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HHS Announces First HIPAA Breach Settlement Involving Less Than 500 Patients

The Hospice of North Idaho (HONI) has agreed to pay the HHS $50,000 to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Act of 1996 Security Rule, in what is the first settlement involving a breach of unsecured electronic protected health information … finish reading HHS Announces First HIPAA Breach Settlement Involving Less Than 500 Patients

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More Than Half of Physicians’ Use of EHRs Improves Patient Care: Study

Commercially available electronic health records (EHRs) improve patient care in community-based settings with multiple payors in four areas, including diabetes testing and breast cancer screening, according to a new study from Weill Cornell Medical College researchers. The study, conducted with … finish reading More Than Half of Physicians’ Use of EHRs Improves Patient Care: Study

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Hospital Observation Units Could Save the Healthcare System $3.1 Billion

Despite research showing that observation units in hospitals could save the United States over $3 billion a year, less than one third of hospitals in the country have such units, according to a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). … finish reading Hospital Observation Units Could Save the Healthcare System $3.1 Billion

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4 Reasons to Develop an SNF Care Coordination Network

Fragmented transitional care processes and increasing lengths of stays in readmissions were two of the problems that prompted Summa Health System to develop a care coordination network of skilled nursing facilities, explains Carolyn Holder, its manager of transitional care. Why … finish reading 4 Reasons to Develop an SNF Care Coordination Network

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CMS Final Rule Increases Payments to Hospitals, Seeks to Improve Patient Care

CMS has issued a final ruling increasing payments by nearly 3 percent for inpatient stays at general acute care and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs), and provisions for improving patient care. Under the final rule, payment rates to general acute care … finish reading CMS Final Rule Increases Payments to Hospitals, Seeks to Improve Patient Care

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Over 2600 U.S. Hospitals Graded on Patient Safety

More than 2,600 U.S. hospitals received an A, B, C, D or F Hospital Safety Score based on their patient safety, according to the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. … finish reading Over 2600 U.S. Hospitals Graded on Patient Safety

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Geisinger, Bon Secours, Baptist Among Thomson Reuters’ Top Hospitals

Geisinger Medical Center, Bon Secours Health Systems and Baptist Medical Center are among the top 100 hospitals in the country for organizational performance, according to Thomson Reuters’ annual 100 Top Hospitals® study. The study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; … finish reading Geisinger, Bon Secours, Baptist Among Thomson Reuters’ Top Hospitals

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