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HHS Issues a Part 2 Proposed Rule to Better Facilitate Care for SUDs

It has been a major focus for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat the opioid epidemic while still ensuring that the confidentiality of patient records is maintained. HHS is proposing to revise the federal...

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National Wear Red Day – Friday, February 1, 2019

Wear RED with Healthcare Compliance Pros as we support National Wear Red Day. The first Friday of February is designated as American Heart Month where businesses and individuals all across the country join in support to eradicate heart disease...

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Breaking News! CMS Finalizes the 2019 PFS and QPP Rule

On November 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule. The final rule includes updates to coding requirements for Evaluation and Management...

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Candy Corn, Black Cats, Jack-o-Lanterns, Bobbing for Apples, and of course, Trick or Treat!

Halloween has been around for centuries with traditions that have been absorbed, changed, and celebrated by many different cultures. Halloween can be dated back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain-nearly 2000 years ago! Samhain was like a...

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HIPAA Privacy Rule – Understanding Health Oversight Disclosures

HIPAA Privacy Rule – Understanding Health Oversight Disclosures At Healthcare Compliance Pros, we occasionally receive questions about disclosures for health oversight purposes. Health oversight can include disclosures for a variety of...

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MyHealthEData Advances with CMS's "Patients Over Paperwork" Initiatives

Recently on August 2nd, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized policies to advance with the MyHealthEData initiative and the CMS Patients Over Paperwork Initiative.  The CMS updates with these core pieces will...

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Thoughts on the AAOE 50th Anniversary Conference

After arriving back to my office from attending a conference planning meeting with the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives' (AAOE), at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. As a member of the Industry Relations Board (IRB), I...

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Facebook

Facebook Last year, Facebook announced they have 2.01 billion monthly users. The daily percentage of users is less, but is still an impressive 1.32 billion users that are actively using Facebook daily. What is a DO, and a DON'T that your...

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8 Tips to Reap the Rewards of Summertime in Your Organization

Ah summer! The weather is nice; the kids are out of school; and many of us take a much needed vacation. For employers and employees, there are potential obstacles to overcome, but these obstacles offer opportunities including rewards that...

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Changes to the Stark Law Are on the Horizon

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just issued a Request for Information seeking recommendations and input from the public on how to address any undue impact and burden of the physician self-referral law – commonly referred...

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CMS Announces Wave 3 of Medicare Cards

New Medicare cards are currently being sent to people with Medicare who live in the following states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. These states make up...

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When are Employees Entitled to Leave Under FMLA?

Occasionally we are asked questions about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). We receive a variety of questions regarding FMLA including questions about leave entitlement. For example: Is our practice required to comply with FMLA? If so,...

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The Challenges of Mobile Devices in Healthcare

A judge recently ruled in favor of the OCR and ordered The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Anderson Cancer Center) to pay over $4.3 million in civil monetary penalties. The judgment came after the Anderson Cancer Center lost two...

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Hurricane Season is Off to a Fast Start

Last year, Harvey and Irma occurred during hurricane season. This year, Alberto just had different plans. Alberto couldn't wait to kick off hurricane season a little bit early. Thankfully there was enough time and a reminder of "what...

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The Five Essential Elements of Telehealth Compliance

In an effort to reduce medication errors and harm, healthcare professionals, such as nurses, may utilize the "five rights" of medication administration: the right patient, the right drug, the right dose, the right route, and the right...

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When Should You Expect MIPS Performance Feedback?

When should you expect MIPS Performance Feedback? As of April 3, 2018, the submission period for 2017 Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) closed. And the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently in the process of...

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OCR Director Offers Clues About Potential Changes to HIPAA

Potential HIPAA Updates: During the recent HIPAA Summit, the Director of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announce three potential HIPAA updates. Prior to making any changes, OCR is planning on...

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Prescription Templates Stolen In Latest Wake of Opioid Crisis in America

A valid prescription for a controlled substance must be issued for a legitimate medical purpose by a registered practitioner acting in the usual course of sound professional practice. The prescription must be written in ink or indelible pencil or...

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Recent Allegations and Attention on Sexual Harassment Presents Challenges

There have been a lot of stories involving sexual harassment allegations against high profile men in the news lately. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movement may have a lot to do with the increased allegations and increased attention focused on the...

