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May 23, 2017

Found this very interesting blog post at Beyond Healthcare Reform (http://beyondhealthcarereform.com/): Dr. Steven Svabek may have set a record for the number of reasons why his tail policy didn’t cover the medical malpractice claims against him. According to a memorandum decision issued last week by the Indiana Court of Appeals, on Dec. 7, 2012, Dr. …

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May 18, 2017

A 2016 Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report noted that providers may not be informing CMS of ownership changes. Providers must update their enrollment information to reflect changes in ownership within 30 days. Owners are individuals or corporations with a 5 percent or more ownership or controlling interest. Failure to comply could result in …

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May 16, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), recently announced a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) settlement based on the impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI).  CardioNet agreed to settle potential noncompliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules by paying $2.5 million and …

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HHS Update: international cyber threat to healthcare organizations

May 15, 2017

Executive Summary Ransomware can infect computers multiple ways and may or may not require user interaction.  This message outlines several vectors of attack and what users can do to help protect themselves.  Dial in information for a Sector-wide call for 1100 ET, May 13, 2017 is included. Where can I find the most up-to-date information …

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Lookup Tool to Help Determine MIPS Participation Status

May 11, 2017

Unsure of your participation status in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)?  Clinicians can now use an interactive tool on the Quality Payment Program website to determine if they should participate in 2017. To determine your status, enter your National Provider Identifier into the entry field on the tool and find out whether or not …

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Hurricane season is here – IRS tips for handling a disaster

May 9, 2017

Here is a video tax tip from the IRS: Preparing for Disasters   English | Spanish |ASL  

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Does Your Physician Practice Use a PEO?: Don’t Assume Anything

May 3, 2017

Courtesy of Tax Guard (http://tax-guard.com) Professional employer organizations (PEOs) – sometimes referred to as “employee leasing companies” or “co-employers” – have been in existence in a variety of forms for over 20 years. However, all too often, the businesses that work with PEOs (the PEO’s client, which is also the lender’s client, and potentially Tax …

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OIG resource guide on compliance program effectiveness

May 2, 2017

In March of this year, the OIG posted a Resource Guide that included ideas about compliance programs, not a “checklist” to assess a compliance program. It was generated to provide as many ideas as possible, while being broad enough to assist any type of organization and permit each to choose which ones best suit its needs. Some ideas …

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Miscellaneous Medicare Resource Updates

April 28, 2017

Diagnosis Coding: Using the ICD-10-CM Web-Based Training Course — Revised A revised Diagnosis Coding: Using the ICD-10-CM Web-Based Training course is available through the Learning Management System. Learn about: International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-CM/PCS) coding tips, information, and resources ICD-10-CM structure, format, and features How to find correct ICD-10-CM …

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MIPS Participation Status Letter

April 25, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is reviewing claims and letting practices know which clinicians need to take part in MIPS, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. MIPS is an important part of the new Quality Payment Program. In late April through May, practices will get a letter from the Medicare Administrative Contractor that processes Medicare …

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