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The Many Costs of Imaging Technologies
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

Quick: When you think about defensive medicine, what comes to mind? For me, it’s imaging technologies. Try going to your primary care physician’s office on a Friday afternoon and telling her you have a slight pain in your abdomen. You’ll be holding your nose and swigging a barium cocktail in no time as technicians warm up the CT scan machine. You—or, more accurately, your health insurer—will spend a lot of money to find out whether your appendix is about to burst or if that burrito with extra jalapeño peppers you ate last night is to blame. [Read More]
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HIPAA Faces HITECH-Empowered State AGs
If your organization is paying close attention to the HIPAA proposed rule published in the Federal Register July 14, keep paying attention. Perhaps lost in the shuffle of the proposed rule is the July 6 announcement by Connecticut Attorney Richard Blumenthal's office of the $250,000 landmark settlement Health Net and its affiliates agreed to pay for a breach of protected health information (PHI) affecting nearly a half million Connecticut enrollees. Blumenthal's office is the first to cash in on the new HITECH-granted authority for state attorneys general to pursue HIPAA lawsuits. And he wasn't alone. [Read More]

Digesting the HIPAA Proposed Rule
The recently-released proposed rule that modifies the HIPAA privacy, security, and enforcement may not mean it's time to flip your HIPAA compliance program upside down—it is, after all, a proposed rule that could go final anytime after the last comment is sealed by HHS Sept. 13. But healthcare organizations should take note of several items from the rule, including its impact on business associates, a new definition of "standards" and "electronic media" and more. [Read More]

GAO: Genetic Tests May Pose Health Risks
Genetic tests now on the market may be getting ahead of the current medical science and could pose health risks to those patients who may change their medical care based on those results, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) study and testimony presented late last week before a House panel. In 2006, GAO investigated several companies selling the tests directly to consumers and testified that these firms made medically unproven disease predictions. Four years later, new companies have been touted as being more reputable, but some experts remain concerned about test results be misleading consumers, the report states. [Read More]

Meaningful Use Provisions Challenged at Hill Hearing
Some Republican members of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee used a hearing last week to challenge the meaningful use requirements, saying they may not do enough to improve quality. Much less is expected from the healthcare providers receiving subsidies under the new measures than what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had initially proposed. Much less is expected from the healthcare providers receiving subsidies under the new measures than what the Centers for CMS proposed in its draft rule, said Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA), the ranking Republican on the panel. Overall, the final regulations "represent a missed opportunity to improve patient care and reduce waste," he said.[Read More]

Survey: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change
Physician alignment has never been more critical than now. In this era of healthcare reform and systemic change, the relationship between physicians and the hospitals where they practice is undergoing considerable scrutiny. The HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Unit is surveying healthcare leaders to assess the challenges and threats you will be facing in the coming months. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Your confidential answers will be reported in aggregate and not tied directly to you or your organization. Results will be shared in an upcoming issue of HealthLeaders Magazine.[Take the survey]
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