Compliance

Health Care Fraud Summary 2012

The annual report of The Department of Justice Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program was issued in February 2013. The executive summary included the following statistics:

    Monetary Results

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.

Security

How secure is your computer? Do you have a password on your computer? Do you have the automatic log offs turned on? Is your computer encrypted? Are your off-site storage files encrypted?

This document is designed to give some basic information about making your office a little more secure. It is not a substitute for a thorough HIPAA assessment.

However, there are some steps you can take right now to help cut your risk of identity theft, or security breaches. Take steps TODAY!

Human Resources (Resource 125)

Finding the right supportive and productive staff is essential to every healthcare office. Knowing how to find the right people and keep them must be balanced with state and federal regulations regarding employees. You need to be concerned about:

Medicare Definition of Timed Codes

Many procedure codes are considered "timed codes," that is, the number of units are determined by the amount of time spent performing the service. To clarify questions about this, the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 5 - Part B Outpatient Rehabilitation and CORF/OPT Services, states the following (emphasis added):

20.2 - Reporting of Service Units With HCPCS
(Rev. 3367, 10-07-15))

Provider Non-Discrimination FAQ by CMS

If you are an eligible professional participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, you have until February 28, 2015 to attest to demonstrating meaningful use of the data collected during your EHR reporting period for the 2014 calendar year.

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