Health care news from around the web: Jan. 22 – 26, 2018

Written on Jan 26, 2018

Hospitals, doctors brace for loss of children's health funds
Providers of medical care are once again bracing for the loss of federal funding under the Children’s Health Insurance Program with the Republican-led Congress still unable to come up with a plan to fund it beyond March of this year.

Government shutdown could put chokehold on public health
It remains unclear how a government shutdown would affect the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The federal government looks set to furlough thousands of public health workers and stop some services and payments temporarily.

Deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care
The number of legal immigrants who access public health services and enroll in federally subsidized insurance plans has dipped substantially since President Trump took office, many of them fearing their information could be used to identify and deport relatives living in the U.S. illegally, according to health advocates.

Amazon’s health ambitions confirmed? Company seeks medical data compliance leader for mysterious new initiative
Amazon appears to be preparing for a serious move into the world of health by posting a job listing seeking an “HIPAA Compliance Lead,” referring to the federal privacy law that governs how health data is stored and used.

Tech Corner - What’s on your iPhone? Device searches by U.S. border officials are skyrocketing
International travelers headed to the U.S. should be prepared to hand over their smartphones. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol conducted 30,000 searches of international travelers’ electronic devices in 2017, a 50% increase.

Leave a comment