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Monthly Archives: June 2009

HITECH Act Fact Sheet

Posted in Health Reform, Medicare

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), which, among other things, created financial incentives for physicians and other providers to adopt and utilize electronic health records (EHR) and penalties for those physicians who do not.  The provisions addressing the incentives are known as the Health Information Technology for… Continue Reading

Obama Administration Turns Up Heat On Medicare Fraud

Posted in Fraud and Abuse

According to a statement by Secretary of HHS Catherine Sebelius in a June 24 HHS Press Release, "the Obama Administration is committed to turning up the heat on Medicare fraud…"  As evidence of this commitment, the Press Release announced the indictment of 53 individuals, including physicians and health care executives, accused of various Medicare fraud offenses ranging from conspiracy… Continue Reading

Are You ‘Red Flag’ Ready?

Posted in Practice Management

On Nov. 9, 2007, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) created the Red Flags Rule requiring creditors to develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs within their organizations. The rule defines a “Creditor” any person who regularly extends, renews, or continues credit; any person who regularly arranges for the extension, renewal or continuation of credit…. Continue Reading