From Report on Patient Privacy - When the Indiana Court of Appeals released its decision upholding the $1.44 million jury verdict against Walgreens for privacy violations by an employee pharmacist, the press and blogosphere started buzzing about the precedent it was setting — an employer could be held liable for the HIPAA violations of an employee. This was the view espoused by the plaintiff’s attorney, Neal F. Eggeson, in a statement to the Indianapolis Star on Friday, Nov. 14, the date of the decision. Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - Medicare will start paying physician practices for chronic care management on Jan. 1, and has carved out an exception to the direct supervision requirement for incident-to billing, which is often a compliance quagmire, to encourage the effective use of the services, according to the 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule regulation published on Nov. 13. There are strings attached, however, including the documentation of a care plan for patients with two… Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - When the electronic health records of a physician at one hospital were almost too perfect, external reviewers took a closer look. Although the physician didn’t treat much chronic illness, one patient had monthly visits and complained about the deductibles piling up for medical care that made little sense. So the reviewers drew a sample of records for patients who had more than four visits over 12 months, and found the… Read more
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