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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Additional Costs of Breach: Identity Theft Class Action Moves Forward

Posted in Litigation, Uncategorized

The costs of HIPAA breaches are well-documented.  Thefts of laptops containing sensitive health information of patients impose significant costs on providers and their business associates, ranging from preliminary investigations to mail notification of all patients impacted, to say nothing of the reputational harm inflicted by the mandatory self-reporting to CMS’s public wall of shame.  If these costs… Continue Reading

Stage 2 Rule Eases Burdens on Medicaid Providers

Posted in Behavioral Health, Meaningful Use, Rulemaking

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Stage 2 final rule (“Final Rule”) made two key changes which should benefit providers seeking Medicaid incentive payments:  (1) allowing more patient encounters to be included in satisfying the required patient volume threshold for eligible professionals; and (2) simplifying hospital reporting of… Continue Reading