From Report on Patient Privacy - The fictitious hospital that employs the staff shown in Boston Medical Center’s HIPAA compliance training video has some serious work to do. Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - It looks like hospitals will soon be required to inform Medicare patients when they are placed in observation instead of admitted as inpatients, something that may be a clinical distinction without a difference but could have an effect on patient copayments and their ability to obtain Medicare coverage for skilled nursing facility (SNF) treatment. The U.S. Senate passed the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (H.R. 876)… Read more
From Report on Patient Privacy - A landmark voluntary settlement agreement between the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and a New York City medical center announced last month has established a new standard for appropriate policies and procedures to ensure privacy and appropriate care of transgender patients. OCR’s agreement with The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) was prompted by allegations that it violated an antidiscrimination provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when it assigned “a transgender… Read more
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