Medical Records

CMS wants tougher emergency prep rules

CMS wants tougher emergency prep rules

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Long-term care facilities would have to meet more comprehensive emergency preparedness guidelines if a newly proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is enacted.

Asking for the medical record

Asking for the medical record

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Millions of dollars have been paid by nursing homes who unsuccessfully defended themselves against incomplete or absent documentation. There are not as many legal guidelines regarding medical records maintenance as you might think; however, there are essential legal aspects of charting to keep in mind.

Healthcare providers are not liable for workers who breach patient privacy 'outside scope of employment,' court rules in STD case

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Long-term care providers may not be on the hook when workers improperly share resident data for purely personal reasons, suggests a recent legal ruling.

RACs push back against audit improvement bills

RACs push back against audit improvement bills

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An advocacy group for independent Medicare auditors has sharply criticized two bills that would put new controls on Recovery Audit Contractors. The Medicare Audit Improvement Act of 2013 was introduced in the House of Representatives in March. A Senate version of the bill was introduced last month. The bill would rein in auditors and improve transparency, which have been provider concerns.

Senate takes up bill to improve Medicare audits, address RAC concerns

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A new Senate bill addresses provider concerns over the Medicare audit process, including the role of Recovery Audit Contractors. The House is also considering a version of the "Medicare Audit Improvement Act of 2013," which lawmakers originally introduced in October 2012 and reintroduced in March.

Court clarifies HIPAA definition of 'personal representative' in ruling on Florida nursing homes case

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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.

Long-term care providers can share resident info for safety reasons without breaching HIPAA

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Healthcare providers do not violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy regulations if they share patient information in the interest of public safety, according to a letter sent last week by Leon Rodriguez, the director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Omnibus HIPAA rule lays out 'sweeping changes'

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The Department of Health and Human Services issued an "omnibus" rule Thursday, comprehensively updating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy and security regulations passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Medicare auditors can request twice as many SNF medical records

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Medicare recovery audit contractors (RACs) can now request twice as many resident medical records than previously allowed, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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