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.

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. 

PQRS FAQ (resource 321)

PQRS participation is important for healthcare providers. Several types of payment adjustments may be applied depending on how well providers meet PQRS criteria. To avoid negative payment adjustments or even gain postitive payment adjustments (Value Based Modifier) by CMS, healthcare providers need to successfully participate in the CMS Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

For detailed information about this program, please refer to Chapter 2.5 of the Behavioral Health DeskBook.

HIPAA Helps and FAQs

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been around for quite some time. There are many misconceptions about HIPAA compliance that our office still gets calls about. This page is to help clear up some of these misconceptions.


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