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  1. Chemical Watch releases report on regulatory developments in the electronics industry

    Report on Supply Chain Compliance Volume 3, Number 11. May 28, 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: May 28, 2020 

    A free report[1] details some of the developments within the electronics industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the report,...

  2. COVID-19 Oversight Website to Carry Reports, Audits

    Report on Research Compliance Volume 17, Number 6. May 21, 2020  | Author: Theresa Defino  | Published: May 21, 2020 

    Pandemic.oversight.gov might not have quite the zing or simple elegance of USAspending.gov, but maybe the name will grow on research compliance officials. In the coming months, they may be spending a lot of time on this new website, created as part of monitoring efforts for the trillions of dollars in federal funds to fight COVID-19...

  3. RRC E-Alerts: April 30, 2020

    Report on Research Compliance Volume 17, Number 6. May 21, 2020  | Author: Theresa Defino  | Published: May 21, 2020 

  4. Inspectors General Launch Website, Prepare for Oversight of Research Funded by the CARES Act

    Report on Research Compliance Volume 17, Number 6. May 21, 2020  | Author: Theresa Defino  | Published: May 21, 2020 

    Jobs, jobs, jobs. If research compliance officials remember one thing from the reporting required for funds from the 2009 Recovery Act, it might be the difficulty of counting the jobs created by funded projects, in addition to the usual oversight required...

  5. Despite Temptation, Keep Media Out Without Prior Authorization

    Report on Research Compliance Volume 17, Number 6. May 21, 2020  | Author: Theresa Defino  | Published: May 21, 2020 

    With new research funding flowing to help develop tests and treatments for COVID-19 amid intense interest from the media, it would be only natural for academic medical centers, medical schools and other HIPAA covered entities to want to showcase their work helping manage the unprecedented pandemic...

  6. Institutions Adopt Phased Approaches, Engage PIs in Fraught Task of Safely Resuming Research

    Report on Research Compliance Volume 17, Number 6. May 21, 2020  | Author: Theresa Defino  | Published: May 21, 2020 

    Just as principal investigators are anxiously waiting to re-enter their labs, eager—but cautious—compliance officials and leaders of institutions are laying the groundwork to ensure studies resume under circumstances that present as low a risk as possible that PIs, staff, students and research subjects will be exposed to COVID-19...

  7. In This Month's E-News: June 2020

    Report on Research Compliance Volume 17, Number 6. May 21, 2020  | Author: Theresa Defino  | Published: May 21, 2020 

    ◆ A former assistant veterinary medicine professor at the University of Maryland will retract or correct seven papers published from 2013 to 2016 that contained reused or fabricated and falsified “Western blot images, microscopy fields, and data of viral titers and mouse immune response” the HHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI) announced May 11. Shin-Hee Kim also inserted false or fabricated information into two NIH grant applications, ORI said in its second misconduct finding of 2020...

  8. RRC E-Alerts: May 7, 2020

    Report on Research Compliance Volume 17, Number 6. May 21, 2020  | Author: Theresa Defino  | Published: May 21, 2020 

  9. Leadership Jobs Finally Filled, ORI Seeks Input on Sequestering Digital Evidence

    Report on Research Compliance Volume 17, Number 6. May 21, 2020  | Author: Theresa Defino  | Published: May 21, 2020 

    With the recent appointment of an HHS leader as its permanent director and a former Johns Hopkins misconduct official to another key post, the HHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI) has a full complement of permanent leaders for the first time since 2016...

  10. OCR Encourages Good-Faith Efforts, Reasonableness Amid COVID-19

    Report on Medicare Compliance Volume 29, Number 19. May 18, 2020  | Author: Theresa Defino  | Published: May 18, 2020 

    It was a question no government official probably ever expected to face, yet this is no ordinary time: Could a quarantined physician provide telehealth services from home or from a quarantine area and not violate HIPAA?...

