Highly-regarded attorneys Sean McKenna, Lauren Nelson, and Vincent Aiello of Spencer Fane LLP recently held the comprehensive webinar Preserving and Protecting Assets in Healthcare joined by Catherine Short and First Healthcare Compliance. Read Sean, Lauren, and Vince’s lively question and answer session related to enforcement and liability proceedings with asset protection, and explore government and private litigation matters.
1st Talk Compliance features guest Raymond Ribble, CEO and Founder at SPHER, Inc., on the topic of “Employee Snooping & Insider Threats.” Ray joins our host Catherine Short to discuss snooping and insider threats and why user monitoring and ePHI access strategies are vital to the security of sensitive patient information and data protection. With so much attention and money surrounding cybersecurity in the healthcare industry, malicious employees may decide to purposefully disclose patient information. Since employees and contractors may have knowledge of your network setup, vulnerabilities, and access codes, snooping employees with malicious intent hold the key to exposing your organization to a series of unwanted risks and threats. Listen as we identify signs of unauthorized access, provide guidelines to prevent snooping, and offer procedures to detect insider threats.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have created over 50 new C-codes (C7500–C7555) for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) that affect many procedures. These codes were created to allow additional payment for packaged services for ASCs. This article highlights the new C-codes that affect Cardiology, Interventional Radiology and Electrophysiology.
Health Data, A Value Proposition: Legal Risks with Innovative Data Sharing Projects – Audio Version of the Webinar
Iliana L. Peters, Shareholder at Polsinelli PC will be leading this engaging audio version of her webinar presentation. These days, data is more valuable than oil. And health data is the most valuable of all data! Companies of all types should consider the legal risk with data valuation, data ownership, and data sharing agreements. Data sharing projects take many forms and address many important issues, including improvements in patient safety, fraud and abuse, population health, research, and costs to the health care system. That said, the contractual, state, federal, and international regulatory requirements applicable to such data sharing projects are significant. As such, health care entities may be particularly vulnerable to legal risk related to data sharing projects involving health data. Specifically, health care entities should consider contractual obligation, HIPAA, state privacy laws, and other requirements, as well as discuss risk assessment, data sharing agreements, key provisions, and business associate relationships. The presentation offers best practices for these important issues and projects.
1st Talk Compliance features guest Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, principal with Rachel V. Rose – Attorney at Law, P.L.L.C., Houston, TX, on the topic of “A Business Associate Agreement? Tell Me More!” Rachel joins our host Catherine Short to discuss how Business Associate Agreements (BAA) are not new; however, some individuals are new to healthcare and others never understood what a BAA is exactly. A BAA is a contract that fundamentally gives assurances that the parties are complying with the Security Rule and Privacy Rule, setting parameters in the event of a reportable security incident or a breach, and states how the sensitive data will be returned and destroyed at the end of the relationship. This presentation not only seeks to dispel myths about why certain language is prevalent in nearly all BAAs, but also provides insight into other provisions, and items for consideration, in light of the 21st Century Cures Act.
Many practitioner audits fall short of best practices. The modern healthcare environment and complex goals for compliance require time, expertise, and attention to detail. Ideally, audits occur at regular intervals and identify incidents and patterns of potential billing and coding risk. There are also some surprising upsides of professional audits that include greater visibility of under-coding.
1st Talk Compliance features guest Trey Scott, Coordinating Attorney at Kennedy, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, on the topic of “Have a Breach? Reporting Requirements with the OCR.”Trey joins our host, Catherine Short to discuss the reporting requirements for a data breach of a healthcare provider, the definition of a breach, different timelines for reporting breaches, as well as how to complete a breach reporting form from the Office of Civil Rights.
Expert attorneys Sean McKenna, Lauren Nelson, and Vincent Aiello of Spencer Fane LLP will present this dynamic webinar. They will discuss the interplay between enforcement and liability proceedings with asset protection, explore how government and private litigation matters can impact healthcare companies, clinicians, and executives, and provide tips and preventative strategies to preserve income and assets prior to such action to ensure business continuity and succession planning.