Health Wonk Review: In Like a Lion

Welcome to Health Wonk Review's In Like a Lion edition, wherein we consider the big questions of the moment. It seems clear that March is coming in like a lion in most parts of the country. That much is not up for debate. Our always incisive health wonks have raised numerous important questions over the […]

HIPAA compliance audits coming; bits of detail emerge. Get ready now!

OCR planning for the next round of HIPAA compliance audits continues. A new information collection request will be filed soon (two months from now or so), according to the HIPAA audit questionnaire burden estimate published Monday, February 24. (H/T Art Gross, HIPAA Secure Now.) The filing shows that OCR intends to administer 1200 questionnaires to […]

Submit! To the Health Wonk Review

Next Thursday the HealthBlawger will hosting Health Wonk Review right here at HealthBlawg. This edition will focus in part on: Irish-American heritage Women's history Kidneys Colorectal cancer Ancient Roman contributions to modern civilization Lions Please submit your best examples of health wonkishness in these categories no later than 9 a.m. ET Wednesday February 26th, thank […]

SGR Fix – Can This Really Be Happening?

The Sustainable Growth Rate mechanism creating a zero-sum game for Medicare Part B reimbursement rates (dropping rates as volume picks up) has long been unsustainable, and so Congress has been messing around with short-term SGR fix legislation for years now. Every six to twelve months we've been hearing about the impending 20% or 30% Medicare […]

Patients to Have Right to Access Lab Test Result Data

The lab test result data access rule is finally final. See the HHS presser and the final rule, which is scheduled to be published on Thursday. What does this mean? In a nutshell, patients in all 50 states are now guaranteed the right to access the results of tests conducted by freestanding labs. (The right […]