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Showing 7 posts from July 2016.

On July 19, 2016, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published materials, including training materials for health care providers and Notices of Nondiscrimination and Taglines that alert limited English proficient (LEP) individuals of available language assistance services.  Read More ›

The Office for Civil Rights has announced another settlement with a provider who failed to put a business associate agreement in place with a contractor.   Read More ›

Cyber crime  has been increasing recently in the form of ransomware attacks, and hospitals, among others, have been targeted.  Ransomware is a type of malware or intrusive software injected into a computer or network systems that permits a hacker to encrypt data and hold it hostage until a ransom is paid. Read More ›

In June 2016, Anthem Blue Cross issued two new internal policies regarding hospital-owned clinics and ambulatory surgical procedures that could materially affect the amount of reimbursement hospitals will receive under their contracts with Anthem.   Read More ›

At the end of June 2016, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced what appears to be the first monetary settlement of a health information security complaint against a contractor, or “business associate,” which provided management and information technology services to skilled nursing facilities.  The  OCR press release is here. Read More ›

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