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Healthcare Compliance Pros Announces Partnership with HBMA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 2018 Contact: Andre Williams, Executive Director Healthcare Business Management Association 202-367-1177 [email protected] Eric Christensen Healthcare Compliance Pros 801-657-4492 [email protected] Healthcare...

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2018 Tax Filing Deadline is April 17th

This year the tax filing deadline is Tuesday, April 17. The IRS tax filing deadline is commonly referred to as "Tax Day" in the United States.  Although taxes are due by April 17h, you have an option to request...

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Charge Statistics for Discrimination and Harassment Show Unsettling Trend

It feels like not a day goes by when a new high-profile story of discrimination is published in the news. For example, it was recently reported that ESPN is being hit with a lawsuit for discrimination and sexual harassment by a former employee....

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$2 Million Fine for Data Breach Affecting Nearly 55,000 Patient Records

The California Attorney General recently announced a $2 million settlement with Cottage Health System and its affiliated hospitals in California resolving allegations they failed to implement basic, reasonable safeguards to protect patient...

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$3.5 Million Settlement for Failure to Follow HIPAA Requirements

Failure to perform a Security Risk Analysis and adopt a comprehensive corrective action plan resulted in a covered entity agreeing to pay $3.5 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR)....

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HHS Focusing on Battling the Opioid Crisis

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence recently swore in Alex Azar as the new HHS Secretary. One of his major goals and responsibilities will be to fight the opioid crisis, while also focusing on bringing drug prices down. "We...

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A burger, some fries, a milkshake and a side of fentanyl?

It was recently reported that in St. Lucie County, not only could you get a burger, some fries and a milkshake at the Steak 'n Shake, you could also get fentanyl, carfentanil or heroin. In what was called Operation Big Mi-Steak, more than 40...

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What can Healthcare Facilities learn from the Florida Shooting?

Schools nationwide have been having drills intended to prepare for active shooter situations, but are the drills enough? That is a question on a lot of minds following the tragic Parkland, Florida School shooting. According to one reporter, the...

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Integrity: More than Just a Piece of the Healthcare Compliance Puzzle

There are many ways integrity is defined. Most of us have heard integrity defined as what you do when nobody else is around, or what you do and how you do it on a daily basis. Integrity is a concept that includes consistency in actions,...

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Should Office Romances Be Allowed In The Workplace?

Healthcare organizations are not exempt when it comes to office romances. Some organizations may choose to ignore office romances; some organizations may ban them altogether; while others may have policies and procedures in place for disclosing...

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A Breach Can Be Good Medicine

Are you among the lucky healthcare providers who have never experienced a "Breach" of Protected Health Information (PHI)?  You have run such a tight ship that a "Breach" has never occurred and that makes you feel relaxed...

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New Medicare Cards Are Coming!

For information on Medicare or Medicaid cards, please call 1-800-MEDICARE (663-4227). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that under the Medicare Access and CHIPS Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, they are required to...

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OIG to look at Questionable Billing for Off-the-Shelf Orthotic Devices

Included in the January 2018 Office of Inspector General's (OIG) Work Plan is an active item titled Questionable Billing for Off-the-Shelf Orthotic Devices.  The three off-the-shelf orthotic devices being reviewed are: L0648 –...

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Policies and Procedures: Critical for Healthcare Organizations

In the healthcare industry, written and implemented policies and procedures should help an organization and its employees make decisions, take the appropriate action, and ensure activities are in compliance with laws. Policies and procedures are...

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Ransomware Attack Impacts and Allscripts Applications

On January 18, 2018 Allscripts experienced a ransomware attack that impacted their cloud based EHR and other services. At this time, Allscripts does not believe there is any reason to believe any data has been removed from their systems....

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Breach Notification Deadline is Just Around the Corner

The deadline for submitting notice of a breach affecting fewer than 500 individuals is just around the corner. If a breach of unsecured protected health information affects fewer than 500 individuals, a covered entity must notify the Secretary of...

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December was a relatively quiet month for the OIG Work Plan

The Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) Work Plan sets forth projects such as OIG audits and evaluations that are underway or planned to be addressed in the fiscal year and beyond.  Instead of providing the annual Work Plan we were...

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MIPS Data Submission is Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the data submission system for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program has been launched. Clinicians can now submit all of their 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment...

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Large HIPPA Settlement closes out 2017

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reported that 21st Century Oncology, Inc. (21CO) agreed to pay $2.3 million and adopt a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the...