  11. Services Open Up With Homes as PBDs; Send ROs Addresses to Bill With PO Modifier

    Report on Medicare Compliance Volume 29, Number 19. May 18, 2020  | Author: Nina Youngstrom  | Published: May 18, 2020 

    The world of hospital outpatient services has opened up again, from physical therapy to psychotherapy, partly because patient homes now may be considered provider-based departments during the COVID-19 public health emergency. There is some administrative burden on hospitals, however, in terms of informing their CMS regional offices of the patient homes and other temporary expansion locations, and there isn’t a monolithic way to bill Medicare. It depends on what services are performed, who is providing them and whether they’re delivered by telehealth. Modifier use also varies, affecting reimbursement...

  12. CMS Announces Blanket Waiver for Swing Beds in More Hospitals

    Report on Medicare Compliance Volume 29, Number 19. May 18, 2020  | Author: Nina Youngstrom  | Published: May 18, 2020 

    CMS on May 11 added a waiver[1] for swing beds in general acute care hospitals. Critical access hospitals and small rural hospitals are already able to capitalize on swing beds, which are acute care beds that are reimbursed when they’re used for patients who require skilled nursing facility (SNF) care...

  13. New E/M Documentation Guidelines, Table Take Effect Soon; 'There Is a Different Mindset'

    Report on Medicare Compliance Volume 29, Number 19. May 18, 2020  | Author: Nina Youngstrom  | Published: May 18, 2020 

    A switch will soon be flipped on coding and documentation for office and other outpatient visits, with new guidelines[1] that take effect Jan. 1 for Medicare and private payers. Physicians and other clinicians will base their evaluation and management (E/M) levels of service on the documentation of time or medical decision-making only, with new definitions of both, so they don’t have to factor in the history and exam, although they still must be medically appropriate. With the clock ticking, it’s a good time to prepare, especially if providers are not swamped with COVID-19 patients, experts say...

  14. CMS Transmittals and Federal Register Regulations, May 8-14

    Report on Medicare Compliance Volume 29, Number 19. May 18, 2020  | Published: May 18, 2020 

  15. Business continuity during a pandemic

    Report on Supply Chain Compliance Volume 3, Number 10. May 14, 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: May 14, 2020 

    SecureWorld, a hub for cybersecurity news and resources, released a discussion[1] on implementing business continuity plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion is with Milinda Rambel Stone, vice president and chief information security officer at Provation Medical, and it covers her response as a member of a task force established to implement the continuity plan at her company...

  16. Meat processing plants are the food supply chain bottleneck

    Report on Supply Chain Compliance Volume 3, Number 10. May 14, 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: May 14, 2020 

    Last February, RSCC reported[1] on the role private industry often plays in ensuring that regulations have the intended effect. The article discussed how Intel reacted to new disclosure requirements in Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act[2] by mapping its supply chain and determining the best way to gather the information required by Section 1502...

  17. Keeping food deliveries safe

    Report on Supply Chain Compliance Volume 3, Number 10. May 14, 2020  | Author: Karen Kroll  | Published: May 14, 2020 

    As much of the U.S. shelters in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19, more consumers are using delivery services to get grocery and restaurant orders. Meal delivery services grew by 24% for the year ending March 2020, according to Second Measure, a technology company that analyzes consumer behavior.[1]...

  18. From Dorms to Tents, Hospitals Adapt for COVID-19; Some Patients Are Stuck

    Report on Medicare Compliance Volume 29, Number 18. May 11, 2020  | Author: Nina Youngstrom  | Published: May 11, 2020 

    The gyms and dorm rooms at Sonoma State University in California are an alternate care site for St. Joseph Health System in Santa Rosa and other health care organizations that have to be creative as they place patients with COVID-19 and “persons under investigation” for the coronavirus who have nowhere to safely isolate. There are so many variations, including patients who are medically safe for discharge from the hospital but may be turned away by skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) despite CMS’s blanket waiver of a three-day qualifying hospital stay,[1] and patients who are on methadone but can’t go out for...

