Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, principal with Rachel V. Rose – Attorney at Law, P.L.L.C., Houston, TX presents. Throughout the pandemic, HHS-OCR has announced the use of its enforcement discretion when bringing forth HIPAA-related enforcement actions. This trend appears to be continuing as the vaccine roles out. Additionally, proposed changes to the Privacy Rule were released in December 2020 and OCR continues to enforce violations against providers for not providing a patient with his/her medical records. This presentation provides a timely overview of these items, as well as addressing key terms such “reasonable” and “good faith” in the context of protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of protected health information.
Stephen Bittinger, partner with K&L Gates in the firm’s Charleston office and a member of the health care/FDA practice group, is presenting with us on the brief history of use of big data in investigating and proving False Claims Act liability. He will offer an explanation of the government agencies and contractors involved in gathering health care data for investigation of fraud and abuse. We will look into the increased risk of fraud investigations due to regulatory changes implemented in response to COVID-19, and give practical ways to use data to reduce risk of investigation and liability.
Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, principal with Rachel V. Rose – Attorney at Law, P.L.L.C., Houston, TX presents on these new updates. On November 20, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Final Rule related to the Medicare Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law). Nearly simultaneously, the Office of the Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG), released a Final Rule, which amends various safe harbors to the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). The changes appear to be based, in large part, on value-based healthcare delivery and payment systems. The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the key changes, along with the similarities and differences in the language between the two Final Rules.
Catherine Short converses with Bob Chaput, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Clearwater, a provider of healthcare compliance and cyber risk management software and consulting services, on the topic of “Healthcare’s Enterprise Cyber Risk Management Imperative.” Healthcare organizations continue to see escalating numbers of cyberattacks. It is no longer a matter of if your organization will be targeted, but when. What is at stake? Everything.
Catherine Short speaks with Melody Mulaik, President of Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies to address a current hot topic, “Appropriate Use Criteria: What you Need to Know.” 2021 is also going to be an official CMS testing year for AUC/CDS implementation. This episode will identify specific areas of concern for your organization regarding AUC/CDS implementation, help you to facilitate discussions with all stakeholders to ensure all perspectives are heard and addressed, and assist in designing actions that can be taken to facilitate a successful implementation to ensure revenue is not negatively impacted.
Catherine Short speaks with Dr. Chris Hobson, Chief Medical Officer for Orion Health. The topic of today’s program is “Why payers can’t ignore the interoperability rules and should comply sooner rather than later.” The Interoperability and Patient Access final rule approved by CMS and ONC is intended to advance patient participation through access to their health information and to drive advanced interoperability and innovation across the U.S. These rules will have significant impact on payer organizations who are currently facing unprecedented times.
Rebecca L. Rakoski, co-founder and managing partner at XPAN Law Group, presented the webinar Vendor Management In Healthcare: The High Cost of Failing to Triage Your Vendors on November 5. In anticipation of this webinar, Rebecca answered many commonly asked questions on our blog.
Widener University Delaware Law School and First Healthcare Compliance Announce Speakers for Virtual HIPAA Privacy and Security Summit on November 12, 2020
The HIPAA Privacy and Security Summit will bring professionals from the healthcare and legal communities together for online discussion and learning. Thought leaders will provide meaningful insight on topics related to the HIPAA privacy and security rules with updates to address the impact of the COVID public health crisis.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping regulations, employers are mandated to record serious occupational injuries and illnesses on the OSHA 300 Log. COVID-19 is a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties but how does an employer determine this? Given the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulty in determining whether transmission of COVID-19 occurred in or outside the workplace, OSHA issued guidance to its Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) in order to evaluate employers’ efforts in determining work relatedness of COVID-19 cases. The guidance clarifies employer obligations and provides a framework for employers to follow when facing a COVID-19 case in the workplace.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects people from discrimination based on race, color or national origin in programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. The Office of Civil Rights issued a bulletin providing the following nine recommendations for Title VI compliance during COVID-19 to healthcare providers that receive federal financial assistance.