HIPAA authorization forms do not have be signed voluntarily to be valid, judge rules ... Aluminum exposure 'inevitably' contributes to Alzheimer's, researcher says ... Judge holds assisted living owners in contempt for retaliating against workers
Almost 20 years after federal law created an exclusion process related to participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs, some long-term care providers may not be checking their employees' status often enough, compliance experts warned Tuesday.
Trial begins in $1 billion-plus nursing home case tied to Illinois candidate for governor ... Long shifts for nurses correlate to decline in quality, European study finds ... Legally married same-sex couples are family members under HIPAA, according to HHS guidance.
Falls may cause post-traumatic stress in seniors, study finds ... Government issues new model notices of HIPAA privacy practices for providers to use ... Switch to ICD-10 could make it difficult to track patient safety trends
A historically large data breach at Community Health Systems has been linked to the infamous Heartbleed bug, which could lead to a "tipping point" in how healthcare providers approach data storage and security, according to Forbes contributor Dan Munro.
MAINE - The state's nursing homes will get their first Medicaid rate increase in six years after a breathtaking display of mid-summer political brinksmanship. But dark days still loom in a state beset with closures and an over-65 population ratio that's second only to Florida's.
In long term and post-acute care facilities, where those with a "need to know" protected health information can include everyone from nursing and social services, to chaplains, cooks, transportation drivers, aides, admissions and marketing staff, administrators, even activities staf
Healthcare providers may feel more pressure of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act enforcement in states like Rhode Island and Alaska, according to data compiled by TrueVault, a HIPAA compliance company.
Huge HIPAA breach inevitable, providers 'behind' crooks ... Nursing home doc has to pay back $57K to Medicaid ... Alzheimer's drug development not looking good ... Insulin pumps better than injections for diabetes care
The proliferation of wireless devices and seemingly limitless supply of apps have advanced communications capabilities to wondrous new heights. But there is a dark side as well, typified by the vulnerabilities to cyber-attack and having vital information stolen by hackers that a research team at Syracuse University has found.
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Protected health information breaches for long-term care facilities will migrate from accidental human-caused problems to outsiders gunning for valuable intelligence, one compliance expert predicted Tuesday.
The MouthWatch Home Dental Monitoring System allows providers to look at long-term care residents with an easy-to-use intraoral camera.
Laptops and other mobile devices containing personal health information have been stolen from long-term care ombudsman programs and other healthcare organizations, including from Concentra Health Services and QCA Health Plan Inc. Now, Concentra and QCA have agreed to legal settlements totaling nearly $2 million, federal authorities announced Tuesday.
The procrastination is over for the conversion to ICD-10 coding. After the third postponement of the start date last year, officials are adamant about starting the new format Oct. 1.
Whether you're a long-term care leader who has already made the decision to align your organization with an ACO or are still in the process of weighing the decision, one thing everyone can agree on is this operating model will entail a significant amount of change in several key areas for participating long-term care providers.
Have you started your countdown clocks yet? It looks like it's definitely happening this year on Oct. 1, 2014. The transitions from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding will 100% absolutely take effect for the entire healthcare system, including therapy. So what is this big change all about? Per CMS, here are a couple of key facts everyone should be preparing for.
Caremerge's Quality Measures program is simple to use but can help long-term care providers thrive in an increasingly complex healthcare system, according to Ruta Prasauskas, RN, MHS, director of wellness at BMA Management Ltd. in Illinois.
To give credit where it's due, when the New York Times does a story on nursing homes, it tends to give up enough space to get multiple sides, not to mention sources that include the industry checklist of Professional People With Thoughts.
Top long-term care officers tackled some of the field's main challenges, exchanged perspectives on new opportunities and shared ideas on what the future might hold.
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Providers looking to learn more about changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) are invited to attend a LeadingAge webinar at 2 p.m. EDT on Sept. 18. Continuing education credit will be available.
Healthcare providers should start preparing for the fall 2014 implementation of ICD-10 codes, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services experts advised during a webinar yesterday. ICD-10 codes will replace ICD-9 codes on Oct. 1, 2014. They apply to all Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act-compliant healthcare provider reports, including MDS 3.0.
Providers and officers in charge of HIPAA compliance can take part in a valuable 90-minute webcast Tuesday, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. The webinar will address the progression of changes to HIPAA, particularly leading up to the January issuance of a final rule pertaining to privacy, security and enforcement provisions. Attendees will learn about the results of compliance audits, recent findings on data breaches and assessed penalties, and trends in hacking activity.
The federal government is asking how changes for HIPAA rules might impact states reporting information about patients' mental health conditions, and whether they should be allowed to purchase a gun.
Nursing home residents' spouses and attorneys-in-fact do not necessarily meet the definition of "personal representatives" under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, so providers should not automatically make residents' personal health information available to these parties, a federal appeals court recently ruled.
Providers can expect increased enforcement and continuing rule changes related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), according to a prominent industry group.
Someone leaked sensitive patient information to the press after we had a recent fire here. What steps can/should we take to investigate or determine who the leak was?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will utilize computer technology to shift from detecting and then prosecuting fraud ("pay-and-chase") to preventing it, according to a CMS official who spoke at last week's National HIPAA Summit in Washington, D.C.
The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will expand Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act enforcement efforts in the next two years, according to OCR Director Leon Rodriguez.