Healthcare News & Insights

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. 

Keys to working with the board to boost compliance

A hospital’s board has the potential to play a significant role in how well the facility stays in compliance with federal regulations. New guidelines spell out exactly what board members need to do to improve their hospital’s performance. 

2015 OIG workplan: What’s under the microscope next

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released its new workplan outlining what areas of the healthcare industry would be under scrutiny next year. Twenty-two of those areas are related to hospital operations and billing. 

OIG: Most hospitals’ EHRs don’t fully protect against fraud

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a new report auditing hospital electronic health records (EHR) systems to review their fraud prevention safeguards, and the results aren’t particularly good.

OIG: Certain incentive payments don’t violate anti-kickback laws

Good news for hospitals who work closely with physicians’ groups: According to government officials, hospitals aren’t always subject to sanctions under anti-kickback laws for giving doctors bonuses – under certain conditions.

Medicare wants back $38M it paid to emergency departments

Oops! Medicare says it wrongly paid more then $38 million in claims for outpatient emergency department  radiological services — and it wants its cash back.

One in seven hospitalized Medicare patients suffers harm

A new report raises some alarming questions about the quality of care Medicare patients receive.