From Report on Medicare Compliance - Providers who fail meaningful-use audits apparently will face a second audit in addition to having their entire incentive payment recouped for the audit period. They have just one shot at reversing adverse audit findings through the informal appeal process established by CMS under the Medicare-Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive payment program. But there may be more wiggle room in practice than on paper, possibly to keep providers from losing enthusiasm for the enterprise, attorneys say. Read more
From Report on Patient Privacy - Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2013 that the portion of the federal law defining “marriage” as a legal union between a man and a woman was unconstitutional, federal agencies have been reviewing their regulations to see which may need to be altered to grant certain rights to married gay couples. Last month, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance clarifying that, as a result of *Windsor… Read more
From Report on Patient Privacy - The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has heard the complaints from hospitals and other covered entities (CEs) that makers of medical equipment don’t provide adequate protections from security breaches in their new devices, and often refuse to issue patches for existing devices or upgrade older models. And they want to hear them again, in person if CEs so desire, to help FDA as it is “building out a more formal and… Read more
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