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…


Wal-Mart exec who led health care expansion steps down

Wal-Mart exec who led health care expansion steps down

April 15, 2014 9:33 am by | 0 Comments

News emerged Monday in an internal staff memo that John Agwunobi would leave his post running the retailer’s health and wellness division. The Wall Street Journal: Executive Who Led Wal-Mart…



What’s the impact of ACA on medication costs? IMS Health report offers some clues

What’s the impact of ACA on medication costs? IMS Health report offers some clues

April 15, 2014 7:11 am by | 0 Comments

The Affordable Care Act and innovative biotech trends are having an impact on medication costs and healthcare spend generally, according to a new report by the IMS Health Institute for…


Focus on health insurance exchange enrollment overlooks millions who bought private insurance

Focus on health insurance exchange enrollment overlooks millions who bought private insurance

April 15, 2014 6:40 am by | 1 Comments

Want to know how many people have signed up for private insurance under Obamacare? Like the health care law itself, the answer is exceedingly complicated. The Obama administration is tracking…


Abortion coverage details hard to find on marketplace plans

Abortion coverage details hard to find on marketplace plans

April 15, 2014 5:08 am by | 0 Comments

When it comes to coverage of abortion services in plans sold on the health insurance marketplaces, opponents and supporters of abortion rights are in complete agreement on one thing: Coverage…


What is the most important change happening in healthcare today?

What is the most important change happening in healthcare today?

April 14, 2014 1:41 pm by | 0 Comments

MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum, to take place April 22-23 in Chicago, unites active investors with corporate business development executives to facilitate investment opportunities with promising Mid-America based startups. The event…


Report projects Obamacare health care costs to dip slightly

Report projects Obamacare health care costs to dip slightly

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday. The Congressional Budget Office predicts…



Activist group targets J&J and its transvaginal mesh lawsuits with social media attack

Activist group targets J&J and its transvaginal mesh lawsuits with social media attack

April 14, 2014 6:33 am by | 5 Comments

Anger vibrates from every element of a new social media campaign aimed directly at Johnson & Johnson. Johnson and Johnson Hurts Women is the web site address. The logo features…


Washington state hoping that Medicaid expansion will cover more inmate health costs

Washington state hoping that Medicaid expansion will cover more inmate health costs

April 13, 2014 9:19 am by | 0 Comments

The state’s prison system anticipates saving more than $1 million this year on inmates’ medical bills because of the federal Affordable Care Act.
Now, state lawmakers want to see if Washington’s home for violent sex offenders can find similar ways to b…


More Texas doctors drop insurance and move to cash only

More Texas doctors drop insurance and move to cash only

April 12, 2014 4:26 pm by | 0 Comments

LAREDO — For 12 hours a day, the waiting room at Dr. Gustavo Villarreal’s family practice is often packed with patients, people who will pay a flat $50 fee for…


NYC considers Google Glass headsets for restaurant inspectors

NYC considers Google Glass headsets for restaurant inspectors

April 12, 2014 10:07 am by | 0 Comments

While Google is presenting Glass as both a consumer and a business product, the strongest enthusiasm appears to be coming from vertical business and professional markets. The latest case in…


The NSA reportedly knew about used Heartbleed security bug for at least two years

The NSA reportedly knew about used Heartbleed security bug for at least two years

April 11, 2014 3:59 pm by | 0 Comments

Heartbleed, the controversial security flaw affecting nearly every major site on the Internet, has been exploited by the U.S. National Security Agency for at least two years, Bloomberg reports. Bloomberg claims that the…


Obama: Sebelius’ service was extraordinary

Obama: Sebelius’ service was extraordinary

April 11, 2014 1:24 pm by | 0 Comments

President Obama said in remarks at the White House that Kathleen Sebelius told him in March that she was going to step down as the secretary of the Department of…


Kathleen Sebelius’ tenure draws criticism and some praise for Obamacare rollout

Kathleen Sebelius’ tenure draws criticism and some praise for Obamacare rollout

April 11, 2014 11:32 am by | 0 Comments

Kathleen Sebelius is leaving her post as Secretary of Health with a mixed legacy because she wasn’t able to effectively meet the enormous challenges of the role. Could anyone? It’s…


3 key items of unfinished business Burwell will inherit with Sebelius’ exit

3 key items of unfinished business Burwell will inherit with Sebelius’ exit

April 11, 2014 10:17 am by | 0 Comments

With the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius and the expected nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to the role of Health and Human Services secretary, the Obama administration has the chance to…