Five breaches add up to millions in settlement costs for entity that failed to heed HIPAA’s risk analysis and risk management rules

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Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) has agreed to pay $3.5 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and to adopt a comprehensive corrective action plan, in order to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. FMCNA is a provider of products and services for people with chronic kidney failure with over 60,000 employees that serves over 170,000 patients.

HHS Approves New Healthy Indiana Medicaid Demonstration

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Indiana is second state to receive waiver for community engagement requirements

INDIANAPOLIS—On Friday, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar joined Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb to announce the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approval of Indiana’s Section 1115 waiver, known as the Healthy Indiana Plan or HIP.

Scribes and Accuracy of Chart Notes

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Medical Records are both Medical and Legal records. The accuracy of our medical records is vital to our ability to provide quality care, it is even more vital when we share our medical records with other providers and they use that information as part of their medical decision making process. If errors and inaccuracies find their way into our medical records this can also have an impact when our charts are audited for payment purposes or when our records are used for medical legal issues.

The Majority of Next Generation ACO's were able to achieve shared savings in 2016.

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Each of the ACO organizations that participates in the Next Generation Program has significant experience with accountable care initiatives such as the Medicare Shared savings Program and the Pioneer ACO Program. 28 New organizations have joined the Next Generation ACO model for 2018. These numbers bode very well for the future of the Next Generation ACO Program. Historically ACO's have been organizations that are primary care-centric, but CMS does have a Dialysis Model for ACO's and that particular model has also demonstrated significant savings.

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