HIPAA Archive

Healthcare Salad Dressing

 In our world there are certain times when completely opposite things are forced to work together in order to provide a necessary, and usually beneficial, outcome.  An example of this is a simple salad dressing: oil and vinegar.  No matter how often one may shake a container holding both oil and vinegar, eventually, the two

Check-In Kiosks and Opthalmologists

There are many reasons that people do not like going to the doctor’s office. Whether it is fear of the unknown, fear of pain or fear of the long wait, most people do not feel that the doctor’s office is a day at the beach. I fall into the last category of fears- fear of

ICD-10 Info Series – Part 1

An old saying goes that “laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”  The decision to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is no exception to this saying and most likely the finished product will not be appetizing to most healthcare providers

Being Dutiful About Compliance

Health care providers now more than ever must be proactive when it comes to addressing compliance and billing issues with Medicare and Medicaid.  Recently, federal and state governments have been devoting increased resources to detecting and combatting fraud in the health care industry.  At the federal level, both the Department of Justice and the United

Oklahoma DHS Acknowledges Inappropriate Disclosure of Files

While Oklahoma may be a world away from New Jersey, the headline I read during my recent visit to Oklahoma reminded me that agencies and practices in every state struggle with safeguarding confidential patient health information. As reported by the Oklahoman, a used furniture store in Oklahoma City recently sold a surplus file cabinet to

New California Law Subjects Providers to Steep Fines for Privacy Breaches

Under a bill recently approved by the Assembly and expected to be signed into law, California Healthcare providers could soon be subject to hefty fines and costly civil litigation if they fail to adopt and implement “appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect the privacy of a patient’s medical information.” While A.B. 211 appears

Insurer Erroneously Discloses Confidential Patient Information

According to news accounts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (“BCBS of Georgia”) recently sent more than 200,000 benefits letters (e.g., EOBs) to incorrect recipients, causing widespread concern among BCBS of Georgia’s patients and forcing the insurer to quickly rollout a mitigation plan. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that most of the erroneous mailings were EOBs.

Compliance Update – Providers and the Pharmaceutical Industry

Regulators are increasingly focusing on the propriety of certain relationships and interactions between health care providers and the pharmaceutical industry. Since this issue is on the minds of many providers, I am including below an article I recently wrote for Florida Medical Business Journal, the region’s leading medical business publication. Avoiding Dangerous Medicine Developing an