Heart doctor: Six initial reactions to the Medicare payment data dump

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Heart doctor: Six initial reactions to the Medicare payment data dump

April 9, 2014 6:50 pm by | 0 Comments

What a day it was for medical news. After much legal wrangling, specifically by the Wall Street Journal, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released detailed data on…


Zogenix prevails in initial challenge to Massachusetts emergency order banning ZOHYDRO ER

Zogenix prevails in initial challenge to Massachusetts emergency order banning ZOHYDRO ER

April 17, 2014 12:59 am by | 0 Comments

 By Kurt R. Karst –   When we first heard about the Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction Zogenix, Inc. filed against Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, among others, alleging that…


True Grit: Why pharma’s leaders aren’t yet capable

True Grit: Why pharma’s leaders aren’t yet capable

April 16, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Faced with an ever-challenging commercial environment, how do upcoming pharma leaders stack up when it comes to critical leadership capabilities and how can they be nurtured to achieve success? “The…



HIPAA privacy and security compliance anniversary: Should You Care?

HIPAA privacy and security compliance anniversary: Should You Care?

April 16, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

The HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule became effective just over one year ago. The compliance date was just over six months ago. Within about another six months (plus or minus), Federal regulators…


Washington state inadvertently released computers containing PHI and other sensitive data

Washington state inadvertently released computers containing PHI and other sensitive data

April 15, 2014 6:20 pm by | 0 Comments

All state governments dispose of large numbers of older computers each year, and while they all have procedures in place to scrub sensitive data from the hard drives before releasing…


Is Your EHR Safe? New Technologies for Auditing

Is Your EHR Safe? New Technologies for Auditing

April 15, 2014 9:22 am by | 0 Comments

Thursday, April 24th from 2:00 – 3:30 EST U.S. legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA and HITECH outline rules governing the appropriate use of personal health information (PHI). Unfortunately,…


Zohydro ban: Disagreeing with Governor Patrick

Zohydro ban: Disagreeing with Governor Patrick

April 15, 2014 8:01 am by | 1 Comments

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is trying to ban Zohydro ER, a new prescription painkiller, under a state of emergency he’s declared to combat opiate abuse. I agree with the Governor…


Cardiologists’ job is to see the whole person rather than a person with a list of diseases

Cardiologists’ job is to see the whole person rather than a person with a list of diseases

April 15, 2014 7:01 am by | 0 Comments

One of the definitions of the noun steward is a person whose responsibility it is to take care of something. Wikipedia calls stewardship an “ethic that embodies the responsible planning…



Tech to the future for medical hiring: 4 new tools

Tech to the future for medical hiring: 4 new tools

April 14, 2014 12:46 pm by | 0 Comments

Tech to the Future for Medical Hiring: 4 New Tools Hiring for the healthcare and medical fields this year is going to be difficult. This should shock no one, since…


Business Associate and HIPAA Compliance Infographic

Business Associate and HIPAA Compliance Infographic

April 14, 2014 12:11 pm by | 0 Comments

Surviving a HIPAA Audit Infographic.


Proposed GMO labeling bill would block state laws

Proposed GMO labeling bill would block state laws

April 14, 2014 12:12 am by | 0 Comments

By Riëtte van Laack – Legislation that would require labeling of genetically engineered or bioengineered foods (generally referred to as “GMOs”) has been proposed in various states. If enacted, these state laws may expose companies to a patchwork of different…


Should step therapy and prior authorization be outlawed?

Should step therapy and prior authorization be outlawed?

April 11, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

In ‘Fail first’ fails patients in the Boston Sunday Globe, a patient with depression decries his health plan’s use of “step therapy,” which requires members to try less expensive drugs before…


GPhA calls for US-EU convergence in biosimilar and generic medicine regulation

GPhA calls for US-EU convergence in biosimilar and generic medicine regulation

April 10, 2014 10:48 pm by | 0 Comments

By James C. Shehan – The Generic Pharmaceuticals Association (“GPhA”) opened a new front in its ongoing battle to shape the approval process for biosimilars, while also calling for more…


Creating health: avoiding the trap of lazy superiority

Creating health: avoiding the trap of lazy superiority

April 10, 2014 10:00 am by | 0 Comments

I’m finding it hard to start this post because I have to start with an admission. It’s an admission of laziness, of presumed superiority. In many ways I have slipped…


Heart doc calls for a time-out for ABIM MOC Mandate

Heart doc calls for a time-out for ABIM MOC Mandate

April 10, 2014 6:00 am by | 2 Comments

From theheart.org (registration required), John Mandrola, MD calls for a “time-out” for the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) mandate:The matter for debate is whether the…


Beth Israel uses Glass and EHR data in the ED to make time-sensitive treatment decisions faster, smarter

Beth Israel uses Glass and EHR data in the ED to make time-sensitive treatment decisions faster, smarter

April 9, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

I’m now able to publicly write about the work that Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been doing with stealthy start up, Wearable Intelligence. We’ve been working over the past…