Month: September 2017

National Health Data Exchange Could Save $3.12 Billion Yearly

National Health Data Exchange Could Save $3.12 Billion Yearly A new study conducted by researchers from Notre Dame and the University of Michigan has concluded that an integrated national health data exchange system could reduce Medicare spending by more than $3 billion each year. The creation and implementation of such a program would work to defray costs by enhancing coordinated care and fostering more effective population health management programs. The study also found that regional markets that have established health information exchange (HIE) systems have realized average savings of roughly $140 per Medicare recipient per year. The savings realized...

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Utah Nurse Arrest Highlights Need For HIPAA Understanding

Utah Nurse Arrest Highlights Need For HIPAA Understanding We’ve all seen the video, released a few weeks ago, of a nurse in a Utah hospital emergency room being forcibly detained by a detective as other law enforcement officers and hospital personnel look on. The video caused quite the outcry around the nation as advocacy groups called for the support of the nurse, the termination of the arresting detective, and change to procedures for handling such situations. What gave rise to the situation to begin with? The detective, along with other law enforcement personnel, entered the emergency room to request...

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Hospital Loses Tax-Exempt Status Through ACA Noncompliance

Hospital Loses Tax-Exempt Status Through ACA Noncompliance 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is something many hospitals have come to enjoy and even take for granted. However, such status can be quickly lost through noncompliance with the Internal Revenue Code and other federal regulations. In a Final Adverse Determination letter made public by the IRS on August 4, 2017, the exempt status of an unnamed hospital was revoked in February 2017 due to the hospital’s failure “to comply with the requirements of IRC section 501(r), to conduct a community health needs assessment (“CHNA”), adopt an implementation strategy and make it widely available...

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Hurricanes & HIPAA – Limited Waivers During Declared Emergencies

Hurricanes & HIPAA – Limited Waivers During Declared Emergencies In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and with the Atlantic hurricane season hitting its midway point, the US Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a bulletin outlining a limited waiver of HIPAA sanctions and penalties resulting from any violations that occur during a state of emergency. The stated purpose of this waiver is to facilitate assistance in disaster relief and to ensure patients are receiving the care they need in such circumstances. The bulletin states that because severe disasters (such as Hurricane Harvey) impose many additional...

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