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> California's new privacy laws, which go into effect Jan. 1, 2014, include the protecting of personal health information (PHI), according to an announcement from Pepper Hamilton LLP. The law--AB 370--requires "companies that maintain health information, or provide hardware or software, including mobile applications, to refrain from sharing, selling or using patient medical information without consent." Announcement

> To prevent the next HealthCare.gov debacle, we should look to the British, says Clay Johnson, a former government innovation fellow and outspoken critic of the troubled online insurance marketplace, speaking at a Nextgov conference. "To improve accountability for government information technology projects," Johnson suggested implementing something like the United Kingdom's Government Digital Service, a Cabinet-level agency that oversees technology spending across the British government and reports directly to the Prime Minister. Article

Provider News

> TriHealth Evendale Hospital in Cincinnati doesn't have an emergency room or any doctors on its staff. Normal business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Yet month after month, the 29-bed hospital consistently scores high marks for patient satisfaction, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier. Article

> After protests and letters from national nursing organizations, along with a petition sporting more than 30,000 signatures, regarding its new reality show "Scrubbing In," MTV has agreed to make changes to the show to more accurately reflect the profession, the Los Angeles Times reported. Article

Health Insurance News

> Industry experts focused on improving the healthcare fraud investigators' clinical understanding and offered legal advice and compliance tips for special investigation unit leaders at this week's National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association's (NHCAA) annual training conference in Orlando, Fla. Article

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