South County Health Alliance (SCHA), a health plan based out of Owatonna, Minnesota, reported a security breach on December 31 affecting 66,874 individuals, according to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) breach report.
Ever run into a vendor who claims to be a conduit versus a business associate (BA)? It happens all too often, in my experience. Here’s the problem: The conduit exception is a narrow one. If you’re storing protected health information (PHI), even encrypted PHI where you don’t have the encryption key, you’re a BA. Once you sign the business associate agreement (BAA), it applies to you.
Q: Acute respiratory failure is consistently one of our top denied diagnoses. We've tried to address common documentation errors through education but are still seeing issues. How can our CDI staff and coders create more effective queries for this condition?
Are your patients skipping needed appointments? A research letter titled Trends in Outpatient Care Delivery and Telemedicine During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the U.S., published in November by JAMA Internal Medicine, hints that this may be the case.
Q: What type of activity must be audited to comply with the HIPAA requirement to audit electronic medical record (EMR) activity? Does this include every action a user takes within a record and the length of time a user spends in a record?
This week’s Medicare updates include payment adjustment information from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, revisions to information in the COVID-19 billing FAQ document, a notice of funding opportunity for development of radiology quality measures, and more!
Q: Throughout the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, case managers have faced many challenges when trying to find placements for patients who need to transfer from the hospital to a lower level of care, such as a skilled nursing facility (SNF). As we enter 2021, what challenges will persist and how can case managers work to overcome them?