Guidance on Electronic Signatures Is Available

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For medical review purposes, Medicare requires that services provided/ordered be authenticated by the author. The method used shall be a handwritten or electronic signature. Stamped signatures are not acceptable.

Provider who need additional information on the guidelines for using an electronic signature may reference CMS' Medicare Program Integrity Manual

California Hospital Pays Ransom to Get Access to Their Records

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On February 5, workers at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center discovered that their electronic communications were not working. They had become the latest victims of a type of virus known as Ransomware. Ransomware encrypts all of your files and without paying the hackers for the decryption key the files become useless to you. The CEO of Hollywood Presbyterian, in an interview with NBC was quick to note that patient privacy has not been compromised.

Providers who inappropriately balance bill QMB individuals are subject to sanctions.

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QMB is a Medicaid program for Medicare beneficiaries that exempts them from liability for Medicare cost-sharing. State Medicaid programs may pay providers for Medicare deductibles, coinsurance and copayments. However, as permitted by federal law, States can limit provider reimbursement for Medicare cost-sharing under certain circumstances.

Health Insurer loses 6 hard drives with data on 950,000

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Health insurer Centene Corp said on Monday it is missing six hard drives containing the personal and health information of about 950,000 people.

The hard drives do not include any financial or payment details of customers, the company said.

It said it was conducting an internal search for the hard drives and believed the information has not been used inappropriately..

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