Understand regulations, so providers can structure services and share information with other providers without fear of violating laws. By Steve Wong, JD, RHIA, CHC, CPCO, CCA, and Julia Weisner, JD Healthcare providers are heavily regulated by federal and individual state laws governing the confidentiality of patients’ mental/behavioral health (MBH) and substance use disorder (SUD) information. T...
Aug 10th, 2017
Telepsychology is a way to treat more patients in more areas. There are patients who live in rural areas where access to treatment is not feasible, and there are others who are disabled and cannot get around. For them, telepsychology is a good option. And sometimes, the patient feels more at ease being in their ...
In Audit
Jul 13th, 2017
Think your healthcare covered entity doesn’t need to establish and maintain Business Associate Agreements (BAA) with companies who can access your patients’ protected health information (PHI)? Think again. Cases in Point March 2016 — North Memorial Health Care agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $1,550,000 to settle charges that it potentially ...
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 ...