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The Protected Health Information Cyber Attack Threat (Part 2)

The Protected Health Information Cyber Attack Threat (Part 2)

With the increasing use of EHRs, practices are facing increased liability with regard to breaches of Protected Health Information (ePHI). At the same time, increased HIPAA and HITECH security regulations and penalties for violations, also increase the healthcare provider’s liability for breaches of ePHI. In part two of this series we are discussing simple steps […]

The Protected Health Information Cyber Attack Threat

The Protected Health Information Cyber Attack Threat

Reports of cyber attacks on large corporations such as  Nationwide, JPMorgan Chase and even the Pentagon have been make big news. Yet, every day there are attacks aimed at small to mid-size organizations. With the increasing use of EHRs, practices are facing increased liability with regard to breaches of protected Health information (ePHI). Hackers know […]

Audits And On-site Inspections

Audits And On-site Inspections

It seems that surprise visits by special investigative units seem to be on the rise. Though providers are required to cooperate with the investigation, they do have certain rights when complying. With this in mind, how should you respond to investigators? First take the time to train your staff before an investigation occurs. You should […]

E/M Coding

E/M Coding

One of the most common areas for increased scrutiny by Medicare and private insurance are the E/M codes. Most doctors don’t understand them, causing mistakes. DCs believe they are doing things right only to find out that their claims are suddenly rejected, additional paperwork is requested, or a post-payment audit is requesting money back. E/M […]

HIPAA SECURITY RISK ANALYSIS

HIPAA SECURITY RISK ANALYSIS

As a healthcare provider, much of the Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) you maintain and share with other entities is crucial to your business and important in the care you provide to your patients. Lost or stolen laptops, identity theft, malfunctioning computers and hackers are just a few of the risks you face when you […]

WINDOWS XP AND HIPAA COMPLIANCE

WINDOWS XP AND HIPAA COMPLIANCE

Are you using computers that run on Windows XP in your office? If you are you may be violating HIPAA laws by doing so. If you haven’t heard, on April 8th, 2014 Microsoft ended support for windows XP; putting an end to the operating system. Microsoft announced that they are no longer providing security updates […]

Compliance Auditing: Should I “Lawyer Up?”

Compliance Auditing: Should I “Lawyer Up?”

In my last post, I talked about the steps you should take if the Office of Inspector General for the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services selects your practice for a Medicare reimbursement audit. The key piece of advice I offered was for targeted chiropractors to seek professional help and not go it alone when […]

When the OIG auditor calls, it’s time to find an Ally

When the OIG auditor calls, it’s time to find an Ally

During my 24 years in the health care industry focusing on compliance, I often get asked the same question by my fellow chiropractors: “Why would I need a consultant?” The long answer is that a compliance consultant who is a certified compliance specialist can help you navigate the tricky world of HIPAA Omnibus Privacy Rules, […]