February 1, 2013
Strategies for Healthcare Compliance

Law enforcement officials in Texas, Florida, and New York recently announced plea agreements and fines involving the billing of an unapproved prescription drug and ­Medicare fraud.

January 1, 2013
Strategies for Healthcare Compliance

There are six generic approaches to managing risk, and the approach an organization chooses to use will depend on many ­factors. For example, how real is this risk? Can it actually become a problem, or is it merely theoretical? Management will want to decide whether the risk is likely to happen and whether it is possible to determine when it may happen. This will also assist in ­appropriate allocation of resources to focus on material risk areas.

January 1, 2013
Strategies for Healthcare Compliance

One thing is certain: You don't want to wait until you receive a notification letter from OCR before you begin preparing for a HIPAA audit, says Dena Boggan, CPC, CMC, CCP, HIPAA privacy/security officer at St. Dominic Jackson (Miss.) Memorial Hospital.

January 1, 2013
Strategies for Healthcare Compliance

You're reviewing a case file and discover that a ­patient's recent readmission is due to a medication ­prescribing error made by a physician. Do you report it?

January 1, 2015
Strategies for Healthcare Compliance

Mobile devices have changed the way people share and access information in their personal and professional lives. Smartphones and tablets may make it easier and faster for people to communicate, store, and access information, but they present risks if lost, stolen, or hacked. This can be especially challenging in the healthcare industry as it has become common for providers to use various mobile tools, including smartphones, laptops, notebooks, tablets, phablets, personal digital assistants, USB devices, digital cameras, and radiofrequency identification devices, to communicate with colleagues and access applications.

December 1, 2014
Strategies for Healthcare Compliance

The HIPAA Security Rule requires implementing risk management tools and techniques to adequately and effectively safeguard ePHI. Risk analysis and management provides the foundation for an organization's Security Rule compliance efforts, and reinforces its strategy to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of vital information.

October 1, 2014
Strategies for Healthcare Compliance

The hospital/health system revenue cycle has a significant role in hospital billing compliance. The billing department is the final gatekeeper for compliance, as it is the final area to touch a bill before it is sent to Medicare. Therefore, it is essential that billing staff understand key compliance risk areas.

October 1, 2014
Strategies for Healthcare Compliance

To fully understand where your organization's risks lie, you not only need to have a firm grasp on risk analysis and assessment processes, you need to define these processes as well.

July 1, 2014
Strategies for Healthcare Compliance

You hear it over and over again. Covered Entity (CE) A failed to produce an ongoing risk assessment for HIPAA security compliance. CE B had an incomplete risk analysis, leading to a failure to recognize security weaknesses and vulnerabilities. And in come the fines.

February 1, 2014
Strategies for Healthcare Compliance

UK HealthCare’s Chief Compliance Officer R. Brett Short knew he was in for a rough day as soon as he saw the email from his organization’s privacy officer.

 

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