Tag Archives: data

VA payments system hit by hackers, breaching data of 46,000 vets

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs notified its beneficiaries on Monday that a data breach has exposed the personal information of approximately 46,000 veterans. According to the VA’s Office of Management, an online application used by the agency’s Financial Services Center was accessed by unauthorized users in an attempt to divert payments to community care… Read More »

OIG says $2.6B paid out under MA risk adjustment with scant encounter data

Dive Brief: Medicare Advantage health plans billed the federal government $ 2.6 billion in 2016 for more than 617,000 patients whose risk-adjusted medical conditions were diagnosed without their physician present, a new report from the HHS Office of the Inspector General concludes. Further, the OIG report showed that 80% of those health risk assessments were… Read More »

Data Well-Being: A Pillar of Health Citizenship for US Consumers

In the COVID-19 era, most U.S. consumers believe they have an obligation to share personal health information to stop the spread of the coronavirus. However, only 44% would be willing to share their personal data with a national database, a MITRE study learned. Only one-third of Americans would be willing to share their temperature, 29% their… Read More »

CMS releases data showing COVID-19’s impact on Medicare population

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its first monthly update of data that provides a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on the Medicare population. Both COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations of Medicare beneficiaries are highest among minority groups, according to the agency’s Medicare COVID-19 Data Snapshot. For the first time, the snapshot… Read More »

Microsoft offers tools to protect patient data amid heightened COVID-19 security threats

St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has 15,000 employees and more than 1 million patient records.  Given the sheer amount of data being exchanged on a daily basis, “keeping our patient information safe is paramount,” said Chad Brisendine, chief information officer at St. Luke’s, in a video played during a recent HIMSS20 Digital… Read More »