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Morning Headlines 12/30/15

HIPAA Helper: Who is Revealing Your Private Medical Information?

ProPublica publishes a search tool that lets consumers search for doctors, hospitals, insurers, and pharmacies to see if they have had any data breaches or privacy complaints.

Health Insurers to Face Fines for Not Correcting Doctor Directories

Starting Friday, CMS will be able to fine insurers $25,000 per beneficiary for errors in the Medicare Advantage provider directory and $100 per beneficiary for errors in plans sold on public exchanges.

Avoid ageism when testing physicians

A blog post debating the value of competency testing for aging physicians suggests that testing should be rolled out across the board and not just for aging physicians, citing inconclusive research on the influence age has on clinical performance.

Cyber security: Attack of the health hackers

Financial Times estimates that 100 million patient records were stolen by hackers in 2015, with 80 million coming from the Anthem breach alone. Eight of the 10 largest healthcare hacks on record happened this year.