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As part of the HIPAA Omnibus Rules, covered entities must update their business associate agreements to comply with the new regulations.

Find out more about updating business associate agreements by visiting our blog at:

http://vitruvianmedpro.com/hipaa-omnibus-rules-and-business-associates-2/

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Covered entities should have updated their privacy and security rules to comply with the final HIPAA Omnibus rules as of September 23rd, 2013.

An important aspect of updating the HIPAA compliance program to meet the final Omnibus Rules requirements is to review the privacy and security rules.  Areas that must be reviewed and updated are: breach notification procedures, disclosures of Protected Health Information (PHI), marketing, the sale of PHI, fundraising and access rights to PHI.

To read more, visit our blog at:

http://vitruvianmedpro.com/hipaa-omnibus-rules-privacy-security-rules/

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It is not uncommon for patients not to show up for their scheduled appointments without providing notice. The financial well-being of a medical practice relies on patients showing up for their scheduled appointments.

Some best practices for preventing patients no shows are:

1. Develop a no show policy and make patients aware of it.
2. Communicate the no show policy to all patients.
3. Make appointment reminder calls to all patients 24 hours before their appointment.
4. Communicate with patients that fail to show up for their scheduled appointments.

To read more, visit out blog at:

http://vitruvianmedpro.com/best-practices-for-reducing-patient-no-shows/

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The HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rules will start being enforced on September 23rd. Covered entities and business associates are required to put in place or update updated the following:

1. Security Rules Policies and Procedures
2. Privacy Rules Policies and Procedures
3. Business Associate Agreements
4. Notice of Privacy Practices
4. Yearly Training

Document, document, document!!!

To read more about these requirements check out our latest blog at:

http://vitruvianmedpro.com/covered-entities-and-business-associates-hipaa-omnibus-rules-requirements/

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At the center of an effective revenue cycle process is having a good system for patient collections.  Medical practices that want to improve their patient collections should:

1. Educate patients on their medical insurance coverage and eligibility.
2. Inform patients of their financial responsibilities.
3. Implement a practice management system that allows the practice to check insurance benefits and track patient balances.

To read more visit our blog at:

http://vitruvianmedpro.com/medical-billing-process-needs-good-patient-collection-system/

#patientcollections #medicalbilling #medicalpractice

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UNDER HIPAA Willful Neglect Now Has Minimum Mandatory Fines.
The fines have increased for those practices that are not following the new regulations.  The days of informal resolutions are gone. Minimum mandatory fines for “willful Neglect” start at $10,000.
To read more check out our latest blog at:

http://vitruvianmedpro.com/hipaa-willful-neglect-now-minimum-mandatory-fines/

#HIPAA #OCR #HHS #COMPLIANCE

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A recent Medical Group Management Association survey showed that medical practices that outsource their billing to medical billing companies typically see improved performance across multiple dimensions.  To read more about the results of the survey go to:

http://vitruvianmedpro.com/should-a-massachusetts-medical-practice-outsource-its-billing/

#outsourcebilling #medicalbilling #rcm  

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The changes to the Omnibus Rules that are going into effect on Sept 23 2013 require that all medical practices must update their Notice of Privacy Practices (#NPP) by Sept 23 2013. To read more about the requirements to update the #NPP go to:

http://vitruvianmedpro.com/update-notice-of-privacy-practices-by-sept-23-2013/

#HIPAA #HHS #OCR
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