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Filming for TV Show Results in HIPAA Violation and $2.2 Million Settlement Paid by New York Presbyterian Hospital

HospitalIt’s not uncommon for “covered entities” such as hospitals and health systems to violate the Privacy Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Protection Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). A stolen laptop or misplaced file can expose information that should be protected. Rarely, however, does a violation arise from the filming of a television show. But that’s exactly what happened in the case of New York Presbyterian Hospital (“NYP”), which recently entered into a settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) for $2.2 million. Read More ›

Categories: HIPAA, Hospitals, Privacy

Make Sure you Know Who's Talking about Your Company!

In the age of instant access to online information, it is essential for a business to know what others are saying about it - both good and bad.  For example, a physician will want to confirm the glowing review of a recent article is properly acknowledged on the Internet but also that a negative patient comment is immediately refuted or deleted. Read More ›

Categories: Hospitals, Physicians

EHR Incentive Program Updates

EHR incentive programAccording to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS"), CMS has already paid $75 million to health care providers for meaningful use of electronic health records ("EHR") since the first incentive payments began in mid-May, 2011. This number is only expected to rise as physicians and hospitals have until the end of 2012 to attest to "meaningful use" of EHR and become entitled to receive the maximum amounts over a five-year period. Read More ›

Categories: Electronic Health Records, Hospitals, Physicians

CMS Recognizes Additional Hardship Categories for Electronic Prescribing Waivers

Electronic prescribingOn June 1, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") issued a proposed rule that would allow certain physicians to avoid having to use electronic prescribing ("eRx") by the required June 30, 2011 date. 

Currently, CMS requires that providers complete at least 10 drug orders using an eRx system between January 1 and June 30, 2011 in order to avoid a one percent decrease in Medicare payments in 2012.  Prior to the June 1, 2011 proposed rule, only rural providers with limited internet access or providers in an area with limited pharmacies for eRx could claim a hardship waiver to avoid the penalties for failing to make the 10 eRx orders. Read More ›

Categories: Electronic Health Records, Hospitals, Physicians