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Review Your Medical Records Policies – HIPAA Violation Target

You may have recently seen the announcement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) had their first patient access enforcement action. The $85,000 payment wasn’t recorded as an actual HIPAA violation, but as as settlement with Bayfront Health of St. Petersburg (Bayfront). So, why should […]
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Responding to a Subpoena for Medical Records – Protect Your Practice

Protecting patient privacy when you release medical records requires careful attention to every detail — even small mistakes can have large financial and legal consequences. The process gets even more complicated when you’re responding to a subpoena for medical records. How you handle responding to a subpoena for medical records can make the difference between […]
Medical record retention law

New Medical Record Retention Law: Keep Patient Records for 10 Years

We normally look to the Supreme Court to make landmark decisions (like the Affordable Care Act), but the court rules on many smaller cases that — while they may not make it to the nightly news — still affect our daily lives. One of those is the May 2019 decision on Cochise Consultancy Inc. v. […]
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Medicare’s ABN Form: Top 10 Mistakes You’re Making (and How to Fix Them)

Using Medicare’s ABN form, Advance Beneficiary Notice might be a routine part of your job, but are you sure you’re doing it correctly and compliantly? Providers and staff who treat Medicare patients must know exactly how and when to issue a CMS ABN form to avoid costly write-offs and penalties. If you’re like most providers […]
Documentation Checklist Bulletproof Your Claims

Documentation Checklist Can Bulletproof Your Claims

Provider documentation is your only defense if you’re faced with an audit. It must be rock-solid to support the claims you submit to payers. But how can you ensure this happens when each clinician has his or her own style and perspective when documenting a patient encounter? The answer is good basic, defensible documentation. Here […]
Telehealth Security

Telehealth Security: Protect Patient Information and Your Practice

Your practice is responsible for protecting your patients’ ePHI at both the origination site and the distant site. You must ensure that both locations have appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards in place as outlined in the HIPAA Security Rule...
Medicare Exclusions

Don’t Pay the Price for Medicare Exclusions

Making the mistake of employing an excluded physician, nurse, nonphysician provider or administrator will lead to you facing thousands in civil money penalties — not to mention the money you’ll lose for services you’ve provided that can never be billed. Thinking that this can’t affect your practice is a HUGE mistake. In fact, the Office […]
Ransomware Hackers

Stop Ransomware Hackers Before They Strike

It doesn't matter if you work in a hospital system or are a solo-practitioner. It doesn't matter what state you're located in or what specialty you practice. And the "I didn't know" excuse isn't going to fly either. Unless you take action, you're at risk...
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