Legal consequences abound at every corner in healthcare. This monthly column presents examples of what those consequences can be.
In this month’s installment of HIM Frontlines, Felicia E. Heimer, Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, spoke with Journal of AHIMA to help give HIM professionals an idea of how the federal government is approaching healthcare fraud, and to offer advice on steps for maintaining compliance.
Concerns about potential security flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment are significant enough to warrant investigation by the US Department of Homeland Security.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a new fraud survey for hospitals that have received incentive funding under the ARRA-HITECH meaningful use EHR Incentive Program.
The survey, due on Friday, October 26, consists of 19 pages and 54 questions covering a wide range of topics—from EHR use habits, to security protocol, to meaningful use attestation methods. Media reports indicate that hospitals began receiving the OIG survey the week of Oct. 15.