MA eHealth Collaborative extends pilot for six months

From today’s press release from MAeHC: The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) announces the extension of their electronic health record (EHR) pilot program. Thanks to efficient project management, funds remain from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts grant originally intended to finance the pilot through June 2008. Using the surplus, MAeHC is offering the participating […]

HIPAA compliance = privacy protected?

A year ago, AHRQ found rampant confusion and mistakes among covered entities trying to comply with HIPAA.  This month, HIMMS Analytics released a survey of nearly 300 health care IT and data security professionals indicating that a focus on HIPAA compliance leaves a blind spot with respect to other patient data issues, including: Underreporting of […]

Caritas Christi to bring on a new CEO

Greater Boston’s Caritas Christi Health System has had a rough couple of years — fiscal difficulties at some of its hospitals and with its physician network, troubles with a former CEO, several failed attempts to sell itself to larger Catholic health care systems, and an anxious state attorney general looking over its shoulder. Ralph de […]

Walgreens, worksite clinics, retail clinics, the future of primary care, and the place of for-profit firms in the health care delivery system

Bob Laszewski hosts a fascinating confab: a dialogue between Brian Klepper and Maggie Mahar — nominally about Walgreens and its recent acquisition of two workplace clinic companies, but taking a much broader look at primary care in the U.S., whether there is a place for for-profit firms in health care (Maggie thinks not), whether not-for-profit […]