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28 posts categorized "Health Wonk Review"

November 20, 2014

Health Wonk Review: The Turkey Edition

Turkey-palace.png Welcome to Health Wonk Review, the bi-weekly blog carnival featuring the latest and greatest blogging by a staggeringly wonkish agglomeration of health care policy nerds. The last edition of Health Wonk Review was hosted at Wing of Zock. The story behind the name of that blog seems (to this health wonk, at least) oddly relevant to this edition's theme, given the recent news that the construction costs of the new presidential palace in Turkey seem to have doubled ... again.

Well, our frame this week is the other turkey, the turkey that will lull many of us into a stupor late next week, and the health care policy decisions (and decisionmakers) that sometimes make us wish we were in more of a stupor ... so as to lessen the pain. Top of mind in that department this week is #GruberGate:

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February 27, 2014

Health Wonk Review: In Like a Lion

Lion2Welcome to Health Wonk Review's In Like a Lion edition, wherein we consider the big questions of the moment.

  • It seems clear that March is coming in like a lion in most parts of the country. That much is not up for debate.

Our always incisive health wonks have raised numerous important questions over the past fortnight and have attempted to answer them, for their own satisfaction and yours, gentle reader. As they say, reasonable minds may differ -- and you'll see a range of opinions on some of the issues of the day.

So let's take a walk on the wild side and see if we can come up with some answers. Questions on the table include the following:

  • What's new in the world of Obamacare implementation, HITECH Act implementation, and our 50 laboratories, the states?
  • Is there a law of physics that can limit the fiction quotient in Obamacare press coverage?
  • What's the best way for the U.S. to pay for health care expenses?
  • What's the connection between Irish-American heritage and the Massachusetts gubernatorial race?
  • Why does February only have 28 days (usually)?
  • Why promote teamwork and collaboration?
  • Is there deep meaning in synchronicity, or is Roy Poses just messing with me?

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February 21, 2014

Submit! To the Health Wonk Review

HWR masthead

Next Thursday the HealthBlawger will hosting Health Wonk Review right here at HealthBlawg.

This edition will focus in part on:

  • Irish-American heritage
  • Women's history
  • Kidneys
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Ancient Roman contributions to modern civilization
  • Lions

Please submit your best examples of health wonkishness in these categories no later than 9 a.m. ET Wednesday February 26th, thank you (extra points for early submissions), and come back on the 27th to learn more than you ever wanted to know about health care policy ... and to see the meaning of these categories revealed.

Please submit posts for consideration to me at david AT harlowgroup DOT net, re: HWR or Health Wonk Review, including blog title and URL, post title and URL, name of author if not you, and 25 words or less about the post.

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting

November 21, 2011

Privacy and Security: Joke or No Joke?

The Wall of Shame welcomes Sutter Health. Another computer with unencrypted protected health information on over 4 million patients - gone. Now, those guys are pretty smart, so why don't they encrypt all computers with PHI?  One of life's persistent questions.  I mean, I can accept the fact that a health plan operator like Cignet Health might have issues with getting a grip on HIPAA compliance, but Sutter Health?What were they thinking? Can't happen here?  Encryption is a drag?  It's an easy way to avoid major egg-on-face and to avoid spending significant coin on PR, credit reporting services, and potentially on court judgments -- all in addition to significant administrative fines payable to HHS and state regulators.

So the federales are piloting the HIPAA audit program. I know it's required by the HITECH Act, but who believes that it will motivate behavior change?  Anyone?  Sutter Health was clearly not motivated to seek a safe harbor that would have made the loss of 4 million patient records a non-event.  I know encryption can be a drag, but I'm not a techie. If you are, I invite you to educate me (and the other non-techies out there) on the question of how miserable it really is to have to deal with encrypted data; if you're really a techie, write a program to enable light-touch encryption that doesn't interfere with use of data.

Whether or not encryption is miserable, we should be asking: Why is this data on a barely secured computer (password-protected desktop) in the first place? Shouldn't it be stored on a server that stays in a secure facility, or in a secure private cloud?

Furthermore, as data loss incidents like this keep happening -- even among other industry leaders (see, e.g., Mass General) -- perhaps we need a new framework for thinking about access to health information. If we knew for sure that employment and insurance decisions would not be affected by the availability of otherwise private health record information, perhaps we would be more sanguine about their release. Perhaps government resources would be better spent on beefing up education and enforcement in those arenas (vs. auditing and enforcing compliance with privacy and security standards).

