Fresenius Medical Care, a nationwide dialysis provider that also runs labs, urgent care centers and post-acute practices, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle patient privacy allegations made by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Amid all the focus on new rules for nursing homes, we can't forget the old ones and the need to audit, train and document.
A Texas health system agreed to pay $2.4 million in May to settle potential HIPAA violations stemming from an incident where it named a patient in a press release.
Taking, posting, and sharing unauthorized images of residents via social media (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.) can constitute abuse in violation of the Federal Conditions of Participation (COPs) for nursing homes.
The Office for Civil Rights' 2016 audit program is currently underway, with a protocol so comprehensive that significant enforcement actions are expected.
A stolen iPhone containing the medical records of more than 400 nursing home patients will cost the former owner of several nursing homes $650,000 under a federal settlement.
Long-term care providers should get ready for the second round of HIPAA compliance audits this year, but the agency in charge of them is keeping mum about the exact date.
The HIPAA landscape evolves for providers as cloud storage, mobile devices and large-scale cyber attacks present new challenges to security and privacy efforts
OSTAR Healthcare Technology has announced the launch of its G4 Device Gateway, a HIPAA-compliant Vendor Neutral Gateway.
MatrixCare has debuted a secure mobile messaging solution, powered by CellTrust SecureLine.
Winscribe has debuted the Winscribe Text v7.0, a medical documentation platform meant to help automate document-driven processes.
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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.
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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
Massive HIPAA breach linked to Heartbleed bug highlights huge security risk facing healthcare sector, expert saysSeptember 05, 2014
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.