December 14, 2011
|HHS Audits the 1% and the
Rest: First HIPAA Privacy and Security Audits Begin
The U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun the
process of notifying covered entities that they are among the unlucky few who
have been selected for the first Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act of 1996 (HIPAA) privacy and security audits under the Health Information
Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The selected entities
represent a cross sample of the health care industry-from billion-dollar health
care systems to small physician practices. Audited entities will undergo
comprehensive reviews of their privacy and security policies and procedures,
documentation, and operations.
While the first twenty covered entities have
been selected, approximately another 130 remain in this audit round. HHS has
indicated that it hopes to continue with proactive audits in the future and
expects to become more aggressive in its enforcement of complaints. Accordingly,
now is a good time to ensure that:
- Policies, procedures, and documentation comprehensively address all privacy
and security requirements
Privacy and security training has been completed and documented;
Actions taken as part of the HIPAA compliance program has been documented,
such as complaints and any resulting investigations, findings, and mitigation;
- Your security risk assessment and documentation of your risk management
decision-making process are up to date.
Purchase the HIPAA CD CD
and receive free access to the archived webinar to understand HIPAA and using
The HIPAA security
regulations were designed to protect patient protected health information that
is stored and/or transmitted electronically. This includes any information that
can link a patient to a medical condition, test, etc. The rules and regulations
not only discuss how information is stored (e.g. in a password protected
computer system) but also how the computer is stored (e.g. in a locked office
with an alarm on it) and transmitted (e.g. encrypted).
The CD and webinar contain
information on the hows and whys of HIPAA security along with sample policies
and helpful worksheets. The goal is for an IPP to be able to walk through the
HIPAA security requirements and implement a program that meets the rules but
also fits his/her practice.
Your purchase of the CD
allows you access to a free webinar to assist understanding and using the
content of the HIPAA CD.
Click HERE to order.
|February in Phoenix! Three
Courses - One Venue
ASIPP is offering three
different courses in one warm, wonderful, and scenic location! Join us on
Februrary 24 at the beautiful Hilton Pointe Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix,
The course choices are:
Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop with basic, intermediate, and
ABIPP preparation (advanced) levels; Coding, Compliance and Practice Management
Comprehensive Review Course (Feb 24-25) Competency Examination - (Feb 26); and
Controlled Substance Management Comprehensive Review Course - (Feb 24-25)
Competency Examination - (Feb 26)
Take this opportunity to
not only break away from the cold but also earn CMEs. Consider comimg early or
staying over. Bring your family and stay and play!
Brochure and Registration for Review Course and Cadaver Workshop
Coding, Complinace, and
Practice Management brochure and registration
Management brochure and registration
|Survey: Doctors Have Mixed
Feelings About Health Law
Doctors' feelings about
the health-care overhaul law passed last year are about as mixed as their
patients', research released today shows.
Some 44% of doctors said the law was "a good
start," according to a survey carried out by the Deloitte Center for Health
Solutions consulting group. Another 44% agreed that the law was "a step in the
|Rx Drug Fraud Move Part of
HHS Plan to Cut Costs
WASHINGTON -- As part
of the Obama administration's cost-cutting efforts, the Department of Health and
Human Services said Tuesday that it is encouraging health insurers to hold up
payments for "suspicious" Part D drug claims.
"While HHS generally
requires prompt payment, today's guidance clarifies that if a plan sees signs of
suspicious activity, it should withhold payment to pharmacies until it verifies
the claim is valid," the agency said in a press release that included several
other administration-wide moves to cut costs.
On a conference call with
reporters, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that "prescription drug fraud
plagues the entire healthcare system, and Medicare is no exception."
|Payroll Tax Holiday Act:
Bad Politics, Bad Policy
As the White House and
Congress engage on whether to extend the Social Security payroll tax holiday,
the Republican-led house has offered HR3630, which, among other things, ties the
Medicare physician fix to extending the reduced funding of Social Security. This
is an example of two important challenges facing our nation being addressed with
poorly thought-out legislation.
