From Report on Patient Privacy - It sounds like something out of a 60s-era rock song. But the alleged failure of a Rhode Island medical center to keep track of more than a dozen computer back-up tapes during a “hospital-wide media destruction” has cost it a penalty of $150,000 and resulted in a corrective action plan that requires, among other things, that it hire a private firm to audit how well it is complying with HIPAA. Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - Board members are increasingly entering the compliance fray, and five years from now compliance will have the same level of board oversight as the organization’s finances, a former federal prosecutor says. As regulators, prosecutors, stockholders and other stakeholders demand more from boards, they are asking management, including compliance officers, for more evidence that the compliance program is accomplishing its goals instead of merely rubber-stamping reports. Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - Some suppliers have lost their Medicare provider numbers because they were out of the office when state surveyors came by unannounced during business hours. It’s a reflection of CMS’s crackdown on enrollment fraud, but this type of problem could also result when suppliers, including physicians, step out of their office briefly or close for religious holidays, says attorney Richelle Beckman Marting, who is with the Forbes Law Group in Overland… Read more
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