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Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act goes into full effect on October 16, 2016 to reinforce regulations currently in place.  This section is intended for Covered Entities and other firms enrolled in CMS programs to further prevent restrictions based on race, national origin, gender, age, or

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All Patient Data Breaches to be Investigated by Federal Health Agencies

Beginning this month, OCR, through the continuing hard work of its Regional Offices, has begun an initiative to more widely investigate the root causes of breaches affecting fewer than 500 individuals. Regional Offices will still retain discretion to prioritize which smaller breaches to investigate, but each office

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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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