David Harlow 
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting
 

June 10, 2010

Blog carnival trifecta

It's a Health Wonk Review week -- the latest, "killer," edition of the biweekly blog carnival for health wonks is up, courtesy of Tinker Ready at Boston Health News.  The weekly carnivals are worth a read, too, of course: the lawyers' Blawg Review at Spam Notes and the medbloggers'  Grand Rounds at MDiTV.

Tune in again next Monday, when Blawg Review returns to HealthBlawg - the home of hipness.

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting

April 01, 2010

Blog Carnivals; next Health Wonk Review right here on April 15

This week, health reform looms large in the minds of blog carnival hosts.  Evan Falchuk's health reform edition of Grand Rounds is up at his See First blog.  Rich Elmore hosts the current Health Wonk Review at his Healthcare Technology News (check out the flying pigs photos and more; cf. the HealthBlawger's "First Hundred Days" edition of Blawg Review for another reference to flying pigs).

The next edition of Health Wonk Review will be hosted right here on April 15th.  The themes we will be exploring in that biweekly exegesis of health wonkery include the following:

  • Metaphors
  • Lying
  • Song (esp. the blues)
  • Art (esp. painting, drawing)
  • Inventors and their contraptions
  • Fast food
  • Liberation
  • Cosmetic surgery/medical spas
  • Impressionist 19th century novels
  • Immenseness
  • Mortality
  • Racial integration
And of course ...
  • Death and
  • Taxes

Please submit your best examples of health wonkishness in these categories no later than 9 a.m. EDT Wednesday April 14th, thank you (extra points for early submissions), and come back on the 15th to learn more than you ever wanted to know about health care policy ... and to see the meaning of these categories revealed.

(Submit via Blog Carnival or via email to david AT harlowgroup DOT net, re: HWR or Health Wonk Review, including blog title and URL, post title and URL, name of author if not you, and 25 words or less about the post.)

And finally, a bit of fun for April Fools Day.

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting

October 15, 2009

Blog Carnivals this week

Please be sure to check out this week's editions of Blawg Review at Popehat, Grand Rounds at Survive the Journey and Health Wonk Review at InsureBlog.  Of special note, this week's edition of Grand Rounds is a participatory medicine edition, and announces the launch of the Journal of Participatory Medicine, which will happen formally at next week's Connected Health conference here in Boston.  Hope to see you all there.

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting


October 01, 2009

Blog carnivals this week

Legally Unbound hosted Blawg Review this week.  I was fortunate enough to watch the sidewallks get rolled up on Beacon Hill with Blawg Review's anonymous editor, "Ed.," who was in Boston last weekend; he then hightailed it to Vegas to supervise Blawg Review #231.

Laika's MedLibLog hosted Grand Rounds this week.  Hard to believe GR is in its sixth year.

Health Wonk Review was ably hosted by Brady Augustine at MedicaidFirstAid; this edition featured a baseball theme, and HealthBlawg made it to the playoffs!

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting

July 24, 2009

Blog Carnivals: Lawyers, Medbloggers and Health Wonks (Oh My)

Just catching up on the week's blog carnivals ....

Blawg Review #221 at The Complex Litigator begins with an exposition on Guy Fawkes Night, and takes us on a tour of the blawgosphere, touching on imagined Senate confirmation hearing testimony from Yoda, hamsters, and class actions.

This week's host of Grand Rounds, Doc Gurley, presents the Mystery! edition, and the HealthBlawger appears in Act Three - The Law Gets Involved; no mystery there.

And speaking of carnivals, Paul Testa at the New Health Dialogue Blog has found his calling as a carnival barker and asks us all to step right up and "wander through a spectacle that's as uniquely American as apple pie and health reform."  That can mean only one thing, dear reader: Health Wonk Review.

Try not too eat too much cotton candy.

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting

June 11, 2009

Health Care Reform edition of Health Wonk Review is up

Joe Paduda does a great job pulling together the best of recent policy posts from the health blogosphere -- and tops it off with some insightful wonkishness of his own -- in today's edition of Health Wonk Review at Managed Care Matters.

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting