Compliance Alerts

HHSC's Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer periodically issues Compliance Alerts that inform employees, staff, and Board Members about new compliance concerns/issues and/or answers compliance questions that have arisen.

These alerts can provide ongoing education and reference and are one way that HHSC provides continuing education.

2010  -  2011  -  2012  -  2013

2010 Alerts  Date
10-01 -- Voluntary Disclosure Protocol 01/12/10
10-02 -- Stark Changes Effective  01/15/10
10-03 -- HITECH Implementation 01/25/10
10-04 -- Changes in Signature Requirements 01/25/10
10-05 -- Stark Exception for Requiring Referrals by Physicians 01/25/10
10-06 -- Direct Supervision Rule Changes 01/25/10
10-07 -- Pharmaceutical Payments 01/28/10
10-08 -- OIG Work Plan - Hospitals 02/01/10
10-09 -- Grassley Bill 02/01/10
10-10 -- OIG Work Plan 2010 02/02/10
10-11 -- HITECH Breach Notification 02/02/10
10-12 -- HIPAA Changes 02/03/10
10-13 -- Credit Balance 02/08/10
10-14 -- EHR Implementation 02/08/10
10-15 -- OCR Posting of Data Breaches 2009 02/24/10
10-16 -- OCR Billing of Co-Pays When Not a CMS Serivce 03/01/10
10-17 -- Levinson Comments Before Congress 03/04/10
10-18 -- New Billing for Non-Covered Procedures 03/08/10
10-19 -- Direct Supervision Update 03/09/10
10-20 -- Proposed Changes to Sentencing Guidelines 03/18/10
10-21 -- Census 04/07/10
10-22 -- Healthcare Reform Provides Amendments to Timely Filing Requirements for Medicare Claims 04/12/10
10-23 -- DEA Interim Rule Allows E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances 04/13/10
10-24 -- Stark Change in In-Office Exception 04/20/10
10-25 -- NPI Interim Rule 05/04/10
10-26 -- 60-Day Repayment Deadline 05/05/10
10-27 -- OIG Advisory 10-04 - Free Insurance Pre-Authorization Services 05/07/10
10-28 -- Amendments to USSC Sentencing Guidelines 05/11/10
10-29 -- HHS Announces New Tools for Fraud Abuse 05/14/10
10-30 -- Signature Requirements on Medicare Claims 05/14/10
10-31 -- Credit Balance Repayment and Review Timelines 05/17/10
10-32 -- Red Flags Rule Delayed Until 12-31-10 05/28/10
10-33 -- Morris Testifies to Congress 06/15/10
10-34 -- EJA in PPACA and Reporting Requirements 07/08/10
10-35 -- EHR Implementation Final Rules 07/14/10
10-36 -- Direct Supervision Revision in OPPS Proposed Rule for 2011 07/15/10
10-37 -- OIG Study Assesses Language Access Services 07/16/10
10-38 -- HIPAA REMINDER - Sealing Envelopes 08/06/10
10-39 -- Compliance Requirements for Volunteers, Students,and Residents 08/13/10
10-40 -- Campaign Restrictions for State Employees 08/17/10
10-41 -- CMS Issues Medicaid Coding Guidance 09/02/10
10-42 -- CMS Issues Payment Window Implementation 09/14/10
10-43 -- CMS Revises Stark Exception for Rental of Office Space 09/16/10
10-44 -- Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocal Issued by CMS 09/23/10
10-45 -- OIG Work Plan FY 2011 10/01/10
10-46 -- CMS Solicits Comments on Compliance Program 10/21/10
10-47 -- CMS Revises MIC Process 10/25/10
10-48 -- CMS Issues Final Rule on Physician Supervision and Critical Care Requirements 11/03/10
10-49 -- Proposed Rule for Medicaid RAC 11/08/10
10-50 -- CMS Issues Final Rule for Hospital Visitation 11/17/10
10-51 -- Updates in EJA 12/03/10
10-52 -- CMS Exemption for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging 12/20/10
10-53 -- CMS Delays Physician Signature Req for Lab Reqs 12/21/10
10-54 -- Red Flags Clarification Act - Exempts Physicians 12/22/10

 

