From Report on Medicare Compliance - Although Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) received another year of relief from fraud-and-abuse laws with the Oct. 17 extension of waivers from CMS and the HHS Office of Inspector General, they may be dropping the ball on the public disclosure and other requirements. At the same time, ACOs face additional challenges as they travel up the learning curve of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). They must embed compliance into numerous physician offices, for example, and ensure privacy and security are preserved while communicating quality data. Read more

From Report on Patient Privacy - Anne Adams, whose titles include chief compliance officer and chief privacy officer for Emory Healthcare, was glad to “get the call” seeking her participation in a meeting of an “operations team” to discuss how the Atlanta-based health system was going to handle communications related to a patient with Ebola. Read more

Compliance Blog

By AIS Staff - July 15, 2014
The scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that has so outraged the nation over veterans’ access to medical care also has pointed the spotlight on whistleblowers and a covered entity’s compliance with whistleblower protection laws. This month’s issue of Report on Patient Privacy (RPP)...
By AIS Staff - June 16, 2014
Let’s say, for whatever reason, you wanted an electronic copy of your medical records. You have a right to them, by law, except that’s not what’s happening at many HIPAA covered entities. For its June issue, Report on Patient Privacy (RPP) took a look at the websites of several prominent health...
By Nina Youngstrom - March 10, 2014
Two recovery audit contractors have a bone to pick with some of the changes planned by CMS for the next round of the five-year RAC contracts and have filed “pre-award” protests with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Emily Evans, a partner in Obsidian Research Group in Nashville, said at a...

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