document impressive evidence of a sea of change. [Read More]

Donation brings simulation training to Minnesota
The Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota have developed a mobile pediatric simulation training unit—the first of its kind in the nation—after receiving a donation from Kohl's Department Stores in 2006. It cost about $750,000 to build and initially stock the training van, and additional funds to maintain it. [Read More]

Bait and catch method a good way to stop patient records peepers?
How does the healthcare industry quell the curiosity of staff members who are peeking into patient records? Some industry leaders say give them what they want—full access to medical records—and see if they take it. In other words, bait them, then catch them in the act. Ultimately, do we want to operate in a healthcare industry where set-up is the only way to catch inappropriate snooping of patient records? No. But because of recent violations, the message is clear: Some just do not respect HIPAA privacy laws enough. [Read More]
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Health IT alliance's education program targets doctors and hospital
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