Hospital chain to pay $260 million to settle Medicare fraud charges
HMA agrees to pay more than $260 million to settle criminal charges that the hospital chain paid physicians kickbacks in a scheme to defraud Medicare and other federal health programs. HMA was acquired by the for-profit hospital Community …
Where does all the blood go?
There is a hidden gem of assignments for medical laboratory technicians in the Department of Defense (DoD). Most military members, including laboratory technicians, don’t know what it is until they are somewhat involved—even when its acrony…
HIPAA Settlements: Three Boston Hospitals Pay $1M in Fines for “Boston Trauma” Filming
Three Boston hospitals that allowed film crews to film an ABC documentary on premises have settled with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) over potential violations of the Health Insurance Portab…
Ochsner Health System, LSU Health Shreveport join forces to improve healthcare in north Louisiana
Ochsner and LSU Health Shreveport will jointly form Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport to oversee and coordinate activities between the health sciences center and the healthcare delivery system.
How Johns Hopkins encourages employees to voice patient safety concerns
Researchers led by Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. identified measures healthcare organizations can use to encourage employees to speak up about patient safety concerns.
Are EHR Companies Difficult to Work With?
There is an entrenched myth that EHR companies are difficult to partner with – more interested in up-front partner fees and revenue sharing than actually collaborating with 3rd party companies. Two companies are working hard to be different…
4 hashtags to follow during National Health IT Week
This year's National Health IT Week, an annual celebration to raise awareness of the value of health IT, is slated for Oct. 8-12, and the Health Information and Management Systems Society is preparing leaders to participate online.
New York nonprofit healthcare organization hit with $200K HIPAA fine
The Arc of Erie County, a Buffalo, N.Y.-based nonprofit that serves people with developmental disabilities, agreed to pay a $200,000 penalty to the state of New York to resolve allegations it violated HIPAA in a yearslong data breach.
Severe delivery complications on the rise among U.S. pregnant women
During the 10-year period studied, severe complications rose from 101 per 10,000 deliveries to 147 per 10,000 deliveries. Blood transfusions, the most common complication, often occurred when patients had other serious complications, such a…
Kushner-backed health care project gets ‘devastating’ review
The first stage of a multibillion-dollar military-VA digital health program championed by Jared Kushner has been riddled with problems so severe they could have led to patient deaths, according to a report obtained by POLITICO.