Physical therapy group to pay $25K to OCR after HIPAA violation; HHS seeks next CIO;

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> Physical therapy group Complete P.T., Pool & Land Physical Therapy, Inc. will pay $25,000 in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights following a HIPAA violation. The company was accused in 2012 of disclosing patients' private health information when it posted patient testimonials online that included patients' names and photos without their consent. Announcement

> HHS is on the hunt for a new chief information officer, according to Nextgov. The agency recently posted a listing to the USAJobs site for the position. Article

Provider News

> The physician who coined the term "post-hospital syndrome" recently said that efforts to fight the phenomenon must begin during the patient's original stay. Article

> Years after becoming part of an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria linked to contaminated medical scopes, a Seattle provider has revamped its practices to keep history from repeating itself. Article

Health Insurance News

> With its new insurance plan, Utah-based health system Intermountain Healthcare plans to limit the rising costs consumers face by holding yearly rate increases at set amounts--a move that if successful could lead other plans to follow suit. Article

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