Medical identity theft continues to be major problem in the US with approximately 2.32 million adults or close family members falling victim in 2014. According to the Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft by the Ponemon Institute, medical identity theft is on the rise with a 21.7% increase since last year.
Physician home visits are under scrutiny by CMS for any possible fraud. In 2012, Medicare paid home care service providers about $236 million. As the population of Medicare age recipients increases it seems likely that the need for home care services will also increase. There are many benefits to providing home care services such as
Compliance with hand hygiene is one of the most important ways to prevent spread of infection. In the United States about 1 in 25 hospital patients a year acquire an infection during their hospital admission. Transmission of pathogens can potentially occur at many points of contact with the healthcare provider. Best practices for hand hygiene
The HIPAA Final Rule enforcement date is September 23, 2013. Is your Notice of Privacy Practices ready? The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule was announced on January 17, 2013 and became effective on March 23, 2013. The enforcement date is right around the corner on September 23, 2013. Have you made the necessary modifications to your
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) delayed the original compliance date of October 1, 2013 until October 1, 2014, to allow the continued preparation necessary to be ready for the largest transition in our Healthcare reimbursement system. This transition requires business and system changes in order for the Healthcare reimbursement systems to be
Under the Occupational and Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. According to Robert Kulick, OSHA regional administrator, employers and employees must work together to identify and eliminate potential hazards. A serious OSHA violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious
Doctors playing defense The government cites defensive medicine as a factor in the escalation of health care costs. However, a recent study indicates that 73% of physicians engage in some form of defensive medicine. The payers’ perception of defensive medicine is negative, but the providers’ view it as a necessary evil in today’s environment. Medical
First Healthcare Compliance's Janice Jones discusses Billing for Incident-to Services: Preparing for OIG Review as part of the preparation Affordable Care Act. Watch a video of the webinar.
REGISTER FOR MEDICARE EHR INCENTIVE PROGRAM BY FEBRUARY 28, 2013 Protection of patient privacy and security of patient e-PHi is a requirement of Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Programs. Your practice must protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your patient’s EHR. Meaningful Use is using certified technology in EHR to engage patients and
The new HIPAA rule brings a few significant changes for covered entities. It is important to remember that doctors, clinics, psychologists, dentists, and chiropractors that transmit any information in an electronic form in connection with a transaction for which HHS has adopted a standard are considered covered entities. Along with increasing the ability for HHS