Hard drives stolen from hospital impact more than 1,000 patients; Senators applaud FSMB licensure efforts;

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> A pair of hard drives stolen from Norfolk, Virginia-based Sentara Heart Hospital may have compromised information for 1,040 patients who underwent electrophysiology procedures between September 2014 and August 2015, the hospital announced today. Patient information on the hard drives included names, dates of birth and unique patient identification numbers, as well as doctor notes about the procedures. Announcement

> A group of 13 U.S. senators sent a letter last week to the Federation of State Medical Boards, applauding the organization's progress on implementation of its interstate compact to support medical license portability. Letter (.pdf)

Provider News

> More and more hospitals around the country are adopting palliative care programs for gravely ill patients, but a new report from the Journal of Palliative Medicine finds that these programs are not evenly distributed. Article

> The American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan have filed a lawsuit accusing a Catholic health system with more than 80 hospitals nationwide of denying appropriate emergency care to women suffering pregnancy complications. Article

Health Insurance News

> The increasing opposition to the Affordable Care Act's small-group market expansion has paid off in the form of a legislative repeal that has cleared the Senate and is headed to President Barack Obama's desk. Article

And Finally... It's always good to be prepared. Article