Vote for HealthBlawg! Read Blawg Review #300 and then join the battle … on my side

"Ed.," the anonymous editor of Blawg Review, has posted his 2010 Blawg Review roundup, featuring each of last year's hosts of the long-running law blog carnival, as well as a recent post from each host's blawg.  He's soliciting nominations, votes, rants, diatribes and recommendations as the battle for Blawg Review of the Year 2010 begins.  […]

Mass General and HIPAA, or The medical records that never returned

OCR announced today that Massachusetts General Hospital settled a HIPAA violation claim, without admitting liability, for $1 million and an agreement to revamp procedures for taking patient records off premises.  The case involved a stack of paper records left on the T (Boston’s subway) consisting of protected health information for a couple hundred patients, including […]

David Harlow interviewed on Social Media for Health Care

Last month, Elissa Weitzman and others, researchers at the Children's Hospital Boston informatics program, published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association entitled "Social but safe? Quality and safety of diabetes-related online social networks," finding that only half of the ten communities they surveyed presented content consistent with diabetes science and […]

HIPAA CMPs: What's the point?

Yesterday, the federales announced: HHS Imposes a $4.3 Million Civil Money Penalty for Violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  The OCR Notice of Final Determination was issued to Cignet Health of Maryland, a health plan that had not responded to members' requests for records, had not responded to OCR's requests for records once compaints had […]

Massachusetts Health Reform, Part III

Today, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick filed health care reform legislation that, if enacted, will take the Commonwealth to the next level, taking the third step in the process that began in 2006 with the universal coverage law, and continued in 2008 with the legislation directed at containing cost and improving quality.  One of the provisions […]

AQC to ACO: As goes Massachusetts, so goes the nation?

About four years ago here in Beantown, survivors of the last big ill-conceived or poorly-executed (depends who you ask) wave of health care management and finance innovation were kicking around for a new approach to aligning payor and provider incentives, focusing on quality and cost containment. To hear Andrew Dreyfus, CEO of Blue Cross Blue […]