Regulatory & Risk Management

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When it comes to HIPAA, don't be bossy with business associates

Don't try to be Big Brother to your business associates (BAs) and put stress on your own healthcare organization as the new HIPAA omnibus rule goes into effect, warns Frank Ruelas, compliance officer at Gila River Healthcare in Sacaton, Ariz.

Americans not big fans of healthcare reform

A new NBC/WSJ poll shows President Barack Obama's healthcare law remains unpopular with the American public.

SC hospitals object of whistleblower suit

A whistleblower lawsuit accuses Hilton Head Hospital in South Carolina and other facilities in the region of paying kickbacks to outpatient clinics as part of a scheme to have undocumented women give birth at the hospitals in order to extract payments from the Medicaid program, the  State  newspaper has reported.

ACA creates 'perfect storm' for potential telemedicine success

Telemedicine could prove instrumental in helping to keep healthcare costs stable as the Affordable Care Act takes hold, according to Mario Gutierrez, executive director for the Center for Connected Health Policy.

NYC malpractice costs down $3M from 2012

Malpractice costs for New York City hospitals are down $3 million from last year.

Medicaid fraud, quality oversight lacking

Despite evidence of fraud or poor patient care within the Medicaid program, several states, including Florida, Illinois and Ohio, hesitate at terminating Medicaid contracts,  The Washington Post  and  Kaiser Health News  reported.

Hospitals key to insurance exchange enrollment

Some hospitals are opening phone hotlines and conducting community outreach at churches, child-care centers, soup kitchens and health fairs to help uninsured Americans obtain coverage under healthcare reform. Hospitals also are hiring contractors to enroll consumers or receiving federal grants to train enrollment "navigators."

Breast cancer screening: The dueling research continues

Four years ago, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) updated its breast cancer screening guidelines, which included recommendations against routine mammography for women under 50 and changed the screening interval from one to two years. Since that time, however, we've been treated to a series of dueling breast cancer screening studies, with each set of researchers more certain than their predecessors that their research will prove to be the final word.

ACP: 5 reasons Meaningful Use is burdensome to docs

The American College of Physicians, in a letter addressed to federal health officials Thursday, says that the "very aggressive" timeline and "overly ambitious" objectives of Meaningful Use Stage 2 threaten to limit the success of the overall program.

Ex-employees accuse hospital of decade-long Medicare fraud scheme

Three former anesthesiologists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have filed a lawsuit alleging the Nashville, Tenn., hospital fraudulently billed Medicare for more than 10 years, The Tennessean reported.