Apr 11th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled a fact sheet to improve understanding of HIPAA’s least-known provision, Administrative Simplification. The FAQ helps explain the three-pronged approach to simplification: electronic transactions, code sets, and unique identifiers. CMS said the fact sheet explains how Administrative Simplification standards streamline day-to-day t...
Pay attention to Privacy and Security Rules, or you may pay out of your pocket. HIPAA enforcement is skyrocketing. In 2015, there were $6.1 million in HIPAA penalties. By the end of the third quarter in 2016, there was more than $20 million. A single $5.5 million penalty in August 2016 nearly eclipsed the total for ...
Don’t let a question of identity hold up claims payment. Although transgender people have existed throughout history, society has been slow to accept them as equals. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community has gained a lot of ground more recently, though. Most notably, the Affordable Care Act of 2010 banned sex discrimination in ...
Be aware of your surroundings when discussing a patient’s private medical information. Contrary to the opinion of others, a coder’s job is never boring. We have the privilege of reading provider notes, which are always interesting. Sometimes they’re even funny or absurd. As professionals, however, we must remember that we are working with sensitive information ...
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 ...