HHS Makes Changes to HIPAA Civil Monetary Penalty Caps

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a notification that it is changing the way it applies the assessment of Civil Money Penalties (CMPs) against those who violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) […]

Dumpster Diver Demonstrates Importance of Proper Medical Record Storage and Disposal

Just because a business closes its doors, it doesn’t mean that it no longer is obligated to safeguard patients’ protected health information (PHI), as one company recently learned. Earlier this month, the receiver appointed to liquidate the assets of Filefax, Inc. agreed to pay $100,000 out of the receivership estate to settle potential HIPAA violations. […]

CMS Proposes Changes to Meaningful Use Reporting Period

A reprieve could be on the way for the more than 200,000 healthcare providers who have been struggling to meet their electronic health reporting (EHR) requirements under the Meaningful Use Program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has announced a proposed rule that would  allow clinicians, hospitals and critical access hospitals to use a […]

Electronic health records create a number of problems for providers

We live in an electronic age where life is supposed to be easier and more efficient and in many ways it is. In the healthcare arena, electronic medical records (EMRs) were supposed to make life easier for doctors by helping to free up time and streamline the process. Case in point, doctors could send prescriptions […]

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