Medicare claims data would be transparent to the public via a free, searchable database if a bill introduced June 18 becomes law. The Medicare Data Access for Transparency and Accountability Act (Medicare DATA Act) is a bipartisan effort, led by US Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore).
This difficult defense—a young woman dying shortly after a routine tubal ligation—was further complicated by conflicting reports about who said what to whom and when.
These cases are interesting in that they were both defense verdicts and the issues were proving when the retained foreign object was left in the abdomen and what the object was.
Only 11% of Americans have a high level of understanding of the key aspects of federal health reform, despite substantial media coverage in the 2-plus years since the legislation's passage.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has once again issued a lengthy report indicting the US healthcare system as falling abysmally short, using just about any means of measure. The report says that based on 2009 figures, the United States is wasting approximately $750 billion per year on the care of its people.
Letters discuss the myriad of issues affecting the practice of specialties. Joshua A. Copel responds.
An OB/GYN asks if current doctors are sending the wrong message about liability problems in the field of OB/GYN.
Physicians using smartphones and other mobile devices to access patients' electronic health records are increasingly at risk for data breach, but a new initiative from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may allay some fears about possible violations of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.
A survey of 72 health organizations found that the growth of physician use of smartphones also has increased the incidence of data breaches, with 96% of respondents experiencing at least 1 data breach in the past 2 years.