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

Compliance Blog

By Nina Youngstrom - January 15, 2016
The devil will be in the details of the ban on new off-campus provider-based departments. Except for emergency departments and grandfathered provider-based space, off-campus provider-based departments can’t enjoy the Medicare reimbursement advantages of the outpatient prospective payment system...
By Lauren Clason - January 13, 2016
HHS on Jan. 7 published a new set of guidelines relating to patients’ access to their medical records under HIPAA. The guidance comes in the middle of the agency’s industrywide push for a transition to electronic health records, and as venture capitalists pour a record amount of cash into digital...
By Lauren Clason - December 11, 2015
HHS and the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) on Dec. 3 released an “after action” report on a series of data breach simulations they conducted with 12 health plans around the country, spotlighting a number of common issues teams face in investigating and containing an exposure of...

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