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For quite a while now, many have wondered when OCR would broaden its enforcement focus to include not only members of the regulated community that have suffered breaches, but also those that have held patient data a little too close to the vest — and have not timely provided copies to patients upon request, charging a reasonable cost-based fee, in accordance with the HIPAA regulations. Today, OCR announced a settlement agreement with a Florida tertiary…
I am pleased to announce that I am joining Insulet Corporation effective August 19. I will be in the newly-created position of healthcare compliance counsel, with a broad range of responsibilities in the healthcare, data and compliance domains. Insulet produces innovative medical devices (pods) for tubeless subcutaneous delivery of insulin and other medications, with dosage and timing controlled by a handheld device or smartphone app. I am looking forward to partnering closely with…
For this edition of Harlow on Healthcare, my guest is Andrew Mellin, Vice President of Medical Informatics at Surescripts. Andrew is a seasoned physician executive who brings multiple perspectives to the table and is working to improve the flow of information in the world of prescriptions in order to advance the Triple Aim. For starters, I asked Andrew to provide a thumbnail summary of what Surescripts is focused on these days. The high-level answer: “Surescripts…
The recent Executive Order regarding health care price transparency has many folks in the health care industrial complex contemplating litigation aimed at highlighting ways in which the order may contravene existing law. It is also unpopular because list price transparency may well have the opposite of the desired effect — it may increase prices in certain circumstances rather than reduce them. See my post on the health care pricing transparency Executive Order, and my…
I am pleased to host Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of Clear Health Costs (@chcosts). An accomplished journalist with over two decades of experience with The New York Times, Jeanne founded Clear Health Costs to bring transparency to the health care marketplace and empower consumers to make informed decisions about their health care. Clear Health Costs has partnered with news media outlets in different markets around the country to help shine a light…
A recently-finalized rule implements a significant telemedicine expansion for Medicare Advantage plans. (See presser, fact sheet, and final Medicare Advantage telemedicine rule.) Telemedicine or telehealth benefits may now be included in core Medicare Advantage plan benefits, not just offered as supplemental benefits. In the first edition of my column for Inside Digital Health, I wrote about this news and some implications for the healthcare provider community seeking to use this change to…
Much has been said about cost transparency in healthcare, and this week, the administration got slightly more specific, issuing an Executive Order calling for some regulations and reports: The Federal Government aims to eliminate unnecessary barriers to price and quality transparency; to increase the availability of meaningful price and quality information for patients; to enhance patients’ control over their own healthcare resources, including through tax-preferred medical accounts; and to protect patients from surprise medical bills.…
I spoke with Nick VanDuyne, Executive Director of the New York Care Information Gateway, a regional health information organization (RHIO) operating in the New York City and Long Island region. RHIOs have had a bumpy ride in general, and not many have been able to find a sustainable business model. The NYCIG is one regional component part of the State Health Information Network of New York, aka the SHIN-NY (yes, it’s pronounced “shiny”). There…
Vibrent, one of NIH’s data management contractor for the All of Us genomic and other health data research project, was found by OIG to have a number of holes in its data security infrastructure and policies, ranging from failure to encrypt its AWS servers to failure to adhere to FISMA (federal IT security) standards more broadly. OIG also found that NIH fell down on the job by not monitoring its contractor more closely. Everything has…
Live at #HIMSS19, I spoke with Assaf Halevy, CEO, and Joel Diamond, CMO, of 2bPrecise, a precision medicine data delivery platform connecting genomic data with clinical data, and with Eric Van Portfliet, CTO, and Vik Kodipelli, Senior IT Architect, at PatientMatters, where patient engagement meets revenue cycle management. As a bonus, check out these video postcards from #HIMSS19 (follow the link for more): I spoke with Assaf, Joel, Eric and Vik as part…