Elizabeth F. Hodge

Elizabeth F. Hodge

Akerman LLP

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New OIG Special Fraud Alert Aimed at Laboratory Payments to Referring Physicians

On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Special Fraud Alert entitled "Laboratory Payments to Referring Physicians."...more

7/11/2014 - Fraud Healthcare Healthcare Fraud HHS OIG Physicians

The Government Is Here To Help: HHS Releases HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool For Small Providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") has just released a new security risk assessment ("SRA") tool to assist small and medium sized health care practices (one to ten providers) conduct a HIPAA risk...more

4/1/2014 - HHS HIPAA Risk Assessment Small Business

35 Days And Counting - R.I.P. Windows XP

Effective April 9, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support or security updates for the Windows XP operating system. According to Microsoft, personal computers running Windows XP after April 8, 2014 should not...more

3/3/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach HHS HIPAA Microsoft Risk Assessment

HHS Allows Third-Party Premium Payments By Tribes And Non-Profits

We previously reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") has discouraged hospitals and other third parties from paying patients' premiums or cost-sharing. HHS stated in its November 4, 2013 FAQ...more

2/21/2014 - Affordable Care Act AIDS HHS Hospitals Indigenous Peoples Native American Issues Non-Profits Qualified Health Plans

New Privacy Rule Gives Patients Right To Access Lab Test Reports

On February 6, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR) issued a final rule amending the Clinical Laboratory Improvement...more

2/7/2014 - CLIA CMS HHS HIPAA Medicaid Medicare Privacy Policy

PODs Continue To Attract Scrutiny From OIG And Congress

In the wake of a recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General ("OIG") investigation, physicians with ownership interests in medical device distributorships and hospitals should prepare for...more

10/31/2013 - Fraud HHS Investigations Medical Devices OIG Physician-Owned Distributors Physicians

It's Never Too Late To Give Guidance: OCR Starts Releasing HIPAA Omnibus Rule Guidance In Anticipation Of September 23 Compliance...

This has been a busy week for the Department of Health and Human Services / Office for Civil Rights (HHS/OCR). It has started releasing guidance on various provisions of the Omnibus HIPAA final rule (the "Final Rule") in...more

9/23/2013 - CLIA Data Protection HHS HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH Notice Requirements OCR PHI

The Federal Government Issues Proposed Regulations for the Affordable Care Act

On November 20, 2012, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published proposed rules to implement several key areas of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....more

11/27/2012 - CMS EHB HHS

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