From Report on Patient Privacy - Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2013 that the portion of the federal law defining “marriage” as a legal union between a man and a woman was unconstitutional, federal agencies have been reviewing their regulations to see which may need to be altered to grant certain rights to married gay couples. Last month, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance clarifying that, as a result of *Windsor v. Read more
From Report on Patient Privacy - The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has heard the complaints from hospitals and other covered entities (CEs) that makers of medical equipment don’t provide adequate protections from security breaches in their new devices, and often refuse to issue patches for existing devices or upgrade older models. And they want to hear them again, in person if CEs so desire, to help FDA as it is “building out a more formal and… Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - When the CFO of a rural Georgia hospital went head-to-head with a cardiologist over compliance issues related to a medical director agreement, the CFO lost. He says he was sent packing, while the cardiologist continues to practice at the hospital and in fact is chief of staff. But the tables have turned with the cardiologist’s False Claims Act settlement with the Department of Justice. Read more
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