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Issue #6 - February 20, 2013

Auditing/Compliance Tips and Resources

Know When HITECH Trumps Payer Contracts

With so many Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) changes coming down the pike, it's a great time to look at how privacy and security laws may impact your practice and compliance plan.

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A HIPAA Must: Keep Volunteer Smartphone Use at Bay

Most health care facilities have safeguards in place to keep transmission of patients' protected health information (PHI) private between health care employees and business associates. Being compliant with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy laws shouldn't stop there, however. It's also wise to review your volunteer policies and procedures before PHI becomes public information.

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Same-day Admissions Require Special Consideration
By Dorothy Steed, CPAR, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC, CPMA, CHCC, CPUM, CPUR, CPHM, CCS-P, RCC, RMC

Same-day hospital readmission trends remain a bone of contention for the Office of Inspector General (OIG), as indicated in the agency's 2013 Work Plan. Not only is there concern for possible premature discharge, there are certain reporting requirements that govern this occurrence. Here are seven tips to keep your facility in compliance with this particular regulation:

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