HIPAA Risk Assessments are Essential to Avoid Liability: Part II: Risk Analysis
THIS IS PART II OF HEIDI KOCHER'S HIPAA RISK ASSESSMENT SERIES, CLICK HERE FOR PART I (September 29, 2014) In the last article, we discussed the importance of conducting a risk analysis under the HIPAA Security rules. The importance of promptly conducting a risk analysis if it has not yet done cannot be overestimated, as the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has now announced that they intend to begin the next phase of audits in October 2014. When Covered Entity receives a data request letter from OCR, it will have only two weeks to respond, which will not be enough ...
Medicare Termination / Medicare Revocation Cases: Tips for Avoiding & Steps for Appealing.
(September 16, 2014): Consider the following scenario. You own a durable medical equipment (DME) company that you run out of a leased location in a local office building. Your customers are a mix of privately insured and Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries. You've been in business for about 10 years, but money is tight and you need to reduce expenses. You decide to move your business to your home for the time being. You make all the arrangements to move, and prepare a CMS-Form 855S informing the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) that you are relocating in 10 days. No one helps you fill ...
CMS Offers Labor Day “Sale” on Audit Appeals
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to get involved in the nationwide Labor Day sale phenomenon. As part of its ongoing efforts to alleviate the backlog in Medicare claim appeals, CMS has quietly offered to pay any hospital 68% of their appealed claims. The catch? The hospital must withdraw its appeal. This latest move is part of an ongoing fight between CMS, its contractors, and hospitals over reimbursement amounts for short-term inpatient stays. I. Increased RAC Audits Lead to Increase in Appeals As Medicare providers are well aware, CMS hired Recovery Audit Contractors, or “RACs”, to identify and recover ...
Oncology Fraud: Michigan Oncologist Indicted for Prescribing Medically Unnecessary Chemotherapy and Other Treatment Regimens
(August 29, 2014) The American Cancer Society has estimated that 43.92% of all males and 38.00% of all females in the United States will develop cancer at some point during their lifetime. While a number of clinical advances have been made over the last 25 years, chemotherapy remains one of the predominant tools used to fight cancer in many of its various forms. Depending on the type of cancer at issue, chemotherapy can be used as a primary or as an adjuvant therapy. While a number of drugs have been developed to address several of the adverse side effects normally associated ...
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