GAO Report: HHS Lacks Adequate Healthcare Workforce Planning

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which engages in planning for the 72 healthcare workforce programs administered by its agencies, lacks comprehensive planning and oversight to ensure that these efforts meet national healthcare workforce needs, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. These programs send HHS funding to institutions […]

With the new year comes greater HIPAA oversight

HIPAA-regulated entities can expect 2016 to be the year of increased oversight. That’s when the Health and Human Services Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) begins Phase II of its audit program. The program is expected to focus on common areas of noncompliance and will include HIPAA-covered entities as well as business associates. Phase 2 […]

Federal prosecutors increasingly target individual healthcare execs in anti-fraud efforts

Last month’s sentencing of the former president and CEO of OtisMed Corporation to two years in prison should serve as yet another example that federal prosecutors are not holding back when it comes to holding corporate executives accountable. Charlie Chi was sentenced for intentionally distributing a medical device used in knee replacement surgery despite the […]

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