From Report on Medicare Compliance - Hospitals and their attorneys may be so deep in the weeds when analyzing financial relationships that they don’t realize the fundamental flaws, said a top official from the HHS Office of Inspector General. Sometimes there’s a failure to see “the flashing yellow warning signs on the anti-kickback and Stark roads” because people get tunnel vision about whether compensation arrangements with physicians can be shoved into an exception to the Stark self-referral law or a safe harbor under the anti-kickback statute, Kevin Barry, senior counsel in the OIG Office of Counsel, said March 26 at the Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment… Read more

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,… Read more

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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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