MAeHC's second HIE goes live in Newburyport

MAeHC CEO Micky Tripathi blogged today about the launch of the MA eHealth Collaborative’s latest accomplishment — the launch of its second (of three planned) community-wide health information exchanges, this one in greater Newburyport.  Patients can opt in to the system, which allows for sharing of health data community-wide: labs, hospitals, physician offices, etc., thus […]

PHR privacy breakthrough?

Connecting for Health. a broad industry coalition organized by the Markle Foundation, announced yesterday a framework for PHR privacy protection that could, if fully implemented, bridge the gap from HIPAA protection of PHI in the covered entity and business associate realm to the Wild West environment in the world of PHRs.  Parties endorsing the Common […]

Fixin' chronic care

An outfit called NewTalk is hosting a 3-day on-line roundtable (today was day 2) on the following question: Chronic care: Do we need an entirely new model of delivery?  The all-star panel includes: Troy Brennan, Aetna Inc.Lawrence Casalino, University of ChicagoSusan Dentzer, Health AffairsPhilip Howard, Common GoodBrent James, Intermountain HealthcareNancy Johnson, Baker DonelsonTimothy S. Jost, […]

No pay for never events: Massachusetts edition

This week, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA and the Commonwealth — primarily through MassHealth (MA Medicaid) — announced they would adhere to the Leapfrog no pay for never events policy. According to a news story from about 9 months ago, half of the state’s hospitals had already determined that they would not bill for […]