The HiTech Act in 2009 set in motion a series of changes to the HIPAA rules. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) most recent HIPAA regulation response was issued March 26, 2013.
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The long-awaited changes to HIPPA were released on January 25, 2013, overhauling physicians’ current obligations. Practices should begin reevaluating their business associates, policies, and training
“Difficult” patients exist in every clinical setting. This article will provide risk management strategies to help physicians and practice staff to better work with these patients, and minimize the risk of liability represented by them.
By: Jack Weidner, CLTC As we approach the 2014 health insurance mandate, the principal element of health care reform (HCR), there continues to be more questions than answers for the various stakeholders involved. For practice leaders or employers, the next 15 months will provide time to evaluate your health insurance options and define your future [...]
By Barry F. Rosen and John C. Morton While doctors, hospitals and other medical facilities are patently aware of the numerous federal and state laws and regulations that govern the use and protection of patient information, they may not be aware of certain industry privacy standards applicable to medical providers that accept or process credit [...]
By Bob Galiszewski, CPA and Cory Chaney, Senior Accountant WHILE OPERATING A practice, a physician is forced to delegate duties to trustworthy employees. Sometimes, this trust is not warranted and the temptation to take something knocks down the protective walls of honesty. A good adage to keep in mind is that fraud is typically committed [...]
By: Sigrid C. Haines Are you and your staff confused by the many evolving rules of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) and overlapping state laws? Are you tired of attending mind-numbing seminars? If so, you have lots of company. As non-compliance can be costly, a few common sense tips to help [...]
By: Stephen Kaufman Your practice has carefully protected itself and management against employees bad-mouthing them using social media like Facebook, Twitter, blogs or chat rooms. The policy handbook is clear: Employees are prohibited from using the internet to make disparaging comments about the company; offensive language about co-workers is forbidden; and posting pictures depicting the [...]
With the sweeping changes made by healthcare reform law, the provisions which amend the federal Anti-Kickback Statute have not received widespread attention. However, these provisions clarify that a violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute constitutes a false or fraudulent claim and could have far reaching effects for physicians.
By: Sarah E. Swank The phrase “the carrot and the stick” is often used to describe the two electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs – meaningful use and e-prescribing ( eRx). Currently, physicians who take Medicare patients may receive incentive payments from one of the programs, but in the future could face penalties soon. Some [...]