The April 2018 OPPS update adds new CPT codes for proprietary laboratory analyses (PLA) to the Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE), effective on claims for advanced diagnostic laboratory tests and clinical diagnostic laboratory tests.
Core security and privacy training content often falls short of good practice. Sometimes, the information security officer and privacy officer do not have the resources to create robust content. Furthermore, organizations often limit training time to avoid any impact on productivity. However, providing incomplete information is short-sighted. An inadequately trained workforce is more likely to directly or indirectly cause regulatory violations and breaches.
One of the most challenging barriers to patient health is often patients’ own behavior. Case managers encounter them daily: the patient who won’t follow the treatment plan, the patient who persists with unhealthy habits, or the patient who opts against making lifestyle changes that can improve his or her condition.
St. Peter’s Surgery & Endoscopy Center notified patients that their protected health information (PHI) may have been impacted in January during a breach when an unauthorized third-party accessed their servers. Letters notifying patients were mailed out on February 28, reported St. Peter’s Surgery & Endoscopy Center in a statement.
Q. We acquired a home health agency and now employ home health nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, etc. Can we permit workforce members to use their personal cell phones to communicate with patients? Is there a HIPAA-compliant means of doing so for calls, email, and text messages?
This week’s Medicare updates include the April 2018 quarterly update files for drug pricing, DMEPOS, and ambulatory surgical centers; a prolonged comment period for an NCA on a type of cancer treatment; an announcement of a new technological initiative for Medicare beneficiaries; and more!