2011 Alerts  Date
11-01 -- New Non-Monetary Limits 01/13/11
11-02 -- Proposed Rule on Quality Notficiation by CMS 02/02/11
11-03 -- CMS Announces Medicaid RAC Delay and New Website 02/23/11
11-04 -- CMS Considers Withdrawing Rules on Lab Signatures 02/28/11
11-05 -- PFA Alert for Volunteer Physician Activities or Other Physician Expenses 03/07/11
11-06 -- CMS Issues Final Rule for New Provider Screening 03/30/11
11-07 -- FMV Document for Physician Benefits 05/04/11
11-08 -- OIG Authority to Exclude from Criminal Prosection 05/11/11
11-09 -- OCR Proposes New HIPAA HITECH Access Rule 05/27/11
11-10 -- Update in Elder Justice Act 06/26/11
11-11 -- Provider Update in CAH EDs 06/26/11
11-12 -- New ABN Form 06/27/11
11-13 -- Residency and Affiliation Agreements 06/29/11
11-14 -- HHSC Compliance Log 06/30/11
11-15 -- Medicare Recertfication Effort by CMS 08/30/11
11-16 -- Is a FMV Necessary 09/01/11
11-17 -- Proposed Rule Patient Access to LAB Results - HIPAA 09/12/11
11-18 -- CMS Rule - State RAC Programs for Medicaid Required 09/15/11
11-19 -- CMS Issues Guidance on Visitation Rights 09/16/11
11-20 -- OIG Audits and Place of Service Coding 09/26/11
11-21 -- RAC Update 09/29/11
11-22 -- OIG Work Plan FY 2012 10/06/11
11-23 -- Use of Medical Staff Funds 10/17/11
11-24 -- HIPAA Violation Guidelines 10/17/11
11-25 -- CMS Proposed Rule for CoP Changes 10/19/11
11-26 -- Physician Incidental and Non-Monetary Compensation 10/24/11
11-27 -- CMS Announces Delay in 5010 Enforcement 11/21/11
11-28 -- CMS to Cover Alcohol Screening and Treatment 11/29/11
11-29 -- Holiday Gift Guidelines 11/30/11
11-30 -- RAC Demand Letter Updates 12/14/11

 

2012 Alerts Date
12-01 -- CMS Delays Physician Supervision Requirements for CAHs in CY12 01/09/12
12-02 -- CMS Solicits Input on EMTALA Rule Change 01/12/12
12-03 -- CMS Anounces Medicaid Core Set of Quality Measures 01/12/12
12-04 -- Medical Director Timesheets 01/18/12
12-05 -- HIPAA Update - Guidelines for Employee to Employee Disclosures 01/18/12
12-06 -- ICD-10 Coding Begins 02/01/12
12-07 -- How ICD-10 Affects HHSC 01/31/12
12-08 -- Charity Care Promotion 02/08/12
12-09 -- ICD-10 Date May Shift 02/14/12
12-10 -- CMS Credit Balance Rule - 60 Day Repayment 02/24/12
12-11 -- HIPAA Compliant Statement for Physician 03/30/12
12-12 -- ICD-10 Implementation and Health Plan ID System 04/09/12
12-13 -- Gift Guidelines for Employees 04/18/12
12-14 -- CMS Changes Supervision Requrements for 27 Services 04/28/12
12-15 -- Revalidation of Provider Enrollment 05/14/12
12-16 -- CMS Elimiinates Several Burdensome Regulations 05/15/12
12-17 -- HHSC Board Compliance Documents 06/25/12
12-18 -- CMS Sets ICD-10 Implementation 08/24/12
12-19 -- CMS Sets Preliminary Decision on Supervision Requirements 09/27/12
12-20 -- OIG Work Plan FY 2013 10/04/12
12-21 -- Encrypt Texts and Emails 10/24/12
12-22 -- Holiday Gift Guidelines 11/28/12

 

2013 Alerts Date
13-1 -- CMS Announces Discretion wtih Claim Rules 01/03/13
13-2 -- CMS Seeks Comments on Quailty Data Reporting with EHR 01/08/13
13-3 -- Building a Better Password 01/09/13
13-4 -- Best Practice for Faxing 01/24/13
13-5 -- HIPAA Reminder - Disclosure to Sources for Dangerous Patient 01/24/13
13-6 -- HIPAA Reminder - Breach Notification 01/30/13
13-7 -- Phishing Attempts are Often Live 01/31/13
13-8 -- CMS Proposes Rule on Hospital Regulations 02/05/13
13-9 -- HHS Issues Final HIPAA - HITECH Rule on Breach Notifications 02/05/13
13-10 -- Limited English Proficiency Patients and Readmission Rates 02/14/13
13-11 -- Addressing Potential HIPAA Violations 03/11/13
13-12 -- CMS Issues Ruling on Part B Billing Following Part A Denials 03/27/13
13-13 -- HIPAA and Death Notification 04/22/13
13-14 -- SNFs to be Penalized for Readmissions 04/23/13
13-15 -- OIG Issues New Self-Disclosure Protocol 04/23/13
13-16 -- REMINDER - New HIPAA Rule in Effect 04/26/13
13-17 -- OCR Launches Compliance with Language Access Requirements 05/28/13
13-18 -- CMS Implements Sunshine Act for Payments to Physicians 07/05/13
13-19 -- OIG Says Most CAHs Would Not Meet Criteria 08/26/13
13-20 -- Healthcare Hamonization Act 09/12/13
13-21 -- Fair Treatment Law 09/18/13
13-22 -- Implementation of the Two-Midnight Rule 09/30/13
13-23 -- CMS Changes E-M Coding in OPPS Rule for 2014  12/06/13
13-24 -- Use of ZIX for Encryption  12/06/13
13-25 -- Holiday Gift Guidelines 12/06/13