Do You Have The Right Data Security ‘Attitude’?

Executive Briefing | January 22, 2018
Monica E. Oss It was only four days ago that we wrote about the data security issues facing health plans and provider organizations, including the recent ruling in Connecticut that consumers can sue over medical record breaches—More & Larger Health Care Databases Mean More Data Security Concerns. But I was struck over the weekend with all of the “new” security breach headlines: $17M Settlement Agreement Reached in Aetna Data Breach Case Hackers Access Patient Data At Oklahoma State Facility Allscripts Still Working To Resolve Ransomware Attack Another Indiana Hospital Hit By Ransomware Attack Greenfield Hospital Pays $55000 Ransom; No Patient Data Stolen; Hackers Demanded Bitcoin Massive Data Breach Hits Norway And Over 3 Million People’s Healthcare Data Feared Stolen By Hackers These headlines (and the very unsettling...

The FDA Pipeline For Medications For Behavioral & Cognitive Conditions: A 2018 OPEN MINDS Update

Market Intell Report | January 16 2018
Medications are an increasingly important part of the management of chronic conditions. In 2016, prescription drug spending totaled $328.6 billion or 9.8% of the $3.3 trillion in health care spending. Comparatively in 2010, spending on prescription drugs total $253.1 billion or 9.7% of the $2.6 trillion in health care spending. For consumers with behavioral health and cognitive impairment there...

Kentucky Granted Medicaid Waiver With Cost-Sharing & Work Requirements

News Report | January 21 2018
On January 12, 2018, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) granted five-year approval for Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver amendment for its alternative benefit plan to impose community-engagement requirements on able-bodied beneficiaries between age 19 and 64. Starting July 1, 2018, non-exempt beneficiaries will need to complete qualifying activities for at least 20 hours per week to maintain...

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