From Report on Patient Privacy - “Compliance does not equal security.” That is the big picture message the SANS Institute is sending to health care organizations based on an analysis of the data in its 2014 “Securing the ‘Internet of Things’ Survey.” The “Internet of Things” (IoT) comprises equipment and devices connected to the Web — PCs, servers, routers, medical machinery, smartphones, tablets and single purpose devices — all of which are connected to, provide information to, or can access an organization’s network. SANS, the world’s largest source of information security training and security certification, studied Read more

From Report on Medicare Compliance - Between the lines of the HHS Office of Inspector General’s audit report on kwashiorkor billing at WellSpan York Hospital is a universal story about the fallibility of Medicare reviews. Although it was never mentioned by OIG, which concluded the hospital made mistakes on every claim reviewed for severe protein malnutrition, the audit report was the culmination of a back-and-forth between the auditors and the hospital as they hashed over cases… Read more

Compliance Blog

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...
By AIS Staff - February 6, 2014
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the massive data breach that occurred late last year at a certain big-box retailer targeting the credit card information of millions of those stores’ customers. Human error may have contributed to the breach; likewise, the employees of...
By AIS Staff - January 16, 2014
Last month’s issue of Report on Patient Privacy (RPP) recounts an utterly bizarre tale out of New Mexico where, according to court records, a man suspected of hiding drugs was subjected without his consent to medical procedures, including three enemas, abdominal X-rays and a colonoscopy under...

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