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The Cost of Overregulation
by Mike McBride

Can America have its cake and eat it too? The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)—good legislation originally intended to enable patients to retain their healthcare when changing jobs—has grown into something of a nuisance for researchers who now spend more time placating government bureaucracy than they do completing research studies. According to a recent national survey of more than 1,500 epidemiologists, which was commissioned by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), three quarters of the respondents believe that HIPAA has not "enhanced participants' confidentiality and privacy," but instead, has "had a substantial, negative influence on the conduct of human-subjects health research, often adding uncertainty, cost and delay.". ... more


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HIT Spending Projected at $10.8 Billion By 2012
The “generational overhaul” of Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) currently underway appears to be the lead driving force behind state and local healthcare technology spending reaching $10.8 billion by 2012. ... more

2006 Healthcare Spending Totals $2.1 Trillion
The centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services tallies up the rising costs for the world’s most advanced healthcare. ... more

HHS Awards CDC Last Grants for Flu Preparedness
The last round of HHS funding is going out to the CDC for development of potential influenza pandemic solutions that include several healthcare IT demonstration projects. ... more

Zero Tolerance: Health Plans Refuse to Pay
Aetna and WellPoint, the third and first largest health plans in the nation, are following Medicare’s lead and refusing to pay (or let their members be billed) for hospital-related errors. ... more


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