From Report on Patient Privacy - What if…someone at Community Health Systems, Inc., had discovered the cyber intruder that had wormed its way into CHS’s network before it bundled up and off-loaded data for 4.5 million patients? With a workable incident response plan in place — which is required under the 2005 HIPAA security rule, by the way — CHS very well could have stopped the attack and prevented the data loss. A threat that is contained and eliminated means data remain safe and there’s no reportable “breach” under the HIPAA definition. Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - A discrepancy between the number of licensed beds and the number of beds billed, perhaps partly because of Medicare’s two-midnight rule, may put hospitals at risk with regulators. About 35 states have certificate-of-need (CON) laws, which limit the number of beds that hospitals may fill and bill for, usually by type of service. Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - As a one-man show, Chief Compliance Officer Brian Kozik partners with colleagues at Lawrence General Hospital in Massachusetts to get the job done. It requires collaboration with case management, information systems and other departments, which dovetails with the idea that compliance is everyone’s responsibility. “How do you do audits on a budget under $70,000?” Kozik asks rhetorically. He and other compliance officers without unlimited resources have a few methods to their… Read more
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