Compliance

Are HIPAA Changes Coming?

On December 14, 2018, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Request for Information (RFI). They are considering making changes to some of the HIPAA regulations. Earlier this year at the HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) meeting, Roger Severino, the head of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) gave a presentation in which he outlined some possible changes to the HIPAA regulations. This RFI is the first step.

PSAVE Pilot Program - What Does it Mean to You?

Noridian, the Jurisdiction F Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), recently announced that they will be extending their pilot program: Provider Self-Audit with Validation and Extrapolation (PSAVE). Whenever a program is extended, that means that it has been successful for the payer, which likely means that they are saving money. It doesn’t state precisely HOW they are saving money. Historically, when a pilot program is proven to be successful, it isn’t too long before other MACs follow. Before signing up to participate, providers need to carefully evaluate the program.

Two recent reports should make providers stop, take notice and make sure their practice's policies and procedures are up-to-date.

HIPAA and the Opioid Crisis

In response to the opioid crisis, the Trump administration and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have issued additional information relevant to both providers and patients. A December 18, 2017 press release included the following highlights of these actions:

Appointments, Reminders, Text Messaging, and HIPAA

March 2015

HIPAA Violations---The Process Is the Answer

For some time, the ChiroCode Institute, InstaCode Institute and their consultants have warned subscribers that when it comes to HIPAA compliance, it’s not just the names and addresses that matter—it’s the compliance.

Are You Compliant with the New HIPAA Regulations?

September 23rd, 2013 was the deadline for HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule compliance. It seems to have just snuck up on everybody. We have spoken with some clincis who say that they don't need to worry about it because ”they are just a small practice.” Please, do not wait any longer to get compliant!

Are Text Messages HIPAA Compliant?

As more and more people are using mobile and wireless devices, a new buzzword has emerged: mHealth.

Windows XP No Longer HIPAA Compliant (Resource 312)

For anyone who is not a computer techie, the announcement by Microsoft about discontinuing support for Windows XP may not mean much.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce the 2014 PQRS data submission timeframes. 

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