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

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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