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HITECH / HIPAA Newsletter March 2012



HITECH Act Compliance is a Team Sport:  Is your team HITECH ready?

 March 2012 Issue No. 27
In this Issue
Products now available in the HSG Store
HIPAA Compliance: Introducing the H2 Compliance Scorecard
In the News

OIG continues to announce fraud enforcement actions at what appearsto be an alarming rate.

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 February 3, 2012:

U.S. Department of Justice

Louisiana Medical Equipment Company 

Owner Pleads Guilty in $21 Million Fraud 

Scheme

Attorney; Southern District of Texas

Pharmacy Owner Pleads Guilty to 

Conspiring to Commit Health Care Fraud

 

February 2, 2012: 

 

U.S. Department of Justice

Rehabilitation Agency Owner in Detroit 

Found Guilty for Role in $2 Million Therapy

 Fraud Scheme

February 2, 2012; U.S. Attorney; 

Southern District of Texas

DME Business Owner Lands in Federal 

Prison for 10 Years for Health Care Fraud 

and Identity Theft Scheme

 

January 31, 2012:

 

U.S. Department of Justice

Patient Recruiter Pleads Guilty in Louisiana 

Health Care Fraud Scheme   

U.S. Attorney; Middle District of Pennsylvania

Former Penn State Professor Charged in 

$3 Million Federal Research Grant Fraud 

  

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State Enforcement Actions 
Updated

 

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Dear Carlos,

Welcome to our March 2012 HITECH / HIPAA Compliance Newsletter.  

 

The featured article this month is entitled HIPAA Compliance: Introducing the H2 Compliance Scorecard.

 

This month's article is a follow-on article to our October 2011 article entitled: HITECH / HIPAA Compliance: a checklist manifesto? 

Our October
 article explored how checklists can be used as HITECH / HIPAA compliance tools. This month's article introduces our H2 Compliance Scorecardsm and how it can be used in combination with a checklist to measure compliance improvement over time.

 

 

 PRCLFrontPage The HIPAA Survival Guide is pleased to announce the release of our HIPAA Privacy Rule Checklist under HITECH. This product is now available on the HSG Store.

 

 

Webtones PointerFREE WEBINAR: HIPAA Compliance Checklist Manifesto 

 

This webinar explores how, in a world that is increasingly becoming more complex, where the volume of knowledge often exceeds an individual's ability to assimilate and communicate it, simple tools such as checklists are having a profound and compelling positive impact on dealing with complexity. In particular, this webinar explores how checklists can be used as HITECH / HIPAA compliance tools. The webinar will continue the discussion started in this Issue's article.

 

Date: March 8, 2012. 

Time: 2:00 to 3:30 EST. 

To register Click Here.  

  

Webtones PointerHIPAA Survival Guide Radio: Next Show

 

Our weekly radio show covers topics about how the HITECH Act is transforming HIPAA and: 1) exposure to industry thought leaders; 2) analysis of proposed and promulgated HHS/OCR rule making; and 3) a forum for sharing industry best practices. Here's the overview video. To participate via chat you will need to create a FREE Blog Talk Radio account. No account is necessary just to listen. Archived copies of shows will be made available.

 

To be reminded of upcoming radio shows Update Your Profile by selecting "HSG Radio Show Reminder."

 

Date: March 2, 2012. 

Time: 3:00 to 3:30 EST. 

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HSG Announcements
HSG LogoIn addition to our commercial-off-the-shelf training products, we now offer training customized for your organization through our partnership with the Digital Business Law Group. We recognize that some organizations, including business associates, have a need for HIPAA / HITECH training tailored to their specific needs (click here or on the image below to get more information).
 
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Our EHR Library remains one of our most popular downloads. Here you will find content that will help you select the right EHR package for your practice or facility and other useful EHR collateral.
 
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HIPAA Compliance: Introducing the H2 Compliance Scorecard.
Webtones PointerThis month's article is a follow-on article to our October 2011 article entitled: HITECH / HIPAA Compliance: a checklist manifesto? 

Our October article explored how: 

"i
n a world that is increasingly becoming more complex, where the volume of knowledge often exceeds an individual's ability to assimilate and communicate it, simple tools such as checklists are having a profound and compelling positive impact on dealing with complexity
."   

In particular, it explored how checklists can be used as 
HITECH / HIPAA compliance tools. This month's article introduces our H2 Compliance Scorecardsm and how it can be used in combination with a checklist to measure compliance improvement over time. 


What is the H2 Compliance Scorecard?
HITECH / HIPAA NewsletterOur H2 Compliance Scorecardsm is a simple but powerful mechanism for reviewing your progress in Checklist completion/improvement. It works as follows:

1. Every checklist item ("Item") is given a completion score using the following statuses: 
  • M="Missing" which means that the Item has not been implemented and has a corresponding ordinal value of zero (0).
  • P="Planned" which means that the Item, although not implemented, has been identified on a project plan to be implemented and has a corresponding ordinal value of one (1).
  • B="Basic" which means that the Item has been implemented but in its most basic form and has a corresponding ordinal value of two (2).
  • F="Functional" which means that the Item has been implemented, the basic implementation has been improved upon, and has a corresponding ordinal value of three (3).
  •  E= "Excellent" which means that a functional implementation has been refined and/or remained stable over a period of six months or more and has a corresponding ordinal value of four (4).

2. You add up the scores on each applicable Item (not all Items are applicable to every organization) and multiply by the total number of applicable Items to arrive at a raw score.

 

3. You can track the raw score over time to measure your organization's compliance progress/improvement.

      

A "Real World" Example.

Key Contract SectionsHere's an example of how the Scorecard can be used.

Assume that a checklist has ten (10) checklist items ("Items"). Let's further assume that each Item has a status of "B" (implemented but Basic). The total Scorecard value would be twenty (20); which is 10 times the ordinal value associated with the status "B" (i.e. 2).

 

The maximum score that an organization could achieve in our hypothetical checklist is forty (40); which is 10 times the ordinal value associated with the status "E" (i.e. 4).
  

 

Read more...

 

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