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Health Care in 2014: A Brave New World

With the completion of the enrollment phase of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health care in the United States has entered a new era that will be characterized by extensive changes and challenges for both providers and...more

Victory in House of Representatives for Improvements to WOSB Federal Contract Program

On May 7, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued Directive 2014-01, instituting a five-year moratorium on the OFCCP enforcement over TRICARE subcontractors. The moratorium applies to health...more

HIPAA Impaired Providers and the ER - What Happens When Your Employee Becomes Your Patient?

I was speaking this week at IAHIMA’s Annual Conference on the issues relating to HIPAA audits and recent updates from OCR and ONC. As part of my program we typically solicit questions prior to the presentation, most of which...more

Audit Log Discovery As A Feature Of The Electronic Medical Record

The increased use of electronic medical records ("EMR") is changing not only the way physicians practice medicine but also the way discovery is conducted in medical malpractice lawsuits. Plaintiffs' attorneys seek to...more

Federal Government Aggressively Pursuing Health Care Fraud

Proactive self-audits help providers identify potential problems - The Federal Government is using every tool available to fight health care fraud and recover overpayments from health care providers. According to the...more

Utilizing the HIPAA audit protocols as a compliance tool By Kimberly J. Gold

Originally published in Compliance Today on December 1, 2012. ..Covered entities are now subject to privacy and security audits by OCR. ..OCR published audit protocols regarding its standards for such...more

Medicare Audit Challenges to Paying Nursing and Allied Health Program Pass-Through Costs

The Medicare program shares in the costs for approved nursing and allied health education programs operated by hospitals, a matter which has become a recent focus in Medicare audits of hospitals operating such programs....more

HHS Publishes Roadmap for HIPAA Audits .

One of the less well-known provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (or "HITECH") Act[1] is the requirement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") periodically...more

Are You Ready? HIPAA Audits Are Here.

As part of health care reform, the federal government mandated that a pilot HIPAA audit program (the “HIPAA Audit Program”) be developed to ensure compliance with HIPAA’s privacy and security rules and its breach notification...more

Federal Government Releases Protocol for HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Audits

On June 26, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released on its website the protocol that it has developed to serve as a guideline for recently-implemented HIPAA...more

OCR Releases HIPAA Audit Protocol

Protocol provides clues regarding areas of focus for ongoing HIPAA audits assessing compliance with the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health...more

Shorts on Long Term Care - May 2012

In this issue: - A Sign of the Times: Nonpayment of Resident Accounts, Transfer/Discharge and Related Issues - Responding to an Audit? Be Prepared! - Ken’s Quote of the Month An excerpt from...more

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