FBI Warning Comes True: Healthcare Companies Targeted by Hackers

Reuters recently reported that the FBI issued a “Flash” alert to the healthcare industry about hackers targeting them.  Flash alerts are private notices sent to businesses and not generally public notices.  According to the Reuters report, the Flash Alert warned that, “The FBI has observed malicious actors targeting healthcare related systems, perhaps for the purpose of obtaining Protected Healthcare Information (PHI) and/or Personally Identifiable Information (PII).” This comes in the wake of Community Health Systems reporting it was the victim… Read More >

GAO Report Identified Problems with CMS Contractors’ Postpayment Review Procedures

A recent report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) uncovered numerous issues related to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services” (CMS) general lack of oversight of its multiple contractors who conduct prepayment reviews. The GAO noted that these issues could lead to duplicate reviews and increased burdens for health care providers. The GAO report noted that 83% of all postpayment claim reviews were conducted by Recovery Auditors (RAs) formerly referred to as Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs). The remaining… Read More >

Physician Liable Under Contract To Repay Income Guarantee and Attorneys’ Fees

The need for physicians to carefully review and understand contract language before signing an employment contract was highlighted in a recent Kentucky Court of Appeals unpublished decision.   The decision, Alzadon v Highlands Hospital Corporation, Inc. and Consolidated Health Systems, Inc. (No 2012-CA-000102-MR) was issued August 8, 2014.   Jose W. Alzadon, MD, was hired by Highland’s Hospital Corporation, Inc. (Highlands) as a general surgeon.  According to the Court of Appeals decision, as part of his employment agreement, Dr. Alzadon was… Read More >

Physician Office Baby Photos on Display Require HIPAA Authorization

According to a recent article in the New York Times, a Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) spokesperson has confirmed that photos on display in a physicians’ office (such as those frequently displayed by Obstetricians or Pediatricians) violate HIPAA unless the parents have signed a HIPAA compliant authorization.  The OCR spokesperson noted that the fact that the parents sent or otherwise provided the photos to the physician’s office is not sufficient authorization for HIPAA compliance. According to… Read More >