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EHR Vendor Bizmatics Reports Patient Data Breach

Complete Family Foot Care of Lincoln, NE was recently informed by Bizmatics, an EHR vendor of ambulatory care software and revenue cycle management services. The data breach has affected numerous other practices as well. Bizmatics has informed Complete Family Foot Care that the breach was believed to have […]

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HIPAA Violation Fines: Business Associate’s Failure to Safeguard Nursing Home Residents’ PHI Leads to $650,000 Settlement

Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has come to an agreement in order to settle potential HIPAA violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule. This is a result of an employee’s iPhone being stolen which contained the […]

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Submit a Formal MACRA Comment before June 27

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites the public to comment on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) proposed the rule. Comments are due by 5:00 p.m. ET (for mail or courier submissions) and 11:59 p.m. ET(for electronic submissions) on Monday, […]

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Eye Associates of Pinellas HIPAA Compliance

Eye Associates of Pinellas is the latest victim of HIPAA Compliance violation. Practice reported an incident of the data breach of their patient data at the hands of a third party vendor. The Eye Associates of Pinellas, located in Florida recently issued a statement to its patients […]

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MACRA – What can you do NOW to prepare for 2017?

By: LaDonna Kessler, Medic Management Group LLC. On April 15, 2015, The Medicare Access and CHIP Re-Authorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 was signed into law, permanently repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and imposing a new payment methodology for Medicare Part B payments starting in 2019 (reflected from […]

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What’s next for EHR Incentive Programs and Medicare Reimbursement?

The landscape of health care has been changing for several years.  It’s been a virtual alphabet soup of incentive program acronyms (MU, PQRS and VM to name a few).    As a practice manager and an independent incentive program consultant, keeping up with the constant change of incentive […]

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HHS’s First Step to MACRA Legislation

Administration takes first step to implementing legislation modernizing how Medicare pays physicians for quality On April 27th, 2016, The Department of Health and Human Services  issued a proposal to align and modernize how Medicare payments are tied to the cost and quality of patient care for hundreds […]

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HIPAA Violation Fines: Unauthorized Filming Results in $2.2 Million Settlement

New York Presbyterian Hospital has reached a settlement with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to pay $2.2 million HIPAA violation fine for the unauthorized disclosure of two patients Protected Health Information (PHI). The PHI was released to film crews and staff during the filming of an […]

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HIPAA Violation Fines: $750,000 settlement highlights the need for HIPAA business associate agreements

Raleigh Orthopedic violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule by handing over Protected Health Information (PHI) for approximately 17,300 patients to a potential business partner without having a business associate agreement. Not having a Business Associate Agreement (BA) in place leaves […]

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Social Determinants of Health

It’s a well-known fact that genetic and healthy eating plays a very important role in our general health. But according to recent research, clinical information from a care encounter contributes only about 10% of what drives population health. Social determinants of health, including health behaviors and physical […]

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