  19. News Briefs: May 11, 2020

    Report on Medicare Compliance Volume 29, Number 18. May 11, 2020  | Author: Nina Youngstrom  | Published: May 11, 2020 

    ◆ The HHS Office for Civil Rights has posted[1] guidance reminding providers that “the COVID-19 public health emergency does not alter the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s existing restrictions on disclosures of protected health information (PHI) to the media.”...

  20. CMS Again Broadens Telehealth; Hospital Outpatient Services Don't Need 95 Modifier

    Report on Medicare Compliance Volume 29, Number 18. May 11, 2020  | Author: Nina Youngstrom  | Published: May 11, 2020 

    Before the coronavirus pandemic, telehealth services weren’t commonplace at UofL Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Now it’s providing 1,000 telehealth visits a day, a testament to how much has changed in health care delivery. That number probably will increase at the health system and everywhere, fueled by additional CMS waivers[1] and a revised interim final rule[2] published in the May 8 Federal Register that again broaden the telehealth horizon—beyond the expansion of telehealth coverage and waivers of regulatory requirements that Congress and CMS began in March...

  21. CMS Shelves PTP, MUE Edits; Hospitals Are at Risk of Post-Pandemic Audits, Recoupment

    Report on Medicare Compliance Volume 29, Number 18. May 11, 2020  | Author: Nina Youngstrom  | Published: May 11, 2020 

    CMS suspended many National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits in April, according to a memo from one vendor that scrubs claims for hospital billing systems. That means Medicare potentially is paying a lot of flawed claims, compliance officers said. Hospitals and other providers presumably will be hit with audits and overpayment demands when the edits are reinstated because it’s almost impossible to submit clean claims without the NCCI edits unless their vendors apply them independently of CMS...

  22. Answering the Frequently Asked Questions Your Employees Ask About Telehealth

    Report on Medicare Compliance Volume 29, Number 18. May 11, 2020  | Author: Nina Youngstrom  | Published: May 11, 2020 

    Shelly Denham, senior vice president of compliance, risk & audit services at UofL Health in Louisville, Kentucky, and the compliance team there developed these answers to frequently asked questions based on CMS guidance and questions employees asked.[1] Contact Denham at shelly.denham@ulp.org...

  23. OCR Cautions to Employ 'Good Faith' Efforts, Safeguards, 'Reasonableness' Amid COVID-19

    Report on Patient Privacy Volume 20, Number 5. May 07, 2020  | Author: Theresa Defino  | Published: May 07, 2020 

    It was a question no government official probably ever expected to face, yet this is no ordinary time: Could a quarantined physician provide telehealth services from home or from a quarantine area and not violate HIPAA?...

  24. Privacy Briefs: May 2020

    Report on Patient Privacy Volume 20, Number 5. May 07, 2020  | Author: Jane Anderson  | Published: May 07, 2020 

    ◆ Ambry Genetics, based in Aliso Viejo, California, has reported a data breach involving nearly 233,000 people. In its statement,[1] the company said it identified “unauthorized access to an employee’s email account between January 22-24, 2020.” Ambry Genetics said it promptly initiated an investigation and brought outside experts onboard, but it was “unable to determine whether there was unauthorized access to, or acquisition of, any particular information from the email account.” The information that could have been disclosed includes names, Social Security numbers, medical information and other information related to the services Ambry provides, the company said. Ambry is offering...

  25. Telehealth Programs Implemented in Pandemic Rush Could Be Security Risks

    Report on Patient Privacy Volume 20, Number 5. May 07, 2020  | Author: Jane Anderson  | Published: May 07, 2020 

    Many health care organizations are racing to implement or augment telehealth services as the COVID-19 pandemic has upended medical care. But a cybersecurity expert is warning HIPAA covered organizations not to skimp on security as they rush to provide care remotely...