The proposed extension of
the payroll tax holiday is intended to prevent a hit to our anemic economic
recovery. The White House and members of Congress are selling the end of the
holiday as a tax increase on the middle class. In fact, this Social Security
payroll tax is actually an investment into one's retirement account. Promoting
continued reduced payment into Social Security is the same as telling folks to
borrow from their retirement and spend the money now.
|New Report Shows Treatment
Admissions for Abuse of Prescription Pain Relievers Have Risen 430 Percent from
A new report shows that
while the overall rate of substance abuse treatment admissions among those aged
12 and older in the U.S. has remained nearly the same from 1999 to 2009, there
has been a dramatic rise (430 percent) in the rate of treatment admissions for
the abuse of prescription pain relievers during this period. The report by the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that
the rate of treatment admissions primarily linked to these drugs rose from 10
per 100,000 in the population in 1999 to 53 per 100,000 population in
The rise in treatment
admissions related to the abuse of prescription drug pain relievers occurred in
every region of the country, but was highest in the states of Maine, Vermont,
Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Arkansas, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.
|Physicians in California
Sue over New Medicaid Pay Cuts
The California Medical
Assn. has sued the state Dept. of Health Care Services and the federal Dept. of
Health and Human Services for cutting doctors' Medicaid rates by 10%. The pay
cuts will harm patients already hit by a lack of available medical care, says
the Nov. 21 suit, which was joined by the California Dental Assn. and other
"The approved cuts are
irresponsible and will only put the health of California's most vulnerable
population further at risk," said CMA President James T. Hay, MD. "The federal
government has made a terrible mistake in approving the cuts, especially in the
face of health care reform. We simply cannot treat more patients with fewer
|FDA Approves Boston
Scientific Infinion 16 Percutaneous Lead
FDA approved Boston
Scientific's Infinion 16 Percutaneous Lead for its Precision Plus Spinal Cord
Stimulator system, according to a news
This is the first
16-contact percutaneous lead for spinal cord stimulation. Traditionally, leads,
which deliver electrical pulses from an implantable pulse generator to the
spinal cord, have had a maximum of eight contact points. The extra leads will
provide better coverage of the painful area of the spinal cord.
The Infinion 16 Lead will
be introduced at the North American Neuromodulation Society meeting that begins
|Purchase Your Patient
Copies of PAIN-WISE Today
ASIPP is pleased to
announce the newly published patient education book, PAIN-WISE. It is the
perfect tool to provide your patients the reliable information they need and
PAIN-WISE includes complete
and authoritative information for your patients including:
- * Identification of various parts of the body that can cause pain, using a
simple anatomy guide
Tips for getting the most out of doctor's visits
* Basic explanations of common interventional pain management techniques
* Information on minimally invasive surgery techniques
- * Explanation of implantable therapies for the treatment of severe chronic
Written by three ASIPP
members, PAIN-WISE was edited for clarity and conciseness and features numerous
illustrations and photographs to help your patients better understand their
diagnosis and treatment protocols.
PAIN-WISE is a
comprehensive and affordable publication you can offer to your patients to help
educate them on their path to wellness.
Here's How to Order
To enable ASIPP members to
provide a copy of PAIN-WISE to each patient in their care, ASIPP has made
available through the publisher, a very special discount. You can purchase these
books at a discounted price of up to 50% off the $15 retail price. Your cost for
this must-have ASIPP patient education initiative can be as low as $7.50 per
copy plus shipping and handling when purchased in quantity.
Follow the link today to order online at www.hatherleigh.com or call toll-free 1-800-367-2550 (All royalties from sales of PAIN-WISE
go to a national media campaign about pain awareness supported by ASIPP.)to
place your order by phone.
|Holiday Gifts from
Patients: When Do They Spell Trouble?
The oil painting shows
a serene ocean view with mountains on the horizon. A holiday gift from a
patient, the artwork hangs in the Belmont, Mass., office of psychiatrist David
Brendel, MD, PhD. A note on the back reads, "Dr. Brendel, thank you for helping
me to always see the long view."
Each year around this time,
Ruth Haskins, MD, a Folsom, Calif., obstetrician-gynecologist, receives a White
House ornament. She once did an ultrasound on a patient, allowing the woman's
parents, who were visiting from Washington, to see their unborn
"That was 7 years ago. They have given me a new
ornament every year since," Dr. Haskins said. "Each reminds me of how my care
affects a network beyond only my patient, extending to her circle of friends and
family, near and far."
FSIPP Annual Meeting Dates May 18-20,
The Florida Society of Interventional Pain
Physicians has set the date for their next annual meeting for May 18-20, 2012 at
the Gaylord Palms, Orlando, FL.
Read more about the meeting and other activities
going on in the state of Florida in their newsletter. Click HERE to read latest issue.
For a complete look at the May meeting schedule
and CME information, click HERE
CASIPP Annual Meeting Dates Nov. 9-11,
The California Society of Interventional
Pain Physicians Annual Meeting of the will be Nov. 9 -11, 2012 at the Pelican
Hill Resort in Newport Beach, CA.
Go to www.casipp.com for more information.
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