Healthcare News & Insights

Healthcare providers face a number of regulatory challenges, including privacy laws, malpractice suits and many other issues. Read here to see how hospitals are dealing with those obstacles.

OSHA steps up scrutiny of inpatient facilities

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been scrutinizing the healthcare industry lately and what it found has the agency up in arms. So much so it introduced a new compliance nightmare for hospitals and nursing homes.

What’s next in federal fraud enforcement?

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) both reinforced their commitment to rooting out fraud in 2015 — but what does that mean for your compliance programs? 

4 HIPAA compliance areas your BAs must check

It finally looks like the feds are starting up the next phase of HIPAA audits — but there’s still time to ensure your business associates (BAs) are staying compliant. 

What hospitals can learn from HHS’ cybersecurity vulnerabilities

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General  (OIG) is passing on a data security lesson from a recent audit it conducted on the rest of the department. 

What’s in the future for the PQRS program?

The newest results from the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program were just released, but the program as you know it won’t be around much longer. 

How will Stage 3 change the meaningful use program?

The feds just proposed rules for the next stage of the meaningful use program. But does Stage 3 address or just add to providers’ attestation problems? 

Where is fraud enforcement headed in 2015?

Hospital leaders will have to beef up their compliance efforts over the year because indicators show the feds are turning up the heat on fraud enforcement. 

What hospitals can learn from latest OIG audit

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) just completed another round of its hospital billing compliance audits. Based on its findings, hospitals can get an idea of what the feds are looking at right now – and how to avoid issues with their own billing and coding.

What the feds are planning next for cybersecurity

It should come as no surprise that the feds are worried about cybersecurity. But what can providers expect this year from the government to put the brakes on this growing issue? 

What’s next for the RAC program?

The Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program is picking up speed again. But this time around, there are changes to give hospitals a break. 

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