Feb 9th, 2018
The Boston-based nonprofit health system, Partners HealthCare System, Inc., discovered personal data and protected health information (PHI) had been accessed by computers infected with malware in May 2017. The breach involved more than 2,600 individuals of which Partners notified on Feb. 5. According to Boston Business Journal: The nonprofit health system, whose hospitals include Massachusetts ...
Part II: Extend privacy beyond federal healthcare regulations. by Emily Caron, Esq. Unlike many other countries, the United States does not have a single specific agency to regulate privacy. Citizens rely on a complicated patchwork of federal, state, and private entities to protect their rights to privacy. In addition to federal enforcement, state attorneys general ...
Feb 3rd, 2014
A federal court halted the acquisition of a medical group by Boise, Idaho-based Salt Luke’s Health System in the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) first-time intervention of medical group acquisition by hospitals. The agency argued the acquisition by the regionally dominant healthcare provider violated anti-trust laws. The case is a first as hospitals enthusiastically gobble up ...
Mar 29th, 2012
For some, having coding credentials and experience isn’t enough to guarantee a job in a physician’s office. It may require a good credit history, too. In 2010, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission conducted a public meeting to explore the use of credit histories as employee selection criteria. During that meeting, Christine V. Walters of the Society ...
In Billing
Dec 10th, 2010
The U.S. House of Representatives passed without objection, Dec. 7, the Red Flag Program Clarification Act of 2010 (S.3987). This legislation limits the type of creditors that must comply with the often-delayed Red Flags Rule. The Senate unanimously passed the bill on Nov. 30. Under the bill, physicians are no longer considered creditors and are exempt ...