On August 19, 2009, HHS released its interim final rule on breach notification of unsecure protected health information (PHI) and the acceptable methods for covered entities (CE) and business associates (BA) to encrypt and destroy patient records to prevent breaches.
The start of the new year typically ushers in a multitude of code changes. But for 2010, there is an important change in Medicare’s payment of E/M codes many hospitals may have overlooked.
CMS finalized its proposal to stop paying for consultation codes (99251–99255 and 99241–99245), according to the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, published in the November 25 Federal Register.
Booz Allen Hamilton, a McLean, VA–based firm that was commissioned in 2008 by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to research medical identity theft in the United States, says all facilities can adopt the following strategies: