Hacking incidents in healthcare increased dramatically as organizations dealt with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic throughout 2020, according to a recent report from Protenus, a Baltimore-based healthcare analytics company.
As ransomware attacks and phishing attempts persist in the age of the coronavirus (COVID-19), healthcare organizations have correctly poured many resources into combatting these attacks. However, as always, cybercriminals are finding new ways to access protected health information (PHI).
Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Winchester, Nevada, submitted Medicare claims for rehabilitative services that did not comply with Medicare billing requirements, resulting in an estimated $23.6 million in overpayments submitted over a two-year period, according to an April Office of Inspector General (OIG) report.
Q: We have a patient admitted for COVID-19 who is now showing signs of cytokine release syndrome (CRS). Can you give our team more information on symptoms or clinical indicators for CRS as well as any ICD-10-CM coding advice?
Q: Do companies such as FitBit (and others that sell wearable devices that track and store health information) need to abide by HIPAA regulations? Should I be concerned with how these companies are viewing and sharing my health information?
This week’s Medicare updates include the April update to the ambulatory surgical center payment system, information on COVID-19 Advanced and Accelerated Payment recoupment, an update on an issue with therapy claims, and more!
Q: We have heard that Medicare short-stay inpatient admissions may soon come under increasing audit scrutiny by Livanta, the Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations that was awarded the nationwide contract for reviewing these admissions. What can we do to reduce our audit risk?