OCR to increase oversight and enforcement of HIPAA compliance

The Office of the Inspector General issued two reports this Fall finding that the Government needs to strengthen its oversight HIPAA compliance. This means that “covered entities” such as doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and health insurance companies can expect increased scrutiny by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights when it comes

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Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans: Are You Ready?

So far in 2015, we’ve seen floodwaters ravage Texas and tornadoes tear across the Midwest. Now hurricane season is upon us. We all know that natural disasters – or, for that matter, manmade ones – can wreak havoc on a community. Things get even worse for that community when their healthcare facilities and providers are

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Risk Management for Accountable Care Organizations

By now, we all know that new accountable care delivery models requiring providers to work together across the continuum of care have the potential to create better care and outcomes for patients at lower costs. But did you know that adding multiple pla…

OIG 2015 Work Plan for Home Health and Hospice Providers

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (the OIG) is an agency that is mandated by Congress to fight fraud, waste, and abuse in federal health care programs and to protect beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid…