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.
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.
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:
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.
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!