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
From Report on Medicare Compliance - The HHS Office of Inspector General is trying to drive compliance deep into the culture of Halifax Hospital Medical Center by requiring all of its top managers — including the chief medical officer, chief revenue officer and service line administrator — to certify in writing that their departments comply with federal health care regulations. The annual certifications are one of the requirements in the five-year corporate integrity agreement (CIA) that’s part… Read more
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