Mostashari: Beacons ‘taught us’
The Beacon Communities proved that organizations can advocate changes to how healthcare is paid for by working with payers and providers, while improving quality and safety at the same time. "These were the pillars of the Beacon Community activities, and they taught us," National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, said. "They showed what we needed to do."
9 ‘Cs,’ part 2: The ‘back-end’
Much of healthcare reform involves changing the relationship between providers and patients. But for providers, efforts to deliver more accountable care necessarily involves changing the way they manage their practices and keep abreast of near-constant developments across healthcare.
ISU hands over $400K for HIPAA violation
Idaho State University will pay $400,000 to the U.S. Department of Health Human Services to settle alleged violations of the HIPAA Security Rule. The settlement comes after ISU’s Pocatello Family Medicine Clinic disabled server firewall protections for a period of at least 10 months, resulting in the breach of electronic protected health information for some 17,500 patients.
Intermountain measures total radiation
Intermountain Heathcare has launched a program that measures cumulative radiation doses patients receive over their lifetime for medical treatment. Intermountain hospitals and clinics are first in the country to compile the cumulative radiation patients receive from about 220,000 higher-dose procedures and imaging exams each year, starting with exams performed in the last quarter of 2012.