FTC Announces Public Workshop to Examine Health Care Competition

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that it will hold a two-day public workshop on March 20 – 21, 2014 to examine emerging trends that may affect competition in the health care industry.  The Federal Register notice indicates that the workshop will focus on: current developments related to professional regulations, innovations in health care delivery, advancements in health care technology, measuring and assessing health care quality, and price transparency for health care services.  The FTC has asked for public comments… Read More >

13 Important Things to Know about the HIPAA and CLIA Final Rule Addressing Patients’ Access to Test Results

On February 6, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Final Rule titled CLIA Program and HIPAA Privacy Rule:  Patients’ Access to Test Reports (“the HIPAA/CLIA Final Rule”).  The HIPAA/CLIA Final Rule amended both the HIPAA and CLIA regulations to require laboratories subject to CLIA  that are also covered entities under the HIPAA regulations (“HIPAA covered laboratories”) to provide individuals with HIPAA access rights to copies of completed test reports.  This blog post addresses 13 important… Read More >

EHR Incentive Program Meaningful Use Criteria And Vendor Delays Cause Concern, Complaints From Provider Representatives

Meeting in Washington D.C. on February 4, 2014, the federal government’s Health Information Technology Policy Committee fielded complaints about the progression of criteria for meaningful use for the electronic health record incentive program.  According to an article in Modern Healthcare, the discussion, led by the meaningful use working group co-chairmen Dr. Paul Tang and Dr. George Hripcsak, caused representatives of hospitals and other providers to voice concern about the difficulty in meeting the timelines and requirements for meaningful  use due… Read More >

Health Care Fraud Enforcement Lucrative for Federal Government

Attorney General Eric Holder announced on January 9, 2013 that the Justice Department collected $8 billion dollars in civil and criminal actions for the fiscal year ending in September 2013.  In his press release, AG Holder stated that, “It is critical that Congress provide the resources necessary to match the department’s mounting caseload. As these figures show, supporting our federal prosecutors is a sound investment.” Approximately $3.2 billion was collected in civil cases related to health care fraud. This included the… Read More >