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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 16, 2018

As mandated in executive orders from the current administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is zeroing in on ways to streamline reporting and administrative requirements for clinicians, hospitals and health systems as part of an overall effort to “reduce administrative burden” and free providers from tasks that take time away from care delivery and quality improvement.  Toward that end, a Regulatory Reform Task Force of representatives from each of the HHS agencies has begun identifying potential “deregulatory” actions with input from stakeholders.  In a recent request for information (RFI), HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) solicited comments and input on proposed changes to several of its programs.

Read more: HRSA Seeks Comments on Simplifying Reporting Requirements

May 9, 2018

When it comes to complying with the requirements of the Healthcare Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regarding electronic protected health information (ePHI), don’t confuse a gap analysis with a risk analysis, the Office of Civil Rights reminds healthcare providers in a recent bulletin.

Read more: HIPAA: A Gap Analysis Is Not a Risk Analysis for ePHI

May 2, 2018

In keeping with the current administration’s emphasis on increasing price transparency in healthcare (see our March 28, 2018 eAlert), the fiscal year 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), issued on April 24, 2018, proposes that hospitals begin publishing their standard charges online each year.  The proposal would take price transparency a step farther than the current requirement that hospitals make the information publicly available.

Read more: CMS 2019 IPPS Proposed Rule Calls for More Transparency, Less ‘Administrative Burden’

April 25, 2018

The secured email protocols and other measures designed to protect sensitive patient information that hospitals and billing companies have implemented during the past few years can seem like a hindrance, but they’re necessary in the age of instant access to information—and cybercrime.  They’re also required by law. With the threat of penalties and fines for breaches of protected health information (PHI) and electronic PHI (ePHI) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), these privacy and security controls have become the new norm.

Read more: Keep HIPAA Compliance on Your Radar

April 18, 2018

It’s no secret that the United States population is aging.  In just over a decade, the number of Americans in the 65-and-older age bracket will have mushroomed by 50 percent.  Not as widely known is the fact that this aging population is likely to impact physician supply as well, because one-third of all currently practicing physicians will be older than 65 within the next 10 years.  Many of these physicians will be choosing to retire, although what proportion will do so is not yet known. Many others will reduce their clinical hours.

Read more: Study Forecasts Primary and Specialty Physician Shortages

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