Author Archives: Sally McMahon

Healthcare data breach

Healthcare data breach

Cyber attacks are on the rise and healthcare data is the biggest target. By Carrie Gilbert and Matt Klein The threat of data breaches has troubled the healthcare bar since the HIPAA law became effective in 1996. We knew that at some point the boogeyman would come to life. Witness the Target data breach, which dominated the news for several weeks this past December. Target is

Medicare’s big data dump

Misleading data could lead to increased whistleblower suits. By Anne-Tyler Morgan In April of 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released data showing utilization, payments and submitted charges for services and procedures provided by physicians to Medicare beneficiaries. The enormous data set contains information for over 880,000 distinct healthcare providers who collectively received $77 billion in Medicare payments in 2012 under the Medicare Part B Fee-For-Service program.

OIG report

Ambulatory surgical centers save Medicare, beneficiaries billions. By Adele Merestein In April, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released Report A-05-12-00020 entitled “Medicare and Beneficiaries Could Save Billions If CMS Reduces Hospital Outpatient Department Payment Rates For Ambulatory Surgical Center-Approved Procedures To Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Rates” (“Report”)—a Report title which is self-explanatory. Background In 1982, Medicare began

Time is on their side

Members of Grow Smart Louisville continue to oppose VA hospital on the Midlands site, concerns over veteran’s care. By Kenny Colston The battle over a new Veterans Administration Hospital may seem over, but one group of concerned citizens and doctors are hoping that’s not the case. For several years, the VA has proposed building a new hospital in Louisville and has bought a

UofL pediatricians reorganizing primary care operation

The University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics is reorganizing its general pediatrics division, positioning itself to respond better to the new health care marketplace and needs of the community’s children.   The division provides primary care services to children in Louisville and Campbellsville, Ky., and helps train many of the university’s student doctors, nurses, dentists,

Women at the epicenter of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Teri Shirk Kentucky residents Nobuko Tidwell and her daughters, Amy Tidwell and Mitzi Pendergrass, are among the more than 10 million women at the epicenter of Alzheimer’s disease. While women in America enjoy several health advantages and a longer average lifespan compared to men, the latest Alzheimer’s Disease 2014 Facts and Figures report from