Electronic Health Records


HIPAA Still Applies to Patients’ Online Reviews of Providers
February 15, 2019 | Cassandra Rivais | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Litigation
In an era of online dialogue, healthcare providers still need to remain alert regarding their obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). As tempting as it may be to respond to patients’ criticisms and praise online, healthcare providers, as “covered entities” under HIPAA, should think twice before clicking “post.” It’s …
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EHR Vendor to Pay $57 Million to Settle FCA Case
February 11, 2019 | Geoffrey R. Kaiser | Electronic Health Records | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid
On February 6, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Greenway Health LLC, a Florida-based developer of electronic health records (EHR) software, will pay $57.25 million as part of a False Claims Act settlement. The United States had alleged that Greenway misrepresented the capabilities of its software product, called “Prime Suite,” causing healthcare providers to submit …
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Pathology Lab Company to Pay $63.5 Million to Settle FCA Case
February 5, 2019 | Christopher J. Kutner | Electronic Health Records | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid
Inform Diagnostics, a Texas-based pathology laboratory company, will pay the federal government $63.5 million to resolve allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act (FCA). The U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement on January 30. Inform Diagnostics was alleged to have engaged in improper financial relationships with physicians, including providing them with subsidies …
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HIPAA Clarity Coming for Coordinated Care
January 4, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy
On December 12, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public input on how the HIPAA rules, especially the Privacy Rule, could be modified to promote coordinated, value-based healthcare. A January 1 article in Health Law360 entitled “Health Care Policy Moves To …
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Hospitals Still Faxing and Mailing Patient Records
December 21, 2018 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Hospitals | Medicare and Medicaid
A recent study by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology revealed that most hospitals were still transmitting at least some patient medical records by mail or fax in 2017. The data showed that industry-wide electronic interoperability remains a distant goal. According to the study, 66% of the hospitals surveyed sometimes sent …
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Overlooked BAA Costly for Florida Group
December 11, 2018 | Margarita Christoforou | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals
Advanced Care Hospitalists, PL (ACH), a Florida physician group, has learned that failing to enter into a proper business associate agreement (BAA) with a vendor can be a very costly mistake. As a result of that failure, ACH has paid a penalty of $500,000 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for …
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Florida Physicians Group Exposed 9,000 Patients’ Data to Web
December 5, 2018 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals
A December 4 article in Bloomberg Law’s Health Law & Business, “Florida Physicians Group Exposed 9,000 Patients’ Data to Web,” discussed a $500,000 HIPAA settlement entered into by Advanced Care Hospitalists (ACH), a Florida physician group, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Rivkin Radler’s Eric Fader was quoted …
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CMS Delays Implementing Revised E/M Visit Policies
November 8, 2018 | Margarita Christoforou | Electronic Health Records | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
On November 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that certain policy changes in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule relating to the documentation, coding and payment structure of Evaluation and Management office/outpatient visits will now be delayed until 2021. The changes were originally set to go into effect on January 1, …
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Garmin, Fitabase to Collaborate on Analysis of Wearables Data
October 25, 2018 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Medical Devices | Telehealth
Garmin International, best known in the U.S. for its GPS navigation units, has announced a collaboration with Fitabase to analyze digital health data from Garmin’s wearable devices, including activity trackers and smartwatches. The alliance puts Garmin in direct competition with Apple and Fitbit, both of which use data from their devices in healthcare research. Fitabase, …
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HHS Releases Updated HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool
October 23, 2018 | Carol A. Hyde | Cassandra Rivais | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA
As cybersecurity threats increase, the need for healthcare providers to conduct periodic security risk assessments as required by the HIPAA Security Rule has become more critical. To assist providers in this task, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Office for Civil Rights …
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