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
From Report on Medicare Compliance - CMS is moving to stop hospitals from seeking cost-report reimbursement from the HHS Provider Reimbursement Review Board if it was never claimed on Medicare cost reports. Hospitals would be required to include all claims on cost reports as a condition of payment, according to the proposed 2015 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) regulation. Read more
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