HealthCare SocialMedia Review No. 19 – Festivals of Lights Edition

Welcome to the final edition of HealthCare SocialMedia Review for 2012. HCSM Review is a biweekly compendium of the best of the #HCSM blogosphere. Given the plethora of holidays with themes of light that fall around this time of year — Diwali, Eid al-Adha, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah (well, some of them are on different […]

Leon Rodriguez, Director, HHS OCR, discusses HIPAA / HITECH Enforcement Last Week

[View the story “Leon Rodriguez, Director, HHS OCR, discusses HIPAA / HITECH Enforcement Last Week” on Storify] Leon Rodriguez, Director, HHS OCR, discusses HIPAA / HITECH Enforcement Last Week This interview was one of the highlights of last week’s Privacy and Security Forum Storified by David Harlow · Sun, Dec 16 2012 19:59:17 One of […]

Call for Submissions – Health Care Social Media Review No. 19

Next Wednesday your humble HealthBlawger will be hosting Health Care Social Media Review No. 19. From the HCSMReview blog carnival homepage: HealthCare SocialMedia Review is the blog carnival for everyone interested in health care social media.  It is a peer-reviewed blog carnival; the host of each edition decides which of the posts submitted for consideration are […]

Can Patient-Centered Care Reduce Hospital Readmissions?

A new Press Ganey white paper highlights an association between HCAHPS performance — patient experience scores — and lower rates of readmission. (Performance Insights – The Relationship Between HCAHPS Performance and Readmission Penalties.) With Medicare payment penalties for excess readmissions now in effect, reducing readmissions has become a top priority for hospitals and other stakeholders. […]

Data Breach Analysis 2009-2012 – HITECH Experience Reviewed by HITRUST

In the first three years that the HITECH data breach notification rules have been in effect (September 2009 – September 2012), almost 500 breaches affecting more than 500 individuals have been reported.  As of this spring, over 57,000 data breaches affecting fewer than 500 individuals have been reported. HITRUST Analysis of U.S. Healthcare Breach Data […]

David Harlow featured in Becker's ASC Review: 6 Steps for ASCs to Participate in New Payment Models

Here's an excerpt from a piece in Becker's ASC Review quoting me on the effect ACO development and other health reform environmental changes are likely to have on ambulatory surgery centers, and how ASCs can position themsleves for future success:  Here are six steps for surgery centers to participate in new payment models. 1. Figure […]