Awareness of your responsibility for protecting client and family medical information is essential. Heritage societies and genealogists often request access to personal health information (PHI) of patients and the deceased and are, therefore, subject to HIPAA privacy and security rules. To prevent a HIPAA compliance breach that could lead to possible jail time and a ...
Jun 1st, 2013
Review how clarifications can impact your protected health information (PHI) use and disclosure. By Michael D. Miscoe JD, CPC, CASCC, CUC, CPCO, CCPC, CHCC In 2010, Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which mandated changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. ...
Apr 16th, 2013
Intermountain Health Care Inc., the largest health system in Utah, agreed to pay the United States $25.5 million to settle Stark Statute and False Claims Act violation claims. The allegations are for “engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians,” according to a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Press Release on April 3. The alleged relationships involved 209 ...
Feb 15th, 2013
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. In a recent U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) press release, HIPAA expands the individual rights of patients to ...
Oct 10th, 2012
By Julie E. Chicoine, Esq., RN, CPC New federal rules add additional responsibilities and accountabilities affecting those who allow a breach of privacy or security. Knowing these new rules and concepts in case patients’ information is released may ease a provider’s recovery from the crisis. The Office of Civil Rights generally defines a breach as ...