From Report on Medicare Compliance - Observation services are the latest domino to fall into CMS’s grand plan to package as many outpatient services as possible, according to the proposed 2016 outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) regulation, which was published in the July 8 Federal Register. Read more

From Report on Patient Privacy - No covered entity is an island. Covered entities (CEs) collect and share protected health information (PHI) thousands if not millions of times a day, depending on their size. PHI is constantly flowing among CEs and their partners in health care, namely business associates (BAs) and subcontractors. But for most CEs, figuring out whether all the BAs and subcontractors are properly safeguarding PHI and complying with the relevant HIPAA requirements can be a… 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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