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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.

 

May 11, 2016

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) requires the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to conduct periodic audits of covered entity and business associate compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules. In 2011 and 2012, OCR implemented a pilot audit program (Phase 1) to assess the controls and processes implemented by 115 covered entities to comply with HIPAA’s requirements.

Read more: HIPAA Audit Program—Phase 2

May 4, 2016

It is no secret that the cost of healthcare services varies greatly between geographic regions.  A major new study from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI),  National Chartbook of Health Care Prices, examined price variation for 242 common medical services across 41 states and the District of Columbia and found a two- to threefold difference.  The graph below, from the accompanying article by David Newman et al. (Prices for Common Medical Services Vary Substantially among the Commercially Insured) in the April 2016 issue of Health Affairs, shows the variation among average prices in the 41 states and D.C. when each is compared to a national index figure of 1.00:

Read more: Healthcare Price Variation is Alive and Well

April 20, 2016

After much pushback from industry stakeholders and from the judicial system, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) propose to eliminate the notorious payment reduction under the Two-Midnight Rule in its FY 2017 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule (Proposed Rule).  Though not slated to be finalized until the latter part of 2016, hospitals can be optimistic that the penalty under the Two-Midnight Rule may soon be a memory.

Read more: CMS Proposes Eliminating Payment Reduction Under Two-Midnight Rule

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