Is your physician office practicing these HIPAA compliance tips?

April 3, 2018

Provide an up-to-date training program on the handling of PHI for employees performing health plan administrative functions. Make sure not to share sensitive PHI with others who shouldn’t have access, including co-workers or personal acquaintances. Avoid accessing a patient’s record unless needed for work or with written permission from the patient. Minimize occurrences of others …

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Doctor’s Royalty Income from Patent Is Ordinary Income, Not Capital Gain

March 31, 2018

The Third Circuit affirmed a Tax Court ruling that a doctor’s royalty income from a patent that he received under a licensing agreement was ordinary income, not capital gains, because by retaining the right to decide how the technology was used, the doctor had failed to transfer substantially all rights to the patent. The Third …

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News and announcements from Medicare

March 29, 2018

Patients Over Paperwork: Empowering Patients Through Data View CMS’s Patients Over Paperwork March newsletter to learn about the MyHealthEData initiative and how CMS is: Helping patients get and share their electronic medical records Working to improve Health Information Technology, which will lower burden on clinicians and patients Helping patients use their healthcare data Working across …

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Notice from HHS Office of Civil Rights regarding “Phishing”

March 27, 2018

Phishing is a type of cyber-attack used to trick individuals into divulging sensitive information via electronic communication by impersonating a trustworthy source.  For example, an individual may receive an e-mail or text message informing the individual that their password may have been hacked. The phishing email or text may then instruct the individual to click …

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Latest on Medicare’s “Physician Compare” initiative

March 22, 2018

Did you miss the “What’s New with Physician Compare” webinars? On February 21 and 22, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted two “What’s New with Physician Compare” webinars, where they shared information about the recent PY 2016 measures release on Physician Compare, star ratings, and upcoming additions to the website including the …

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Some comments on what matters most to your physician practice employees

March 21, 2018

I recently read some feedback from physician practice employees regarding what matters most to them in relation to their own manager (Physician, Administrator, Office Manager, Business Office Manager, etc). Here’s some of the comments. Food for thought if you are a leader in your own medical practice. “Practicing humility, that is, serving your people rather …

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Free NSCHBC webinar on how social media is changing your workplace

March 17, 2018

Attend a free, live 60-minute webinar by the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants which will focus on how social media is changing the workplace. Click here to register for the NSCHBC free webinar. Social media is no longer cutting edge. It is now mainstream — Individuals and businesses use social media every day. …

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No Health Care Merger Too Small for the FTC to Take an Antitrust Look

March 15, 2018

By Carl W. Hittinger and Tyson Y. Herrold In our November and December 2016 articles, we discussed the Federal Trade Commission’s proclivity to challenge health care mergers, even when the purported anticompetitive effects of the relatively economically limited merger would be confined to a local geographic region. For example, in 2014, the FTC, joined by …

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Deducting Charitable Contributions on Your 2017 Tax Return Tax

March 14, 2018

Taxpayers who give money or goods to a charity may be able to claim a deduction on their 2017 federal tax return, which basically reduces the amount of their taxable income. Here are some important facts about charitable donations: Qualified charities. To receive a deduction, taxpayers must donate to a qualified charity. To check the …

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Top Medicare claim submission errors for February per Novitas

March 13, 2018

# Explanation of Medicare Benefits Message Description Resolution 1 96 Non-covered charge. Prior to performing or billing a service, ensure that the service is covered under Medicare. Please refer to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Internet Only Manual, 100-02, Chapter 16. 2 109 Claim not covered by this payer/contractor. This denial indicates that …

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