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Launching Jenius

After 7 years, its time for myself and the growing crew at SCG Health to grow into our 2.0 model. Maybe 2.1 at this point… For the last several years I have joked that the goal of our company was to put my brain into a computer. And after discussing with our clients their ever changing needs, it appears you […]

Watch Out! Small Businesses Being Targeted by Malware, Scammers

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Know the Signs of Physician Burnout

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Screen for Depression During Mental Health Awareness Month

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CMS About To Crack Down On Billing For Drug Tests

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Alcohol Awareness and Screening with MIPS Measure 431

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2018 SCG Health QCDR Measures Sneak Peak

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SCG Health Mail Bag- HIPAA in the Waiting Room

By Audrey Landers The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is essential to protecting the identity of patients, but sometimes it is unclear what falls under the category of Protected Health Information (PHI). Recently we received this question about HIPAA compliance in the waiting room: “Every year or so, someone brings up our sign in sheet and […]

DOJ to Join Mega-Lawsuit Alleging Opioid Manufacturers Misled Physicians

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6 Ways One Employer Cut Their Medical Assistant Turnover Rate In Half

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OIG to CMS: We’re Worried About How You Review Extrapolation

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We Fired Amazon’s Alexa

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MIPS Measure #236- Controlling High Blood Pressure

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MIPS Measure #317- Screen for High Blood Pressure During Heart Health Month

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Health Literacy -Do Your Patients Understand You?

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MIPS Measure#128- Help Your Patients Achieve Their New Year’s Resolutions

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Is the lackluster response to a records request a violation of the False Claims Act?

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Don’t Come Back! Ensuring That Former Employees Can’t Access HIPAA-Protected Confidential Patient Information

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OCR to providers: You can share some info to a patient’s friends and family to address the opioid crisis

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Share your EMR Information- Prevention of Information Blocking Attestation

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Avoiding the Flu in the Workplace

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New Secure Medicare Cards – What They Mean for You

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This doctor’s lawsuit against a patient for defamation is worth some extra attention

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No More “Hardships” – How to Qualify for Reweighting of ACI Performance Category Under MIPS

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2017-2018 Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

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Think Twice Before Using a Voice Assistant at Work

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Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria’s Impact on Quality and Value-Based Reporting – CMS Granting Exceptions

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2018 PQRS Downward Payment Adjustments and You: How and Where to Appeal

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Electronic HIPAA Violations

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Don’t Let Your Disposal Vendor Mishandle Your Trash into a HIPAA Violation

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Attestation Worksheets Now Available for 2016 Medicare EMR Incentive Program

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That authorization form? It needs to comply with both HIPAA and the FTC Act

By: Marla Durben Hirsch One of the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that has received less attention is the fact that practices need written authorization from a patient when the practice wants to use or share the patient’s information for activities other than treatment, payment or operations, or other uses or disclosures permitted or required […]

HIPAA in Reverse: When Patients Want to Protect Their Confidential Medical Information…From You

By: Ben Regalado, Contributing Writer Those of us who have been around for years remember what we were told HIPAA Privacy was about. It meant that you, the provider, who knows it all, cannot tell anyone anything about the confidential medical care and conditions of a patient without their consent (with some limited exceptions, of course). On top of Privacy […]

Only $6.50 for medical records? Not so fast

By Marla Durben Hirsch Providers must in most cases provide patients copies of their medical records. But you’re not stuck charging a maximum of $6.50 for them, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR). HIPAA grants patients access to their records, but many people don’t know that. Moreover, some providers have been reluctant […]

OCR is Ramping Up HIPAA Enforcement

By Marla Durben Hirsch The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is on a roll, announcing the latest enforcement actions against providers for alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The two scenarios are familiar tales of woe. North Memorial Health Care of Minnesota will pay $1.55 million to settle allegations […]

Careful! Your trash may be violating HIPAA

By: Marla Durben Hirsch Once again, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has used a HIPAA violator’s garbage as an example for others of how to comply with the Privacy Rule – and what happens when you don’t. Denver-area Cornell Prescription Pharmacy has just learned this the hard way, agreeing to pay $125,000 to […]

Patient Data Breaches, HIPAA Enforcement On The Rise

by Marla Durben Hirsch The number of data breaches tracked in 2014 hit a new high, with 783 breaches reported, up 27.5 percent from 2013, according to San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center. The leading cause of the breaches, 29 percent, was due to hacking, followed by third party/subcontractor breaches and accidental disclosures. Unfortunately, the health care industry topped the […]

Include Wearable Technology Use In Workplace Policies

by Marla Durben Hirsch Wearable technology is becoming the rage both in and out of the workplace. Staff may be using wearables – such as fitness trackers, calorie counters, heart rate monitors and other wearable technology — without others even knowing about it. Others download fitness and other apps to their smartphones and use them as wearable technology. However, there […]

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