Medical Identity Theft: How The Health Care Industry Is Failing Us

Unlike the financial services industry, health care companies lack measures to adequately prevent identity theft, even as they continue to digitize medical records and other sensitive information.

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CMS Finalizes EHR Meaningful-use Rule, Adds Some Flexibility

The CMS late Friday finalized a rule allowing hospitals and eligible professionals more flexibility in how they meet meaningful-use requirements for the electronic health-record incentive program. The agency had first proposed the idea in a May draft rule. Friday’s final rule left the May proposal unchanged.

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HIPAA Business Associate Agreement Deadline Looms Large for Healthcare Entities

A final deadline for the HIPAA Omnibus rule is quickly approaching in which healthcare organizations must make sure business associate agreements are revised and ready by Sept. 22.

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MRIs Linked to Wasteful Healthcare Spending

Use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) climbed more than 350 percent between 1996 and 2010 a study published by the American College of Radiology (ACR) found, adding millions to healthcare costs without always delivering assumed value. Cases in point: knee and shoulder MRIs done without prior radiographs and stand-alone MRIs to find causes of back pain.

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