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Feb 12th, 2019
If you thought the Department of Health and Human Services’ loosening of several Obamacare rules indicated less HIPAA enforcement, think again. The agency’s Office of Civil Rights settled $28.7 million worth of HIPAA violations in 2018, up 22 percent over the previous record year. The OCR also announced it achieved the single largest HIPAA settlement ...
Apr 26th, 2018
The Trump administration is drafting plans to undo the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) rule preventing doctors, healthcare organizations, and health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people. If the Trump administration’s rollback gets passed, it could potentially open the way for clinical staff to turn away a transgender individual from receiving medical a...
A quick review of the HIPAA Privacy Rule can help to guide healthcare entities on the proper way to share information in emergency situations. By Jillian Harrington, EdD, MHA, CPC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CEMC, CCS, CCS-P, AAPC Fellow Following several situations that have recently occurred, such as the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the weather related disasters in Florida ...
Feb 22nd, 2016
Submission and Processing of an Ethics Complaint If you believe an AAPC member has acted contrary to the AAPC Code of Ethics, explain the substance of the complaint in detail by following the information requirements below and forward it to the Ethics Committee by e-mail to ethics@aapc.com. The complaint should include: The name of the member or members ...
Feb 18th, 2016
It’s common practice for providers to market their services on the Internet. But if you’re going to include patient testimonials, you’d better read up on HIPAA Privacy regulations. Complete PT, Pool & Land Physical Therapy, Inc., of Los Angeles, learned that lesson the hard way. PHI Includes Identity According to reports, the provider has agreed ...