Workplace Wellness Programs Prompt Health Privacy Concerns

Individuals participating in employer-sponsored wellness programs frequently are giving their employers access to their health data, via fitness trackers, under the assumption that they are doing so with HIPAA protections in place. But privacy experts worry that wellness data will be used against employees.

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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create Public-Private Cyberworkforce Exchange

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced the “Cyber Security Exchange Act” on Monday, aimed at bringing more cybersecurity experts to the federal workforce.

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CMS and ONC Release Proposed Rules on Data Exchange and Interoperability
Feb12

CMS and ONC Release Proposed Rules on Data Exchange and Interoperability

“At first glance, we are pleased that ONC’s information blocking rule acknowledges in its exceptions the importance of promoting the privacy and security of electronic health information, which is a core tenet of the HIM profession,” said AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE.

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Readily Understandable Cost, Quality Data Are Influential Factors in Physician Decision-Making

When physicians have access to cost data and other clinical data that accompanies it, they are able to make better decisions about treatments while lowering costs for their practices and their patients, a report finds.

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VA Plans to Digitize Vietnam Records to Support Mental Health Claims, Treatment

The Department of Veterans Affairs is hoping to process the claims for Vietnam-era veterans seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder by digitizing combat records previously kept on paper.

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Absence of EHRs in Mental Health, SUD Treatment Hinders Opioid Interventions

Privacy laws designed to protect individuals with mental health or substance use disorders when HIPAA was first implemented now hinder the care and treatment of people with opioid addictions, according to a new Bipartisan Policy Center report.

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