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EHR Accounting of Disclosures Rule Close to Publication

The Department of Health & Human Services recently pushed forward a HITECH-required proposed rule on accounting of disclosures of EHRs. The rule will lay the foundation for what healthcare providers will be accountable when patients request...

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CMS Unveils “esMD” Electronic Record Submission System

Each year the Medicare program makes billions of dollars in estimated improper payments. CMS employs several types of Review Contractors to measure, prevent, identify, and correct these improper payments. Review Contractors find the improper...

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Blood on Medical Records

Many have asked lately, the following question: What is your recommendation for dealing with medical records contaminated with dried blood? Under OSHA, you first want to determine whether there is a work practice shortcoming that is causing...

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FMLA Leave for Treatment of Substance Abuse

Some of you have inquired if employees are allowed or required to be given a leave of absence for treatment of substance abuse. Substance abuse may be a serious health condition if one of the tests for establishing a “serious health...

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ICE Increases I-9 Audit Actions

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently notified businesses that they had been targeted for in-person inspections of their I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Forms. This recent enforcement initiative is part of the...

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HITECH Tips for Your Beginner Staff: Disclosure of PHI

The HITECH Act modifies the HIPAA Privacy Rule requirement so that covered entities will be in compliance if the PHI access, use, and disclosure are limited to either the minimum necessary or a “limited data set.” The HIPAA Privacy Rule...

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