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Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry Cafe, more add 3% employee benefit surcharge

Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry Cafe, Milo and Olive and Sweet Rose Creamery are the latest Los Angeles restaurants to add a surcharge to supplement their employees' healthcare costs. The four businesses, all part of owner Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan's Rustic Canyon family, made the announcement in a...

Encryption at rest and encryption in transit for HIPAA compliance are not easy questions to answer

Given the number of breaches we’ve seen this Summer at healthcare institutions, I’ve just spent a ton of time recently on several engineering engagements looking at “HIPAA compliant” encryption (HIPAA compliance is in quotes since it’s generally meaningless). Since I’ve heard a number of developers say “we’re HIPAA compliant because we encrypt our data” I wanted to […]

Obamacare's Glitchy Website Hinders Thousands Asked to Verify Citizenship

Three hundred thousand people who enrolled in Obamacare have been asked to submit proof of citizenship or risk losing their insurance. Many who have tried to comply are finding the website to be more of an obstacle than a convenience. Show More Summary

New challenge for Tax forms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on this one could delay tax refunds for many Americans.

EHRs and patient safety

If you wonder where I’ve been, I’ve, for one thing, been blogging a bit for (very little) pay over at and writing a lengthy cover story for the September issue of Healthcare IT News. The Healthcare IT News piece actually breaks...Show More Summary

Medicine's Next Big Mission: Understanding Wellness

Leroy Hood says sensors and big data analytics will enable predictive, preventative healthcare

Is GlaxoSmithKline A Solid Long-Term Investment?

By IAEResearch: The major players in the healthcare sector have been suffering despite an overall impressive performance of the sector - most of the BioPharma companies have outperformed the broader index as well as the healthcare sector. Show More Summary

What Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) Will Offer at Its Clinics?

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) is on a spree to cut its costs and one of the dominant areas those cuts will be coming from is healthcare. It was revealed recently that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) will be opening ‘Wal-Mart Care Clinics’, which will essentially be primary health clinics located inside of Walmart stores. The company […]

Obamacare Expanding Healthcare Access For Trans People

9 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

A growing number of low-income people who identify as transgender are finding that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is making it easier for them to transition. One of Obamacare’s key components is the requirement that health care providers provide coverage...

Abbott’s Collaboration With Department Of Defense Could Boost Diagnostics Sales

The DoD has awarded $19.5 million to the healthcare giant in a multi-phase contract to assess TBI biomarkers which can be used for the quick testing of concussions. A quick and accurate test is important for injured soldiers to prevent further injury and aid in recovery. Show More Summary

Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book

14 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

Also: the case for a more inclusive literary culture; healthcare and the modern writer.

It’s Easy to See Why Labor Would be Upset with This Hospital CEO (and I Am Too)

Monday is Labor Day, a holiday here in the United States. Some nursing unions support Lean in healthcare, while others are in opposition. My stance is been that the unions should love Lean (since it  improves the workplace for their members), but they are right to criticize practices like layoffs and other things that aren’t really […]

Factoring in human factors

This article in Crain's Detroit Business (originally from Modern Healthcare) notes:Recent studies have found that rapid implementation of new medical technology — electronic health records, patient monitoring devices, surgical robots and other tools — can lead to adverse patient events when it is not thoughtfully integrated into workflow. Show More Summary

Hobby Lobby isn't the only birth control access hurdle

The major achilles heel of Obamacare working as healthcare reform policy is that it keeps insurance companies largely in control of the health care people can access. That's compounded by the reliance on state insurance regulators to do the heavy lifting when it comes to making sure that insurers comply with all the provisions of the federal law. Show More Summary

World’s Best CEO: Employees Rally To Save Their CEO’s Job And Win, Strike A Success At Market Basket

One man may be the best CEO in the world considering the lengths his employees went to ensure he kept his job. It is not uncommon for workers to participate in a strike for better wages, healthcare or improved working conditions. However, it is unheard of for employees to strike in a show of support

3 Reasons Sanofi's Stock Could Rise

Shares of the French biopharma Sanofi have underperformed this year. Here are three reasons why this top healthcare name could rebound soon.

Using the cloud to change business models | #vmworld

In 2012, the healthcare technology and pharmaceutical provider McKesson Corp. gave itself two years and a small team to change how IT interacted with customers. It demanded a small, agile team willing to experiment with and invest in new technology. … Continue reading ?

Brief Interviews With Interesting Women: Affashionado Brings That Sustainable Fringed Purse Game to Chicago

yesterdayNews : The Newsroom

Photo by Affashionado It all started with a YouTube video. Chicago native Shana Thomas was having difficulty finding a career in fashion after graduating into the 2008-and-beyond economy. After starting a career in healthcare, she watched a video about...

Union attacks one buyer, supports private equity firm

The plot thickens. Remember my story from yesterday about an SEIU corporate campaign against a health system? Now, Beth Kutscher at Modern Healthcare adds a new report:The Service Employees International Union-Healthcare Workers West...Show More Summary

Angie's List - Time For Plan B

By Jeremy Blum: Angie's List (NASDAQ:ANGI) in its present form is a subscription model. Customers pay to access users ratings on various services such as contractors, auto repair and healthcare and give their own ratings. As of June 30, 2014, ANGI had 2.8 million members paying an average of $26 a year. Show More Summary

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