How Hospitals Are Handling Compliance In A Resource-Constrained Environment

By Nick Culburtson   CEO of Protenus, leveraging AI to reduce risk and improve patient trust for healthcare systems across North America. This past year, healthcare has experienced unprecedented obstacles and struggles, but it also has displayed its unparalleled strength. In a pandemic or national emergency, healthcare should always favor accessibility to data and collaboration …

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Merit Medical to Pay $18 Million Over False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Violations

In mid-October 2020, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (MMSI) agreed to pay $18 million to resolve allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by paying kickbacks to physicians and hospitals to induce the use of MMSI products. This case is somewhat unique because the qui tam suit was brought by the …

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HHS OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert Targeting Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Speaker Programs

By: Sarah K. diFrancesca On November 16, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) issued Special Fraud Alert: Speaker Programs (Fraud Alert) to “highlight the fraud and abuse risks associated with the offer, payment, solicitation, or receipt of remuneration relating to speaker programs by pharmaceutical and medical device companies.” …

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Merit Medical to Pay $18 Million Over False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Violations

By Thomas Sullivan In mid-October 2020, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (MMSI) agreed to pay $18 million to resolve allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by paying kickbacks to physicians and hospitals to induce the use of MMSI products. As we covered in our September 2020 issue of our sister …

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No insurance, no savings, no support: what happens when LA’s least privileged get Covid

Undocumented Filipino caregivers, South LA’s black neighborhoods and garment workers grapple with unequal toll of virus By: Sam Levin Lily has no health insurance, no doctor and no savings. The 57-year-old Los Angeles caregiver contracted coronavirus last month at work and survived after weeks of agony and isolation in her bedroom. Without access to healthcare, …

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Hospitals hit hardest by ransomware attacks, study says

“The biggest mistake they make is paying the ransom.” Jefferson GrahamUSA TODAY   Ransomware attempts jumped 50% in the last three months, over the first half of 2020, and hospitals and health care organizations were the hardest hit, according to a new study by Check Point research. With renewed focus on healthcare during the COVID …

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Why 4 Technologies That Boomed During Covid-19 Will Keep People Home More After A Vaccine

“Even before the pandemic, remote monitoring of chronically ill patients had been shown to cut emergency room visits, hospital stays, and costs, allowing medical professionals to intervene before a situation becomes dire.” By Moe Kelley Moe is a mobility expert with the Oliver Wyman Forum and a partner in the communications, media, and technology practice …

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Telemedicine takes big hit in federal healthcare fraud takedown in South Florida

BY JAY WEAVER OCTOBER 09, 2020 06:00 AM, UPDATED OCTOBER 09, 2020 06:27 AM A Consumer Alert from Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office concerned fake COVID-19 stimulus text messages. U.S. Health and Human Services said scam callers use COVID-19 to get Medicare information. BY CDC As the advertising folks like to say, telemedicine is …

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ARTICLE: Two Montanans accused in telemedicine scheme to defraud Medicare

“These cases hold accountable those medical professionals and others who have exploited health care benefit programs and patients for personal gain.” Two Montanans accused in telemedicine scheme to defraud Medicare From Staff Reports, Great Falls Tribune  Two Montana nurse practitioners are accused of participating in a scheme to defraud Medicare of almost $10 million and …

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ARTICLE: HHS OCR Announces HIPAA Enforcement Actions & Data Regarding Hackers

“The best way for any provider to mitigate the risk of a cybersecurity incident and/or privacy violation is to have a third party conduct a comprehensive risk analysis.” Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA More than 500 individuals affected; five new enforcement actions published. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights …

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