Pennsylvania insurance department approves WPAHS-Highmark deal; HHS to provide more HIPAA guidance to covered entities;

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> The affiliation between Pittsburgh's West Penn Allegheny Health System and Highmark received state approval, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department announced yesterday. Announcement

> Hundreds of participating European hospitals significantly under-diagnose C-diff infection, according to study findings presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease in Berlin, MedPage Today reported. Article

> California lawmakers propose stripping away the Medical Board of California's responsibilities to investigate physician misconduct and giving those powers to the state attorney general, the Los Angeles Times reported. Article

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> On the heels of concerns that many healthcare providers misunderstand HIPAA, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services plans to offer guidance and technical assistance to covered entities and business associates with concerns about the recently updated omnibus rule. Article

> Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have developed a computer-aided electronic warning system to help identify patients at risk for premature death, such as from an abnormality in the heart's electrical system, the institution recently announced. Article

And Finally… I'm pretty sure a can of green beans isn't supposed to croak. Article