Electronic health records raise worry about hacking

By MICHAEL GERSTEIN

Capital News Service

LANSING – Many hospitals have already swapped old paper documents for electronic records to slash administration costs and improve health care.

But with more hospitals switching to digital filing, concern is growing among health and technology professionals that the push for efficiency and lower costs will open the door to malicious attacks from cyberthieves searching for valuable information.

Yet there have been few known Michigan cases of medical information stolen by unauthorized people, experts say.
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Health benefits combined for the older low income

By JENNIFER CHEN

Capital News Service

LANSING – Although the state could move dual-eligible Medicare and Medicaid individuals into a new system, most beneficiaries don’t realize the upcoming changes to their benefits, according to a new survey.

Michigan is one of 15 states awarded a contract to develop an integrated plan that offers both high-quality and cost-effective care.

Medicare provides health benefits to people older than 65, and Medicaid benefits are for low-income residents.

People who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits are called “dual eligible,” according to the Department of Community Health. Continue reading

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