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Patient Information Breaches: Leadership's Responsibility
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Given the almost weekly news item about embarrassing and costly patient health information breaches in healthcare, I felt it was time to mention something to those of you who are in charge of your hospital or health system or physician practice: protecting this data is YOUR responsibility.
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  May 21, 2010

Editor's Picks
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Teams Up With Lenox Hill
Expect to see many more of these "affiliations" as we progress further toward the implementation of health reform legislation by 2014. In this case, it's a small standalone hospital with a good payer mix that simply doesn't have the scale to implement some of the IT and quality initiatives that will be critical to long-term success under healthcare reform. Such hospitals also continue to be disadvantaged in negotiating clout with health insurers unless they combine with larger systems. I prefer to call it an acquisition though, not an affiliation. [Read More]
A Mammogram As A Metaphor For Patient-Centered Care
My colleague Cheryl Clark provides excellent commentary here about the connection, or disconnection, that many hospitals and health systems have with patient-centered care by describing patient angst with a common medical screening procedure: mammograms. If healthcare providers can't provide good customer service with this common procedure, where women have a myriad of choices on where to get it done, is there hope for customer service in healthcare? [Read More]
Should Health Insurers Care About What's For Dinner?
Another good commentary here from my colleague Elyas Bakhtiari about whether health plans should use their influence to attack America's obesity problem. Although health insurers have long been aware of the burden of obesity and its connection to chronic diseases, until now they have had strategies for keeping certain high-risk patients out of their pool of customers. But because insurance companies can no longer exclude patients because of pre-existing conditions or other health indicators, preventing chronic disease should now be a top business priority. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Kaiser to open four new medical centers in Denver area
Denver Business Journal - May 20, 2010
Health Savings Account Enrollment Hits 10 Million
Elyas Bakhtiari and John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - May 19, 2010
Boston-based Beth Israel strikes deal with Anna Jaques Hospital
Boston Globe - May 20, 2010
Study: Uninsured do not go to the ER more than insured
USA Today - May 20, 2010
Minnesota nurses reject contract offer, setting the stage for a strike
Minneapolis Star Tribune - May 20, 2010
Boston-based Carney Hospital gets new president
Boston Globe - May 20, 2010
Moody's Predicts More Bad News For Nonprofit Hospitals
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - May 18, 2010
St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa Launches $75M Expansion
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - May 19, 2010
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