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December 1, 2015  11:30 AM

Hospital fined $850,000 for ePHI breach

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
hhs, HIPAA, HIPAA data breach, OCR, OIG, PHI

A stolen laptop can be worth more than $800,000. At least that was the case with a laptop taken from Lahey Clinic Hospital, Inc. in 2011. The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently ruled that Lahey -- based in Burlington, Mass. -- must

December 31, 2013  12:47 PM

OIG extends sunset date for EHR safe harbor, Stark Law exception

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR systems, OIG, Stark law

Hospitals will be able to continue to give EHRs to providers under an extension to the anti-kickback safe harbor announced just before the exception was set to expire. The HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced the...

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December 17, 2013  1:29 PM

Providers concerned with EHR security, few fighting copy/paste fraud

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EHR copy and paste, EHR security, OIG, upcoding

Amid other EHR security concerns, few hospitals are protecting themselves from potential EHR copy and paste fraud. Less than a quarter (24%) of hospitals surveyed by the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) confirmed they had...

February 28, 2013  4:08 PM

OIG: Too many hospitals have weak PHI security, HIPAA compliance

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Encryption, HIPAA Compliance, OIG, PHI, Security

While few health care providers intentionally put protected health information (PHI) at risk, many are careless and fail to take adequate measures to actively protect sensitive data, leading to HIPAA compliance problems. That is the message of a

January 3, 2013  5:09 PM

Study: Medical coding, billing problems not related to EHRs

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
clinical coding, EHR, Meaningful use, OIG, upcoding

For those of you following the medical coding flap – and how some forces inside and outside of health care are suggesting that EHRs might be to blame for rising health care costs thanks to the ease of upcoding procedures -- there is new information to add to the debate.

December 20, 2012  2:42 PM

Two reports fault CMS HIT initiatives for waste and inefficiency

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
CMS, gao, OIG, Pioneer ACO Model

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is having a bad week, as government watchdogs found fault with their HIT initiatives. On Monday the Government Accountability Office issued a report saying that the CMS Innovation Center needs to...

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