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Tips to Protect & Secure Information When Using Mobile Devices

In the United States, users of mobile devices are spending on average 5 hours per day on our mobile devices. Most of our time, approximately 69% is spent in apps. And there have been a growing number of mobile device users in healthcare. For...

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Going Phishing? Phishing Attacks are on the Rise!

Social Media can be a great tool for any practice to reach both current and potential patients. As we touched on in the first three parts of this series, social media can help you educate, communicate with, and interact with your patients but it...

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Why Are Plan Sponsors Asking for Attestation?

It's that time of year again. Not just the holidays, but the time of year plan sponsors ask for attestation from providers indicating General Compliance and Fraud, Waste, and Abuse training has been completed by those required to do so. The...

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What Can We Expect From MIPS Year 2?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) recently issued the final rule will comment period for the second year of the Quality Payment Program. While Year 2 is said to be transitional, CMS has said they are making some minor changes and also...

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Top 10 Things We Are Thankful For

This month in the United States, the holidays are kicking off with Thanksgiving. Each November, family and friends gather to give thanks, eat good food and watch football. Here at HCP, we wanted to let you know that 10 things that top our list of...

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Reminder About Correct Coding of E/M Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) issued a reminder about correct coding of Evaluation and Management (E/M) services. As part of their reminder, they mentioned a study report the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) that noted 42 percent...

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Clean Out Your Refrigerator and Perform a Walkthrough

Did you know that November 15th is National Clean out Your Refrigerator Day? If a task such as cleaning out the refrigerator deserves a special day, what about a task such as performing a HIPAA walkthrough?  With 2018 less than a month away,...

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Are you aware of your Holiday Time off Policy?

Most organizations that offer a personal time off system for all leave purposes, or vacation leave and sick leave systems, typically award time off based on your employment status, job level, your title and years of service with your...

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Workplace Halloween Costume Do's and Don'ts

Halloween is upon us. For employers, choosing a costumes policy can be scary. Will you allow costumes? If yes, what costumes are allowed? Are there employees who may be offended by Halloween costumes? For employees, choosing a costume that aligns...

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Cybersecurity Tips to Avoid Tricks to ePHI

Trick-or-treating is a popular Halloween tradition in the United States, and other countries. Most of us associate "treats" with some form of candy, and "tricks" as possible pranks or other forms of mischief if a treat is not...

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PHI of 15,000 Shared on Social Media

It's not surprising the popularity of social media continues to rise. Social media provides us with a convenient way to communicate electronically, to share information, ideas, personal thoughts, and other content.  The Pew Research...

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Be Prepared: In the Event of a Hurricane or other Adverse Weather Conditions

Following Governor Rick Scott's State of Emergency Declaration, I anxiously watched the news and tracked Hurricane Irma's progress. I wondered if there was a chance Hurricane Irma would turn harmlessly to sea. Once it was evident our...

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Hurricane Harvey & Irma's Impact on Certain Provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced that Secretary Tom Price, M.D., declared a public health emergency in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida and has exercised the authority to waive sanctions and penalties against a Texas,...

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Beware of Scammers Lurking in Social Media Platforms

Hurricane Harvey has hit Texas and Louisiana in ways we have never seen. According to the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), scammers are fraudulently collecting sensitive information and stealing donations by creating and using fake social...

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Updated Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury & Illness Reports

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently proposed a delay in the electronic reporting compliance date of the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, from July 1, 2017, to...

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2017 Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application

MIPS eligible clinicians and groups may qualify for a reweighting of their Advancing Care Information performance category score to 0% of the final score, and can submit a hardship exception application, for one of the following specified...

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DOJ Charges Operators of Bogus Medical Clinics

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that the operators of seven bogus medical clinics were among 12 defendants taken into custody on federal drug trafficking charges that allege they diverted at least 2 million prescription...

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. National Immunization Awareness Month presents a great opportunity to educate seniors and other...

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Cybersecurity Requires Immediate and Aggressive Attention

Not too long ago, "WannaCry," a ransomware attack significantly impacted organizations around the globe last month. Another attack – "Petya" – spread quickly impacting Microsoft Windows-based computers. These types...

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What Constitutes Sexual Harassment?

