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Mishandling Medical Records Turns Into an $800,000 HIPAA-Compliance Mistake

A non-profit healthcare company agreed to pay $800,000 as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for allegedly mishandling 71 boxes of medical records in violation of the privacy rule...more

Why you should care about the Affordable Care Act: Campuses explore what steps to take after healthcare legislation passes

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a political hot button in the United States. Now that it has become law, though, the challenge has shifted to determining how the nuances of the ACA will play out in...more

Alabama CON Report - September 2014

In This Report: - I. Certificate of Need Program - A. AL2014-023, DVA Healthcare Renal Care, Inc. d/b/a Ozark Dialysis, Ozark, AL - B. AL2014-024, Regency Retirement Village of Huntsville, Huntsville,...more

Face-to-Face Medicare Reimbursement Requirements for Home Health Certification

CMS has announced its concern regarding the level of compliance for documenting the face-to-face elements necessary for home health care certification....more

Health Law Alert: CMS Modifications to Meaningful Use Rule Gives Providers a Welcome Reprieve

On September 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Final Rule that made several helpful changes to the meaningful use requirements for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. Among...more

Five ACA Issues That Employers Should Be Following

Employers have about three months to finalize their employer mandate compliance plans under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). While most employers are in the final stages of planning, this month’s Take 5 will address five ACA...more

NIST Vetting Guidance Valuable for Health Care Organizations Seeking to Use Third-Party Apps

The mobile app and wearables market in health care is booming, most recently evidenced by Apple’s entry into the market with its widely-anticipated “HealthKit,” a purportedly secure platform that allows mHealth apps to share...more

CMS Clarifies Terms of Global Settlement Offer

As previously reported, on August 29, 2014, CMS issued a global settlement offer (GSO) to acute care hospitals with pending appeals of denials for inpatient claims. Specifically, CMS is offering to settle all qualifying...more

Healthcare Legal News: Volume 4, Number 3 - Special Issue: HIPAA Update

Recent Trends in HIPAA Liability - Since the passage of the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Rule, there has been a substantial increase in HIPAA enforcement actions brought by the Department of Health and Human Services, including...more

OIG Criticizes CMS’s 16-Year Delay in Issuing Regulations; CMS Yawns

Turns out it’s not just health care providers that notice CMS’s foot-dragging. Last Thursday the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of Health & Human Services (HHS) published its report on what CMS has done—or rather, has not...more

Big Data in Health Care

The use of big data is now widespread in the U.S. health care system. At major industry conferences and in leading publications, big data has become a watchword for clinical care providers, private insurers, pharmaceutical...more

China Issues New Telemedicine Opinions for China and Foreign-Based Providers

Telemedicine providers and vendors doing business in China, whether based in China, the United States, or elsewhere, received new guidance on the use of telemedicine in China....more

Medigap Policy Contract with Preferred Hospital Networks Approved by OIG

On August 18, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued another advisory opinion approving a licensed insurance broker’s proposal to establish a preferred hospital network...more

End-of-Life Decision Making for Unborn and Newborn Infants

Introduction - Most expecting parents anticipate that having a baby will be one of the happiest moments of their lives, but some families are required to make difficult, heartbreaking decisions early on, sometimes even...more

Whistleblower Hotline Providers Can Even Save Lives

My mom and dad both have jobs in medicine, so I am some what familiar with how doctors, nurses, and specialists run their practice. My mom works with cancer patients so when I came across this rather shocking article about a...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap

Mobile health industry could get a boost as FDA draft guidance exempts certain medical devices, including digital health devices - The FDA’s decision to not require a number of mobile health devices to go through the...more

Deadline to Update Business Associate Agreements for HIPAA is Approaching

The deadline for updating your health plan’s existing business associate agreements is rapidly approaching. The final regulations issued on January 25, 2013 under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...more

China’s NHFPC issues Opinions on Promotion and Administration of Telemedicine Services

In recent years, China’s central government has made substantial investments to support the development of telemedicine. According to statistics from the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), there were...more

Unlocking the Promise of Personalized Medicine: Reimbursement, Coverage, and Clinical Utility

AmerisourceBergen, in connection with the Business of Personalized Medicine Summit, released “Unlocking the Promise of Personalized Medicine: Perspectives on Reimbursement, Coverage, and Clinical Utility” (“Report“). The...more

Health Care Update - September 2014 #2

In This Issue: - National Health IT Week Begins Today - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State Initiatives - Other Health Care...more

A New Sheriff in Town: Federal Trade Commission Enforcement of Medical Information Security

A recent court decision found that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has authority to enforce the requirements for security of Protected Health Information, or PHI, as defined under the Health Information Portability and...more

Ohio: Sex Offender Screening Now Required for Long Term Care Facilities

The required date for screening for sex offenders in Ohio nursing homes, licensed residential care facilities and county homes (“Homes”) has now arrived. As of September 15, 2014, these Homes are required to screen for sex...more

OCR Reveals Information about Upcoming HIPAA Audits

At the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (“HIMSS”) Privacy and Security Forum this week, health information privacy senior advisor for the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) Linda Sanches revealed certain...more

Employer Shared Responsibility Payments and Reporting Requirements Under the Affordable Care Act: Code Sections 6055 and 6056

Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties - There are two types of employer shared responsibility payments, also known as pay or play penalties, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The first penalty under Internal...more

Health Alert (Australia) - September 15, 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgements: New South Wales (NSW)- 9 September 2014 - Appleton v Norris [2014] NSWCA 311 - In August 2013, Ms Appleton...more

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