Six takeaways illustrate the importance for providers to have a working compliance plan. By Marcia L. Brauchler, MPH, CMPE, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CPHQ Compliance is the hot topic in healthcare right now — and with good reason. Government payers, especially, are aggressively targeting compliance vulnerabilities, including improper coding and billing (intentional or otherwise), HIPAA lapses, ...
How can our practice use social media under HIPAA? Social media can be an exciting and valuable tool when used wisely; however, it can also put a practice at risk. If you haven’t done so already, create a social media policy for your practice, and seek to understand how employees and providers are using social ...
Jun 1st, 2014
Answer Common HIPAA Questions By Marcia L. Brauchler, MPH, CMPE, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CPHQ The marketing rules under HIPAA have always been complicated. Larger providers have incurred hours of legal time to make sure they are in compliance. Smaller providers tend to hold their breath and hope they aren’t running afoul of any marketing rules. ...
May 1st, 2014
What changed in 2013 for business associates? By Marcia L. Brauchler, MPH, CMPE, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CPHQ One of the most significant changes under HIPAA’s final rule, effective September 23, 2013, was that business associates of HIPAA covered entities became directly liable for compliance with certain Privacy and Security Rule requirements. This means that the ...
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Apr 1st, 2014
What is Protected Health Information (PHI)? By Marcia L. Brauchler, MPH, CMPE, CPHQ, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, PHI refers to health information that can identify an individual or can be used with other available information to identify an individual. The rule applies specifically to “covered entities” and their “business associates.” Health ...