From Report on Medicare Compliance - Palestine Regional Medical Center in Texas agreed to pay $45,000 to settle allegations it violated the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) when it discharged an unstable dialysis patient and failed to provide oxygen or transportation, according to the HHS Office of Inspector General. The 48-year-old woman died the same day. When the patient, who had a kidney transplant and received dialysis, showed up at the outpatient dialysis center on Dec. 3, 2012, she was very short of breath, the settlement states. Read more
From Report on Patient Privacy - Since 2009, covered entities (CEs) have been dutifully sending annual reports to the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) that tick off every “small” breach that exposes the protected health information (PHI) from a single person and up to 499 people, in addition to the quicker reporting (60 days) required when more than 500 individuals are affected. So far this year, OCR collected $20.3 million in settlement agreements from organizations experiencing… Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - Noncompliance with the Medicare physician supervision requirement has landed several hospitals and other providers in settlements with the government. Westfield Hospital in Allentown, Pa., and affiliated entities, including Lehigh Valley Pain Management, and three physicians agreed to pay $690,441 to settle false claims allegations related to incident-to billing and its supervision requirement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said Aug. 17. Read more
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