OIG Work Plan FY 2018-2019 and Monthly Updates

The OIG advertised that they have published its OIG Work Plan for FY 2018-2019, a 2-year frame-work for the audits, inspections, evaluations, and investigative activities planned in support of OIG’s…

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Stark Regulations for Physicians New and Old

CMS made several changes to the Stark regulations for physicians in 2016, including some useful clarifications.  Now there are some court decisions which further clarify the expectations of the Stark…

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HIPAA Compliance for Dental Offices

HIPAA Compliance for Dental Offices now stand in parallel with medical organizations in terms of having access to Protected Health Information (PHI).  Meaning they must adhere to the same level…

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HIPAA Violation and Hospital Employee viewing PHI

HIPAA Violation rocks hospital!  An employee at St. Charles Health system accessed over 2400 patients’ medical records over a two-year period because they were curious. We all know that curiosity…

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HIPAA Policy Requirements

Have you ever heard the saying “the job is not complete until the paperwork is done?” Covered Entities and Business Associates should be cognizant of the importance of finalizing and…

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What is MACRA?

The roll out of MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act) is expected to proceed, regardless of changes in the Affordable Care Act. MACRA is part of a broader push…

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ACO Compliance – Unique and Different!

ACO Compliance include requirements specific to the nature and operations of an ACO.  It is somewhat different than a “traditional” healthcare provider, be it a Covered Entity or a Business…

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HIPAA Breach Disclosure Requirements

In my previous blog HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, I discussed the definition of a HIPAA Breach, and some of the requirements for HIPAA Breach Notifications.  Today we will look at…

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HIPAA Breach Notification Rule

HIPAA Breach Notification Rules under the HITECH and GINA Act were issued on January 25, 2013, resulting in modifications to HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement. This is commonly known as…

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