Not too long ago, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued a company for sexual harassment.  The company that was sued violated federal law by allowing a manager to subject several female employees to sexual harassment....

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Can a Vendor Propose Changes to your Business Associate Agreement?

We are occasionally asked questions by our clients regarding business associates and business associate agreement (BAAs). Recently, we were asked if it is okay for vendors to propose changes to a covered entity's BAA: Response Under the HIPAA...

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Important Considerations for File Sharing and Cloud Computing

Included in recent guidance regarding file sharing and cloud computing published by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) were recent survey results regarding file sharing and collaboration tools used by organizations from a variety of industries...

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Guidance on Privacy Rule and Mental Health Information

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) guidance on HIPAA Privacy Rule and Sharing Information Related to Mental Health, there are times when it is appropriate for a health care provider to...

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The rapid growth of Telemedicine due to benefits

There are several reports showing that the telemedicine market is growing somewhere between 18-30 percent per year.   The rate of growth is in part due to the combination and advancement of technology and communication, which allows...

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Impermissible Disclosure in Press Release Results in $2.4 Million Settlement

An organization in Texas has agreed to a $2.4 million monetary settlement and a comprehensive corrective action plan for an impermissible disclosure in a press release. The impermissible disclosure in a press release follows a permissible...

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Are you aware of your State's Termination Law?

Currently, employers are not required by federal law to give former employees their final paycheck immediately.  However, federal law does apply if the regular payday for the last pay period an employee worked has passed and the employee has...

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How Freaked Out Should I Be About Ransomware?

Last week a massive ransomware outbreak impact millions of computers and exposed weaknesses in Microsoft's Windows operating system. The latest attacks are known as "WanaCryptor", "WeCry", or "WeCryptor." Major...

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OSHA Training Update

Your OSHA and General OSHA courses received a new slide this month.  This update only applies to certain medical facilities. If your organizational type is not included in the following list, we would encourage you to HIDE the slide...

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First Settlement Involving a Wireless Health Services Provider is a Big One!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), recently announced the first HIPAA settlement involving a wireless health services provider, is a big one. The wireless services provider agreed to the settlement by...

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New Website Feature: Program Overview Report

On May 8th, Healthcare Compliance Pros will be launching a new reporting feature for Account Administrators. This new and improved report will provide a snapshot view of the compliance performance for your account. The report will outline...

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Technical Support At Your Fingertips

Over the years, Healthcare Compliance Pros (HCP) has prided itself in easily accessible and personalized customer service. Our representatives are always on the ready to answer a call or respond to an emailed request for website assistance and...

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CYA to Prevent CIA

At first when you read CIA in the title of this article, you may have asked yourself why in the world we would write about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). And you may be wondering why you would need to cover your assets (CYA) from the CIA...

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Smartphones and Healthcare : What's the Rule on Recording?

Smartphone usage is not only becoming more common but the variety of medical aid tools available to consumers on their smartphones continues to grow each year. Roughly 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone. Smartphone applications have...

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It's that time of year again: Vacation season is here!

With Spring Break underway, Easter just around the corner, and summer on the horizon – do you know how your organization manages time-off for employees during vacation season? Have you checked your policies and procedures to make sure...

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OSHA's Final Rule Regarding Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule that is effective in 2017 that revised requirements for submitting records of workplace injuries and illnesses. Specifically, OSHA is requiring certain employers to...

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NICS Disclosures Final Rule Nullified

Just last year, HHS issued a final rule modifying the HIPAA Privacy Rule to expressly permit certain, but not all, HIPAA covered entities to disclose the identities of individuals who are subject to a federal mental health...

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Failure to Comply with HIPAA Rules Results in Costly Civil Monetary Penalty

Imagine your practice filed a breach report with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) – a few years ago – regarding the loss of a smartphone that contained unsecured electronic protected...

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Top 5 Reasons Why Healthcare Organizations Are Not HIPAA Compliant

Given that HIPAA was first enacted in 1996, healthcare professionals have had 21 years to perfectly design, implement, and execute compliance plans.  However, the reality for most organizations is that HIPAA compliance is still a work in...

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HHS Guidance on HIPAA, Same-sex Marriage and Patients' Loved Ones

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently published "Guidance on HIPAA, Same-sex Marriage, and Sharing Information with Patients' Loved Ones." The new FAQ OCR issued was developed in...

