How an Innocent Social Media Post Can Turn Into a HIPAA Violation

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A Texas nurse recently learned that you don’t have to identify a patient by name to violate Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules. According to a number of published reports, the unidentified woman, who worked as an ICU/ER  nurse, was fired from her job with Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston after posting about…

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OIG Wants Input on Changes to Anti-kickback Statute and CMP

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General is looking for ways to encourage and incentivize coordinated care, without violating the Anti-kickback Statute and Civil Monetary Penalties Law. The CMP imposes penalties against those who offer or transfer remuneration to a Medicare or state healthcare program beneficiary to influence the…

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