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MiraMed’s eAlerts are distributed via email every Wednesday, and contains the latest industry information regarding business process outsourcing solutions, helpful coding news, or any number of relevant topics in the fast-paced, ever-evolving world of healthcare. To subscribe, simply complete the form below. Below the subscription form, you will find the archived eAlerts available.

November 8, 2017

Following on the heels of President Trump’s declaration of the opioid epidemic as a national public health emergency, the president’s commission on the opioid crisis last week issued its final report containing more than 50 recommendations for addressing what has been called the most serious drug problem in U.S. history.  The report, the heightened focus on opioid addiction and overdose deaths spurred by the president’s directive, and actions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other agencies are sure to impact healthcare providers in several spheres, including prescribing, treatment, prevention, documentation and compliance, diversion prevention, fraud and abuse detection, and reimbursement.

Read more: Opioids a National Public Health Emergency: A Presidential Declaration, a Comprehensive Report

October 25, 2017

Under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, failure to have written business associate agreements in place can lead to sizable fines and penalties for covered entities. In 2015, for example, Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, PA, of North Carolina paid $750,000 to settle charges that it potentially violated the HIPAA Privacy Rule by sharing patient protected health information (PHI) with a potential business partner without executing a business associate agreement. The vendor had agreed to transfer x-ray images to electronic media in exchange for harvesting the silver from the films.

Read more: A Refresher for Healthcare Providers on Business Associate Agreements: Are Your Contracts in Order?

October 11, 2017

As healthcare delivery shifts toward population health management, hospitals and health systems are beginning to understand—and take steps to address—the connections between a wide range of socioeconomic factors and the health and well-being of the communities they serve.  One of these factors is “food insecurity,” which the U.S. Department of Agriculture defines as a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food with either disrupted eating patterns or reduced food intake.  The USDA reported that this social determinant of health affected more than 15.8 million (12.7 percent) households in 2015.

Read more: Hospitals Take on ‘Food Insecurity’ to Impact Population Health

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