California lawmakers sent budget legislation to Gov. Gavin Newsom that would fine state residents for not carrying health insurance coverage. The legislation also would expand financial assistance to more people who want to subscribe to a health plan sold on the state's exchange but whose household incomes are above the current maximum for subsidies.
Data breaches are becoming more efficient, small businesses are a growing target, and most attacks are financially motivated, Verizon's 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report states. To protect themselves, businesses can require multifactor authentication on all email accounts, continuously monitor for suspicious activity and be especially cautious when using smartphones.
The House on Wednesday amended a health care spending bill to remove a 23-year ban on using federal funding to create a national patient identifier.
Officials at health insurer Humana have alerted 5,569 members about a data breach incident that may have exposed their personal information, including names, alerts for screenings or lab tests, member identification numbers, benefit information and plan effective data. An investigation found that hackers acted as physician provider groups to access the web portal of Availity, an approved service provider of Humana, from Jan. 15, 2016, to Feb. 21, 2018, and May 24, 2018, to Nov. 8, 2018.
Intermountain Healthcare will launch a DNA mapping study with the help of Amgen subsidiary deCODE genetics. The HerediGene: Population Study will map the DNA of 500,000 Intermountain patients in the US to look for new associations between genetics and common diseases, such as heart disease, breast cancer and colon cancer, and its goal is to boost population health and further expand understanding of the human genome.
CDI has emerged as one of the most important vehicles for bridging the gap between the clinical documentation contained in the health record and the resulting clinical and claims data utilized for reimbursement, quality, research and outcomes management. This updated practice brief will keep you current (requires member login).
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Streamlining health care operation costs and boosting efficiency rank as some of the biggest concerns for today's health care executives, according to a study by market research firm Rabin. The need for efficiency was one of the top three challenges going into 2020 for a third of respondents, and executives also said they are focused on encouraging technology vendors to promote interoperability and enhancing employees' technology training to ease the transition to value-based care.
Epic and Humana are partnering to integrate their technologies to provide real-time access to patients' health information, as well as help reduce care costs for patients and ease the administrative burden on providers. The initiative will also make pharmacy data available in real time through an integration of Humana's IntelligentRx real-time benefits check tool with Epic's e-prescribing workflow.
A public service announcement from the FBI said hackers are using https websites, which inform users that web traffic is encrypted and a site is secure, to launch phishing attacks that are designed "to acquire sensitive logins or other information by luring them to a malicious website that looks secure." The FBI advised organizations to train users to verify the content of an email and its authenticity and to look for an incorrect domain or misspellings, and urges users who receive a suspicious email from someone they know to call or email them to determine if the message is legitimate.