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First HIPAA settlement based on untimely reporting involved hard copy PHI

Occasionally we answer questions regarding what constitutes a reportable breach. Questions such as: Isn't it only a reportable breach if the incident involves electronic protected health information (ePHI)? What about paper? Should these...

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Breach Notification Deadline is Just Around the Corner

The deadline for submitting notice of a breach affecting fewer than 500 individuals is just around the corner. If a breach of unsecured protected health information affects fewer than 500 individuals, a covered entity must notify the Secretary of...

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Assess Your HIPAA Security Risk Analysis Knowledge

Answer the three questions below to assess your knowledge about HIPAA Security Risk Analysis. The answers to the questions are listed in three short paragraphs following the true or false assessment. True or False:  My EHR vendor already...

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HHS Hands Out Heavy Sanctions for Section 1557 Violations

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) entered into a Voluntary Resolution Agreement with John Dempsey Hospital, a subsidiary of University of Connecticut Health Center (UConn Health). The agreement was formed...

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Are You Prepared in the Event of an Active Shooter?

Active shooter events in healthcare facilities present unique challenges as staff members are faced with the decision about what to do with patients, visitors, and themselves. Patients may be unable to evacuate themselves due to injury, age, and...

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Agreement Demonstrates the Importance of Providing Language Assistance Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced that a Voluntary Resolution Agreement has been made with Erie County Department of Social Services.  The agreement is said to ensure...

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Survey Reveals Uncertainty About the Future of the Affordable Care Act

Recently there has been a lot of chatter and questions being asked in health care settings regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"): will the Affordable Care Act be repealed? Will most of the law remain...

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Malware Infection Results in a $650,000 Settlement

Just recently it was announced that a potential HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Rules violation lead a major organization to pay a sustainable fee, $650,000. The breach was reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), Office...

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All I want for Christmas is a Compliance Abbreviation List

Are you familiar with the timeless Christmas classic "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth?"  Most of us are familiar with the lyrics and for some of us, we may have had a similar wish.   What would the lyrics...

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Can We Release Records to the Parents of a Deceased Adult patient?

Imagine you work for a practice and you receive a request for medical records from the parents of an adult patient who died.  The patient (their son) did not have a power of attorney assigned.  Under HIPAA are you permitted to release...

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Alert: Phishing Email Disguised as Official OCR Audit Communication

Phishing Scam Alert – November 28, 2016 Healthcare Compliance Pros has received the following communication from the OCR: "It has come to our attention that a phishing email is being circulated on mock HHS Departmental letterhead under...

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Employee Loses Job for Playing Pokemon Go

An employee of a company recently posted comments regarding Pokémon Go on Facebook. The employee's comments led to Facebook users finding out the name of the company, slamming the company and leaving messages regarding its employment...

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California Hospitals Hacked and Ransom Demanded

Just recently, two Southern California hospitals were attacked by hackers who infiltrated their computer systems with ransomware and demanded payment to unlock the data.  According to the report, Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino and...

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Finalized Payment Rules for 2016 issued by CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final rules that explain how physicians and other health care professionals will be paid for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries in 2016. According to the CMS announcement, key...

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Stark Regulations Changes are Finalized in the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

On October 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") released the final 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (the "Final Rule") with few changes between the proposed rule and final rule as it related to...

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ICD-10 Questions and Answers

Healthcare Management Consultant David Zetter, the founder and lead consultant with Zetter HealthCare, recently answered questions regarding ICD-10 for an administrator of multiple practices.  The questions that were asked by the...

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ICD-10 is just about here. Are you ready?

ICD-10 is just about here. Are you ready? Let the countdown begin.  There are officially less than 30 days remaining until the United States transitions from ICD-9 to ICD-10 for the code set for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital...

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In honor of Medicare & Medicaid's 50th Anniversary

When Medicare and Medicaid programs were first signed into law on July 30, 1965, could President Lyndon B. Johnson have imagined where we are now?  Initially Medicare and Medicaid started as basic health coverage programs for...

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DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Timeline Announced by CMS

The first round of the 2017 Medicare Durable Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program, timeline was recently announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

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The CMS announces concessions in the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10

On July 7th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is making several critical changes to the transition period to ICD-10. They published a PDF that covers the concessions and how they will affect your practice:...

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Proposed Update to Physician Fee Schedule

Recently, CMS released "the first proposed update to the physician payment schedule since the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate." This proposed update is largely focused on person-centered care, and continued efforts of transforming...

