Your Government at Work

 

HIPAA Breach Reports Due in Two Weeks

The annual notification to HHS of HIPAA breaches affecting fewer than 500 people is due by March 1, 2018 (for breaches that occurred in calendar year 2017).  More information is available on HHS’s web site at https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/breach-notification/breach-reporting/index.html.

CMS Revises Medical Student Documentation Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a notice that ends a 2008 policy requiring teaching physicians to re-do any patient medical record notes written by medical school students. The Medicare Claims Processing Manual, specifically the policy on Evaluation and Management (E/M) documentation, will now allow the teaching physician to verify in the medical record any student documentation of components of E/M services and allows students to document services in the medical record.  However, the teaching physician must verify in the medical record all student documentation or findings.  The teaching physician remains responsible for personally performing the physical exam and medical decision?making activities of the E/M service being billed, but may verify the student documentation of them in the medical record.  This change will be implemented on March 5, 2018.

ONC/CMS Reducing Clinician Burden Meeting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and Office of the National Coordinator (“ONC”) for Health Information Technology will be holding a meeting on reducing clinician burden on February 22, 2018.  Under the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, the ONC and CMS are charged with documenting the effects of clinician burden and providing suggestions on how to reduce clinician burden associated with clinical practice and the use of Electronic Health Records (“EHRs”).  You can register here to participate, in person or via phone.