Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates (MEEI) will be paying HHS $1.5 million in installments over three years for a 2010 incident. While the most recent settlement of a similar size was for a data breach involving over a million EHRs, the MEEI data breach involved...
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State and federal privacy laws rigorously restrict sharing of mental health and other highly sensitive patient records. A technique called “data tagging” may be key in facilitating health care providers’ compliance with these requirements. Via Modern Healthcare : Using off-the-shelf...
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Also: 23andMe is hunting for genes linked to Parkinson's disease in data from personalized DNA tests; and Maryland hospitals and regulators are discussing raising hospital prices for private insurers and businesses to make up for suggested Medicare and Medicaid cuts.
Here's what's making health news this morning: Court Rejects Patents on Medical Tests: (WSJ) The Supreme Court jolted the biotechnology industry with a unanimous ruling that threw out two medical-testing patents and suggested companies need to do more to prove their discoveries are really new...
Also: assessing the danger of controversial avian-flu research; ruling on the responsibility of drug distributors; sugar in kids' diets.
The judge said the rule violates companies First Amendment protections against government-compelled speech.
Also: gauging the deadliness of bird flu; seven states sue over birth-control coverage; changing care for the elderly.
Also: age and gender differences in heart-attack symptoms; Supreme Court won't hear J&J's patent plea against Abbott; a study of raw milk and food-borne illness outbreaks.
Also: oral HPV infection rates; Scrushy set to leave prison; Gates Foundation makes big pledge.
Some 54% of respondents said they thought the Supreme Court should rule the individual mandate to be unconstitutional.
Also: analyzing autism's definition; Winn-Dixie pulls some sprouts on salmonella worries; mental illness in America.
Also: Novartis recalls some over-the-counter drugs in U.S.; preparing for the Supreme Court arguments on health-care overhaul; confusion over breast implants in the U.K.
Also: concussion lawsuits; patient overmonitoring?
Also: readmission penalties may disproportionately hit hospitals serving the poorest; doggy flu; neti pot warning.