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Why Even Public Info Must Be Kept Private Under HIPAA

June 5, 2017

By Glory Francke, Adam Greene and Becky Williams A not-for-profit health care system recently agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights $2.4 million as part of a settlement over potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations. The incident at issue involved the system releasing a patient’s name …

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eClinicalWorks to Pay $155 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

June 1, 2017

One of the nation’s largest vendors of electronic health records software, eClinicalWorks (ECW), and certain of its employees will pay a total of $155 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that ECW misrepresented the capabilities of its software, the Justice Department announced. The settlement also resolves allegations that ECW paid kickbacks to …

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OCR’s Iliana Peters Shares a HIPAA Enforcement Update

May 31, 2017

HHS Office for Civil Rights Senior Advisor for HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement, Iliana Peters, recently sat down with the HCCA’s Compliance Institute to give an enforcement update. Topics include: • Recent cases and settlements reflecting ongoing compliance and enforcement issues • The importance of enterprise-wide risk analysis and safeguards required by the Security Rule • …

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How Clinically Healthy Is Your Practice?

May 26, 2017

Many medical practices make the mistake of tracking only financial performance. To be sure, a medical practice will not be able to continue its important clinical work without assuring financial health. But focusing on finances alone only gives you a singular snapshot of your practice’s performance. What if quality outcomes are not at their level …

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Physician learns how not to fill out an insurance application

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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Reporting Changes in Ownership to Medicare

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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$2.5 million settlement shows that not understanding HIPAA requirements creates risk

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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