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Physician groups speak out against Florida gun-gag rule

Physician groups across the country denounced last week's court ruling upholding a Florida law that discourages doctors from asking patients about gun ownership "when doing so would be irrelevant to patients' medical care."

Task force: Opioid prescribing standards needed

Standardized rules surrounding the amount of painkillers physicians may prescribe for specific surgeries and conditions is a critical factor in addressing the deadly epidemic of painkiller abuse, and a new task force in Massachusetts will work toward that change and more, the  Boston Herald  reported.

Hacker charged with stealing HHS employee info

Personal information for more than 100,000 employees of several federal agencies--including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services--was obtained illegally by an alleged British hacker, indicted late last week by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia for conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, among a bevy of charges.

Hospitals increasingly plan to outsource coding efforts

Hospitals increasingly plan to outsource coding efforts in the coming year, according to a new survey published today by Black Book Rankings.

What auto-enrollment for exchanges means for insurers

Changes to the health insurance exchange renewal process could lead to "painful" repercussions for insurers, according to a new report from Milliman.

Should hospitals bear more responsibility for mentally ill?

With more and more stories of mental health patients injuring and killing healthcare worker across the country--most recently in Pennsylvania--hospitals and health systems need to focus more on treating mental illness, author Caroline Hamilton writes in  Security Info Watch.

Arming docs not the answer to prevent office violence, experts say

A Philadelphia psychiatrist who returned fire on a mentally ill patient in his office last week "without a doubt saved lives," stated Yeadon Police  Chief Donald Molineux in a press conference following the incident, as  repo rted  by the  Delaware County Daily Times.

Trustees: Medicare funds safe through 2030

Neither Medicare nor Social Security can carry on with their current financial schedules, and legislative changes must be addressed, according to an annual report released Monday by the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees.

Vague definitions of health plan and payer create challenges

Common misuse of the terms health plan and payer is making it difficult for the payer community to comply with the Health Plan Identifier (HPID) final rule, according to the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.

Google ventures further into healthcare realm

Google's co-founders said earlier this month that they don't foresee the tech giant becoming a healthcare company, but in a new venture it plans to create a full picture of what a healthy human should look like.