Due to increased pressure brought by value-based payment initiatives and other changes, more hospitals are looking to form partnerships with different types of providers, as well as community organizations focused on population health. When forging these partnerships, it’s crucial to be sure both entities mutually benefit from the relationship.
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Regarding data breaches, it’s been said that an organization’s greatest liability is its employees. This is especially true for hospitals and healthcare providers. Often, the actions of staff inadvertently cause major HIPAA violations by sharing patient data, and it’s crucial for hospitals to get this behavior under control.
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