Practice Management Weekly Digest: EHR Fraud, Missing PHI, Clinical Notes

Welcome to the PracticeSuite weekly medical billing digest – the best round up of industry news from the past week: Report Finds More Flaws in Digitizing Patient Files A report published this week by HHS’s Office of the Inspector General warns that not enough attention has been paid to addressing potential fraud and abuse in EHRs. OIG is particularly concerned with the cloning function, saying it could be used to charge Medicare fore more extensive exams/treatments than actually occurred. A...

Practice Management Weekly Digest: HITECH Fine, The Cloud, Failed EHR

Welcome to the PracticeSuite weekly medical billing digest – the best round up of industry news from the past week: Cloud Storage: How Should Providers Protect their Interests? More and more providers are moving their applications and data to the cloud. This article notes that higher levels of managers getting involved with security thanks to HIPAA and press accounts of data breaches (see story below). It details three specific things providers should do when making the move: check the service’s...

The Practice Management Weekly Digest: PHI Breach, E-Prescribing, ICD-10 Issue Database

Welcome to the PracticeSuite weekly medical billing digest – the best round up of industry news from the past week. Subcontractor Exposes Patient Information From Fairfax County Community Health Care A subcontracted vendor to the Fairfax County Community Health Care Network left patient information on an unsecured computer earlier this fall. The information, which included names, addresses, medication information, payment information and Social Security numbers, was accessed four times by three entities over a one-month period. Nearly 1,500 patients had...

Practice Management Weekly Digest: Physician Pays for ID Protection, Social and Cloud Technology, ACO Roadmap

Welcome to the PracticeSuite weekly medical billing digest – the best round up of industry news from the past week: Solo Physician Paying ID Protection for 8,900 HealthData Management reported this week that a San Jose orthopedic surgeon is offering just under 9,000 of his patients a year’s worth of ID protection. The offer is designed to mitigate issues stemming from the theft of a password-protected laptop from the physician’s home in September. Protected health information on the laptop included...

The Practice Management Weekly Digest: Risky File Sharing, a Successful Rural ACO, and Security Risk List for 2014

Welcome to the PracticeSuite weekly medical billing digest – the best round up of industry news from the past week. 90% of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Employees Risk Information Security Because healthcare professionals are frequently on the go, those without a safe file-sharing system are resorting to free services that present enormous security risks. This article from Medical News Today contains data from Workshare’s “Workforce Mobilization” report, including the fact that 72% of healthcare professionals use their personal devices for work...

The Practice Management Weekly Digest: Successful Hiring Tips, Legal Advice on Contract Termination, and Putting Doctors on the Spot

Medical Identity Theft: Recommendations for the Age of Electronic Medical Records. Stories of medical identity theft are cropping up with increasing frequency. This 22-page report from the California Attorney General’s office says providers should build awareness of the issue in their practices, make patients aware of the consequences of theft, use anomaly detection and data flagging to help prevent theft, and create procedures for how flagged records should be investigated. Ohio Hospital Puts Docs on the Spot To Lower Costs...