OIG Workplan 2019: What’s New!

We are entering the second year of the OIG’s new approach to publicizing and managing its FY18-19 Workplan.  Just like last year, the OIG Workplan 2019 is not a static document. …

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Understanding HIPAA Policies and Procedures

In 1996, Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) primarily to protect individuals and their personal health information (PHI) contained in medical records. HIPAA applies to all…

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HIPAA Compliance Policy and Your EHR

As many organizations have found out the hard way, there is an important relationship between HIPAA compliance policy and your Electronic Medical Records (EHR). Consider these recent headlines: 100 million…

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Outsourced Chief Compliance Officer for Hospitals

For many healthcare organizations, especially smaller or rural hospitals, resources are scarce.  Outsourcing can often be beneficial for hospitals.  An effective approach in this situation is to outsource the management…

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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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