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This week in health care (9/4/15)

Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:

• An Indiana-based oncology group got hit with a $750,000 HIPAA violation fine this week for a breach reported back in 2012. Cancer Care of Indiana reported a breach of PHI to the Office of Civil Rights after an unencrypted laptop was stolen from the car of an employee. The Office for Civil Rights performed an investigation on the group and discovered that even before the breach Cancer Care was in "widespread non-compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule. Source

• Approximately half of U.S. states will not submit ICD-10 codes on workers’ comp claims on October 1. Twenty-one states currently have ICD-10 regulations, and four more states have regulations pending. The mandated transition to ICD-10 this October does not apply to state-level workers’ comp programs. Source

• Starting next week, providers in Texas will be able to receive reimbursement for conducting telemedicine visits with Medicaid-enrolled children while they're in school. The children's parent or guardian must give consent for the visit, and a health professional or school nurse must also be present with the patient during the session. The law will allow Dallas-based Children's Health to be able to sustain their growing school-based telemedicine program, which serves 57 schools in north Texas. Source

On The Front Lines:

Continuing its downward trend over the last two quarters, Apple lost 0.05 percent to Android in net mobile devices this past week. Apple’s upcoming press event, scheduled for September 9, is expected to include debuts for an iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4. The iPad Pro is said to be a MacBook-sized tablet geared toward enterprise use.


iOS: 89.87%
Android: 10.13%

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.