Rhode Island behavioral community now connected to state HIE; Online Medicare cost analysis tool unveiled;

> A laptop containing the protected health information of close to 35,000 patients at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., was stolen from a contractor's car in January, Healthcare Informatics reports. Data contained on the laptop included names, addresses, Social Security numbers, medical record numbers and diagnosis-related information. Article

> The behavioral care community now will have access to Rhode Island's state health information exchange, thanks to a $600,000 in federal funding allocated to the Rhode Island Quality Institute, CMIO reports. Article

> Medicare patients will gain a better understanding of their out-of-pocket medical costs and out-of-network reimbursement thanks to a new online tool--FH Medicare Compare--launched by non-profit cost-transparency group Fair Health. Announcement

And Finally... Two wrongs wouldn't have made it right, anyway. Article

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