A large HIPAA breach settlement after a hospital system’s alleged failure to follow the feds’ suggested solution is a reminder that when it comes to enforcement, the government is holding all the cards.
Q: How do we bill for services when our utilization review (UR) team determines postdischarge that an inpatient admission was not medically necessary? Are these services billed as outpatient or inpatient?
Q: We are finding that physician documentation is lacking for vaping-related lung injuries at our hospital, making it hard to report the condition accurately. What can our coding team do to remedy this situation, and how do we accurately report vaping-related lung injuries in ICD-10-CM?
Q: In OCR's $3 million settlement with Touchstone Medical Imaging, one of Touchtone's FTP servers allowed uncontrolled access to patients’ PHI. This permitted search engines to index the PHI of patients, which remained visible even after the server was taken offline. What missteps can providers avoid in this arena?
This week’s Medicare updates include a new addition to the OIG work plan, the January edition of the Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter, the January 2020 update to the Outpatient Prospective Payment System, and more!
The 340B drug discount program does not appear to incentivize hospitals to use more expensive drugs, according a Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) report presented at its January 17 meeting.