September 14, 2012
By Ben Daniels*
New Findings on Nonprofit Health Systems Governance Models
Beckers Hospital Review (9/13) reports that the Commonwealth Center for Governance Studies released a report analyzing governance and leadership in more than a dozen of the largest hospitals in the Unites States. Chief executive officers and senior trustees of the hospitals were surveyed in 2010 and in 2011. The report highlighted seventeen key findings, ranging from the size of the boards to factors that measure the overall commitment of the hospitals' boards.
Federal Investigators Find That the University of Minnesota Medical Center Violated Patient Protection Laws
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (9/13) reports that federal and state investigators from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Minnesota Department of Health have uncovered several suspected violations of federal law at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. The investigation by state and federal officials uncovered alleged incidents of bill-collection practices that included harassing emergency room patients to pay their bills while receiving emergency care. The investigation of the hospital arose following the Minnesota Attorney General's suit against, and subsequent $2.5 million settlement with, Accretive Health Inc., whom the hospital hired as a revenue consultant in 2010.
Beth Israel: An IT Innovator
InformationWeek (9/12) reports that Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) sets itself apart in information technology (IT) innovation tools such as its Clinical Query informatics system. The system combines millions of data points from more than two million patients with the goal of helping researchers and clinicians comb through vast swaths of data to arrive at new medical interventions. The hospital is also taking aim at the IT needs of new accountable care organizations, developing tools to leverage data and conduct population analytics with the goal of achieving more efficient and effective care.
University of Miami Health System Data Breach
Modern Healthcare (9/10) reports that the University of Miami Health System has confirmed that patient information may have been accessed and sold by a former employee. The hospital began the process of notifying patients of the potential breach. The notification follows a federal investigation that ultimately determined that a former employee accessed 760,000 patient records and sold the information to an individual who then shared the information with chiropractors and lawyers. (Note: registration is required to access this article.)
*We would like to thank Benjamin M. Daniels, Esquire (Foley & Lardner LLP, Boston, MA), for providing this week's update.