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HIPAA Compliance: Are You Complying With New Health Record Access Rules?

21. August 2013

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Indecent disclosure: Why access report requirements are nothing to sneeze at. New HIPAA rules and HITECH Act provisions are giving patients more and more ownership over health records. Don’t let these new provisions for disclosures and individual access land your…

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Medicare Funding: CMS Slows Spending To Avoid Bankruptcy Plunge

25. July 2013

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Changes implemented by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed Medicare Part A to stay funded longer. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may have bought itself some extra time before insolvency hits, a May 31 Medicare Trustees’ Report indicates.  Last year’s…

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ICD-10: New NCDs Won’t Solve All Your Conversion Problems

25. July 2013

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If you haven’t converted to the 5010 platform, now is the time to do so, says CMS. DME Billing Service   The Oct. 1, 2014 date for transitioning to ICD-10 is firm and it’s no use…

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HIPAA: Third-Party Billers: Screen for Compliance

12. June 2013

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Investigate thoroughly before turning over claims processing to a third-party biller. Hiring a third party may appear to be a positive business move for many practitioners, but it doesn’t eliminate your responsibility to ensure that the company being hired is…

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Electronic Medical Records: Look Before Jumping On The EMR Bandwagon

12. June 2013

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Picking the wrong EMR system could mean losing money and system blackouts.   Electronic medical records (EMR) systems are meant to make life easier for providers, coders, and billers by documenting patient care and replacing paper medical records. But EMRs…

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HIPAA Compliance: Pay Attention To 4 Key Areas That Will Rock Your HIPAA World

15. May 2013

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Thanks to the recently finalized omnibus rule, you’re in for a busy summer of revamping your HIPAA policies and procedures. Here’s what you need to know to prioritize your work ahead. The final rule brought together a slew of outstanding…

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Keep These CMS and MAC Critical Care Documentation Guidelines Handy

15. May 2013

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Ensure you’re following the rules by reviewing these 11 citations and quotes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and MACs on critical care time documentation, provided by Todd Thomas, CPC, CCS-P, President of ERcoder, Inc. in Edmond,…

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Keep These CMS and MAC Critical Care Documentation Guidelines Handy

15. April 2013

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Ensure you’re following the rules by reviewing these 11 citations and quotes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and MACs on critical care time documentation, provided by Todd Thomas, CPC, CCS-P, President of ERcoder, Inc. in Edmond,…

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HIPAA Compliance: Heads Up: Your Contracts With BAs Are Under the Microscope

15. April 2013

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The “HIPAA police” aren’t fooling around — in response to emerging breaches, the feds are increasing penalties. And the fines aren’t just rising for providers; they’re also increasing for your business associates (BAs). All the more reason to take a…

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Keep Your Mobile Devices Secure — Focus On 3 Safeguard Areas

11. March 2013

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Laptops, smartphones, PDAs — if you’re dealing with electronic protected health information (ePHI), you may be saying, “Oh my!” And when it comes to accessing, transmitting, storing and altering ePHI on mobile devices, you should be on your guard.  Watch out:

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