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CMS ISSUES MEMORANDUM CLARIFYING TEXTING OF PATIENT INFORMATION AMONG HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

In a memorandum issued December 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) clarified its position related to texting. In its memo, CMS stated that it "recognizes that the use of texting as a means of communication with other members of the healthcare team has become an essential and valuable means of communication among the te...
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2018 COMPLIANCE PLAN WORK

First and foremost, initially look backward before looking forward and look inward before looking outward and always be mindful of the goal of any work plan. The goal of a work plan is twofold: the obvious goal of addressing risk areas to advance fraud and abuse and HIPAA compliance as well as providing a credible narrative to regulatory and law en...
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$2.5 million settlement shows that not understanding HIPAA requirements creates risk

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) settlement based on the impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI). CardioNet has agreed to settle potential noncompliance with the HIPAA Priva...
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No Business Associate Agreement? $31K Mistake

The Center for Children's Digestive Health (CCDH) has paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $31,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and agreed to implement a corrective action plan. CCDH is a small, for-profit health care provider with a ped...
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HHS OIG ISSUES A NEW COMPLIANCE RESOURCE GUIDE

On March 27, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a new resource titled, Measuring Compliance Effectiveness: A Resource Guide . The intent of this guide is to provide numerous ideas for measuring the various elements of a compliance program. A large number of individual compliance program metri...
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