Monthly Archives: September 2014

Exercise Due Care When Paying Physicians to Attend Meetings

Hospitals and health systems often need the help of members of their independent medical staffs to engage in improvement processes, such as the LEAN service value stream management system or Six Sigma efforts.  Physicians also are needed to provide their … Continue reading

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CMS is Having a . . . Fire Sale?

Initially announced right before Labor Day, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) is trying to reduce its substantial backlog of appeals regarding Medicare claim denials.  CMS recently updated the offer and has issued some frequently asked questions about … Continue reading

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HIPAA Audits Delayed: Don’t Stop Compliance Efforts

The new round of HIPAA audits expected to start this fall has been delayed.  The announcement was made by Linda Sanches, a senior adviser for the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) at the Department of Health and Human Services, while … Continue reading

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