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Want to Make HIPAA More Interesting? Try Playing Web Games

Many healthcare providers understand the importance of HIPAA compliance, but are not interested in reading detailed regulations and agency commentary to understand the rules.  If this describes any of your staff members, the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology may have a solution: play an online game. In an effort to make […]
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ICD-10, Two-Midnight Rule, RAC Audits, SGR Delayed

The Senate passed this evening the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014“, which creates a 12 month delay for pending Medicare cuts pursuant to Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula. This bill avoids the 24% Medicare cuts physicians were facing starting on April 1st (this will be the 17th delay of the SGR).  Another […]
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HHS Releases Security Risk Assessment Tool

Need help performing your HIPAA/Meaningful Use Security Risk Assessment?  Good news, HHS has released a tool to help!  In partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator, HHS created a tool, user guide, software, tutorial, videos and even an iOS App to help HIPAA covered entities and business associates perform the required HIPAA Risk Analysis. […]
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$4 Million Stanford Settlement – Business Associate Pays Majority

Remember the $20 Million class action law suit against Stanford due to the posting of an Excel file online by a Business Associate?  The law suit, driven by California state privacy laws recently settled for $4 Million, with the Business Associate paying the bulk of the settlement.  The class action suit, one of five large […]
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PROTECT Act Seeks to Exclude Health IT Software from FDA Oversight

Last month, Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduced proposed legislation, the PROTECT Act (Preventing Regulatory Overreach To Enhance Care Technology) of 2014 (full text available here), which seeks to remove the Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) regulatory authority over certain health information technology (“health IT”) software. Main Provisions of the PROTECT Act […]
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Skagit County Agrees to Pay $215,000 for HIPAA Violations

On March 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) reached a $215,000 settlement with Skagit County in northwest Washington state for violations of the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules, according to terms of the Resolution Agreement.  This represents the first OCR settlement with a county […]
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Meaningful Use Exception Includes EHR Vendor Delays

Following its announcement at HIMSS, CMS has published its hardship exception application for 2014 along with its new exception due to vendor delays.  The new exception permits eligible hospitals and eligible professionals to request an exception from the 2015 payment adjustments due to 2014 EHR Vendor Issues.  Specifically, CMS now permits an exception due to […]
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Increased OIG Focus on Kwashiorkor Claims

In its recently released 2014 Work Plan, the OIG has announced that it will investigate hospital billing for Kwashiorkor.  Kwashiorkor is a form of severe protein malnutrition that generally affects children living in tropical and subtropical parts of the world during periods of famine or insufficient food supply. This syndrome is characterized by retarded growth, […]
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Upcoming HIPAA Audits Will Include Business Associates

On February 24, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published a notice of its proposed collection of information in connection with its HIPAA audit efforts.  Comments on the proposed collection request must be submitted by April 25, 2014. The notice indicates HHS’s intent to survey up to 1,200 organizations, including both covered entities […]
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2014 OIG Work Plan Contains New Priorities Specific to Hospitals

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Work Plan.  The Plan contains new priorities specific to Hospitals in areas related to Policies and Practices, Billing and Payments, and Quality of Care and Safety.  For a complete copy of the OIG 2014 Work […]
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