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HIPAA

Cyber Security & HIPAA: 4.5 Million Affected in Latest Breach

The latest Cyber Security breach currently under investigation was filed with the SEC by Community Health Systems, a Tennessee-based health company with over 200 hospitals in 29 states. The breach was detected in July and is said to have impacted 4.5 million individuals’ patient data. Community Health revealed that the attacker was an Advanced Persistent […] Read More
ER

ACA Sending Patients to the ER

The influx of newly-insured under the ACA has further added to the over-utilization of healthcare facilities across the US. With more people covered, a shortage of primary care physicians, and the difficulties in navigating healthcare, many patients are flocking to Emergency Rooms and Walk-in Clinics for non-emergency purposes. In fact, hospitals in many states are seeing an […] Read More

2015 ACA Premium Cost Drivers

With 2015 rates being announced throughout many US states, health insurance premiums for plans under the health law are expected to rise. Florida was among the states seeing a sharp average increase – Florida health plans will see a rise in premiums of 13.2%. Florida Premium Rate Changes 14 companies filed to offer plans through […] Read More

Next Steps for HIPAA in Fighting Data Breaches

The HHS recently faced two HIPAA compliancy settlements that have given arise to questions surrounding the sufficiency of the current provisions surrounding data breaches. As the healthcare landscape rapidly evolved in the last 5 years, the governing regulations over data security, data privacy, and cyber security still lack the required measures of protection. The recent […] Read More
Meaningful Use

Moving Forward with Meaningful Use

Stage 2 Meaningful Use attestation continues to remain stagnant as the CMS reported only 1% of eligible providers and 3% of eligible hospitals have thus far attested to reporting requirements and implementations. These organizations were the few to meet Stage 2’s requirements of having implemented a 2014-certified EHR by Jan 1, completed a calendar quarter […] Read More
changes healthcare delivery system

US Healthcare System Ranked 11th – Report

A recent report released by the Commonwealth Fund – Mirror, Mirror On The Wall: How the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally – has ranked 11 countries’ healthcare systems based a number of factors contributing to efficiency and outcomes.  Among the 11 nations studied — Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, […] Read More
Mobile Health

Mobile Health Can Help Contain Healthcare Costs

With Apple’s announcement of its software package to accompany iOS8 – HealthKit – mobile health advocates are one step closer to the healthcare landscape they envisioned. Current State of Mobile Health Mobile health (mHealth) is currently leading the frontline in healthcare technology innovation, and may finally be able to prove its value to not only […] Read More
Health Insights Symposium

Press Release: Health Insights Symposium Fills the Gap in PPACA Preparedness Amongst Employers

June 9, 2014 – Miami, FL The attendees at this month’s Health Insights Symposium were in agreement that many employers are unaware of the required regulations and alternatives available when offering health benefits to employees and their dependents. That’s why they chose to attend – to learn about the impact of healthcare reform on employee […] Read More
Hospital Price Data

South Florida Hospital Price Data Released

The release of new healthcare price data by the HHS and CMS will prove to be very helpful for South Florida healthcare consumers and payers, as Florida currently fails to implicate any regulations over statewide healthcare transparency. While the state-mandated website managed by the Agency for Health Care Administration, floridahealthfinder.gov, provides a brief price range […] Read More
Medical Debt

Tackling Medical Debt

The current state of medical debt across the US has begun to prompt providers to consider alternate action when attempting to collect unpaid medical bills. Currently, more than 50% of patients will struggle to pay medical debt this year, according to the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), a non-profit organization that provides patients with chronic, debilitating […] Read More
Healthcare Price Transparency

HCCI Launches Healthcare Price Transparency Portal

Three major health insurance players – Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare – have teamed up with the non-profit Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) to launch an online portal where they will publish information on their healthcare prices. Scheduled to go live in early 2015, HCCI “expects additional carriers to participate in the near future” as many […] Read More
Telemedicine

New Telemedicine Policy Proposed to US Medical Boards

Telemedicine has continued to grow steadily at almost 18.6%, reaching annual revenue of $11.6 billion USD. Researchers are projecting that number to reach $27 billion by 2016. However, a recently proposed telemedicine policy published by the Federation of State Medical Boards has raised concerns over the regulation of the current US telemedicine market. Policy Details […] Read More