Monthly Archives: March 2015

Concerns for Preferred Provider Agreements

Advisory Opinion 15-04 issued by the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) on March 25, 2015 offers some warnings when entering into preferred provider agreements.  The new Advisory Opinion arose in the context of laboratory services, but the principles discussed … Continue reading

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Training: A Necessary and Essential Part of HIPAA Compliance

The increased focus on HIPAA compliance and anticipated second round of audits makes clear the necessity for an organization to develop and implement comprehensive policies and procedures.  The many settlement and breach announcements demonstrate that many issues occur because individuals … Continue reading

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Next Generation ACO: A Friendlier, Improved ACO?

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced a new accountable care organization (“ACO”) program, the “Next Generation ACO,” on March 10, 2015.  The Next Generation ACO is billed as an advancement and improvement from the previous Pioneer ACO … Continue reading

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