From Report on Medicare Compliance - Some compliance officers feel they’re not adequately valued by senior leaders and the board, who may view the job as limited to responding to government mandates, including regulations and audits. “They feel like they are seen as cops and naysayers, and left out of executive meetings,” says Margaret Hambleton, vice president and chief compliance officer at Dignity Health in California. “They may put blinders on — ‘management only thinks of me as a requirement.’” But that’s not really been her experience. Read more
From Report on Patient Privacy - Last month, in rapid succession, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced two settlement agreements resolving allegations of HIPAA violations, both with academic medical centers and both averaging $2.7 million. They bring OCR’s half-year total to nearly $15 million, a record. “OCR is getting significantly more aggressive with their settlement amounts,” says Adam Greene, a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Inc. has agreed to pay $1.57 million in a civil monetary penalty (CMP) settlement over allegations it played fast and loose with provider numbers. In a couple of states, Planned Parenthood billed for services performed by a physician under another physician’s provider number and did the same with a nurse practitioner (NP), according to its settlement with the HHS Office of Inspector General. Read more
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