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OIG Turns Spotlight on Sleep Tests

An early October report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) titled “Questionable Billing for Polysomnography Services” indicates sleep studies will receive a more appraising eye from the agency in the future.

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CMS Advises Prepping for 2014 eHealth Milestones

This year is more than half over, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is already advising providers and groups to start aligning ducks for a number of 2014 deadlines affecting electronic health record (EHR) programs.

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Settlement Made for Breach of Less than 500

The first fine imposed for a breach of electronic protected health information (PHI) affecting fewer than 500 individuals has been levied by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

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When Social Media Becomes a Social Piranha

Word of mouth has always been a highly effective form of advertisement, and social media has increased its effectiveness exponentially. This is great news if the word is good, but what if the word is bad? Before the Internet, a dissatisfied patient might have voiced his opinion of you to just a few people. Today, one dissatisfied patient can spread the word to millions in a matter of seconds. Justified or not, should you rebuke a defamatory statement about you posted online?

Based on past experience, many will tell you it's best not to do anything, or suffer the "me thinks he doth protest too much" syndrome, more recently coined the "Streisand Effect" after singer Barbara Streisand tried to have a photo of her home—one among thousands of pictures that were part of an online display showing coastline erosion in California—deleted from that site. The result was much unwanted publicity, far more than what Streisand would've received had she kept silent.

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