OCR Publishes Updated Sample Business Associate Agreement

January 25, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published an updated sample Business Associate Agreement (BAA). The sample agreement reflects changes made to HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement in the Omnibus rule that was announced on January 17, 2013 and published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2013.

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2013 Coding Compliance

It is January again which means it is that time of year to update your CPT and HCPCS codes. The AMA publishes hundreds of revisions, additions and deletions to CPT every year. The changes are effective January 1 of each year. Additionally, CMS publishes many changes to the HCPCS codes

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Congress Passes “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012″

On New Year’s Day, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.  While this was mainly a move to stop the automatic tax increases and federal budget cuts effective January 1, 2013, the following changes were also made to the Medicare and Medicaid programs: Overpayments – In the past,

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