10 Mistakes That Can Result in Medical Malpractice Despite the fact that most doctors and their staff use good judgement when it comes to patient care, there are thousands of medical malpractice lawsuits brought each year. Mistakes do occur but just not all medical malpractice cases are justified and not all plaintiff’s cases are successful.…Read more
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The final rule under HIPAA, released this past January, makes some sweeping changes that will greatly enhance a patient's privacy rights. Now, a “business associate” also includes a subcontractor that creates, receives, maintains, or transmits protected health information on behalf of another business associate. Contracts between business associates and business associates that are subcontractors are also required…Read more
According to MEDPAC (The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an independent congressional agency), hospitals served their Medicare patients at a 5.8% loss in 2011, down from a 4.5% loss in 2010. This was mainly because of the reduction in 2011 payment rates for inpatients. MEDPAC also postulates that “efficient” providers, defined by a set of hospitals with good…Read more
The U.S. DHHS Office of Inspector General Has Issued a Fraud Alert for PODS The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for HHS has issued a Special Fraud Alert regarding Physician-Owned Distributorships (PODs) that sell surgical implants. The POD does not manufacture the device, but merely acts as the distributor between the manufacturer and the physician. The OIG…Read more
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