Accountable care organization proposed regulations released for public comment

The long-awaited ACO regulations were released by CMS in draft form today, accompanied by a series of conference calls for different constituencies.  Here is a mirrored copy: Medicare Program; Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations – Proposed rule. CMS Administrator Don Berwick introduced the regulations as implementing a vision of spreading the benefits of […]

9 No-Nonsense Rules to Ensure a HIPAA-Compliant Health Care Social Media Strategy

Health care social media continues to be a hot-button issue for hospitals and other provider types around the country.  Health care provider organizations considering taking a first step into social media often articulate concerns about regulatory and legal barriers to the use of social media in health care.  As regular readers of HealthBlawg know, I […]

Social media in health care: David Harlow quoted in recent articles

Recent health care social media articles in the American Academy of Physician Assistants magazine, PA Professional (Social Media for Health Professionals – Avoiding the Pitfalls) and in SELF magazine (The Health Dangers of Facebook Posts) feature my advice to health care providers and the general public on the careful use of social media in the […]

Who owns patient data? (The Walgreens edition)

Walgreens is being sued by customers who are not happy that their prescription information – even though it has been de-identified – is being sold by Walgreens to data-mining companies.  The data privacy and security concerns surrounding the transfer of de-identified data are significant.  To “de-identify” what is otherwise protected health information under HIPAA, some […]

Direct Project reaches critical mass: Interoperability on the horizon

The ONC announced today that the Direct Project now has commitments from about sixty health care and health IT organizations to support its vision of secure direct messaging of health information.  Given the level of support across twenty states, a number of integrated delivery systems and many EHR vendors, the Direct Project will allow for […]