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Final rules on certain recommended preventative services without cost sharing

Friday, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced final rules that make sure women have access to recommended preventative services, including contraceptive services, at no additional cost as requirement by the Affordable...

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Monthly Refresher Training Webinar Recordings

Our Monthly Refresher Training Webinars have focused on a variety of topics including: a general overview of managing your Healthcare Compliance Pros program, OSHA and HIPAA Assessments, managing Training Reminders, etc. Live Recorded Webinars:...

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Latest ICD-10 Rumblings

With the ICD-10 implementation less than 100 days away and some rumblings comingfrom Capitol Hill, CMS and the four largest medical societies, we will be closely analyzing announcements and updates as we learn of them. October 1st is still the...

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Monthly Refresher Training Webinar July 9, 2015

Creating Organization Specific Training using HCP's Blank Modules The Monthly Refresher Training for June covered Website Compliance Information Resources and all participants received a free Blank Module. The Blank Modules can be used...

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OSHA has added additional key hazards for workplace inspection focus

Did you know? On June 25th 2015 OSHA released new items of focus for Healthcare Inspections.  The new focus items include:  musculoskeletal disorders, bloodborne pathogens, workplace violence, tuberculosis and slips, trips and...

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Exceptional Customer Service: How to do it

By: Reed Tinsley, CPA Why should you strive to give exceptional customer service to your patients? Why not just good? The answer is that most patients often have a hard time differentiating between similar services offered by different physician...

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Medical Assistant Credentialing Questions and Answers

In October, we announced our new Medical Assistant Credentialing module. This module is available for the purpose of helping medical assistants and other health care professionals who are not credentialed, to meet the requirements of Centers of...

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Audit Priorities and Risk Areas identified in the 2015 OIG Work Plan

On October 31, 2014 the United Stated Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Fiscal Year 2015 Work Plan. The Work Plan is released annually to identify new and ongoing investigative,...

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Will the Meaningful Use Attestation Date be extended?

Recently the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asking to extend the October 1, 2014 date for new eligible professionals (EPs) to attest to meeting the 2014 meaningful...

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OSHA: Helpful Reminders

Recapping Fill Needles Q: What guidance does OSHA give on recapping fill needles? A: OSHA is pretty blunt about recapping needles. They don't recommend it! The Bloodborne Pathogens standard section (d)(2)(vii) states: "Contaminated...

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CMS Restarts Limited Number of RAC Audits

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services informed congressional health staff members on August 4, 2014, that the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Program is restarting in August. According to the CMS Communication, "Today, the Centers...

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Tip of the Week

This week's article is about confidentiality and non disclosure agreements.  Your HCP compliance Program includes a Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement.  We thought it might be helpful to give you instructions on...

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Healthcare ID Theft First Aid Kit

Taxpayer identity theft came to the forefront during the 2013 tax year filing season.  Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information such as your name, Social Security number or other identifying information, without your...

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Tip of the Week – Summer is here, flowers are in bloom, and even the Forms section is growing!

Summer is officially here on the 21st, but we've been growing our repository of compliance information for you all Spring! We are constantly adding new information to your Forms and Reference Guides.  For example: This Spring we added...

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Is It Time To Change Your Password?

It is a common practice for new users to be assigned a simple, easy-to-remember password at the time of employment, or when a user is assigned a new application.  For example, a new user may be assigned a default password, such as...

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Tip of the Week: Training Frequency

What would your answer be to the following question: How many times can we take the Healthcare Compliance Pros training this year? A)     Once B)    Take the training once, review the content multiple times...

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Electronic Communications: Part 1

Many administrators have asked us about electronic communications, more specifically about third party email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, and others. This is part one of a two part article series. Recently a practice manager...

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2014 OSHA Inspection Plan Released

OSHA issued the 2014 inspection plan aimed at reducing injuries and illnesses at high-hazard workplaces – workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur. This plan is for high-hazard no construction workplaces with 20 or...

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Free ICD-10CM Primer Now Available to Clients

ICD-10 will be here in 2014. What are you doing to prepare for this massive change? ICD-10 will be here on October 1, 2014 and we will be going from 17,000 ICD-9 codes to 68,000 ICD-10CM codes. These new ICD-10CM codes will bring with them new...

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