From Report on Patient Privacy - Every day, doctors close up shop. They retire; they become ill; some even go to jail for Medicare fraud. Hospitals, too, shut down, due to bankruptcies or consolidations. When these events happen, there’s more to think about than what to do with the exam tables and filing cabinets: There’s that pesky problem of patients, or more precisely, patient records. Deciding what to do with these files typically wouldn’t involve HIPAA compliance officials. Read more

From Report on Medicare Compliance - A new law on nonprofit organizations that takes effect in New York state on July 1 serves as a kind of benchmark for governance and compliance everywhere. The Nonprofit Revitalization Act overhauls oversight of nonprofits, which include all hospitals in New York because the for-profit variety isn’t allowed in the state. Compliance with the law will be overseen by Jim Sheehan, chief of the state Charities Bureau in the Office of… Read more

Compliance Blog

By AIS Staff - July 15, 2014
The scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that has so outraged the nation over veterans’ access to medical care also has pointed the spotlight on whistleblowers and a covered entity’s compliance with whistleblower protection laws. This month’s issue of Report on Patient Privacy (RPP)...
By AIS Staff - June 16, 2014
Let’s say, for whatever reason, you wanted an electronic copy of your medical records. You have a right to them, by law, except that’s not what’s happening at many HIPAA covered entities. For its June issue, Report on Patient Privacy (RPP) took a look at the websites of several prominent health...
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...

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