From Report on Medicare Compliance - Jupiter Imaging Associates in Florida has settled allegations with the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) that it gave gift cards to 100 referring physicians, with the value of the cards based on the volume of the physician’s referrals. Jupiter, which provides diagnostic radiology services, allegedly violated the civil monetary penalty (CMP) law applicable to physician self-referrals and kickbacks, OIG said. Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - It’s conventional wisdom that if hospitals don’t pay their physicians at least the median compensation for their specialty, they will move to earn more money. But that’s a compensation myth, two experts say. Read more
From Report on Patient Privacy - Covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs), especially smaller ones that have trouble affording compliance tools, may soon get some low-cost assistance on combating cyber threats, thanks to Congress. The help will be courtesy of the recent funding legislation that provides government appropriations through this fiscal year, signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 28. But it falls short of what could have been, and what some security experts believe… Read more
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