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Jun 16, 2016 12:00:00 PM

So You Have a Cost Accounting System, Now What?

As I help healthcare organizations create effective cost accounting systems, the number one complaint I hear is: “I don’t think this report is accurate” or its second cousin “This just doesn’t look right.” My own father gives me grief because he doesn’t trust accounting systems.

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Topics: Patient Care, Cost Accounting, value

Jan 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Managing Privacy Risks in Radiology Departments

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights released a settlement agreement with Lahey Medical Center in Burlington, Mass.  The hospital agreed to pay $850,000 to settle potential HIPAA violations.

The event that triggered the settlement started when a laptop was stolen from a radiology treatment room in the overnight hours of August 11, 2011.  The laptop was being used both to operate a CT scanner and to access stored digital images.  The laptop contained unencrypted information about approximately 599 patients, and its theft resulted in a breach of that patient information. 

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Topics: Healthcare Data, Patient Care, Cybersecurity