Legal / Regulatory / Risk Management

Latest Headlines

Latest Headlines

Obama administration made security changes to

The Obama administration made changes to Friday after it was reported that the site  might be violating consumers' privacy rights by giving their personal data, including age, income, ZIP code and various health conditions, to third-party sites. 

Proposal in California would require insurers to update provider lists

California lawmakers have proposed legislation that would require insurers to update their provider lists weekly and make them more available online.

Small insurers in Massachusetts upset over risk adjustment program

Small health insurers in Massachusetts worry that a provision in the Affordable Care Act will force them to subsidize the state's dominant insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Feds to clarify HIPAA for mobile health developers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights is working with ACT- The App Association to provide clearer and more accessible regulatory guidance relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules and address issues and concerns mHealth app developers are facing regarding federal oversight.

FDA green lights mHealth apps for glucose data sharing

The first set of mobile apps for diabetics looking to share data collected by continuous glucose monitors can head to market thanks to a green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

House debates how to pay for SGR fix

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health are working on yet another attempt to reform the unpopular Sustainable Growth Rate formula, according to Healthcare Finance News.

New superbug danger: Patients sickened by infected endoscopes

The use of contaminated endoscopes infected scores of patients in Pittsburgh, Seattle and Chicago hospitals with a deadly, drug-resistant infection, according to recent reports, underscoring the danger posed by the "looming global crisis" of such superbugs.

For most hospitals, penalties wipe out quality bonuses

Medicare will award quality bonuses to the majority of hospitals it assesses, but in most cases, other penalties will offset those gains, Kaiser Health News reports.

Republican Senators introduce bill to eliminate individual mandate

Senate Republicans introduced a bill Wednesday to repeal the individual mandate provision under the Affordable Care Act,  reported Reuters.

Supreme Court considers providers' right to sue state over payments

This week the United States Supreme Court considered arguments in a case that could have far-reaching ramifications for providers' ability to sue states for insufficient Medicaid reimbursement, Kaiser Health News reported.