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
From Report on Patient Privacy - In May 2013, Idaho State University (ISU) settled with OCR for $400,000 after discovering a firewall protecting a cache of more than 17,000 patient records at several of its clinics had been down for 10 months. ISU determined in August 2011 that IT workers had failed to reactivate the server’s firewall following routine maintenance on the system. Even though a forensic analysis by an outside firm determined that no PHI… Read more
Check out all of the benefits, sample issues & more!