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HIPAA: Handling Patient Requests for Medical Record Restriction

Healthcare compliance professionals frequently face confusing situations about sharing of protected health information (PHI). The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) supports the protection of privacy of medical records. However, even when a patient does not authorize sharing of his record there are permitted uses and disclosures such as for the purpose of treatment, payment or healthcare operations (TPO).

3 Great Sources for Healthcare Compliance Training and Education

Compliance officers know the importance of developing and offering healthcare compliance and training education for their staff. Regular training reduces risk and reinforces the importance of the overall compliance program. However, with the rapid influx of healthcare compliance changes, there is always an abundant supply of new information. How should a compliance officer stay informed

Updates to the Quality Payment Program

On November 16, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is expected to publish the final rule to address updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP).  The new “Patients Over Paperwork” initiative provides for streamlining with goals of reducing unnecessary burden, increasing efficiencies, and improving the beneficiary experience. This effort emphasizes a commitment